Nootropics are supplements that have the ability to help improve cognition and mental processes. These improvements include increasing memory and learning capacity, bettering attention-switching, improving focus and concentration and other cognitive processes. Many of these supplements work by actually influencing or modulating the levels or production of key brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters. The thing about taking these supplements is that they can lead to factors such as inefficiency, tolerance, and dangerous build-up. Cycling is a great way to help avoid all of this.
Some Nootropics are more efficient than others. This efficiency also includes a measure of their bioavailability. In other words, when taken internally, how much of the actual supplement makes it to the target within the central nervous system. Cycling and combining can help to support Nootropics and potentially even improve the amounts that are absorbed.
When the same supplements are taken over and over again, on a nearly daily basis, tolerance can build. The reason behind this tolerance is the fact that most Nootropics modulate or change the natural workings of powerful brain chemicals. These neurotransmitters affect a number of different processes going on in the brain. Sadly, when tolerance increases, the chemicals have sort of become accustomed to having that supplement, so the body begins to show less and less reaction to it. In many cases, the natural production of those chemicals may even begin to shut down.
As you continue taking the same supplement over and over again, it can present the problem of elimination. In other words, if there is so much of neurotransmitter A which has been produced by supplement B there might be too much for the body to eliminate by normal methods. This build-up can be dangerous for the brain and the body. Cycling will also help with this issue.
The basic theory behind cycling Nootropics is that you never give the brain and the body the chance to get used to one particular supplement. Instead of taking something daily for months, you set up a program. Take supplement A for one week. Then stop with that and move on to supplement B and take it for another week. Then stop with it and take supplement C for two weeks. After it is finished, take a full week and go supplement free. Then start the cycle all over again.
In this way, your body never gets used to taking a certain supplement. This way, inefficiencies are overcome, tolerance is avoided, and there is much less chance for any type of dangerous build-up. It is an excellent solution to continually taking effective supplements while avoiding all of the negative effects.