Nootropics Dictionary

We’re cataloging everything we can about Nootropics from numerous reputable sources, in plain language and linking out to more information.

Ashwagandha – adaptogen root herb with benefits for mental energy, stress resistance and mood; may also help with healthy brain aging

Caffeine – it’s been long debated whether caffeine is a true nootropic or not, but it is a stimulant that boosts alertness and almost always is accompanied by a subsequent crash

CBD – cannabis derived compound that is suggested to ease anxiety and possess some neuro-protective effects

CoQ10 – coenzyme pseudo-vitamin that helps brain health by powering up brain cell mitochondria and supplying anti-aging antioxidant activity

Creatine – popularly used by athletes to charge-up their muscles, may work in the same way in the brain to enhance mental energy

Choline – similar to B vitamins and related to lecithin, it declines with age but is important for brain chemical acetylcholine and maintaining healthy brain structure

DHA – essential fatty acid that is crucial for early brain development and helpful for sharp cognition in old age

Ginkgo biloba – ancient Chinese wellness herb enhances brain circulation, strong reputation for helping with memory and age-related cognitive performance

Ginseng – adaptogen herb that supports brain chemicals and cAMP while countering stress; energizes mental and physical performance

Guarana – South American Berry that is one of the best natural sources of caffeine, traditionally used to boost mind energy and physical endurance

L-Theanine – green tea amino acid that raises Alpha brain waves to promote wakeful relaxation for creativity and productivity; also shown to support sharp mental clarity during aging

Lemon Balm – traditional herb that regulates brain chemicals and their receptors to promote calmness and induce sleep

MCT Oil – supports the use of ketones for brain energy instead of carbohydrates; helpful for mental clarity on keto diet

NADH – antioxidants coenzyme related to vitamin B3 tha t is required for ATP energy production; also supports the brain chemical dopamine