No, nootropics aren’t warm, palmy areas around the equator. They are, infact, groups of rare supplements or drugs that are taken specifically to enhance memory and other cognitive abilities. Because they are said to enhance intelligence, nootropics are often called “smart drugs.”
The nootropic that most people are familiar with is caffeine, but there are other nootropics that stimulate mental functioning. Some of these drugs and supplements are used by college students to help them study and retain what they read more efficiently. Others seem to show promise for brain diseases as devastating as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s chorea.
Kinds of Nootropics
There are different kinds of nootropics. They include stimulants like amphetamines, methylphenidates and eugeroics. Amphetamines help stimulate a person’s mental awareness, help them perform tasks and aid in the retention of different kinds of memory, including episodic and working memory. Researchers claim that amphetamines are especially useful for people with ADHD. They also help with inhibitory control. This is the ability of a person to overcome their usual responses to a situation in order to complete a task or reach a goal.