Nootropics 101

Nootropics are gaining popularity quickly - that may be why you’re taking a look at Awakened Alchemy right now. 

We get it - it may feel like you need an advanced degree to get a handle on what nootropics are and how they work, but it’s more simple than you may think at first glance.

Stay with us for a few minutes and we’ll give you a super clear understanding of exactly what nootropics are, who they’re for, and how Awakened Alchemy fits into it all.

What Are Nootropics?

We understand that nootropics and brain nutrition are a new thing for many people. Put simply, nootropics are health supplements made to give your brain the nutrients it needs to be healthy.

You know how your diet has a major effect on your physical performance and your body’s health? Well diet affects your mental performance and your brain’s health in the same way.

The brain has nutritional needs that are a bit different than the rest of the body, and when its needs aren’t met, mental performance and brain health suffers. The brain is also a little more difficult to nourish properly than the rest of the body, so it requires special supplements like Awaken Gold and Mind:Restore to feed it the nutrients it craves.

Who Should Take Nootropics? And why?

Everyone’s brain craves and will benefit from receiving the nutrition that premium nootropics like Awaken Gold and Mind:Restore provide. Here’s why you should take nootropics and what you can expect from proper supplementation:

  • Learning new things more quickly and more thoroughly
  • Increased short-term and long-term memory
  • Feeling naturally calm
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Better stress tolerance
  • More clear thinking
  • Feeling more alert and present
  • Other personal benefits associated with enhanced cognition

What **Aren’t** Nootropics?

Nootropics are not magic pills that will give you mental superpowers or even immediate results. Some people may feel sharper after a few days, but like all healthy lifestyle changes including healthy eating, proper hydration, and exercise, the best results require time to develop and are the result of consistency. 

Some people have unrealistic expectations about how quickly and dramatically nootropics may benefit them - and this (in addition to many genuinely low quality products on the market) feeds into the concern about whether nootropics work. Most people understand the idea that getting their body into top shape requires time and consistency, and the brain is no different.

How Does Awakened Alchemy fit into the nootropics industry?

In general, an ingredient is said to be nootropic when it benefits cognitive function. That’s a broad definition, and this means that there are a LOT of things that can be sold as a nootropic, from common food ingredients like Ginseng and Caffeine, all the way to performance enhancing drugs.

Our products fall on the natural/nutritional side of the things, and help benefit your cognitive function by supporting your brain’s nutritional needs with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, peptides, and plant/mushroom extracts that are used by the brain to synthesize neurotransmitters, neuroplasticity boosting peptides, and key brain chemistry.

Brain nutrition is extremely important, and when your brain receives the kind of proper nourishment that our products provide, the impact is real and can be experienced over time with consistent, proper use.

Nootropic categories

There are a lot of products and suppliers out there, and because different nootropic products vary so greatly in ingredients and quality, it’s important to get acquainted with the landscape so that you understand how to analyze products before purchase and use. Most nootropic ingredients fall into these categories:

Herbal and Plant Based Nootropics

These are found in herbs and plants, and have fairly recognizable names:

  • Ashwagandha
  • L-theanine
  • Ginseng
  • Ginko
  • Bacopa monnieri
  • Huperzine A
  • Caffeine

Synthetic Nootropics

These are materials that are developed in laboratories. If you’re researching nootropics, you’ll probably come across racetams. These were some of the earliest and most notable synthetic nootropics. Many newer synthetic nootropics exist as well, and vary greatly in effectiveness and safety.

Prescription Nootropics

While not truly an independent class of nootropics, it’s helpful to get acquainted with well known prescription medications that produce nootropic effects. These are developed to target specific neurological conditions and are available by prescription only. Notable prescription nootropics include:

  • Adderall and Ritalin for ADHD
  • Prevagen for Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Provigil for various sleeping disorders

Nootropics Stacks

If you’re exploring nootropics, you’ll see the phrase “nootropic stack”. Think of a nootropic stack like a daily multivitamin with 23 vitamins and minerals. Your brain’s dietary needs are as sophisticated as your body’s, and it needs more than just one or two supplements to receive complete nourishment and support.

Awakened Gold contains 11 ingredients and Mind:Restore contains 9 ingredients. Each ingredient works to support different needs and exists in sufficient quantities.

Lower quality lower cost nootropic products generally use few nourishing ingredients and provide lower quantities of the ingredients that are actually helpful. This is like taking a daily multivitamin only once per week - your body isn’t going to receive the amounts needed to produce healthy results.

Whether you’re just starting to discover nootropics, or you’ve experienced other nootropic brands and are considering new options, we invite you to explore our daytime nootropic Awaken Gold and our nighttime nootropic Mind:Restore. We designed these to be the cleanest and most effective nootropics available.

If you have questions about our products or want to share your experiences with them, please Contact Us

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