Brain health and cognitive functionality is becoming one of the hottest trends in the anti-aging and wellness space. Here’s what you need to know before diving in.
Nootropics, AKA ‘smart drugs’, is a market that is expected to reach US$6 billion by 2024. And this is no surprise given the strong clinic research that has clearly highlighted a wide range of positive short-term and long-term benefits across the following areas:
- Reduce brain fog
- Improve memory and recall
- Heighten cognitive processing speed
What are Nootropics?
Nootropics may sound intimidating — but they’re actually herbs, foods, and supplements that enhance brain power (like memory, function, etc.), and have protective benefits (keeping your brain sharp and functioning at an optimal level). While the trend is popping up in supplement form, there are more that 100 various substances that can fall under the nootropics umbrella. Many of these are food-derived ingredients that you’ve probably heard of are included, like omega-3s (Say hi to walnuts!) and flavonoids (a molecule in foods like blueberries and green tea).
As a supplement, they have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries as a way to optimise brain function. A pill that boosts human intelligence — sounds like science-fiction, doesn’t it? Most of us have watched the film Limitless where Limitless pills take the concept to the next level. But there’s a lot more science than fiction to nootropics.
A nootropic is a dietary supplement that helps support a range of brain functions including mental speed, memory, and cognitive processing speed.
Not all nootropics are equal – here’s what to look out for
Because many nootropics can be obtained over the internet without a prescription this market has been exposed to sellers who are not policed by any regulation in relation to quality of the raw materials, the correct amounts of materials, contamination and packaging. The real issue is that it is expensive to organise your own tests to ensure quality control, so buying from just anyone is done at your own risk – not something you want to gamble with when it comes to the health of your brain.
To reduce these risks it is best to do your own research, make sure the raw ingredients are of a premium quality, and importantly that the manufacturer is approved by the appropriate government and industry regulators, in the case of Australia this is the Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA).
In addition to quality it is worth researching the cost to ship to your address and the time frame. It’s easy to avoid bill shock and massive shipping delays by buying in Australia.
Nootropics – key benefits
Enhancing brain function can mean decreasing mental fatigue, improving focus, boosting memory skills and reaction time, and overall feeling more alert. How exactly does this work……? The brain is constantly regenerating new brain cells, and the regeneration maybe optimised by nootropics. You might be thinking that a brain boost just means improving memory and evaporating brain fog, but the brain affects so many areas of health and wellbeing, which means nootropics have a lot more benefits than just boosting focus.
How do I select the right nootropic for me?
There are many nootropics that you can simply grab from your local health food store including Caffeine and L-Theanine, Tulsi, Astrgalus, Lion’s Mane, Bacopa, and TianChi Chinese Adaptogenic Herb Complex.
Nootropic capsules and blends
There are many varieties of nootropic capsules and tonics available over the internet. These are either blends to target specific goals (such as brain fog, alertness), or have a more shotgun multi-vitamin approach to promote overall brain health. At BIOV8 we have reviewed all the leading products available around the world and then worked with our scientists to develop a powerful multi-vitamin nootropics using only the highest quality raw materials available including neurovitamins, adaptogens, amino acids, anti-inflammatories, and antioxidants. We call this BIOV8 Brain. Another popular cognitive ‘hack’ that is widely used and discussed is the Modafinil – check out this well referenced article by Dave Asprey, a thought-leader in the bio-hacking space.
No discussion of cognitive enhancement would be complete without addressing peptides, which are short-chain amino acid sequences, naturally occurring in your body and are designed to elicit certain effects, including optimal brain function. Many of these peptides are not available in Australia, including Semax, which has originally developed in Russia in the 1980’s with the expressed intention of improving cognitive function. If your looking for a cognitive enhancement peptide in Australia it’s worth checking out Dihexa, a powerful peptide that has a dual protective factor by increasing hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) activity and lowering dimerization. Dihexa has been shown to prevent the development of Parkinson-like symptoms and restore motor function.
For more information about dosage protocols and clinical research feel free to check out www.BIOV8.com.au - we are adding new material regularly as updates are release in regard to clinical trials, new research papers, and ongoing discussion in the medical conferences our team attend.
Ask us about how nootropics can improve your cognitive performance: https://biov8.com.au/pages/contact-us
The BIOV8 Team