Lessening the Severity of Brain Damage with Nootropics

Brain damage is something that most people hope to never deal with, and is a terrifying thought for most. Brain damage is also something that most people think nothing can be done about, and may even think that the damage is completely unmanageable. This is where nootropics come in to play, as they are supplements that are not only capable of lessening the severity of brain damage, but they can even help keep brain damage from becoming out of control.

The Romanian Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea coined the word nootropic in 1972. It is derived from the Greek words nous, or “mind,” and trepein meaning “to bend/turn.” Nootropics work by simply altering the availability of the brain’s supply of neurotransmitters, enzymes, and hormones and also works by improving the brain’s oxygen supply. Sometimes nootropics can even stimulate nerve growth.

How do Nootropics Help with Brain Damage?

Nootropics tend to improve systems that are already functioning. For example, the nootropic Piracetam increases communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which helps protect the brain from becoming oxygen-deprived. This causes the user who bought the nootropics to become more alert, and have a reduced reaction time.

But the abilities of nootropics don’t end with just improved alertness, they can even allow someone to recover from brain damage, such as the damage brought on by extreme temperatures.

An average person may think that they wouldn’t be exposed to such extreme temperatures, but all it takes is a cold day in winter or hot day in summer for a person to be overexposed to the elements, which can lead to heat exhaustion, or even a stroke. Nootropics like Cerebrolysin can help the body recover from damage caused by whole body hypethermia if used soon after the patient has been exposed to the temperature. Extremely hot conditions tend to induce various neurological problems, such as impaired motor functions. The neurotransmitters glutamate and aspartate were elevated in test subjects exposed to extreme heat, where as glycine and GABA were reduced. Further research revealed a breakdown of the blood-brain barrier. With the blood-brain barrier weakened, the test subject had high chances of permeation of blood borne toxins into neural tissue. The immediate administration of Cerebrolysin reversed these symptoms.

So the use of nootropics shouldn’t be something that you overlook, as the effects leave a person boosted, alert, and ready to move on with their day no matter what extreme they may face.

Sources

  1. http://brainblogger.com
  2. http://voices.yahoo.com