Many people are turning toward limitless pills in the hope of improving their mental abilities. But do they work, and will they turn people into superhuman thinkers? The hunger for knowledge and never-ending learning encourages people to think of new ways to help make their minds limitless. But will this alter or hinder the normal structure of human thinking?
To better understand this, here are a few facts about limitless pills and their mechanism:
What are nootropics, and what do they do?
The scientific term for limitless pills is nootropics. Nootropics, or smart drugs, can enhance brain function, memory, creativity, and motivation. The makers of these so-called synthetic cognitive enhancers claim that they amplify focus, attention, and wakefulness.
Alzheimer’s patients who have issues with memory retention and concentration were the first to use these type of drugs. Currently, some countries classify nootropics as supplements that can be purchased at over-the-counter drugstores without the need for a prescription.
Synthetic nootropics abound
There are too many synthetic nootropics to name, but a few well know brands are Modafinil, Armodafinil, and Adrafinil.
One of the most commonly used nootropics is Modafinil (also known as Provigil), which was initially used to treat narcoleptics, or people who have a chronic brain disorder that makes them uncontrollably sleepy. The drug is not a stimulant, but helps patients stay awake and has memory and mood improving abilities that qualify it as a nootropic.
Armodafinil is similar to Modafinil and is considered a wakefulness promoter. However, the way it affects the human brain is still unknown. People who work night shifts and those who want to concentrate better or need to be mentally active can use yet another drug called Adrafinil.
These drugs are known to work 40 minutes to an hour after they are ingested orally. All of the defined drugs are synthetically made and may have adverse side effects. People who have genetically inherited heart disease or who are pregnant or breast feeding are advised not to take these drugs.
You can always go natural
There is a natural way to enhance memory, wakefulness, and focus. Techniques such as aromatherapy and listening to music are only a few of the meaningful activities that have a positive effect on human memory and attention.
Some well know natural supplements have nootropic-related substances. These include the vitamins DHA, theanine, and creatine.
Ginkgo biloba, for example, is a supplement known to be as an effective natural nootropic. It is popularly known as a memory, cognitive, and mood enhancer. Aside from Ginkgo biloba, L-theanine is also considered to be a natural nootropic. Green tea is the natural source of L-theanine, and studies have shown that it helps to reduce neuro-degeneration by protecting the brain from future cell loss.
Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not consider these natural nootropic to be pharmaceuticals, but supplements. Still, after consulting with a medical professional, one can customize a regiment of natural nootropics to help offset the possible side effects associated with synthetics.
The only way to safely take nootropics is to consult a physician and understand that you can’t learn a language overnight. Consuming too many nootropics may result in brain damage, so they must be taken in moderation and with a doctor’s prescription.
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.
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