5 Nootropic Characteristics

Nutrients First:

Nutrients such as Creatine, Choline, Carnitine, Tyrosine, and Magnesium are known to
have nootropic effects. Unfortunately, it is difficult to give an exhaustive list of nutrient
nootropics in an introduction, as there are literally hundreds of nutrients that have been
used (even for centuries) for their cognitive benefits.
There are even food sources for nootropics. For example, fish is a great source of
Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been credited with keeping rates of dementia low in
Japanese populations. Omega-3 not only contributes to brain health, but may also factor
in Japanese longevity.

5 Important facts about Nootropics

  1. They enhance memory and/or the
    ability to learn.
  2. They should support brain function
    even under disruptive conditions
    such as hypoxia or shock.
  3. They should support brain function
    even under disruptive conditions
    such as hypoxia or shock.
  4. They should protect the brain from
    chemical or physical damage from a variety
    of sources including anti-cholinergic and
    barbiturate drugs.
  5. They should protect the brain from
    chemical or physical damage from a variety
    of sources including anti-cholinergic and
    barbiturate drugs.
  6. The definition of nootropics has certainly been refined over time, and some health practitioners further
    characterize nootropics as substances that undergo clinical trials to ascertain their true cognitive effects.
    Nevertheless, the principles set forth by Dr. Giurgea continue to dominate discourse around nootropics.
    Ultimately, the key characteristics of nootropics is that they enhance cognitive function and/or protect
    the brain while having no tolerance and very few (ideally no) side effects.

Smart drugs, memory enhancers,cognitive enhancers, and intelligence enhancers are just a few of the
common names we often use to refer to nootropics. As you can probably guess, nootropics are substances that
enhance cognitive function including energy levels, memory and focus, motivation, and mood.
Cognitive function is the topic of considerable research, so it should come as no surprise that doctors and
scientists are constantly on the lookout for new substances that improve cognition. However, nootropics are
not a recent discovery; indeed, various nootropic substances have been well documented throughout history
especially in Chinese and ayurvedic medicine. Still, the actual term “nootropic” was first coined by Dr.
Corneliu Giurgea in 1972.