Tuesday, 22 January 2013

What If There Was A Pill That Could Make You Smarter?

Most of us have seen the movie Limitless. Yeah, you know the one. It’s the movie where Bradley Cooper finds that drug that turns him into the genius. What would you do if there were such a pill? At what lengths would you go to get it?

Pill Memory Boost Smart

Sorry, but the truth is, no such drug that exists in our world.The good news is that there are supplements out there that can make our brains “chemically” smarter. These so called supplements are known asnootropics. To be considered a nootropic, the substance has to be low in side effects and be able to improve some area of cognitive function. Nootropics usually have some sort of antioxidant activity in the brain. Certain nootropics have been shown to reduce oxidative stress and free radicals. Both oxidative stress and free radicals have been shown to lead to neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

The racetam family of drugs is perhaps most interesting of all the nootropics. Racetams share a common method of action relating to cognitive function and processing. Racetams have been shown to work on the Cholinergic and Glutamate receptors by increasingreuptake and efficiency at their respective channels.
Now we know you’re not a neuroscientist but there are some basic functions to understand. Glutamic Acid (Glutamate) is a non-essential amino acid and neurotransmitter in the brain. It is known that Glutamate-to-receptor binding plays a huge role in learning and memory processes. Racetams have been shown to improve reuptake of Glutamate in two important Glutamate receptor sites. These groups of receptors are known as AMPA and NDMA receptors.

Racetams also contribute to cognitive function by working on another important area in the brain. This area is known as the cholinergic system. The cholinergic system typically refers to the neurotransmitter, Acetylcholine and its respective receptor. Acetylcholine binds to the Acetylcholine receptors and is hugely important in learning and memory. Racetams increase the efficiency of these processes. It is recommended to have enough Acetylcholine in your diet if you are taking racetams. Acetylcholine can be obtained from foods (technically its precursor choline can be obtained from food).

Effects of Racetams
There are several different types of racetam drugs available. The most popular is Piracetam. When one takes Piracetam for the first time, the first notable effects will usually be in the form of heightened sensory perception (ex. vision: colors more vibrant). Other noticeable effects which are commonly spottedare: advanced learning and memory, focus and increased working memory.

These results vary from user to user and Piracetam is just the tip of the ice-burg. In fact, Piracetam is the weakest of the racetam family. Most of the other racetams such as: Aniracetam, Oxiracetam and Pramiracetam are modified versions of Piracetam`s chemical structure. These other racetams usually have stronger nootropic benefits and potency.

One great thing with racetams is their lack of side effects. Common side effects usually relate to headaches and fatigue. These are usually a cause of insufficient Acetylcholine and supplementation is often recommended. Some other common side-effects can include: nausea, upset stomach and dizziness, none of which are life threatening. There have been zero reports of severe negative side effects or fatalities from racetam supplements. They are generally well tolerated by all. So go ahead, try racetam supplements. They may not make you a genius, but they can defiantly help in areas of cognition and memory. Racetams are the best alternative to those nasty smart drugs many students are taking illegallynow a days. You can learn more about racetams by visiting Peak Nootropics