Nootropics are becoming quite common among those who want to boost their cognitive function. While it is popular, it’s important to realize that not everyone has the same biochemistry.
This means that any given all-in-one nootropic product may work for one may not work for someone else--especially when you take into consideration each person has different goals and budgets.
There has been studies that prove nootropics like piracetam and l-tyrosine are great ways to give you that mental boost you’re looking for, people still want to create a stack that is customized specifically for them.
What’s great about doing it yourself is that you don’t need an expert to create the stack for you. You can do it yourself. The main thing you will want to do before you try anything is to do your research.
Depending on what you what you’re hoping to achieve, let’s take a look at the some of the best natural nootropic supplements that you can use to create your own stack specifically for your needs.
There are no nootropics that are exactly alike, but they can be classified by how they work:
Now, let’s take a look at the types of natural nootropics that are safe to use and effective.
This is a form of carnitine, an amino acid that creates acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter that is needed for learning and memory.
Taking this can improve your mental clarity, how alert you feel, processing speed, focus, boost your mood, and bolster your memory. It also has anti-depressant properties that could give you faster relief than a prescribed medication.
Creatine is another amino acid that is often used by body builders and athletes to help them enhance their physical performance while working out (or playing sports), but it can also help increase their lean muscle mass and increase energy for your brain.
Choline is a precursor for acetylcholine and it’s grouped in the Vitamin B complex family. While Choline is found all over the body, it mostly gravitates in the brain.
Choline is essential for promoting healthy skin and hair, but it also prevents memory loss. When you have enough choline in your body, it turns into acetylcholine, which then provides energy and mental clarity.
Ginkgo biloba is one of the most popular (and oldest) herbal substances used in the world. It’s an excellent way to boost your cognitive faculties, as it can be used for people who experience poor concentration, fatigue, depression, anxiety, memory loss, and even have bouts of mental confusion.
L-tyrosine is a nonessential amino acid that is the precursor for a variety of hormones and neurotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine.
With a constant supply of these hormones, your body will be able to respond better to stress, reduce cognitive stress and fatigue while increasing your memory function and be able to focus.
Theanine gives you that feeling of relaxed concentration without feeling drowsy. It increases the amount of serotonin, dopamine, and GABA in the body to improve your mood, have better recall, and helps you learn easier.
It is the best supplement to give you that calm focus that one would get when they drink green tea or meditate.
Much like the Chinese ginseng, American ginseng is considered to be an incredible brain enhancer. Its popularity and potency has surpassed the Chinese version because within just a few hours of taking the supplement, your memory will improve and you’ll feel much sharper and have better mental clarity.
Contrary to popular belief, turkey isn’t responsible for that sleepy feeling you get after Thanksgiving dinner. Tryptophan is essential for serotonin and melatonin to be made in our bodies.
The tryptophan is going to help increase your memory and your ability to focus, but it will also help treat mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and seasonal affective disorder.
When you feel like you’re having troubles with your memory, your mood, or your ability to problem solve, you might have a vitamin D deficiency.
People who are overworked and feel like they can’t get anything done can benefit the most by this and it’s simple to get--just go outside! Or, take a supplement or drink some milk.
DHA is the primary structural part of the brain that plays a big hand in memory, language, creativity, your emotions, judgment and your attention span.
If you’re going to choose one supplement to add to your stack, omega-3’s are a must have, and you can find it in the form of fish oil or krill oil capsules.
These are just ten naturally occurring nootropics that you can get more of in your day to day life. You don’t have to go out and purchase bottles and bottles--just eat more of these foods, go out in the sun, and drink more tea!
Of course, it’s worth noting that you can get these in supplement form and stack them in relation to what you’re looking to achieve!