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
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
Nootropics and Mitochondrial Respiration
Mitochondrial respiration is important. It is these mechanisms that convert oxygen to adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the universal energy donor in cells. When ATP production isn’t working at full capacity, cells can’t function properly.  A recent study from the Czech Republic examines the impact of nootropics on a variety of... Read more
Mild Cognitive Disorder Treatment: Piracetam vs. Noopept
In a sunny suburb of Florida, Janie Smith loses her keys. After much wandering about she realizes they’re on the coffee table to the left side of her couch, instead of the one to the right side of her couch. Janie laughs at her silliness. This wouldn’t have happened... Read more
Piracetam for Anxiety and Depression
We have all experienced that momentary awkward feeling when passing by someone vaguely familiar in the hall or on the road. Do I wave? Smile? Start a Conversation? Pretend I don’t see them? As we get older, some of this social anxiety is alleviated. We better understand social protocol.... Read more
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