Nootropics – Optimising brain power

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What works like magic but is backed by science? Nootropics!

Nootropics are dietary supplements that help improve the cognitive functions of the brain. In other words, they can help enhance focus, improve memory, maximise creativity and increase your resistance to stress.

Studies have even shown that with the right combination, they have the potential to restore memory as well as help our brain cope with a phenomenon known as hypoxia (a lack of oxygen). 

Nootropics have an ‘activating’ effect precisely on the brain’s function responsible for the learning process.

Have you seen the movie ‘Limitless’ starring Bradly Cooper? Imagine nootropics as a more realistic version of the brain boosting ‘super drug’ he takes to help him write a book and learn the tricks of the stock trade overnight!

When to use nootropics?

Nootropics can be used whenever you feel like you need an extra boost of brain power to help you through a difficult, or even emotionally stressful work, study or personal situation. In these moments they can help us gather our thoughts and allow us to concentrate as much as possible on an important issue.

Many of us also spend a significant part of our day in the office, where it’s often stuffy and unventilated, and as a result, we are faced with a lack of oxygen which makes us sleepy and less productive. The use of neurometabolic stimulants (nootropics) helps us to concentrate, overcome drowsiness, improve the blood supply to the brain along with carbohydrate metabolism and increase resistance to stressful situations.

Nootropics can also be beneficial when used before or after exercise…

This is due to their ability to improve oxygen metabolism which can help your body cope with stress, muscle pain and reduce your recovery time. 

Of course, this can give you an advantage over your competitors, but don’t go getting any ideas – because of these advantageous effects, WADA (The World Anti-Doping Agency) has prohibited Nootropics in competitions of accredited federations (like the Olympics and other major sporting events). 

Use them to beat your PB only! 😉

Aguulp for Brain – Our nootropic formula

Aguulp for Brain combines well-researched nootropics, amino-acids, vitamins and plant extracts to make an ultra-effective cognitive enhancer.

Phosphatidylserine – This Nootropic is often used by athletes, for its ability to reduce cortisol levels and promote rapid recovery after a hard training process. It also has a property that is characteristic of all nootropics – it improves memory and brain function. 

CDP Choline (Citicoline) – Citicoline is an ultra-effective choline precursor to the vital neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It helps to protect the integrity of neuron structure and function and can help improve memory.

Acetyl l-carnitine – This amino acid is a powerful antioxidant that plays a critical role in the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which is crucial for supporting healthy memory, computation, perception and several other cognitive functions. Research has shown that Acetyl l-carnitine may also reduce mental and physical fatigue.

L-Theanine – This Amino acid commonly found in green and black tea promotes relaxation without sedation and has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety.

L-Tyrosine – Improves the ability to deal with stressors for better decision making

Lemon Balm Extract – The lemon balm plant has been cultivated for well over 2,000 years for it’s soothing mental effects. It’s primarily used to lower anxiety and boost memory

Magnesium – Numerous studies suggest that magnesium helps reduce anxiety and insomnia.

B Vitamins – Vitamin B6 is important for the production of transmitters and for passing signals from one neuron to another.  Without transmitters the brain can’t communicate.

Meanwhile Vitamin B12 helps your brain cells produce energy. Your body also uses Vitamin B12 for the production of myelin sheaths, an insulating layer of protein and fat that coats your nerves and allows electrical impulses to travel quickly and efficiently. This means that B12 helps improve neural function. 

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