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Going "Zen" with Nootropics

November 17, 2017

Nootropics, the talk of the trade right now as they seem to have a solution to every aspect of optimization by the sounds of things? 
-Well they are one of the fastest growing and, honestly, one of the most exciting areas of trade too. 

Typically, nootropics are associated with boosting mental performance, memory and focus, but those of you looking to reduce stress, stabilise your mood and relieve anxiety may find that nootropics can do just that for you!

I mean, who doesn't want to be happier, more relaxed or just... you know... "Zen"? 
-Well, once again, we've come up with a list of "Top Nootropics" for you! Below you can find our recommendations on the best nootropics for mood optimization!

1) L-Theanine

 A naturally occurring amino acid that is found by default in green-tea, this nootropic is often underestimated and overlooked but has incredible health benefits and promotes a smooth lasting relaxation without sedation. L-Theanine has a chemical structure similar to that of glutamate, a neurochemical responsible for nerve impulses, which is suspected to be the reason for the cognitive enhancing properties of this amino acid.

2) Aniracetam

A fat soluble nootropic from the Racetam family and one of the more popular nootropics on the market. This nootropic is known for its mood boosting and memory enhancement, a true all-rounder and great starting point for many nootropic users. In addition to this nootropics affect on mood and memory, users have reported an increase in creativity and "holistic thinking" too.

3) Phenibut

Possibly considered to be one of the most powerful of the mood boosting nootropics, phenibut is a derivative of the neurotransmitter, GABA. What makes phenibut so interesting is due to its ability to provide the user with a calm, relaxed and tranquil state without hindering mental performance or causing sedation, making phenibut popular amongst those looking to relieve stress and social anxiety. Interestingly enough, this nootropic is an essential component of the Russian cosmonaut's medical kit, due to its ability provide result in a remain relaxed but focus state, in high intensity situations. 

4) Sulbutiamine

A vitamin-B derivative, with the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and increase levels of thiamine in the users brain, this nootropic is well-known for its effects on boosting motivation and reducing anxiety. The increased levels of thiamine in the brain are thought to promote positive effects on neurotransmitters (choline, glutamate and dopamine) which are "neuro-chemicals" that have a  role in mood enhancement and stabilisation.

5) Noopept

Considered one of the more powerful nootropics on the market with a diverse range of effects under its belt. Noopept has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier to result in rapid absorption and  quick onset of its mood boosting, anti-anxiety and powerful focus effects. Additionally with its effects on BDNF and memory, it's to no surprise that this substance is one of the most popular and favourited of the nootropics. 

6) Adrafinil

Adrafinil, the favoured among the wakefulness promoting agents and productivity nootropics on the market, with powerful effects on dopamine and serotonin systems within the brain, this nootropic results in long-lasting focus, motivation and "wakefulness" in the user. 

7) L-Tryptophan

One of the lesser recognised nootropics, L-Tryptophan is an essential amino acid and a precursor to serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for the regulation of mood, sleep, pain, melatonin production and various others functions in humans. With studies showing that L-Tryptophan has a greatly positive effects on mood, depression and overall well-being. 

Closing Thoughts:

With all the above being said, it must be noted that supplements are exactly that, they are there to "supplement" your diet not replace it. A healthy diet and lifestyle goes a long way towards optimal mental, physical and emotional functioning but supplements can assist you with that "extra boost" when needed most.. 

Remember, a healthy mind is a strong mind!

Optimize. Perform. Repeat.

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