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Why You Should Consider Taking Nootropics
This is going to be a brief post that for those who are unsure of the possible benefits of nootropics. It is my intention to give you a brief and concise overview of some of the potential benefits so that you can decide if they are worth taking.
Nootropics are a catch all term for any drug, supplement, or substance which enhance cognition, such as attention, memory, and learning. What sets a “true” nootropic apart from something like adderall is that nootropics tend to have more distinct pharmacological profiles with very low toxicity and almost no side effects.
The term “nootropic” was first coined by a Romanian chemist by the name of Corneliu E. Giurgea. He was also known for first synthesizing Piracetam in 1964, which is the first drug in this class, and is considered the prototypical nootropic: a neuroprotective agent that has very low toxicity and side effects.
Guirgea’s definition of a nootropic featured the following qualities:
They should enhance learning and memory.
They should enhance the resistance of learned behaviors/memories to conditions which tend to disrupt them (e.g. electroconvulsive shock, hypoxia).
They should protect the brain against various physical or chemical injuries (e.g. barbiturates, scopalamine).
They should increase the efficacy of the tonic cortical/subcortical control mechanisms.
They should lack the usual pharmacology of other psychotropic drugs (e.g. sedation, motor stimulation) and possess very few side effects and extremely low toxicity.
Today, the term “nootropic” has become a bit of a buzzword. With movies like Limitless which depict them as drugs which radically improve cognitive abilities, many people are under the impression that nootropics are a magic substance. Many others are skeptical and think nootropics are simply snake oil placebos that don’t work.
I’ve used nootropics extensively and I’m here to tell you that some of them do work. Some work better than others, and some may not work at all. But there are absolutely some which can greatly enhance your life if used properly.
Bear in mind that nootropics are also characterized by extremely low toxicity, few adverse side effects, and very low potential for abuse. While no nootropic is a magic pill that will radically transform your life overnight, they can certainly improve the quality of your life and help you live a healthier life. Overall the benefits of nootropics far exceed the costs, which at the end of the day are very minimal. Virtually everyone can benefit from nootropics in some way or another and it is worth investigating and experimenting to see how they can benefit your own life.
List of the Most Common Benefits of Nootropics
Enhanced learning and memory 
Improved focus and attention 
Neuroprotective qualities (preservation of the function and structure of the brain)
Prophylactic qualities (Protect and prevent against disease and infection) 
Enhanced neurogenesis (growth and development of neurons) 
Enhanced neuroplasticity (brains ability to adapt and reorganize its synapses) 
Improved motivation and creativity 
Reduced stress 
Reduced fatigue and increased energy levels 
Reduced anxiety 
Reduced depression 
Improved mood and well-being