Smart drugs. Cognitive enhancers. A supercharged brain.
The idea is irresistible. Perhaps even too good to be true.
Yet, emerging science shows us that it may be possible to boost intelligence with the right nootropics.
First, let’s get smart about “smarts.”
Not all types of thinking work the same. When you know what’s possible, you can better address different needs for various ways of thinking.
If you’re just talking about “raw IQ points,” very few substances can make a difference (there are a few, like iodine). When you’re talking about maximizing those IQ points, and other types of intelligence, it’s important to consider various cognitive jobs.
Here is a list to get you going:
Focus – The ability to stay the course on a given action. AKA concentration. We live in a distracted society, inundated with pings and beeps and screens in every direction. We ask a great deal of our brains when we ask for focus in such an environment.
Suggested nootropics: Cobalamin (B12), Rhodiola Rosea, creatine, L-theanine, and caffeine (best when combined).
Cognitive flexibility – The ability to change tasks and give the new task our full attention, then shift back or to yet another task, as needed. Rather than to just get interrupted, this involves having the bandwidth to change course, yet still focus.
Suggested nootropics: L-tyrosine, caffeine, ashwagandha.
Multi-tasking – Multitasking may actually be a myth. The idea that individuals can do two tasks simultaneously has been discredited. Instead, people tend to do both tasks with less efficiency (and even accuracy). Instead, consider developing the cognitive flexibility described above.
Suggested nootropics: See “cognitive flexibility” above.
Faster recall – For most individuals, an unfortunate side effect of aging is a decline in memory, particularly in the recall of details. What was that person’s name? Where did I put my keys? That sort of thing. It may be possible, though, to slow or even prevent decline in recall and achieve faster memory retrieval.
Suggested nootropics: Thiamine (B1), inositol (B8), niacin (b3), calcium, choline, ashwagandha, creatine.
Creativity – One of the most important skills for a competitive workplace performance, creative, divergent thinking enables one to see new solutions to problems. Especially in a world where computers and AI can increasingly perform any repetitive tasks and optimization of solutions, the human ability to synthesize new ideas has become crucial.
Suggested nootropics: Vitamins A, B, C, and D, L-theanine, caffeine.
Mental stamina – It’s one thing to think quickly, stay focused, and come up with new ideas, it’s another ability altogether to persist in given tasks for any needed length of time. In professions where you perform mental tasks, such as programming, engineering, or otherwise computer-ing all day, mental stamina can be crucial to success.
Suggested nootropics: ashwagandha, the full list of B vitamins, choline.
Fuel without anxiety – Powering mental function, but with a calm focus (not increased anxiety), is another important kind of “smarts.” Many of the drugs used for fueling brain activity–from caffeine to Adderall–unfortunately tend to also increase nervousness or anxiety or cause insomnia. Sleep also being crucial to brain function during the day, insomnia can have serious side-effects on function and even mental health. The best smart nootropics for mental energy do not cause insomnia.
Suggested nootropics: Niacin (B3), L-theanine, L-carnitine, Rhodiola Rosea.
Learning – No matter our age or profession, learning is constant. From new software and apps to new procedures, to whole new skill sets, the better we learn the easier it is to get and stay ahead in a competitive world.
Suggested supplements: magnesium, iodine, vitamins A, B, C, and D.
Brain health – Believe it or not, it may be possible to improve the health of actual brain tissue. Through MRI analysis, doctors can view the buildup of plaque in the brain associated with such conditions as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Certain nootropics can improve the health of brain tissue, as observed through MRI technology.
Suggested nootropics: Vitamin C, vitamin E, L- glutamine, omega-3.
Just like exercise, cognitive enhancers work best if you put in the exercise–literally and figuratively.
Literally, exercise. A recent study out of Stanford revealed that walking can boost creative output by 60%. Exercise boosts the mind and the body.
Also, figuratively exercise with nootropics–adjust your nootropic stack with some of the suggestions above, covering your personal nutritional needs as well as the specific demands on your brain and body of your line of work.
Our proprietary MindTech formula is a great place to start.
We combined some of the most effective nootropic cognitive enhancers, in a safe formula to provide the building blocks for enhanced mental function.
Give it a try and see if you can get smarter.