We will be talking about cognitive enhancers, better known as smart drugs, and the word they are becoming synonymous with — nootropics. I have my own awesome experience to relate as well, further into the article.
What are Nootropics?
Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea
Corneliu E. Giurgea, a Romanian psychologist and chemist, coined the term nootropic in 1972. Having synthesized the nootropic Piracetam back in 1964 he states nootropics should have the following characteristics:
- Enhance learning and memory.
- Enhance the resistance of learned behaviors/memories to conditions that tend to disrupt them.
- They should protect the brain against various physical or chemical injuries.
- They should increase the efficacy of the cortical/subcortical control mechanisms.
- They should lack the usual pharmacology of other psychotropic drugs (e.g. motor stimulation, sedation) and possess very few side effects and have extremely low toxicity.
Adding to what Giurgea states nootropics should also improve one or more aspects of mental function, such as working memory, motivation, and attention.
Will Nootropics Unlock Our Brains Full Potential?
We have all seen, if not in person than in documentaries on television or read about in history books individuals that have tremendous brain power; cognitive abilities that transcend us ordinary mortals. Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton jump to the forefront of my mind. You may have others that come to mind. These people have shaped the course of history with their intellectual power.
Could it be that they just sipped a little extra green tea with antioxidants and that is what pushed them to greatness?
No, there was something fundamentally different in Einstein and Newton, but what? We are many years if not decades away yet from understanding, let alone having the ability to unlock your brain’s full potential and becoming the next Newton.
Are There Pills That Make You Smarter?
Before I forget what this article is about … let’s get back to the primary topic of the article, what are the best nootropics for memory and focus?
We can all agree that we are not going to be the next Einstein, Newton, or Hawking. At least I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit that fact. Fortunately for us, there are companies with scientific teams researching case study after case study from around the world to uncover the most comprehensive and potent nootropic supplements.
Months of research and constantly refining my routine resulted in success.
The ingredients that go into these supplements and the specific amounts are what will, when taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise, push and prod our brain to new heights. Of course individually our mileage will vary.
If you’re looking for a supplement to boost your IQ by 50 points, it won’t happen and that is not what I’m looking for in brain boosting supplements. Frankly, you should not be looking for that either. Honestly, those ‘Limitless‘ like smart pills do not exist in the real world.
Supplements to Unlock Your Brains Potential – What Works for Me
I’m an engineer by trade in a bleeding edge technology company and keeping up with the latest technologies in my profession is paramount. It is senior management that come to me with millions of dollars in budget money, and they want answers. Answers to questions that involve research and data modeling and competition analysis, all of which they wanted yesterday.
Over the last 2-3 years, my brain has become all fogged up. It took me about a year to realize what was happening. My concentration power, something I have always considered one of my strongest abilities, began to falter. I found myself more and more distracted by things going on around me. Things that I would normally not even notice.I was beginning to fail. I was having difficulty remembering even some of more esoteric items that I use on a daily basis.
Brain Fog was affecting me terribly
I was beginning to fail. I was having difficulty remembering even some of more esoteric items that I use on a daily basis. My sleeping pattern became erratic because I was worrying about what was happening to my brain. It was the proverbial domino effect going on in my head.
Being an engineer I wanted a solution. I also wanted to make sure I remained employed. So I began my search.
I will summarize about eight months of research work, which included various systems, in just a few bullet points. A caveat first. This is what works for me. You and I are different. Check with your doctor or medical professional before making changes to your diet, exercise routine, or supplement intake.
I will post my daily schedule shortly for those interested.
- Exercise regularly – There is so much evidence out there that points to healthy brain activity of those that exercise (non-strenuous) regularly. Focus on aerobic exercises as this Harvard Health Publication states. The increased oxygen flow provides additional stimulation for your brain. 30-60 minutes per day, with 50%-75% of that being cardio.
- Healthy eating – I’m not saying cut out all pizza, beer, chips, and burgers. To me, that is eating healthy. If I had to cut pizza out of my diet, well let’s just say the brain fog would be rolling in. There are plenty of articles on the Internet that can help you with this. Here is one of the first(10 best food for combat athletes), albeit somewhat obscure, I found and modeled my diet after.
Exercise your brain with the right foods, physical activity, a good book, and proper supplements
- Reading – Read. Yup, pick-up a book and read it. Ask at work or check out some of the great online resources to get ideas for something to read. There are just as many studies out there on how reading can improve brain function as there are exercise and brain health studies. Here is a recent one from the ABC New site, “How Reading a Novel Can Improve the Brain“.
