By Nancy Molina
Here at Flower Power Daily, we’re always looking for ways to help increase positivity throughout your day. Flowers are not only a source of mental joy but are used for fragrances, food and medical remedies. People have been mentioning to us how Nootropics is a buzzword that is slowly popping up in the search bar and we couldn’t help wanting to learn more, especially since it emphasizes plants.
So, what are Nootropics? Nootropics are any compounds, supplements, or drugs designed to improve cognitive function. They’re used by people all over the world to improve intelligence, creativity, and motivation. In other words – your productivity vitamin to help take on the day and increase your happiness level. In addition to supercharging productivity, nootropics can make you smarter and less stressed, says holistic health practitioner Shari Auth. We investigated these products and found out that most are composed of rare plants around the world.
Here’s a look at what experts say are the top five best natural nootropics, and how they support the mind and body. But first a warning. We might have times where we need a boost especially in the membrane area but do remember that everything is done in balance. These nootropics might be a great addition to your health regimen, but don’t let it be a substitute for exercise, social activities with family and friends along with healthy eating. If you have an issue, always consult a medical doctor. These are ideas to enhance well-being which we care about.
Known as Brahmi or herb of grace, it is a fundamental herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It thrives in wet, tropical environments and can survive well underwater. Like many other natural nootropics, this herb is known to increase neuroprotection, cerebral blood flow, and balance neurotransmitters. Some have noted it provides a sense of wholeness as well. Another perk of supplementing with Bacopa Monnieri is that it contains adaptogens, which fight off the free radicals linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Typical dosages are 300–450 mg, this can vary depending on the product purchased.
Lion’s mane mushrooms are large, white, shaggy mushrooms that resemble a lion’s mane as they grow. Health benefits include improving memory, nervous support and optimization of the immune health system. Lion’s Mane is reported in many studies to stimulate the synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), a protein that promotes the growth and normal function of nerve cells.
Also known as roseroot, arctic root, or golden root, Rhodiola Rosea is a mountain herb that grows in cold climates. It is known to decrease stress levels, boost energy and is a form of an anti-depressant. People have recognized improvement in memory, athletic performance and sleep.
Ginkgo Biloba is a large tree that matures to 100′ tall and is considered to be a living fossil. It is the only surviving member of a group of ancient plants believed to have inhabited the earth up to 150 million years ago. It features distinctive somewhat leathery, fan-shaped, rich green leaves with parallel veins. Ginkgo is used as an herbal remedy to treat many conditions. It may be best known as a treatment for dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and fatigue. Other conditions are blood pressure problems, blood flow to the brain, anxiety and depression.
Theacrine is a natural compound that works synergistically with caffeine to enhance cognitive and physical performance, without becoming dependent on the molecule. It is known to reduce fatigue, aging and the common cold. It is found in different types of tea and coffee, as well as in the seeds of the Herrania and Theocrama plant species.
We are great believers in the yin-yang approach to medicine. Always seek conventional treatments but be open to alternative herbal remedies to also enhance one’s well-being. We will continue to report on whatever trends we are seeing so you can make informed decisions.