I provide a brief review of controversial cognitive-enhancing supplements with insights from scientific and medical literature.
This article is not about whether nootropics are good or bad. Instead, it is about how much we know about them and why awareness of benefits and side effects matter for our health. Knowledge and hype are two different things. While knowledge adds clarity, hype (intensive publicity or promotion) confuses consumers. I provide a preliminary and condensed review from my decades of the reading list. This post sets the context and foundational background for my future articles on the topic.
While there are promising use cases of nootropics for some mental health conditions, so far, we know very little about them, mainly covering potential side effects if they are used unsupervised. Therefore, my purpose is to highlight what we know based on a comprehensive review of the medical and fitness literature over two decades, citing a few outstanding scientific papers.
I recently published an article reviewing 17 molecules used as nutrients from food and supplements. Some readers of my writing have shown interest in learning about nootropics from my experience and research. With this inspiration, I decided to write this article as nootropics is a research interest to me as they are related to brain performance.
First, let me set the context by giving a little background on nootropics, also known as smart drugs or cognitive enhancers, in sports, nutrition, biohacking, and the fitness communities. I came across nootropics in the early 1990s when studying cognitive science.
Thank you for reading my perspectives. I wish you a healthy and happy life.
Please note that this post does not include health advice. I shared my reviews, observations, experience, and perspectives for information purposes only. If you have disease symptoms please consult your healthcare professionals.
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