Whenever I talk about nootropics, people often look at me with a glazed over look in their eyes.
Even the word nootropics ("New-Tro-Piks"), which comes from the greek words Nous which means mind, and Tropo which means to turn toward, the two literally translating to To Turn The Mind On sounds foreign indeed.
Cognitive hacking is a foreign idea, but isn't a new idea!
A list of the most recognizable common nootropics is as follows:
- Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)
- Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri)
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Curcumin (Turmeric)
- Lion’s Mane Mushroom
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin D
- Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids
And the list goes on!
The point that I'm trying to make is that cognitive hacking isn't as special as the bourgeois programmers in Silicon Valley would like you to believe.
They can be found in everything from your salad, energy drinks, and teas to meats and fish.
I always use the example of caffeine when talking about nootropic stacks because coffee is the most consumed beverage next to tea and water!
Caffeine is a stimulant on the central nervous system, and has a significant impact on mental alertness.
How Caffeine Works:
Caffeine mimics the behavior of adenosine within the body, completing for receptor sites. Adenosine itself is a neuromodulator, believed to play a role in promoting sleep and suppressing arousal. When caffeine enters your body, adenosine and caffeine target the same receptor site, and caffeine wins. This suppresses the sleepiness you feel along with your appetite.
Likewise, when caffeine binds to receptors, dopamine is released, which activates the pleasure centres of the brain. This improves concentration and attention. Much like a standard nootropic, this improves cognitive function.
If you want to see me take caffeine supplements and hit the gym on the latest episode of The Nootroshow check it out here!