From Organic Newsroom:
Brain-Boosters, Cognitive Enhancers, and even “Smart Pills”—these are but some of the common names used when discussing a class of compounds called Nootropics. The name isn’t new at all, having been coined in the early seventies by the Romanian doctor Corneliu E. Giurgea, and professionals in mentally-intensive fields such as computer programming have been using them for decades. The term Nootropics refers to a broad class of compounds that have shown throughout decades of clinical studies to show marked improvements in cognitive functions such as short term memory, abstract learning, ability to focus, and critical thinking. The best Nootropics are those with track records of offering clinically-proven results for cognitive enhancement properties. For convenience, you can skip directly to any of the Nootropics listed in this article by clicking their names below:
There are certainly many more Nootropics available on the consumer market today than just the few listed here however, these represent those compounds which have demonstrated remarkable brain-boosting abilities. All of the compounds on this list have clinical data to back up claims—some more than others—but it should be noted that none of them are currently FDA-approved for the treatment of any medical condition, although many are used as prescription medications in many European countries, and many of the herbal Nootropics have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic healing practices. While it may seem strange for well-known substances, with clinical data to back up their benefit aren’t approved by the FDA for the treatment—of anything—such is the current state of affairs. All of these compounds are considered dietary supplements under FDA guidelines, and are perfectly legal to purchase and use within the United States.
The best Nootropics are those with a proven track records clinically-proven results for cognitive enhancement
There are several Nootropics that are prescription only—synthetic to the core—and produced under patents held by major pharmaceutical companies. Modafinil, for example, is one of the most-popular Nootropic drugs manufactured specifically with the intent of promoting ‘wakefulness’ and has been used to treat such diseases as narcolepsy . With the growing concern over the dangers of prescription medication, there has been a resurgence of interest in Nootropic compounds that aren’t prescription—and in many cases aren’t even synthetic. This article will look at what are largely regarded as being the best Nootropics from two broad categories—those which are synthetic, and those which are natural Nootropics.
The Best Synthetic Nootropics
As mentioned above, Mondafinil has been one of the most-popular prescription drugs considered as a Nootropic over the years, being largely replaced by Adderall among the recent younger generations—particularly college students. If you’re interested in learning more about prescription Nootropics, or patented cognitive enhancers, I suggest you read this article by Vice—as those compounds will not be falling within the scope of this article.