Nootropics: five smart ingredients

Nootropics are the real smart drugs. These herbs, amino acids or vitamins improve cognitive functions without doing harm (if taken in reasonable amounts.) This actually makes sense since the brain is itself chemical. To help you discover the different kinds of nootropics we present this quick guide with five ingredients to look for in nootropics.


The ginseng root has been a staple of Asian medicine for centuries. Various types of ginseng exist with different functions. Today powdered ginseng is one of the most used ingredients in supplements. Ginseng contains a host of ingredients which makes for versatile use. Ginseng’s ability to improve performance, energy and memory make it a true nootropic. Ginseng can be used as capsules or powder.


The gingko tree can reach an impressive age of thousands of years. Like ginseng the ginkgo biloba fruit and leave have been used for centuries in Chinese medicine. This fruit contains a multitude of beneficial substances. Ginkgo is classified as a nootropic because it can influence different cognitive functions, resulting in better concentration and the enhancement of memory. Try ginkgo as a capsule.


L-tyrosine is a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid. It can be found in a number of foods like eggs, turkey, milk and almonds. Tyrosine is a precursor to neurotransmitters. It has been suggested that in this way l-tyrosine can have an effect on moods and help combat stressful situations. L-tyrosine has been known to help memory during multitasking, something we all are familiar with these days. L-tyrosine is an ingredient in OmniMind.


Dimethylaminoethanol is usually known as DMAE. It is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. In its pharmaceutical guise DMAE is called Deanol. DMAE as a nootropic can enhance concentration and memory. It also is said to have a positive effect on lucid dreaming. DMAE can be bought in pure form or as ingredient in formulas like Brain-E.


Choline is a water-soluble vitamin. It can be found in foods like liver, broccoli, egg and brewer’s yeast. Choline is a precursor for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which plays a part in the function of memory and other cognitive tasks. Choline is an ingredient of many smart formulas, for instance Brain-E.

Need to study through the night, work long hours or want to learn a language in a week? In our encyclopedia you can read more on the history and background of nootropics.

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