When we start to become very interested and specific in our health and fitness related goals we see a direct correlation in the increase of supplements and our knowledge of the field. Specifically we begin to discover certain methods of reaching a level that we never thought to be attainable before and in most cases is not attainable naturally. If you match this profile then you may have already stumbled upon the family of nootropics. Often referred to as memory or cognitive enhancers, nootropics are a class of substances that can be taken via supplements and functional foods. They can enhance and improve quality of life in a rather specific manner. The specific attribute we want to look at in this analysis of nootropics involves short term memory.
Nootropics for Short Term Memory
Short term memory is a very often overlooked yet essential part of our daily lives. In fact, many people struggle with severe impaired short term memory and are not aware of it or its implications. On a personal level I can say that I struggle with short term memory in that I sometimes struggle to remember what I had for breakfast six hours ago, yet I can remember a conversation I had with a significant other over six years ago. Why is this, and what can nootropics do for me to help alleviate this problem?
While you may have heard of prescription strength nootropic solutions, this analysis will focus on over the counter products that act in a similar and in some cases enhanced fashion in contrast to their prescription strength counter parts. Two supplements that have been shown to do just that are huperzine-A and piracetam.
Huperzine-A is an extracted compound from the herbs of the huperzicae family and is known to be an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, essentially meaning that it stops an enzyme from breaking down acetylcholine. Still lost? Acetylcholine is known as the learning neurotransmitter and is also involved in muscle contraction; therefore inhibiting the breakdown of this neurotransmitter leads to an increased presence in the brain and increased benefits. Note that this is a very simplified breakdown of a complicated process in the brain and in no means should serve as scientific reference.
The next nootropic that has been strongly linked to short term memory improvement is none other than the father of nootropics, piracetam. Piracetam is a member of the racetam family and is among the most researched nootropics. In research specific to memory loss piracetam has shown a significant ability to increase the power of memory in healthy human after only a two week period. This comes in addition to the many other health benefits that are often associated with piracetam and its family of nootropics. With little to no side effects reported and a very low toxicity piracetam makes a great candidate for improving short term memory loss in addition to being a solid choice for an everyday cognitive enhancing supplement.
How to Take Nootropics for Memory
With all supplements and nootropics are certainly no exception it is important to pay attention your body’s individual response. Additionally one should always carefully read the packaging and label information on any new product before implementing it into your daily stack or routine.