Nootropics are a family of compounds often referred to as smart drugs or neuro enhancers.
The term nootropics was coined in 1972 by Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea and is derived from the Greek words, which aptly mean, “mind bend” or “mind turn”.
It is thought that nootropics function by altering or improving the brain’s availability of neurochemicals. This is achieved by increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain or by stimulating nerve growth.
There are many wonderful and exotic compounds, which may help to improve cognitive functioning, however often there are expensive trade-offs in the form of toxicity or side effects.
Nootropics are a distinguished member of the brain augmenting family due to their neuroprotective properties and low or non-existent toxicity.
Studies into the effects of some nootropics on the brain have indicated that they may alleviate oxidative stress and free radicals, which are known to be harmful to the brain.
It is advised to always consult with a medical doctor before self-medicating with nootropics. Be mindful of dosages and side effects. When consumed responsibly nootropics are considered relatively safe. However your brain is a very complex symphony of neurochemicals, the nuances of which are unique to the individual. The efficacy and dosage of a particular nootropic compound may have varying effects depending on the unique neurochemistry or biochemistry of the individual consuming the nootropic compound.