Written by: ASN



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In a world where being highly motivated, focused, and energised are daily requirements to succeed, we need all the help we can get...and some days, coffee alone just doesn’t cut it!

Introducing the brain-boosting benefits of Nootropics.

‘Nootropic’ is the term given to a compound (natural or synthetic) that boosts cognitive function in some capacity. Some nootropics are gabaergic (calming) and others are adrenergic (excitatory). Some boost mood and others enhance learning or memory recall.

If you’re looking for next-level cognition, these top 5 natural brain-boosting nootropics are must-haves:

1. Caffeine

Not just any caffeine but coffee! That’s right… caffeine boosts energy, alertness, focus, motivation and performance. However, coffee provides these benefits and more. Coffee contains powerful tannins, polyphenols and flavonoids that support cognitive function, reduce inflammation and prevent brain fog.

2. NeuroFactor®

Coffea Arabica Fruit Extract is the source of this highly researched ingredient. NeuroFactor® has been shown in clinical trials to boost BDNF by 143%. BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) is a protein peptide that helps improve the architecture of the brain to boost its processing speed and memory recall. In fact, as we age, lowered levels of BDNF are thought to result in lowered mental performance and the potential onset of age-related cognitive decline.

3. EnXtra®

Alpina Galanga is the source of this patented natural compound that amplifies the benefit of caffeine by 30% for up to 5 hours without jitters or a crash. It is thought to act as an adaptogen allowing our body and brain to respond positively to stimulants and stress. EnXtra® boosts dopamine receptors and down-regulates adenosine. This means it may enhance motivation, happiness and satisfaction while reducing fatigue and tiredness.

4. Lion’s Mane

Mushrooms have been used in cuisine and medicine the world over for centuries. This particular mushroom is special because it contains hericenones and erinacines which have been shown to boost NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) & BDNF resulting in improved brain function. Lion's mane is also loaded with antioxidants which may help reduce oxidative stress throughout the body and brain.

5. Huperzine A

Huperzia Serrata is a naturally occurring source Huperzine A which acts as an inhibitor of the enzyme acetylcholine esterase. This enzyme breaks down the major neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is responsible for learning, mood, and memory. Huperzine A may also boost norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain. Therefore, when used with Theobromine, Caffeine and EnXtra® (which are known to enhance dopamine receptors) you may experience incredible synergistic benefits.

There are many other natural adaptogenic herbs, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that all provide some benefit towards healthy brain function and cognition. It’s important to remember a healthy body has a greater chance of having a healthy mind and vise versa.

Reducing some of the sugar ladened highly processed food, alcohol, and sodas, in favour of an antioxidant-rich diet with plenty of protein and good fats, will not only serve to balance your energy levels but boost your gut and brain health simultaneously.

In fact, coconut oil (in particular MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides)) really should have made the top 5 natural brain-boosting nootropics as they help to increase ketones which pass through the blood-brain barrier and boost the overall energy of your brain.

With the nootropic supplement space maturing in the USA and starting to rapidly expand here in Australia, you may find these ingredients in one or more products and sometimes a combination of them can be found in one.

Upgrade Your Daily Ritual by adding some brain-boosting nootropics into your routine and feel the lift in mental cognition and performance that will have you excelling in the boardroom and on the sports field.

Pro Tip: Don’t consume coffee or a combination of coffee and other nootropics too close to the bed as they can disrupt your sleep. Quality sleep leads to quality brain function and a better quality of life.