When it comes to improving cognitive function by putting something into your body that affects your brain, the two most recognized types of products are prescription medications and nootropics. Prescription medications, like Adderall, are often used off-label, which means that the medication was not created to be used for cognitive enhancement, that the desired effect is a by-product of another use and has not been tested. These prescriptions often come with negative side effects, some of which are extremely harmful.
Another option for improving cognitive function, the best nootropic is a scientifically formulated synergistic blend of vitamins, herbs and other supplements that increase or maintain cognitive ability. Research on the best nootropics shows that they have positive immediate effects on focus and attention, and slow down the effects of aging while improving cellular metabolism of key chemicals. Unlike using off-label prescriptions, the best nootropics can enhance cognitive function with minimal to no adverse effects.
There are definitely differences between the administration and use of the two products. In the case of a true diagnosis of cognitive dysfunction, like ADHD, prescription drugs can be highly effective. In contrast, nootropics are not intended to treat a disorder or condition directly, but rather allow for peak function during daily use and protect brain function over time. We will add, though, that some well-known nootropics are used in other parts of the world to treat brain disease and disorders. The best nootropics facilitate learning, recall, and faster response times. They do this by creating healthy neural pathways and connections within the nervous system. This aids with the learning of new information and easier recall of previous information. This phenomenon is often referred to as “neuroplasticity.”
While we’ve discussed the differences between prescription drugs and nootropics, it is important to mention that they should not be taken together without first consulting with a physician. Some nootropics can interact with prescription drugs, so please consider working with a medical professional to determine if nootropics are right for you. Check out our full list of PowerUp | PowerDown ingredients here to determine if our products are right for you.
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