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What Are Nootropics?

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Nootropic is an umbrella term for a class of chemicals that give cognitive benefits to the human brain.

Most of the time when people use "nootropic," they really mean "cognitive enhancer." But there are important differences between the two.

We discuss the five requirements for a true nootropic, and give our simplified definition.

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What Are Nootropics?

  1. 1. What Are Nootropics? With
  2. 2. "Nootropic" is an umbrella term for a class of chemicals...
  3. 3. that give cognitive benefits to the human brain.
  4. 4. There are five criteria that all true nootropics must meet...
  5. 5. ...according to Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea, inventor of the term "nootropics"
  6. 6. I'm Dr. Giurgea.
  7. 7. Enhances memory and ability to learn
  8. 8. Increases the efficacy of neuronal firing
  9. 9. Helps brain function under disruptive conditions
  10. 10. like hypoxia (low oxygen) or electro-convulsive shock
  11. 11. Virtually non-toxic to humans and possess few-to-no side effects
  12. 12. Protects the brain from chemical and physical assaults
  13. 13. "Nootropic" "Cognitive Enhancer"? OR
  14. 14. A “cognitive enhancer” is any substance that contributes to the amplification of the mind’s core capacities
  15. 15. Most of the time when people use "nootropic," they really mean "cognitive enhancer"
  16. 16. Something that does benefit thinking in some way, but doesn't meet the more rigorous requirements of Dr. Giurgea.
  17. 17. So what makes the cut?
  18. 18. OUR DEFINITION
  19. 19. 1. The substance has cognition- enhancing properties.
  20. 20. 2. Its mechanism of action does not deplete mental or physical resources...
  21. 21. So it doesn't require "borrowing ahead" biochemically
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