Nootropics are a category of herbal medicine that is complementary to adaptogens and nervines. They are especially useful for emotional well-being as well as mental health. They promote brain circulation as well.

They are found in herb forms, supplements pharmaceutical medications. They are used to enhance memory, cognitive functioning, slow or prevent Alzheimer’s disease related cognitive decline, reduce oxidative damage to the brain and they are used to improve one’s mood.

Some people know them by the name of smart drugs. They are more known for their simulating effects on the brain.

Here is a list of some Nootropics:

Gotu Kola
White Peony
Yuan Zhi
Huperzine A
Grape Seed Extract

The Nootropic

This plant extract is used to enhance memory. It is extracted from the periwinkle herb. The periwinkle herb can be used to improve brain blood flow.

Vinpocetine is useful for Alzheimer’s disease sufferers as well as other conditions that reduce blood circulation to the brain.

Vinpocetine can interact with other medications so use caution when supplementing and consult your physician before use.

Bacopa Monnieri

This herb is also known as Brahmi, and water hyssop. This herb is a nootropic as well as a nervine. It has antioxidant, antispasmodic and anticonvulsive properties.

Bacopa is used to increase memory and focus, as well well as alleviate anxiety. It can help to slow down Alzheimer’s disease. It can also help with people suffering from ADHD when used with other herbs such as hawthorn and holy basil.

Ginko Biloba

This herb is used for cerebral circulatory deficiencies. There has been significant ressearch for ginko’s use in treating mental health conditions including poor brain circulation, degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease, senile dementia, tinnitus, poor memory and more.

In human studies ginko delayed the progress of dementia and had an anxiolytic effect. It has also helped with side effects from psychiatric medications.

If you decide to try any of these nootropics it is wise to consult a physician about any medication interactions and their safety usage for your individual condition.