Nootropics are natural supplements or drugs that have a beneficial effect on brain function in healthy people. Many of these can boost memory, motivation, creativity, alertness and general cognitive function. Nootropics may also reduce age-related declines in brain function. Here are some nootropic supplements to boost your brain function.

Fish Oils

Fish Oil supplements are a rich source of DHA and EPA, two types of omega-3 fatty acids.  These fatty acids have been attributed to brain health, memory, and cognition. DHA plays a vital role in maintaining the structure and function of your brain. In fact, it accounts for around 25% of the total fat, and 90% of the omega-3 fat, found in your brain cells. The other omega-3 fatty acid in fish oil, EPA, has anti-inflammatory effects that may protect the brain against damage and aging. Taking DHA supplements has been linked with improved thinking skills, memory and reaction times in healthy people who have low DHA intakes. 

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is an antioxidant that occurs naturally in the skin of purple and red fruits like grapes, raspberries and blueberries. It’s also found in red wine, chocolate and peanuts. It’s been suggested that taking resveratrol supplements could prevent the deterioration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain associated with memory. If this is true, this treatment could slow down the decline in brain function you experience as you get older.  

Caffeine

Caffeine is a natural stimulant most commonly found in tea, coffee and dark chocolate. Although it’s possible to take it as a supplement, there isn’t really any need when you can get it from these sources. It works by stimulating the brain and central nervous system, making you feel less tired and more. Caffeine can make you feel more energized and improve your memory, reaction times and general brain function.  

Phosphatidylserine

Phosphatidylserine is a type of fat compound called a phospholipid, which can be found in your brain. It’s been suggested that taking phosphatidylserine supplements could be helpful for preserving brain health. Taking 100 mg of phosphatidylserine three times per day could help reduce age-related decline in brain function.  

Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Acetyl-L-carnitine is an amino acid produced naturally in your body. It plays an important role in your metabolism, particularly in energy production. Taking Acetyly-L-Carnitine can make you feel more alert, improve memory and slow down age-related memory loss. Acetyl-L-carnitine supplements can prevent age-related decline in brain function and increase learning capacity

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba is an herbal supplement derived from the Ginkgo biloba tree. It’s an incredibly popular supplement that many people take to boost their brain power. It works by increasing blood flow to the brain and is improves brain function and memory. It has shown to be effective in slowing progression of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

xox, Dr. G