You may have thought that doping only affected the world of sport, but no, the race for performance is also spreading among students, investors, businessmen/women, professions under pressure… who to hold on use stimulating substances.
Nootropics, also called “smart drugs” or “smart drugs” are substances capable of stimulating cognitive performance and improving creativity, memory, concentration and even motivation. Nootropics can also improve mood, relax, and make you more efficient.
In recent years, the consumption of these smart pills such as Modafinil, Adderall, or Ritalin (all on prescription) has been widespread. In an article recently published in the Harvard Business Review, researchers showed that up to 20% of IVY League students in the United States have taken “smart drugs”.
Despite their popularity, these smart drugs are often a subject of controversy.
- 1 A little history
- 2 Confirmed properties
- 3 The side effects of smart drugs
- 4 Prioritize natural nootropics
- 5 The HEYME wellness package
A little history
The first nootropic, called piracetam, was discovered in the early 1960s by Romanian scientist Corneliu Giurgea. At the time, he was looking for a chemical that could put people to sleep. After months of testing, he created a substance, which seemed to have the opposite effect. Giurgea immediately recognized the significance of his findings and coined the term “nootropic,” which combines the Greek words for “spirit” and “bending.”
According to scientists, many stimulants and smart drugs have been proven to be safe and effective, some of which are prescribed for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). On the other hand, there is a lot of uncertainty about their ability to boost brain function.
In 2014, the International Chess Federation considered Modafinil a doping substance, and banned its use in chess competitions. A study published by the specialized scientific journal European Neuropsychopharmacology, showed the positive effects of these drugs on a player whose world ranking rose from 5000 to 3500.
Although these smart drugs may have positive effects on cognition and very short-term memory, their long-term effects on the brain in healthy people remain unknown.
The side effects of smart drugs
Smart drugs can have very unpleasant side effects. Consuming smart pills can lead to headaches, skin rashes and feeling tired. In other people, side effects can include insomnia, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, blood circulation problems… According to many experts, these substances can even be counterproductive.
Prioritize natural nootropics
Unlike chemical substances, natural nootropics make it possible to improve cognition in a remarkable way, without the risk of addiction. These supplements help maintain a high level of concentration at any time of the day. Thanks to their low toxicity, they have practically no side effects.
Among the most powerful natural nootropics are:
If you want a good hot drink, treat yourself to a cup of green tea. This substance contains L-theanine, highly recommended to boost memory and concentration.
According to recent studies, the combination of L-theanine and caffeine has positive effects on mental stimulation, prevents anxiety and reduces any possible sleep-inducing effects.
The Huperzia Serrata
It is a nootropic plant that can stimulate memory. It contains a good amount of huperzine A, a sesquiterpene alkaloid, extracted from plants and herbs belonging to the Lycopodiaceae family. The latter, well known in China for centuries, is used to improve memory and treat Alzheimer’s disease.
Bacopa or water hyssop
This well-known herb has been used since ancient times in Ayurvedic medicine to increase memory and concentration. It is present in humid areas, such as Nepal, China, Pakistan, Europe, Australia, Africa and America.
It is a natural mnemonic stimulant capable of improving cognitive processes. This plant can treat high blood pressure, macular degeneration, tinnitus and arterial diseases in general.
Scientific studies have shown the positive effect of Ginkgo Biloba-based supplements on elderly people with significant cognitive decline.
This nootropic substance is extraordinarily effective, it is able to boost memory and general functions of the brain.
Gotu Kola or Centella Asiatica
It is a natural supplement with nootropic effects, to improve concentration and brain activity.
Our bonus tip: eat healthy
Also consider controlling your eating habits to provide your body and brain with the necessary nutrients. Eating fish is a good habit, salmon for example contains a very large amount of omega-3 and fatty acids.
Make sure you eat enough fruits and vegetables and avoid packaged, fatty, fried, pre-cooked, refined and overly sweet foods.
The HEYME wellness package
With the Wellness Pack, HEYME gives you a boost to help you take care of yourself!
Because sport, alternative medicine, nutrition, dietetics, psychological listening and prevention are essential for well-being, HEYME takes care of you physically and mentally by reimbursing you €150 of packages for only €4.5 /month.
A key player in health and well-being among young people, HEYME reimburses your sporting activity up to a maximum of €30/year for membership of:
- A sports club
- A sports association
- A gym
- A sporting event
Alternative medicine package
Because the health and well-being of young people are among its priorities, HEYME offers an alternative medicine package for a consultation in osteopathy, sophrology, acupuncture, kinesiology, therapeutic hypnosis, chiropractic or etiopathy and a psychological consultation package for €40/year, limited to 2 consultations of €20/year each.
Health and well-being prevention package up to €80 per year
Aware that the daily life of young people goes far beyond medical appointments, HEYME offers you the health and well-being prevention package up to 80€/year. This package includes:
- the package helps to quit smoking: nicotine substitute, patch, gum, lozenge up to €30/year;
- the parapharmacy body care package: massage oil, clay, tape, strapping… up to €20/year;
- the dietary and nutritional package, innovative coaching with OVIVA: 1 teleconsultation and 2 weeks of ultra-personalized follow-up up to €30/year.
Your well-being with the health pack at only €4.5/month!
👉 HEYME wellness package