10 Nootropics Myths Debunked
Nootropics, sometimes called ‘smart drugs‘ or ‘brain pills‘ have created quite a buzz online in recent times.
This is not undeserved, as they are proving to be beneficial for many, including students, athletes and business professionals, but as with any buzz, it’s surrounded by a lot of misinformation.
In this article, we take the ten most common misconceptions about nootropics and debunk them, making nootropics easier to get your head around.
If you’re looking to get into nootropics but aren’t sure what to believe, read on.
It’s Just Like the Limitless Movie
The Limitless movie was both good and bad for nootropics.
On the plus side, it shone a light on brain pills and gave them a whole new audience, but on the other hand, it made lots of people think that nootropics were some kind of magic beans.
The effects shown in the movie are entirely exaggerated, and if you expect to end up like Bradley Cooper did, you’ll only be disappointed.
Nootropics can have huge, very real benefits, but be realistic about what they are.
Nootropics Make You Smarter
Again, this is an unrealistic expectation.
Nootropics won’t raise your IQ, but they will provide cognitive benefits which improve your mental performance.
These can include increased focus, lengthened attention span, enhanced memory and learning functions, and more.
Don’t expect to be smarter; expect to be more motivated, focused and productive.
In short, you’ll be a better version of yourself.
Nootropics Don’t Work
It’s easy to write off nootropics as a fad or a scam when you don’t know anything about them, but many of them have significant benefits which have been proven by testing.
That’s not to say that there aren’t scam products out there.
There are, but doing your research and reading the reviews makes them easy to spot and avoid.
Nootropics Produce Immediate Effects
As humans, we tend to want instant gratification, and if we don’t get it, we give up and move on to something else.
We can’t be that fickle when we’re trying to improve ourselves.
If you were trying to lose weight and gave up after just a few weeks of exercising and eating right, you would see very little improvement, if any.
As with any worthwhile endeavour, improving your cognitive performance takes time and we can’t expect the results to be instantly obvious.
The timing of individual effects varies depending on ingredient, amount and potency, so there is no definitive time frame, but many nootropics brands provide guidelines for users to go by.
Everyone reacts differently to different supplements depending on their tolerance and individual brain chemistry.
Some may report feeling a ‘buzz‘ while others may report feeling nothing at all.
Listen to your body.
Nootropics are Unsafe
All the best nootropics contain FDA-approved ingredients and are produced in a GMP-certified facility, adhering to rigorous quality control measures.
It’s best to look for these logos on the website of any nootropic before you buy it to ensure that you’re getting a high quality product.
Not all nootropics adhere to these standards though, and while that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re unsafe, we’d advise you to steer clear of any that don’t.
When taking any supplement, you should strictly follow the dosage guidelines provided on the label to avoid any adverse effects.
Some nootropics may be unsafe for people with certain existing medical conditions or pregnant women.
Some ingredients may also interact with other medications.
It’s essential to read the fine print on the label and consult with a physician before starting any supplement if you’re not sure if this applies to you.
Nootropics are an ‘All in One’ Solution
While nootropics certainly can give you an edge, they work best in combination with a healthy lifestyle.
They can make you more alert, less anxious and more productive amongst other things, but aren’t a magical cure.
There is no replacement for good food, exercise, hydration and a good night’s sleep.
You don’t need to be a health nut to get the best out of nootropics, but don’t expect them to provide any huge benefits to your brain if you aren’t taking care of the rest of your body.
Nootropics are Just Stimulants
While some nootropics do contain stimulants, this is not always the case.
There are plenty of stacks which contain caffeine, and since this is the most widely-consumed stimulant in the world, this should be of little concern.
Still, there are lots of nootropic products which contain zero caffeine, or any other type of stimulant.
Nootropics generally provide an energy boost as well as cognitive enhancement, but effects vary from product to product.
Some provide calm, relaxation and reduced stress and anxiety with no increase in energy.
There are so many products out there, so you’re sure to find something that fits your needs.
Many nootropic stacks are 100% natural and stimulant-free.
Nootropics Must Always be Cycled
Some nootropics manufacturers do recommend cycling their supplements to avoid developing a tolerance, but this isn’t generally the case.
Many nootropics can be used long-term without the need for a break.
It’s always best to follow the guidelines of each individual supplement.
Nootropics Can Cure Alzheimer’s
While it’s true that certain nootropic ingredients have been used in the treatment of Alzheimer‘s (as well as Parkinson’s disease), they are not a cure.
Some of them can slow age-related cognitive decline and improve memory function, and are therefore very beneficial for patients with these conditions, but any nootropic stack promising to cure Alzheimer’s itself is dubious.
Nootropics Don’t Have any Side Effects
Many brain pills come without side effects, but we can’t make a blanket statement about nootropics as a whole.
Different ingredients in different dosages produce varying effects, sometimes in different people.
Some products come with warnings of mild side effects, such as headaches or stomach upset, but others may have more serious ones.
Always read the label.