We all have had days when we forgot where we put our car keys, couldn’t think of that answer on the test, or just moving slow mentally. Natural nootropics are herbal supplements used to increase cognition and boost memory power. These herbs differ from the common synthetic man-made nootropics, piracetam and aniracetam. If your brain needs a boost and you want to keep it natural, take a look at these herbal nootropics.
Huperzia Serrata is powerful plant is also known as Chinese firmoss, originating from India and Southeast Asia. It contains huperzine-A, the nootropic component of the plant that boosts brain cognition. It does this by inhibiting the re-uptake of acetylcholine. ACh is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in learning and memory. When taking this nootropic it’s important to cycle off of it after a fews because of the long half-life.
2. Bacopa Monnieri
This wonderful brain herb has been getting a lot of research lately, however, it’s been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. It grants the user better memory retention, with best results after 8-12 weeks. Some claim to feel an immediate lucid and clear brain that continues to build day after day. It’s important to take this nootropic with meals because of the slight abdominal discomfort. The Bacopa plant is also an adaptogen that works with dopamine and serotonergic systems. Eliminate your anxiety and gain mental clarity with this natural nootropic.
3. Lion’s Mane
Hericium erinaceus is an edible medicinal mushroom, native to North America, Europe and Asia. The cool thing about this mushroom is that it promotes nerve growth factor, myelination and increased memory.
4. Ginkgo Biloba
One of the oldest tree species on the planet! It has been found in fossils dating back 270 million years. Ginkgo biloba is also known as maidenhair tree, and considered to be a living fossil. Many people take this herb for the brain to boost cognition because it increases blood flow.
Vinpocetine comes from the Periwinkle plant, a common natural cognitive enhancer. It may increase blood flow helping memory, and have anti-aging effects.
If you feel like you need a boost in brain power, one of these natural nootropics may be worth trying. The FDA does not regulate herbs so it’s important to know the effects, doses, sources, and contraindications of anything going in your body. Meet with an herbalist and tell your doctor about any herbs you are taking.