Healthy nootropics

Typically I do not advocate for or against nootropics. Some of the nootropics may call stomach issues, and some may influence the mood. I have tried several food supplements and I routinely use some very simple and generic products, which are healthy in small portions. Recently I have been approached by Chris from Cognitune who asked me to read his article on food supplements that can fight ADHD. As you might know, I have ADHD and occasionally need some supplements to improve my quality of life. I found a great correspondence between the food supplements I use and the substances suggested by Cognitune. In this post, I will disclose my own list for the first time.

Coffee

Caffeine is generally very healthy, especially if the daily amount is between 3 and 6 cups of coffee. If you are perfectionists, you will take 4 cups of double espresso without sugar and milk. You can use a cup of gas soda with coffee, the Italian way. It improves taste and reduces the chance of dehydration. Sugar and milk are less healthy, and you might reconsider. Coffee is best used before sports activities and before handling challenging mental tasks. Caffeine is considered a Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant which can boost the production of dopamine in the brain. Coffee can also reduce the risk of Alzheimer and prolong your life. Unfortunately, the effect of coffee is short-term and overdosage can lead to dehydration and heart problems.

Antioxidants

I eat a lot of tomato and pepper as a part of my daily diet. So I do not need antioxidants. If your diet is unbalanced, you may want to take food supplements. A small amount of free radicals is needed for your body to build muscle and generate the good stress. Antioxidants reduce the number of free radicals and your sensitivity to bad stress.

Omega-3 Fish Oil

Arguably the most popular health supplement on the planet, Omega-3 fish oil contains two primary fatty acids that benefit the mind and body. You can get the fish oils by eating fish, but the fish tends to absorb poison from their habitat. Omega-3 is relatively clean. There are so many health benefits to Omega-3, that there is simply no reason not to take it. The effect is stronger with children, and can even fight behavioral problems.

Vitamins B and C

We usually get most of our vitamin B from meat. If you are not eating steaks every day, you may want to complement the vitamin for your body. I take vitamin B each time I get irritable or my lips crack. I think there is a chance of excessive vitamin B usage, so if you see no signs of lack of the vitamin, you may want to limit it to 1 pill per week.

Vitamin C is very abundant, especially in fruits. If you do not eat lots of foods, you can take vitamin C, probably once a week. It boosts the immune system. The immune system is responsible for other things for the brain blood barrier, and thus for the health of your brain.

Ginkgo Biloba

This food supplement should improve the attention span. It is pretty helpful for sleep quality and overall mental condition. Personally I do not feed different when I take a pill. I do take Ginkgo occasionally, especially when I feel chronic stress symptoms.

Ginger root

Dried Ginger contains Shogaol. Shogaol has one property the other ginger constituents, zingerone and gingerol have not been found to exhibit, namely memory and cognitive enhancing properties. It also reduces blood pressure and gastric contraction, which is very good if you drink a lot of coffee. Probably you can take it daily without negative effects…

You might have noticed, that the substances in my list are attainable via food, and there is a great reason for it. If people eat something for hundreds of years, it is a good indication the substance is healthy.

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4 Replies to “Healthy nootropics”

  1. Apart from your useful list, personally I like to take daily about 3 teaspoons of olive oil after I finished my push-ups exercises. Thank you!

  2. Interesting post! I really like these foods and supplements and use them frequently. Panax ginseng is also very good and relatively safe (500+ articles in Pubmed). It has been shown to improve working memory and mental performance, and I feel good taking it 🙂

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