What is a nootropic?
A nootropic is a substance that enhances cognitive functioning while simultaneously being neuroprotective or extremely nontoxic. Nootropics, also known as smart drugs, are therefore cognitive enhancers, but not all cognitive enhancers are nootropics as some cognitive enhancers are not neuroprotective while others maybe toxic.The word nootropic originated in 1972 and was coined by Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea. One of the first nootropics to be discovered was Piracetam. Piracetam is now one of the most popular nootropics available. Piracetam mainly enhances memory and learning, but people who take it often report a variety of different benefits.
Not all nootropics are synthesized in labs, in fact there are many natural nootropics available today including Rhodiola Rosea, Panax Ginseng, St John’s Wort, Bacopa, and many others.
Today’s nootropics will not make you into a genius, however, do not expect nothing from them as they do in fact work. Some nootropics will enhance your memory, making it virtually impossible to forget where you put your keys or what year did this event happen while others will enhance your concentration. Some will enhance creativity and some will even just reduce anxiety.