What are nootropics?
There are a lot of different names that get thrown around when people talk about nootropics. Cognitive Enhancers, Smart Drugs, and Nootropics are the most mainstream names that you will find in a google search for substances to improve your brain/cognitive function. Although many aspects of these products are the same there are a few key differences between them that I would like to point out.
The first category, Cognitive Enhancers, refer to substances that enhance the way your mind works. In this context, enhance means to alter in a desirable way, such as: improving the capacity of working memory, or speed of mental processing. These substances can be foods, vitamins, natural herbs, or pharmaceutical products. This is the most general category of substances that alter mental process in a desirable way.
Second, we have the category of Smart Drugs. This is a sub-category of Cognitive Enhancers. Smart Drugs normally refer to the Cognitive Enhancers that are pharmaceutical in nature and are often given by prescription for things like ADD and Alzheimer’s. People often use these substances without prescriptions using off label brands shipped from overseas. This happens frequently on College campuses around the world with substances like Adderall and Ritalin. The problem with these products is they have well known side effects and when abused and used in the incorrect ways, they can cause long-term irreversible damage.
The third category is Nootropics. There are a few different definitions of Nootropics floating around on the web, but here we will talk about the most important things that set Nootropics aside from the other two categories. Nootropics by definition, must exert a positive effect on cognitive function, have an overall positive effect on brain health, and have very few (if any) side effects. This again is a sub-category of Cognitive Enhancers, and in my opinion the best one. Substances in this category range from everyday vitamins (such as B6), to compounds derived from foods (such as Alpha-GPC from soy), to herbal supplements (such as Ashwagandha). There is also a class of Nootropics called “racetams” which were first developed in a pharmaceutical laboratory in Belgium in 1964. These include substances such as piracetam, oxiracetam, aniracetam, and about fifteen other compounds ending in the suffix “racetam”. The FDA has rules that “racetams” are not approved for medical use and cannot be sold as dietary supplements. For this reason we do not include any racetams in our products. There are a few other sub-categories of Nootropics such as Adaptogens, a unique group of herbal ingredients used to improve the health of your adrenal system (the system that's in charge of managing your body's hormonal response to stress), and Neuroprotectants, which protect the brain from toxins and other things such as stroke and trauma. These substances are important for maintaining the health of your brain, and still fall under the category of Nootropics.
Hopefully this has been a helpful introduction to the categories of Cognitive Enhancers, which include Smart Drugs and Nootropics. Although all of these substances are meant to have a positive effect on the way the mind functions, as I said before there are a few key differences that set them apart. Smart Drugs are typically pharmaceutical in nature and usually require a prescription to legally obtain them. These Smart Drugs, when abused (or even when taken as recommended), frequently have negative side effects that can harm the individual taking them and these side effects can often be irreversible. Nootropics (the category of products we produce) on the other hand, must have a positive effect on cognitive function, have an overall positive benefit on the brain, and have very few (if any) side effects. In our opinion, and hopefully yours also, Nootropics are the best, most effective, and safest way to enhance cognition as well as the overall health of your brain. Check out Insight™ Premium Nootropic Brain Supplement and find out for yourself!