How Do Smart Drugs Work?

Your brain is arguably the most powerful organ in your body. It controls most of your other organs, your thoughts and your feelings. It is the most complex computer ever known and there is still so much scientists still don’t know about the brain. Everyone is looking to get smarter, younger, richer and better looking. While smart drugs can’t help you with the last three, they may be able to make you smarter, along with less anxiousness, better able to maintain relationships, plus a lot of other really good stuff.

You’ve probably also heard of smart drugs called cognitive enhancers, smart pills, and other buzz-terms. Don’t blow them off as hocus pocus. They are true, natural supplements that change the chemistry of the brain so it works in a more beneficial way. Working with the complex systems of your brain, they can optimize the functioning of these systems in a way that helps you think clearer, have more energy and generally feel great. You don’t have to be a sick or damaged person to take smart drugs – they work for those who need just a boost as well as they work for those who need long-term help.

There are a number of studies that tout the benefits of smart drugs, but there are also some inconclusive studies as well. Doing your research and knowing how nootropics actually change and benefit the brain is your best course of action before starting on a smart drug regime. This guide may help you to realize the mechanics behind using smart pills and how they can benefit your everyday life by improving brain function.

Biology Lesson

To figure out how smart drugs work, you need a little lesson on the brain. To start, your brain has four main systems that can be altered using smart drugs. These systems include the Cholinergic system, Glutamatergic system, Dopaminergic system and the Serotonergic system. Each systems plays their part in the brain to regulate your cognitive functions. But, they don’t do it alone. Neurotransmitters and their receptors communicate information within the systems to control our bodily and brain functioning. They relay the signals between our nerve cells for our heart, lungs, muscles, and affect how we perform and how we feel on a by-the-second basis. These signals actually tell our heart to beat, so you know that each system needs to be in perfect alignment or things will be let’s say “off”.

If you have too much or too little of a particular signal, this is when trouble starts. Something as simple as forgetting what you just wrote or feeling down for no reason is a by-product of the imbalance of the signals in your brain. But, it can get larger than this and some neurologic conditions like ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s also have a link to the malfunction of the system in question (in this case it is the Glutamatergic system).

Smart drugs work with your brain – not against it

Smart drugs work with your existing brain chemistry to try to boost production or inhibit uptake on the various neurotransmitters so the system works more optimally. Often, smart drugs won’t work alone to take care of the brain and require a second smart drug to produce a synergistic effect. This is called smart drug stacking and is very common. For example, Acetylcholine plays a huge role in the Cholinergic system, but taking Acetylcholine on its own won’t really affect the system’s functioning. Racetams are often taken with Acetylcholine smart drugs to make a difference in the brain. Working together, these two smart drugs will increase memory function, improve focus and allow you to make decisions easier by improving the functioning of the Cholinergic system.

While you should always talk to your doctor, naturopath or other healthcare practitioner before starting smart drugs, doing your research is still recommended so you can go into your health facility with knowledge backing up what you need to. You may know that Racetams along with Ampakines will stimulate glutamate receptors for improved focus and increased energy, but you might not have a clue what dosage is best for someone your size, age and sex.

Getting the brain into a better place

As well, smart drugs not only change the systems in your brain for the better, they increase blood and oxygen flow to your brain. When you exercise, you are also increasing blood and oxygen flow to the brain, and you probably know that this often makes you feel clear-headed, able to take on the day and a little euphoric. They provide the same benefit without the need for you to get out of your chair. While you may be taking medications for lessening anxiety, this added benefit, which happens with many smart supplements, is definitely a perk anyone can agree is a good one.

If you haven’t heard of brain plasticity (or neuroplasticity), it is the brain’s ability to change throughout your life. You want your brain to change, as it means it is forming new connections between the brain cells and increasing your knowledge base, memory and more. Smart drugs have a very nice side effect of increasing neuroplasticity, which means that while your systems are being optimized, your brain is also becoming more plastic (or changing for the better).

While this is a pretty basic overview of how smart drugs work, there are definitely other resources out there that can tell you how each specific smart drug works. Basically, by changing the systems of the brain with smart drug usage, you’ll feel better and even perform better in your daily tasks.

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