- Sleep – This one goes without saying, or at least it should. If you exercise daily and maintain good eating habits this should not be an issue. For me, six hours is what I need.
- Supplements – During the eight months of research, I had my exercise, eating, reading, and sleeping routine down. I was also consuming various quantities and doses of coconut oil, vitamin B12, vitamin D, Omega-3’s, and others. I got better, but not completely.
- MindBoost Complete – These supplements are what tied it all together for me.
Why MindBoost Supplements?
A recent New York Times article showing that authorities ran tests on products from Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC — finding roughly four out of five of the products contained none of the herbs listed on their labels.
Can you believe the gall of those company’s? Selling their products to consumers with what basically amounts to filler. Even if you do not go with the SimpleSmartScience MindBoost Day or MindBoost Night supplement do yourself a favor a request a Certificate of Analysis (CofA) from your current supplement provider. If they refuse to provide the CofA, stay away.
The team at SimpleSmartScience does it right with their products. They do the research for us. They look at case studies from around the world, the ones with measurable results, and base their ingredients and dosages on those studies.
This simple table shows exactly what they provide and what is recommended:
SimpleSmartScience researchers determine the proper dosages and ingredients.
My Nootropic Full Cycle Stack with MindBoost Complete
I did my eight months of due diligence and was fortunate to find the MindBoost products. Actually, if it wasn’t for a younger colleague of mine at work I would probably still be shoving supplement after supplement into my pie hole (I owe you Brett, big time!).
I went full-on and purchased a three month supply of both the MindBoost Day and the MindBoost Night. SimpleSmartScience bundles them together under the name MindBoost Complete. If the stuff didn’t work they offer a 120-day money back guarantee and I would just ship it back and continue my search for the best nootropic for memory and focus elsewhere.
The shipment arrived when I was at work on a Tuesday. It just so happened that I was having a worse day than usual and the brain fog was thick. I just finished getting chewed out by the boss for completely forgetting a major component for our latest ‘to-ship’ product when the wife called and said the stuff arrived.
My MindBoost Results
Started Tuesday night with MindBoost Night. I didn’t expect magic and I didn’t get it. I was a bit disappointed because I tossed and turned all night long. Still upset from getting yelled at perhaps.
I started Wednesday a bit less optimistic because of the lackluster results that night. Started the morning with my cup of coffee, MindBoost Day, and a bagel.
I have a 45-minute commute to the office. Traffic sucks even on the good days, but something happened..
When the brain fog lifted, it was like seeing colors again.
Thirty minutes or so into my commute I got a little chill up my neck. I noticed it distinctly because I was sitting in my damn car on the ‘off-ramp’ doing nothing waiting for the car in front of me to move.
Then a few minutes later, maybe ten, I felt lighter. It is hard to describe, it felt like my head wasn’t so heavy. The feeling lasted for hours and honestly if felt pretty good and refreshing. Some of you may be thinking, ok what was in that bagel or that cup of coffee. Becuase that is what I was thinking. No way would a single dose do this.
I shrugged it off and fingered the placebo effect as the cause.
I finish work in a chipper mood and headed home. To my wife’s surprise, I suggested to her, that we take the dog for a walk. She feels my head. Nope, no fever …
Nighttime, I take MindBoost Night. Damn, toss and turn again.
Daytime, same routine. Coffee, bagel, MindBoost Day. That day, I make it to the office in 30 minutes. I sit down at my desk, yikes here comes that tingling feeling up my neck again.
The Brain Fog Lifted
Then it hits me Holy Crappola! Excuse my language. That damn brain fog is gone! I have a hard time conveying this feeling because the brain fog was a combination of things. It was feeling sluggish, unable to focus, forgetting certain things, crummy mood, and just generally slow.
It was gone! The damn brain fog was gone. I would mortgage my house if this MindBoost supplement was that expensive. Fortunately for me, and for you, it’s not.
It wasn’t for another three nights before the MindBoost Night settled in and I was able to get a nice good nights rest.
If you are like me and you have the brain fog or heaviness hanging over you, then you owe it to yourself to give these SimpleSmartScience supplements a try. They have a 120-day 100% money back guarantee, so there is absolutely no risk.
Obviously I can’t say what happened to me is going to happen to you. But man, I sure hope it does.
MindBoost by SimpleSmartScience
I felt an overall increased focus since I started using the MindBoost supplements. Additionally the fatigue that would accompany me on the way home has but gone away. I feel more alert and aware of my surroundings than I have in years. Another pleasant side effect, my libido has returned. Much to the surprise of my wife!