Melotonin for More than Sleep
Melatonin is not your generic nootropic. In fact, the compound is best known for its role in helping the human race get some shut eye. It is naturally secreted by the pineal gland in the brain as the sun goes down, signaling and regulating sleep. Levels of melatonin are... Read more
Oxytocin and the Brain
Oxytocin is a pretty serious drug. The hormone is most well-known for its uses during labor – it is naturally released in large doses during labor and is also administered on-site as a way to begin or speed up the process. The hormone is also associated with trust and... Read more
Secreted Amyloid Precursor Protein-α for the Aging Brain
With snow white fur, curious twitchy whiskers and little red eyes, lab rats don’t resemble street rats. They are bred, groomed and sold specifically for research. They are often well-cared for clones. They are certainly cleaner than any house dog. The battery of tests run on rats are many.... Read more
The Nootropic Effect of Carotenoids
The same chemical that makes tomatoes bright red and apples a crisp shade of green may also improve your mind, a new study finds. Carotenoids are hardly a new kid on the block. They are a class of fat-soluble pigments, one of which colors the fruits and vegetables we... Read more
Hypericum Perforatum as an Agent of Cognitive Enhancement in Rodents
Hypericum perforatum is not traditionally used as a nootropic agent. Known more prevalently as perforate Saint John’s wort, this flowering plant is a natural remedy to anxiety, depression and inflammation. Just because it’s natural, however, doesn’t mean it is not potent or potentially dangerous. The herb increases the amount of... Read more
Building Nootropics
Nootropics are drugs that impact cognitive ability. They are known to enhance memory, motivation and attention. Through many scientific studies, scientists are now able to identify the pathways through which nootropics impact the brain. The better we understand how nootropics work, the better able we are to build new drugs... Read more
Coffee and Sugar for All
Not all nootropics are pharmaceuticals. In fact, the most popular and common nootropic of all is something that many American enjoy every morning: coffee. Coffee has some benefits all its own, but much of its nootropic impact is found in the drink’s high caffeine content. Caffeine has long been... Read more
Getting Nootropics Past the Blood Brain Barrier
If you’re a habitual user of vitamins, you have likely experienced the quintessential vitamin-buyers’ conversation. You’re standing in whichever store you frequent, pursuing the vitamin choices when some well-meaning stranger decides to offer a helping hand. The helping hand is usually delivered with a snicker and air of superiority... Read more
Recovering from Stroke: Can Nootropics Help?
A good number of nootropics are regularly prescribed for neurodegenerative diseases. Alzheimer’s patients are often given nootropics. Parkinson’s disease can be fought with nootropics. And why not?  The research backing these drugs for neurodegenerative disease is strong. Stroke, however, is a different story. I was in my mid-twenties when... Read more
Nootropics and Traumatic Brain Injury
There are more than 200,000 traumatic brain injuries diagnosed in the United States each year. While you might expect this type of injury to occur with our soldiers and football players, it impacts a much wider segment of the population. Falling off the monkey bars, taking a tumble off... Read more
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