Nootropics are a relatively new addition to the supplement industry but they are probably one of the most crucial additions to date. Nootropics, also known as cognitive enhancers, ensure that you are at your optimal cognitive performance, which translates into better training, sleeping, and physical performance as well.

What are they?

Nootropics are mainly known for being focus and cognitive enhancers, assisting with concentration levels and preventing as many distractions. Pharmaceutical nootropic medication, such as Ritalin and Concerta, are given to people who lack the ability to focus on a specific task, or for someone who has trouble concentrating for an extended period of time. Granted, the nootropics we are looking at here are natural compounds that boost focus and concentration and are completely safe to use.

Nootropic supplementation has been on the rise, which isn’t all that surprising, considering we live in an ever-growing fast-paced world, but it can be dangerous to take pharmaceutical nootropics if we don’t need them. This is exactly why we can’t just walk into a doctor’s office and demand some Ritalin to help us out. Therefore, nootropic supplementation is the perfect alternative, as it gives that little extra support without having severe negative consequences.

Nootropics are typically common among students, obviously trying to keep up with the high demand of their studies. However, those of us who frequent the gym have also started reaping the benefits of cognitive enhancers, both in and out of the gym.

While we train, its not just about getting the heaviest weight on the bar, or running further than you ever have, or even swimming more laps. Yes, motivation and endurance are required but you also need to be able to focus on the task at hand. Nootropic supplementation now allows greater levels of concentration so that you can focus on perfecting your movements, no matter what activity you are involved in. Also, as we said earlier, they remove the unwarranted side effects that could occur when using pharmaceutical nootropics, giving you the concentration and focus enhancement without the worry.

Alongside enhancing your concentration levels during training, there are also nootropics to assist with regulating sleeping patterns and mood enhancement. The sleep regulators essentially ensure that you reach peak REM cycles each night in order to optimise your recovery while you sleep. Sleep interruption is extremely common since stress is the leading cause of reduced sleep, and even when we do sleep, we do not get as good a night’s rest as we should, as we are not engaging our peak REM cycles for proper hormone regulation to occur.

Mood enhancers work in a similar fashion, not that they help you sleep, but they will help to regulate hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, which are integral to mood regulation. Nootropics can help to balance serotonin levels, which can have a positive influence on moods, but this does not replace medications such as anti-depressants. Nootropic mood enhancers will mostly focus on keeping your moods stable (if you are prone to mood swings) and will have a slightly positive impact on your overall mood as well.

The combination of mood and sleep enhancers will be the most beneficial as they will work far better together than they will be on their own. Sleep and mood cycles are affected by one another so to regulate one can throw the other off balance, or can even negate the effects of any enhancers. Therefore, sleep and mood enhancers should be taken together, to reap the greatest benefits.

Overall

Nootropics are a welcomed addition to the supplement industry, and despite not being ground-breaking (as some companies have started using these compounds before now), the isolation of various enhancers for mood, sleep, cognition, and focus, will definitely change the way we train, sleep, and focus.



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