As you age, things you used to take for granted just aren’t so easy anymore. Things as simple as remembering when to pay your bills, where you left your keys and even why you walked into a room are suddenly difficult.
I know because it happened to me.
Now, I’ll be honest. My first thought was Alzheimer’s.
Yes, clearly, I panicked. And, clearly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought.
But the truth was that my brain was trying to tell me something.
It was trying to tell me that it needed a boost — a boost that it used to be able to get on its own when I was in my 20s, but now that I’m, let’s just let’s say, a little older (ahem), it needs help.
So what’s the answer? How can I give it that boost? And how can you give your own brain a boost and enhance its health and your memory all in one fell swoop?
The answer lies in nootropics. What is that, you ask?
It’s the new buzz word that most often refers to “smart pills” that are all the rage right now, being used by everybody and anybody who wants that extra edge to perform better and stay sharper. And you know, as we age, it can be a struggle to feel rested and energized all at the same time.
In actuality, some nootropics are synthetic, but many are natural substances.
And guess what? There’s no reason you shouldn’t benefit from nootropics, too.
The lowdown on nootropics
Let me give you a quick introduction to nootropics.
When you boil it down, what they can really be called is brain boosters.
They basically enhance all of your mental functions like your mood, memory, attention span, focus and even your motivation.
Powerful stuff, right?
And although they’re thought of as the new kids on the block, the term nootropics was actually coined back in the early 1970s by a Romanian doctor.
So what do nootropics do?
Well that depends on the nootropic.
My two favorites are called ashwagandha root and rhodiola rosea.
The ashwagandha/rhodiola difference
Ashwagandha and rhodiola are in a class of their own when it comes to nootropics, and the scientific research backs them up.
First, let’s take a look at what the studies show when it comes to ashwagandha…
One study found that the herb significantly improved memory and executive function as well as helped with sustained attention and information-processing speed in adults with mild cognitive impairment.
Other studies have discovered that ashwagandha is a big help when it comes to reducing stress and anxiety.
And those aren’t the end of the benefits when it comes to ashwagandha…
The herb has also been found to improve sleep, prevent insomnia, help you sleep more deeply and feel more refreshed when you wake up in the morning.
Now, here’s what the research says about rhodiola…
A review of 11 scientific studies showed that rhodiola can be helpful in fighting mental fatigue and enhance performance.
And even more impressive…
Animal studies have demonstrated the power of rhodiola to actually repair damaged neurons in the hippocampus region of the brain. This is the part of your brain responsible for your emotions and memory.
So let’s sum it up…
By taking ashwagandha and rhodiola you could possibly:
- Improve your memory
- Enhance your attention span
- Reduce your stress and anxiety
- Sleep better and wake up refreshed
- Reduce mental fatigue
- Enhance your performance
- Repair the brain cells responsible for your emotions and memory
Wow! That’s a lot of benefits packed into two little herbal powerhouses.
Another cool thing about using nootropics is “stacking” them. That means using a couple or more together so that their benefits complement each other — which results in a bigger benefit for you.
We’re all getting older. That doesn’t mean we have to accept a failing memory and changing moods as par for the course. The truth is we just need a little boost. And natural nootropics can be a very helpful tool to get you there.