Nootropics go by another name, smart drugs. Nootropics are natural or synthetic substances that boost cognitive brain function and improve mental performance. They are extremely popular in today’s society with everyone from students to athletes to office workers. People need to be able to perform at their very best in our world, and with the high level of demands on the average person’s mental energy, many people are reaching for nootropics to boost their level of brain function. Nootropics help with memory, focus, creativity, intelligence, and most importantly, motivation. While there are many synthetic nootropics out there, such as the drug Adderall, in this article, we’ll be looking at natural sources of brain energy, such as caffeine, the Chinese herb Ginkgo Biloba, cocoa (yes, chocolate!), and B vitamins. Natural nootropics come in many forms, from viatmins to nootropic candy.
Caffeine: The Natural Energy Boost
1. Caffeine boosts focus and energy.
If there is one substance that unites humanity, it is caffeine. Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive substance in the world. Though the forms vary from tea to coffee to nootropic chews like Seattle Gummy’s popular Mocca Shot, people worldwide use caffeine for its ability to boost mental energy. According to Healthline.com, “Caffeine is a naturally occurring chemical that increases your alertness, improves your attention, and reduces your reaction times.”. It doesn’t take much caffeine to enjoy its effects. A low to moderate dose of 40-300mg increases your attentiveness, and ability to focus. One benefit of caffeine? It is especially effective for people who are already fatigued. Caffeine occurs naturally in many plants such as coffee, tea, cocoa, kola nuts, yerba mate, and the herb guarana. You can also purchase caffeine as a supplement, such as Seattle Gummy’s famous Mocca shot, which in addition to caffeine contains several other helpful nootropic herbs and vitamins, making it a powerful nootropic gummy.
2. Gingko Biloba increases circulation to the brain.
Gingko Biloba is an herb used in traditional Chinese medicine for brain health and circulation. A recent study done by researchers at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute found that taking Ginkgo Biloba significantly improved patient’s verbal recall abilities. This is after taking a dose of 120mg for six months. Areas of the brain related to memory were functioning better after this dose. Gingko Biloba is also full of powerful antioxidants. One of these antioxidants, ginkgo flavone, is part of a family of antioxidants that are known to strengthen the cardiovascular system and boost blood flow to the brain. One way to use Ginkgo Biloba is to take it before an extremely stressful task because it will reduce stress-related high blood pressure. It will also decrease levels of cortisol in your system, which is a stress hormone.
3. Cocoa is full of antioxidants and boosts mood.
The science is in, Cocoa and chocolate are good for you, and especially for your brain! While this is not news to chocolate lovers, science is showing that cocoa is packed with brain-healthy antioxidants, mainly highly beneficial flavonoids such as epicatechin. These potent biochemicals help the brain to function optimally and especially help the neurons located in the learning and memory sections of the brain. Epicatechin improves your cognitive abilities, and cocoa overall has a positive effect on mood. Flavonoids help to preserve brain function as you age, lower your risk of developing Alzheimers, and decrease your risk of stroke. What’s not to love?
4. B Vitamins help your body make energy and feed your brain.
B vitamins are water-soluble vitamins and are critical for making sure your cells are functioning properly. B vitamins are an essential part of your metabolic processes, or how your body makes energy. B vitamins are also important for your overall brain health. Low levels of vitamin B12 are associated with poor memory and decreased brain volume. Using B vitamins supports overall cognitive function. If you’re not eating a nutritionally dense diet, you may benefit from a B vitamin supplement.
The Good for You Mocca Shot
With its highly absorbable form of caffeine and loads of nootropics, Seattle Gummy’s Mocca Shot is the go-to nootropic chew on the market. Since it’s a delicious chewable gummy, you are absorbing caffeine and the rest of its nootropic goodness through the mucosal membranes, or thin skin, in your mouth. This allows the caffeine and other beneficial herbs and vitamins to be absorbed directly into your bloodstream, instead of being digested and absorbing through the small intestine. Instead of waiting 45 minutes or longer for the effects to start taking place, you’ll be feeling that good energy boost within minutes! Start your day off with a Mocca Shot for clean, steady energy, or put one in your pocket in case you need a quick pick me up later in the day. With as much caffeine as two cups of coffee, loads of B vitamins, the potent brain herb Ginkgo Biloba and antioxidant-rich cocoa, this nootropic rich gummy is the right choice for when you need to boost your brain energy.