Are YOU smarter than a fifth grader…
Do you wanna be? Or at least wish you still had the memory and alertness of one?
The term “nootropics” first referred to chemicals that met very specific criteria. But now it’s used to refer to any natural or synthetic substance that may have a positive impact on mental skills. In general, nootropics fall into three general categories: supplements, compounds, and prescriptions.
I forgot what I was about to say!
How often does this happen to you? If you’re over the age of 40, we can almost guarantee it happens more than you’d like. Nootropics are a great way to get those brain waves rolling again. But, don’t take our word for it…
What the Smarty Pants Say…
Dr. Shari Auth, DACM, LAC, LMT, kicks things off with this definition: “Nootropics are herbs, supplements, or other substances that can enhance brain function, including cognitive function, memory and more. Nootropics can boost brain functioning in otherwise healthy individuals and are also known to have neuroprotective (i.e., preventative) benefits. Nootropics are great for brain fog, mental fatigue, and to help you stay on top of your game at work or at home.
Think of Nootropics as food for your brain due to the circulation they increase specifically to your brain. Most of our brains are hungrier than we realize, and it gives us several signs of hunger pangs along the way. It’s our job to pay attention.
BAM! BOOM! POW!
The Benefits of Brain Power…
Nootropics are typically used as a supplement that can improve many aspects of your everyday life, especially when it comes to improving performance and decreasing stress.
“Traditional Chinese medicine has used nootropic herbs to support and optimize brain function,” shares Shari Auth. “Nootropics offer a range of cognitive benefits, including faster reaction time, increased alertness, improved memory, and decreasing mental fatigue and fog. Some nootropics can help your body manage stress.”
In other words, nootropics might be something to add to your routine if you’re looking to improve focus at work, get a better workout in, or simply better handle stress. You’ll get the most out of them when used daily, says Shari: “Most herbal nootropics are safe and can be used as a daily supplement for your brain. Nootropics can be taken as needed, but herbal supplements often work best cumulatively, so establishing a routine for consistency is key.”
Of course, Elite Health always believes in getting plenty of rest, exercise and eating a healthy diet for optimum health. As all of the above pertain to nootropics, they simply act as a daily enhancement for your brain power. Consider them a BONUS for your Brain!
Coffee Is My Duct Tape…It Fixes Everything!
Most people use a nootropic daily and don’t even realize it. YEP! We’re talking about your daily dose of in an effort to WAKE UP your brain and take on the day. The caffeine in coffee and tea doesn’t just make you FEEL more alert, it naturally stimulates little neurotransmitters in your brain that aide in short term memory.
Other dietary supplements that are considered Nootropics are ginseng, gingko, choline and L-Theanine.
Research has shown that adding L-theanine to your daily routine can help you be a better mult-tasker. Green Tea in its purest form is one way to achieve getting both in one dose.
Choline has been shown to greatly increase memory in patients showing signs of dementia.
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An integrated therapeutic approach to diabetes would target both the underlying cause of glucose intolerance as well as activate repair systems to prevent or reverse organ damage, that is, a disease modifying therapeutic. This is what ARA-290 can accomplish according to The National Public Library of Medicine.
Selank is another ACTH/MSH-like peptide of the melanocortin class most closely related to the analog tufstin. While traditionally prescribed for anxiety and depression, it has been known to be effective in many other treatments related to immune modulation.
Selank has pronounced anxiolytic activity and acts as a stable neuropsychotropic, antidepressant, and anti-stress drug that relieves aggression and fear reaction in different animal species. It also has a nootropic action, which positively influences the formation of memory and learning processes, and marked immunomodulatory activity.
Selank and Weight-loss
Experiments have also demonstrated the effectiveness of Selank in preventing the accumulation of body fat (i.e., weight gain).
Furthermore, decreased blood glucose levels have been observed with chronic treatment of this peptide. The peptide Selank, like the drug Semax, induces anticoagulant and hyperglycemia effects possibly due to the presence of the same amino acid sequence.
Thus, Selank can be used as a broad-spectrum therapeutic agent for the treatment of metabolic syndrome.
Often prescribed for: Anxiolytic, Immune improvement, gastric protection, as a preventative weight gain/metabolic syndrome, and with opioid and alcohol withdrawal/ dependence.
It is well known that ACTH/MSH-like peptides exert pleiotropic non-hormonal actions among their larger activities. Melanocortins affect learning processes and exploratory behavior.
They also aide in regeneration and development as well as improving neuromuscular performance. Together these classes of peptides control many behaviors such as regulating attention, processes of learning, and memory formation as a result of their pronounced effect on CNS functions.
Heptapeptide SEMAX is the analogue of ACTH (4-10) that has prolonged neurotropic activity and thus is a good candidate for medical therapy. Currently this peptide is successfully used in treatment of patients with pathologies related to brain circulation dysfunction and with different intellectual-amnestic problems of the CNS.
Doctors have prescribed it for many conditions like anxiety, memory improvement, ischemic events, stroke, and ADHD. Some doctors use it as a preventative measure to protect against chronic disease and to acutely help improve memory and learning processes.
It also has a marked antithrombotic and fibrinolytic effect and a gastric protective effect. It has also been suggested in literature that due to its effect on carboxypeptidase it can also increase physical performance.
Often prescribed for…
Anti-Thrombosis, ADHD/Learning, Gastric protection, Physical exertion improvement pain, Metal toxicities.
Beyond Our Products
It’s been said that a body in motion stays in motion…True! We also believe a brain in motion stays cognitive and alert (in motion). You have to keep your brain muscle working hard every single day, otherwise your muscle (brain) will get weak. Try downloading a brain teaser app on your phone and give yourself 5-10 minutes to exercise. We know it’s way more exciting to work out your biceps and have the world comment on how buff you look, but smart is sexy too. No one longs for all buff and no brains…right? SO next time you pick up a weight, maybe try saying the alphabet backwards while your at it, it’s harder than you think. Here, we’ll start you out…Z,Y,X and W…Now You!
Tip of The Day…
I’ve Got An Idea!!! Did you know that simply having ideas can ignite your brain in ways everyday reading or working cannot? It’s true. We all have an idea from time to time, some are bigger than others, but still they are all ideas. Be it a new twist on dinner or a totally unheard of invention, both are worthy of serious brain effectiveness. When we have an idea (that little lightbulb go off) our brains get as excited as a puppy waiting for a treat, it can hardly contain it’s excitement. All sorts of transmitters start shooting off in all directions and make your cerebrum want to celebrate! When we act out on an idea, that’s even better. So don’t ignore those fun little doses of genius, acknowledge them and share them …your brain will thank you. Cheers to becoming the next Einstein!