Natural Nootropics Stacks
Natural Nootropics are stacks of natural ingredients that form a synergistic effect on the brain’s health and performance. Some benefits include an increase in neuroplasticity, increase of oxygen and nutrient flow to the brain resulting in greater energy, protect the brain from toxins while reducing brain inflammation, stimulate the formation of healthy new brain cells, and has no harmful side effects. The major difference between Natural Nootropics and Synthetic Nootropics is that Synthetic Nootropics are made in the lab such as Piracetam, Pramiracetam, Aniracetam, and Onixracetam. Any substance that does not make the brain healthier or has potential side effects does not fit the definition of Natural Nootropics.
The two most common Natural Nootropics stack are 1) Caffeine and L-Theanine Stack and 2) Ginkgo Biloba, Bacopa Monnieri, and Lion’s Mane Stack
Natural Nootropics Stack #1: Caffeine and L-Theanine
Caffeine is known for providing the consumer a feeling of energy, concentration, and alertness. It works by suppressing the production of adenosine in our body and increasing the production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Studies have shown that caffeine helps ward off Alzheimer’s and may protect against Parkinson’s disease. Although caffeine is considered more of a stimulant than Natural Nootropics, it is established to enhance the performance of the brain. The only side effects of caffeine are that it leads to headaches and jitteriness if high quantities are consumed.
L-Theanine is an amino acid found naturally in green tea. It allows the consumer to reach an optimal state of relaxed concentration without feeling drowsy. The brainwave patterns get altered into the same brainwave state experienced during meditation. When consumed as a supplement it is believed to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and neurodegeneration. L-Theanine increases the levels of dopamine, GABA, and neurotransmitters serotonin which improves mood, recall, learning, calm focus, and speed and accuracy of performance.
When Caffeine and L-Theanine are stacked together, it drastically improved the performance on cognitively demanding tasks. According to the School of Psychology in Australia when caffeine and L-Theanine interact the ability to ignore the distraction and attention enhanced, which is reflective of a higher level of cognitive activity. The major benefit when both are stacked together is that L-Theanine neutralizes the jittery effects of caffeine without diminishing the effectiveness as a mental energizer. Therefore, one will have energy, alertness, concentration, and the ability to avoid distractions without feeling drowsy or jittery.
Natural Nootropics Stack #2: Bacopa Monnieri, Ginkgo Biloba & Lion’s Mane
Bacopa Monnieri is an extract from the Brahmi plant and is considered Natural Nootropics since it has been used as a cognitive enhancer for thousand years. It works by balancing serotonin, GABA, and dopamine while reducing the stress hormone cortisol. The benefits include improve concentration, memory, and reduces stress. On the other hand, it will take at least two to three months to experience the maximum benefits of Bacopa Monnieri. Therefore, it will not enhance the cognitive abilities instantly but rather it will gradually. Studies have been shown that there is a link between Bacopa Monnieri and the improvement on hand-eye coordination and memory. It’s also known for reducing and relieving anxiety, negative effects of stress, depression, and insomnia.
Lion’s Mane is an edible mushroom that is linked to nerve growth factor. Nerve growth factor is a neurotrophin which is a small secreted protein that is crucial for the survival and growth of neurons. It is one of the essential building blocks of neuroplasticity and brain health. The nerve growth factor advocates the growth of axons, nerve cells extension where impulses are conducted. Therefore, the more axons that exist, the better the overall function of the brain.
Ginkgo Biloba is leaves from the Ginkgo Biloba tree and it acts as an antioxidant and improves circulation of blood flow to the brain. Many people take it to ward off dementia, stay mentally sharp, and improve memory. Ginkgo Biloba is ideal for people suffering from anxiety, poor concentration, fatigue, memory loss, or depression.
The combination of Bacopa Monnieri, Lion’s Mane and Ginkgo Biloba will enhance one’s memory, focus, and learning. It also aids in the reduction and relief of various symptoms including depression and anxiety.
Other Natural Nootropics Stacks
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is an amino acid that is essential for muscle movement, brain and heart function, and other body processes. It is considered Natural Nootropics due to its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier to get from the bloodstream into the brain. In terms of cognitive enhancement, ALCAR produces acetylcholine, which is an essential neurotransmitter required for memory function and learning. Other benefits include improved processing speed, focus, memory, mood, alertness, clarity, and has a fast acting antidepressant properties.
Acetyl-L-Tyrosine is an amino acid used to treat phenylketonuria, which is a problem for people who can’t process phenylalanine properly. It is considered a precursor for dopamine, which is the neurotransmitter that allows one to maintain motivated and focused. Acetyl-L-Tyrosine will benefit people who suffer from procrastination or lack focus and drive.
Artichoke Extract is from the leaves of artichokes and contains Luteolin, a safe natural inhibitor of PDE4. Studies have shown that the Luteolin found in the Artichoke Extract improved long term memory, increased alertness, increased cognition, and neuroprotection.
Forskolin is an ingredient derived from the Coleus Forskohlii herb. It increases the intracellular levels of cAMP through the activation of the enzyme adenylyl cyclase. This enhances the mental performance, specifically the retention of new information and memory formation.
Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in the function of the brain, health of the nervous system and energy. Specifically, it is required for neurological function, DNA synthesis, and proper red blood cell formation. However, due to it being a water soluble, meaning it is not capable being stored in the body for long periods of time, it must be constantly replenished to keep up with one’s cognitive performance. It is considered Natural Nootropics because it enhances the brain’s health and overall performance.
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