What Are the Best Nootropics?


What sets top athletes apart from the rest? Aside from the rigorous dedication to training and nutrition, they have the right mindset and focus to succeed at an elite level.

Even if you're not an athlete, as someone who values a healthy life, you want the whole package - not only do you want to be physically fit, but you know how important it is to take care of your mind at the same time.


What are nootropic supplements?


You may have heard of the term 'nootropic' before, but what are they? Known as 'brain boosters', they refer to several ingredients designed to work synergistically in your brain and body to deliver next-level cognitive performance.

Also called 'smart drugs' or 'cognitive enhancers', nootropics are natural and synthetic compounds that can help your mental alertness, memory, focus and mood.


How do nootropics work?


Nootropics act by increasing the activity of your mitochondria (your cell's powerhouse), supporting fatty acid transport to the cells of your brain and the uptake of nutrients and oxygen in your brain.

Are nootropics safe? Though clinical studies are lacking, our ancestors have been using plant extracts for mental cognition since early civilisation.


Top benefits of nootropics:

  • Mental focus and energy
  • Increased motivation
  • Memory support
  • Relaxation and sleep ease
  • Support for long-term brain health

 
Can nootropics make you smarter? 

A common question asked is, "do nootropics work?' You only have to look at the increasing popularity of these supplements worldwide to find your answer. Top performers are now looking for the nutritional and supplemental solutions to get the most out of themselves - essentially working smarter, not harder.

You may not wake up with the brain of Einstein, but you can feel sharper and more 'switched on’. With the right combination of ingredients, you'll find that you will naturally get the most out of yourself when you use nootropics alongside your healthy lifestyle.


A closer look at key nootropics:

  • Alpha GPC (L-Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine) - a cholinergic compound that regulates a neurotransmitter called Acetylcholine, that supports physical and mental performance.
  • Huperzine A - a compound found in Chinese club moss, increases the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine, supporting memory, focus and brain health.
  • Ginseng - derived from a fleshy plant root; Ginseng is natural energy support used in Chinese medicine for centuries. This herb can help sharpen your mind and support relaxation simultaneously.
  • L-Theanine - if you've had green tea, you've had L-Theanine! This amino acid helps give you a mental boost without the jitters and is now a popular component of many pre-workout formulas.
  • L-Tyrosine - Your neurotransmitters (such as Dopamine) rely on nonessential amino acids like L-Tyrosine. It assists communication between nerve cells, helping your brain to function with clarity and assisting the healthy stress response.
  • Bacopa Monnieri (Brahmi) - traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, this herb supports focus, learning and memory.

Best nootropic in the world?


Not only does Nootropia by Athletic Sport contain the above ingredients, but it also contains two key types of the most popular nootropic, caffeine, that help take your results to the next level:

  • NeuroFactor™ - a patented compound naturally derived wholly from Coffee Arabica (coffee plant).
  • VegiSurge® - derived from Coffea Robusta (Green Coffee) and Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea).

Each blend is encased in a capsule to easily take your Nootropia wherever and whenever you need it - whether it be work, sport, study or play. Take five capsules a day and for best results, remember to do the basics right - support your brain health with sufficient sleep, daily exercise and a diet rich in micronutrients.

To reach peak performance, you need your mind and body to be working in sync. Whenever your brain needs that 'on' switch, think of Nootropia!


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