Nootropics: The Smart Drugs

When we talk about Smart Drugs or Nootropic, we refer to those substances whose goal is to enhance intellectual performance, and not only talk about drugs, all those supplements and products such as nutrients, plant, vitamin complexes and of course drugs.

The stimulants par excellence are amphetamines. Both students, athletes or carriers who need to remain alert on the road, have opted for this type of medication because of its effects reducing fatigue and the need to sleep. They absorb quickly, for about two hours, produce a sensation of euphoria, and increase motor capacity. But the widespread notion that the use of amphetamines increases study performance is erroneous, as errors in understanding and schematization increase. There are many on the market, but this is a list of the most common and used:

Berocca

A specific combination of B vitamins, vitamin C and essential minerals that assists daily mental activity, contains no excites and can be administered year round, with no need for rest periods.

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Memorex

The medication of the pharmaceutical Montpellier is issued under prescription. It is indicated for cases of psychophysical asthenia, decreased intellectual performance and deficiency and stress states.

Forcemil

It is recommended for the prevention of deficiency states of vitamins and mineral salts, compensating for the deficiencies that could occur in cases of inadequate diet, convalescence and states of physical or intellectual exhaustion. It is sold without a prescription and should not be taken continuously.

Memorino

It facilitates the use of glucose by brain neurons and protects them from possible hypoxia. It is prescribed in cases of memory loss, asthenia, psychomotor disorders, and alterations of the waking state, retardation of the mental maturity of childhood, school delays, learning difficulties, or fatigue syndrome, among others.

Tomevit

A growth-specific activator used in cases of anorexia (appetite stimulation), developmental and growth disorders in children, asthenia and thinness, senescence or convalescence, weakness and exhaustion.

Modafinil

It is marketed to treat narcolepsy in countries such as the United States, England, Germany or India, among others. It is used to eliminate the need to sleep. It is also used as a nootropic because it is thought to increase mental abilities.

Ritalin

It is the brand name for mitelfenidate, a drug that is prescribed to young people with abnormally high levels of activity or attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, many healthy young people use it to increase their concentration during exams.

Pharmaton Complex

The well-known Pharmaton Complex, which helps to end fatigue, is a formula of vitamins, deanol, minerals and standardized extract of ginseng. Ginseng stimulates the central nervous system, which translates intogreater resistance to tiredness and an improvement in cardio-circulatory tone. The most widely used stimulant in the world is caffeine. It is absorbed quickly; reaches the maximum levels in blood to the 60 minutes and their effects have a duration of 2 to 12 hours. The recommended dose is 300 mg. Of caffeine per day, but with a single cup of coffee we are ingesting about 85 mg. In large doses, the side effects could be very harmful, which is especially worrying considering that it produces tolerance, i.e. when consuming it usually, it is necessary to increase the dose to achieve the same effects as in the beginning.

The importance of sleep in the learning process

Finally, highlight the importance of sleep in the learning process. When the exam time comes, a very common attitude among students is to increase study hours to the detriment of the time spent sleeping. Yet, this is the worst mistake they could make.

When sleeping, our brain continues to work, increases its performance, memory improves and creativity can even increase.

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