Have You Heard of Nootropics?

You might have seen this title and wondered, “What the hell is a nootropic?” You’re not alone. Nootropics have been used for quite some time, and you’re about to find out what they’re all about.


Have you ever had those days where it feels like you can’t concentrate, no matter how hard you try? Or what about when you trail off mid-sentence, seemingly forgetting everything about what you were talking about? We all have days like this, and nootropics can be used as a way to help avoid the mental stagnation.


So what are they? Essentially, they are a supplement that is used to help enhance brain function (cognitive function), concentration, and focus. Most contain naturally occurring substances that have been attributed to particular mental effects, like improving memory recollection and being able to focus on tasks without having your mind wander.


I’ve tried a few different brands, each containing their respective proprietary mix of ingredients, and have had mixed results. Regardless of the brand, many do not promise immediate results, so don’t go into it expecting some type of pill from Limitless. The best results are often achieved from continually taking nootropics for a few weeks.


In my own experience, the biggest difference I have noticed is that I am more alert after a few weeks. Although I usually take an afternoon nap, I didn’t feel tired when mid-afternoon came around. I also found my “zone” was easier to achieve. These are those periods where you’re completely focused and everything just seems to flow. Again, these aren’t wonder pills, so don’t expect to magically learn everything about anything.


If you’re curious about enhancing your cognitive function, take a look at some of the nootropics there are out there. Google and Amazon are good places to start. I particularly like Amazon because it allows me to read the reviews of those buyers beforehand.


Jon Griffith specializes in optimizing performance for firefighters & police. Jon is a personal trainer, firefighter, and former U.S. Army infantryman. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and 3 cats.

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