Boosting your brain’s function helps in many ways. Not only would you be able to concentrate and focus on the task, it also helps you to protect your brain from degenerative diseases. One way to improve your cognitive function is to try nootropics. Nootropics are cognitive enhancers which helps improve the brain functionality in terms of memory, learning and creativity. There are synthetic and natural supplements available in the market today or you can make your own.

Different Types of Natural Nootropics

If you plan on stacking or making your own, it is important that you know which type interacts with what. There are seven types of nootropics current available in the market and although there are no side effects yet, knowing how each complement one another would help improve your overall health. Remember to address any problems or questions you have with your health care provider. Below are some of the natural herbs that you can add to your supplement or are usually included when you buy a natural supplement.

Bacopa Monnieri. This flowering herb is common in India, Asia and some parts of North America. The herb is a powerful antioxidant and a natural memory enhancer. The locals use the herb to treat epilepsy as well as to improve memory retention. The main compound that is responsible for this is the bacopasaponins alkaloid. Some research shows that it helps to improve memory retention however; other studies show that the herb can also affect formation, restoration and retention functions.

Vinpocetine. The vinpocetine is a semi-synthetic supplement that is partly source from the periwinkle plant. The vinpocetine is derived from the vincamine alkaloid and is said to help treat patients suffering from depression, memory loss, speech impairment and tinnitus. This supplement is semi-synthetic as it is manmade where the vincamine is altered to obtain the vinpocetine. The extracted compound is used to help widen the blood vessel resulting to increase blood flow to the brain, which also increases oxygen level and glucose utilization in the brain. This contributes to improve mental performance and overall brain health.

Huperzine A. This compound is derived from the fir moss that is native to the plants in Southeast Asia and India. The compound helps improve memory and learning capacity as it acts as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor.

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