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When it comes to brain health, research has demonstrated that simple lifestyle choices like intermittent fasting, cold showers, and avoiding alcohol will enhance your cognition. Most people can see tremendous benefits with a few of these lifestyle hacks.
But for the next level self-optimization junkies, 'Nootropics' (aka smart drugs) are an increasingly popular tool used to improve mood, memory, focus, alertness, motivation, and general cognitive abilities.
Now you might be thinking "there's no way a drug is going to make me smarter or more productive."
But humans have been using various substances to improve cognition and productivity for centuries.
In fact, there is a good chance you already used a common cognitive enhancer this morning.
It's a Nootropic that is used by more than half of adults across the globe each day.
Can you guess what it is?
Caffeine increases levels of neurotransmitters that are associated with focus, memory and general mental performance.
And beyond its specific effects on the brain, caffeine is widely known to increase alertness and reduce fatigue.
This puts caffeine in the same league as other known nootropic compounds.
If you’ve ever experienced the brain-boosting effects of a morning cup of joe, you already know how Nootropics can positively impact your mood, energy, and performance.
Now imagine being able to increase that effect 5-10X!!
This is how powerful the potential of Nootropic supplements is.
Below is a shortlist of a some of the more common Nootropics/Smart Drugs:
Racetams - Known as the “original nootropic” and first synthesized in the 1960s, the potential benefits of Racetams are increased memory and focus. Popular Racetams include Piracetam, Aniracetam, and Oxiracetam, among others.
Modafinil - AKA Provigil, this drug is prescribed by doctors to increase energy levels and focus in those suffering from narcolepsy and feelings of excessive sleepiness.
Adderall - A mixture of amphetamine salts used to treat ADHD. Adderall is frequently used off label and illicitly for cognitive enhancement and recreational purposes.
Creatine - Improves cellular energy, which translates to both the skeletal muscle and the brain. By increasing creatine supplementation one can enhance reasoning skills, improve memory, and prevent fatigue.
CILTEP - A safe and natural alternative to synthetic nootropics like Modafinil and Racetams. CILTEP is a memory enhancer that can improve focus, alertness, and motivation. It combines adequate amounts of artichoke extract, forskolin, acetyl-L-carnitine, and L-phenylalanine, it packs a real punch without some of the side effects (not to mention legalities) of using the other drugs. For a more thorough explanation of how CILTEP works, check out this article.