The 8 Best Nootropics You Need to Boost Your Brain Function
It has been said that your brain uses 20 percent of your energy, and these days, between life stress, work, and general fatigue, it can sometimes feel like brain fog takes over. Now, there exist a number of non-pharmaceutical herbs and substances, called nootropics, that say they can be utilized to boost your brain and help you feel sharper and clear-minded—and thus more productive.
But what exactly are nootropics? We asked Dr. Shari Auth, co-founder of wellness clinic WTHN, who explained that nootropics are herbs, supplements, or synthetic substances that can enhance brain function—including things like memory and learning.
"Nootropics can boost brain functioning in otherwise healthy individuals, but they are also neuro-protective, thus they have some preventative benefits as well," says Auth. She adds that even though some people may notice an immediate effect when taking a nootropic, herb blends often work best cumulatively. "Think of it like food for your brain," says Auth," but herbs only work if you take them, so establishing a routine and consistency is key."
And while it's important to talk to your doctor before beginning any new regimen, if you're feeling foggy, can't concentrate, or are having difficulties with mental fatigue, perhaps an herbal or supplement nootropic could be right for you. Here are some of our faves.
New Chapter Holy Basil Force
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Holy Basil isn't just known for it's ability to help protect memory and enhance brain function, but it also happens to be an adaptogen, meaning it can help protect the body from stress without a sedative effect. New Chapter's blend is non-GMO verified, too.
SHOP NOW: Goop, goop.com, $30.00
Goop's answer to the supplement game tastes like a treat. Each cafe au lait soft chew has a pairing of cognitive supporters L-theanine and caffeine, to help boost your memory, accuracy, and attention. Particularly helpful when you are exhausted.
SHOP NOW: Mineral, mineralhealth.co, $90.00
Mineral is known for their formulations that are blended with cannabinoids and terpenes. Focus's formula, which is hemp-derived, has a CBD blend to tackle inflammation, anxiety, and stress, mixed with a-Pinene (the primary terpene) to boost energy, and yes, focus.
SHOP NOW: The Nue Co., thenueco.com, $85.00
Nue Co. is known for their supplements, and their latest, Nootro-Focus, is designed to sharpen your focus and heighten mental clarity using natural nootropics and psycho-stimulants to give your brain the helping hand it deserves. Each serving contains citicoline, bacapoa monnieri leaf extract, lion's mane mushroom, l-theanine, ginkgo biloba leaf, and rhodiola rosearoot; a blend which they say is clinically proven to improve memory, recall, and nerve growth factor (critical for brain development) within six weeks.
Lypo-Spheric Magnesium L-Threonate
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Magnesium is critical to a healthy, functioning brain (as well as bone health.) Livon labs lypospheric encapsulation of super absorbable Magnesium L-threonate allows for each dose to help you on your way to superior learning, memory, and relaxation—and probably better sleep too.
SHOP NOW: Moonjuice, moonjuice.com, $38.00
An adaptogenic herb known for it's potent protective capabilities from the effects of stress on the body, Ashwagandha is also clinically proven to help enhance focus and mental stamina–and reduce irritability and stress-related carb cravings. Add it to smoothies, coffees, teas, tonics and even baked goods.
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Stay Sharp was formulated with organic hemp CBD and clinical-strength adaptogenic herbs and nootropics to promote brain health, boost mental alertness, improve memory and cognition, as well as provide antioxidant support for a healthy inflammatory response. Ingredients include the adaptogen cordyceps (useful to protect against the harmful effects of stress), as well as rhodiola root extract, which Plant People founder Gabe Kennedy explains helps provide an immediate impact, providing energy as well as enhancing one's mood, and reducing stress.
SHOP NOW: Wthn, wthn.com, $45.00
Packed with nootropics, with one supplement you'll find you can address a number of concerns. It's formulated with rhodiola and cistanches, which decrease fatigue and enhance memory, respectively, as well as eluthero and schisandra, adaptogens that help you cope with stress, so your nerves are calmed and you can stay focused on the task at hand.
*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors