Introduction to Nootropics:
Nootropics are supplements designed to help impart cognitive benefits to their users. In fact, these supplements are often affectionately called brain boosters or even cognitive enhancers. Some of these benefits include improving memory and learning capacity, decision-making ability, and attention. There are also other types of Nootropics which can reduce stress and even provide enhanced attention spans, focus, and concentration.
Nootropics can greatly benefit people from all walks of life. Despite this, one of the long-running debates and controversies regarding these supplements is whether or not they have long-term effects or if they only last while the actual substance is still active in the system (or relatively soon after). This is not a controversy that will be solved any time soon, but there are a number of considerations when looking at long-term versus short-term effects such as brain plasticity and things we can do to help.
Nootropics and Brain Plasticity:
The brain is a living and growing organ. It is also always developing. One of the concepts which researchers have known about for a long time, although still do not fully understand, is plasticity. This is the concept that the brain is actually able to adjust and grow, accommodating new information, synapses, and connections.
Plasticity is actually the reason why many people have suffered terrible brain injuries and are still able to function as seemingly normal individuals. For example, there have been many instances of traumatic brain injuries which required the removal of parts of the brain (in some cases as much as fifty percent). Yet, these people have still been able to lead normal lives without the aid of any special devices or technologies. Their brains were simply able to adapt.
Nootropics are thought to help improve communications between both hemispheres of the brain. This is also thought to be created by the building of new synapses or connections between the hemispheres. This is a perfect example of plasticity. Maybe Nootropics are able to improve the brains ability to adapt through this characteristic?
Making Nootropic Effects Permanent:
There are also some things that we can do in order to help make the resulting Nootropic effects more permanent. Basically, the idea of plasticity also presupposes the fact that the brain can be trained. This means that maybe we need to engage in a program of regular study or training to help the brain grow and expand. This can even be fun. Learn to play chess and then play regularly. Do brain teasers or other types of puzzles. Many researchers even suggest that crossword puzzles can help to keep our mind sharp, even as we age. Perhaps doing all this while taking (and then taking a little less each week) Nootropics can help to make their enhanced cognition effects more permanent?