A smart drug, also known as a ‘nootropic’, is a substance that can help you to improve some aspect of your brain power. This might mean that you get a boost to your memory, to your ability to focus, or to your creativity. Either way, the promise is that taking supplements can give you a slight cognitive edge over the competition and potentially help you to excel in your chosen career or your studies.
More and more people around the world are admitting to using these as a way to get ahead – from athletes, to CEOs, to college students. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular and whether they’re a useful aid for you…
Brain Supplements Used by Top Performers
Piracetam is a nootropic that works by affecting acetylcholine in the brain. This can make you more awake and alert, improve your memory and even enhance your senses. Piracetam takes a while to take effect though and some people claim it gives them brain fog. It also causes nasty headaches unless stacked with choline. Only take when under the guidance of a medical professional.
L-Theanine + Caffeine
Something that is completely safe to use though, is a combination of l-theanine and caffeine. L-theanine is a xanthene (just like caffeine) and certain green teas contain this combination naturally (such as Darwin’s favorite stimulant, yerba mate). L-theanine has perfect synergy with caffeine because it is able to remove the jitters, the nerves and the ‘wired’ feeling that it can sometimes be associated with. The result is that you’ll feel more awake and alert from the caffeine but without feeling groggy and tired.
MCT oil is ‘medium chain triglyceride’ and it is often sold under brand names like ‘Brain Octane’. The main benefit of this oil, is that it stimulates the liver to produce ketones – a useable form of energy that the brain actually prefers for certain tasks.
This is a great way to give yourself some more mental vigilance, though you may find that the original coconut oil that it comes from does the same thing better while providing more micronutrients!