CAREER DEVELOPMENT / SEP. 11, 2014
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Nootropics Cognitive Enhancers and Your Career

Cognitive enhancers or ’nootropics,’ are currently being used by many in order to improve levels of concentration, improve one’s focus, increase one’s ability to form and recall memories, and positively affect one’s ability to learn. These nootropics were first developed in order to help individuals suffering from various conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and ADHD.

Now, many individuals are experiencing the benefits of these ’smart drugs.’ College students are using these supplements, as well as individuals in the business world. This helps give users an edge in a highly competitive market.

What Are Nootropics?

Basically, nootropics are drugs, dietary ingredients, and supplements that enhance cognitive functioning and boost intelligence. These supplements mainly improve memory, concentration, focus, brain energy, and motivation. All of these aspects are highly valuable in the business world.

In order for a supplement to be a ’nootropic’, it must yield very little side-effects. Basically, they yield positive results while being low in terms of toxicity. If you have seen Limitless, you may be wondering if the film holds more merit than you first believed.

Although nootropics increase intelligence and cognitive functioning, they do not magically increase your IQ. Instead, brain function improves through an increase in various neurotransmitters and increased oxygen to the brain. For example, an increase in acetylcholine leads to improved concentration, better memory, and increased attention spans.

How Do Nootropics Relate to the Business World?

The current market is not only competitive, but it’s extremely fast paced. There is a lot of pressure to achieve more, while reaching multiple goals. There are only so many hours in the day, so it’s important to get the most out of those hours. It’s easy to get distracted, become moody, or feel tired. Nootropics can help improve your performance by decreasing these negative effects.

It can be daunting to take something that changes your brain function, but majority of the supplements are natural. Caffeine is an example of a nootropic that is consumed by millions each day. Drinking coffee is accepted, and yields more side-effects than many other options.

If you increase your brain energy, you will be able to achieve bigger and better things. You can be motivated, but if you’re going to be successful, then energy is key. Once you increase brain energy, increase focus, and improve memory, you’ll be able to reach your goals in a faster and more effective manner. 

What Nootropics are Available?

The first nootropic developed was ’Piracetam’ in 1964. Since then, there have been many other nootropics created that yield similar effects, but are more potent. Supplements in this family of nootropics are known as racetams. Within this family are; Oxiracetam, Aniracetam, Phenylpiracetam, and Pramiracetam. If interested, begin researching various options and get all the required background information.

If you’re weary about unfamiliar nootropics, then focus on more natural supplements:

1.       DHA: This is found in fish due to the omega 3-fatty acid content. This helps to improve memory by building stronger connections between brain cells.

2.       Theanine: This is found in tea, increasing one’s ability to focus. It also produces calming effects and is commonly taken with caffeine.

3.       Bacopa Monnieri: This plant grows in both North America and India. It has long been used within Ayurvedic medicine as it enhances cognitive function and is used to treat epilepsy. It is mainly used to improve one’s memory in terms of formation and restoration. It does not have an effect on learning or concentration; so many individuals will take this within a nootropic stack.

4.       Blueberries, Strawberries, and Walnuts: These items are high in antioxidants, meaning that they protect and increase brain health as we age. Communication between brain cells is enhanced, allowing for higher functioning. They have also been shown to improve memory.

Begin exploring the world of nootropics. If you have any questions or concerns, speak with your healthcare professional. They will guide you in the right direction and provide you with the information you desire. Our ability to focus, form and recall memories, and learn are so vital within the career world. Give yourself an upper edge, and begin focusing on your potential brain power.  

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