Nootropics, or ‘smart drugs’, are substances that enhance memory, focus and other areas of cognition. To be classed as a nootropic, a drug must:
• Enhance learning and memory
• Protect the brain from physical or chemical injury
• Improve memory in the presence of adverse conditions, such as electric shock and hypoxia
• Improve muscle control
• Have extremely low toxicity and few side effects
At first, nootropics were used exclusively to help people with impaired cognition, but healthy people are increasingly using them to improve their day-to-day mental performance and productivity. A range of nootropics are now available. Read on to find out which is best for your situation.
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