How to Boost Brain Power with Diet and Avoid Nootropics- Thomas DeLauer
Nootropics are not the best way to get brainpower. Do it through diet and reap the rewards for twice the time. For more information on doing this the way I believe is best, head to
Here’s some more information as to why Nootropics might not be the best way to go!
1. Nootropics comes from the Greek and means, “Towards the Mind”
2. Nootropics are a new designation for drugs and supplements that claim to enhance cognitive function. Although the term “nootropics” and “smart drugs” are often used synonymously, technically they are different. Smart drugs are truly pharmaceuticals designed to treat abnormalities like ADHD (Adderall or Ritalin). Nootropics, on the other hand, do not attempt to correct a problem, but seek to boost or protect cognitive function, or some other performance issue.
3. Those who market nootropics make fantastic claims about their effectiveness, but lack adequate testing or regulation
4. Among the so-called nootropics are substances like caffeine and nicotine
5. Contrary to common opinion, just because a supplement is “natural” does not make it safe
6. Experimenting with untested nootropic compounds could be dangerous, especially when mixing or “stacking” compounds whose interactions we know little about
7. The possible dangers of taking nootropics could be increased in children and young adults whose brains are not yet fully developed
8. Recently, several US military personnel died taking a supplement called Jack3d a pre-workout supplement
9. Nootropics may aid in the repair of damaged brain function, but there is no evidence that they can serve as preventative or enhancing cognitive function
10. Many nootropics are merely stimulants like caffeine or nicotine that temporarily boost cognitive function. But when relied upon over time, the brain becomes dependent on the stimulant to process normal cognitive activities.
11. With consistent use of a nootropic, the body (and brain) can become tolerant to the extent that either ever increasing doses are required in order to obtain the same effects, or the compound becomes ineffective altogether.
12. One of the best ways to increase dopamine and enhance cognitive function is intermittent fasting
13. A diet rich in omega-3s, meat, nuts, and poultry can also boost dopamine levels.
14. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for brain function according to Dr. Ann Kulze, MD. The reason for this in part is that the brain itself is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty fish, such as wild salmon, sardines and herring fall into this category. Nuts like walnuts also contain plant-based omega-3s.
15. Regular physical exercise, meditation, adequate sleep, exposure to sunlight, completion of established goals, and massage therapy can also increase dopamine levels (notice that all these activities also reduce stress)
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