One fifth of college students use nootropics, the second highest population of nootropic users, after people who are in high-pressure careers. That's a pretty high percentage, but there's a reason for it. If you've been a student, you know how college can be tough. What with the exams, social pressure, financial situations, and relationships, students are often surrounding by distractions and stressors that take their attention away from studying.
If only there was a pill that you could take and block out all the distractions and let you focus. Ta-da, enter nootropics!
These drugs boost your cognitive functions and improve your concentration, focus, and learning ability. But beware, not all nootropics are created equal. You need to be very careful when choosing your brand of preference otherwise, you might settle for a type that doesn't offer the benefits you’re looking for.
Of course, I mentioned students initially, but really, anyone who is looking for to enhance their cognitive functions can benefit from taking nootropics.
Today I’ve compiled a list of five categories of nootropics to help you choose a brand that is perfect for studying and concentration. Use it as a cheat sheet for your studies.
This category of nootropics consists of plant based extracts that improve your brain's health and ability. Some examples include Bacopi Monneri, Ginkgo Biloba, and coffee. Basically, when you take a natural nootropic (like drinking coffee), you tend to stay sharp, awake and alert for a very long time, which is precisely what you need in order to study effectively. One good thing about them is that they are cheap and extremely safe. Their biggest drawback is that they are less effective compared to their synthetic counterparts.
Racetams are the most widely used nootropics. That's partly because they were the very first such drugs ever invented and also because they offer mental energy and stimulation that in turn provide concentration, motivation, and focus. Those are all necessary ingredients for studying.
All racetamshave the same structure in their Pyrrolidone nucleus and work by stimulating the brain to release a neurotransmitter known as Acetylcholine. A high amount of the neurotransmitter increases the rate at which nerve impulses are transmitted by your brain. The result is that your cognitive functions will speed up. So, one way of boosting your concentration is by choosing a nootropic from the racetam family.
Choline is an Acetylcholine intermediate. That means it works in the same way that racetams work; by stimulating brain receptors to produce Acetylcholine. Therefore, when you take a nootropic from this family, you will enhance your comprehension abilities and your general cognitive functioning.
Like most drugs in the market today, some choline brands are more effective than others. Generally speaking, most of the cheap ones are usually the lesser effective ones while promoting more adverse side effects than others. Therefore, if you want to boost your learning capability without compromising your health try to avoid the cheap stuff and research each brand as thoroughly as you possibly can.
The peptides family of nootropics is famous for its extremely positive effects on motivation, physical and mental energy, alertness, and most importantly learning. These nootropics are so effective at aiding studying that some experts believe they are 1000 times more potent than some racetams.
Their effectiveness is mainly influenced by one crucial feature – their ability to penetrate the blood-brain barrier. That means if you are dealing with a peptide you only need to take a little portion of the drug to feel its full array of magic.
The name pretty much sells this group of nootropics. Smart drugs target specific brain functions and enhance them thus improving your overall cognitive abilities (like memory and learning). One very important yet overlooked point is that not all smart drugs are nootropics.
For example, Adderall is a mere stimulant that only promotes wakefulness, alertness, and energy among other things. Where as Modafinil, one of the most popular study aids, is a nootropic that has added benefits in addition to alertness.
Despite their extremely positive effects on learning, some smart drugs contain regulated ingredients. That means you can't purchase them unless you have a prescription. That said, most brands are readily available, and you sure can't miss one or two that are within your budget; no matter how big or small it is.
So there you have it, a list of five categories of nootropics that are useful for studying and concentration. If your school work is making you feel swamped, you can always rely on them to rejuvenate you mentally and physically.