Understanding Nootropics: Its Use And Effectiveness


Nootropics or “Smart Drugs” are brain supplements that boost the cognitive functions and memory. These drugs can boost not only your retaining power but they also have a great uplifting effect on your mood. The term Nootropics was coined by Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea in 1972 which literally means “Mind Bend.”


Nootropics are used to enhance long-term memory and retention. These drugs also protect the brain from injury and chemical toxicity. They are  used to alleviate mood, lessen anxiety, and make you focused, happy and extroverted by increasing the levels of serotonin and dopamine.

These wonder drugs can reduce stress, help have better sleep and improve blood circulation to the brain. That is why Nootropics are being used to treat Alzheimers, ADHD, Parkinson and other degenerative disorders.


Nootropics work by binding to the brain chemicals (neuro hormones or enzymes) and modifying their chemistry for enhancing their effect on the neurotransmitters. These further help in producing an overall feeling of confidence and well-being in the person.

Nootropics are not addictive and have insignificant side effects. Some people may get headache, nausea or allergy on first use.


Since everyone has a different brain chemistry, the results vary. Some people can see the difference in their cognitive abilities and mood immediately but others may take some time. But everyone benefits to a certain extent. The time may vary from just a few days to as much as three months to see clear improvements.


It is always better to take Nootropics under the guidance and supervision of a qualified doctor. One should adhere strictly to the dosage prescribed on the label or advised by the doctor.


The most common Nootropics you will find in the market are:

Modafinil/ Adrafinil –to be used for concentration and boosting memory for studies.

Phenibut- to be used for mood enhancement and social extroversion.

Noopept/ Phenylperacetam – to be used before workouts and training.

There are many natural substances which also act like Nootropics, such as Tea (l-Thianine), Ginseng, Caffeine, etc.



Rajat Chakraborty Written by:

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