Brain boost: Nootropics in a new corporate world

Brain boost: Nootropics in a new corporate world

Ever wondered what work life was like in the 1970s and 80s? No emails, no computers, and little exposure to the world beyond the office. There was likely more time for deep thinking and less stress, with healthier diets providing essential brain nutrients.

Fast forward to today, and we're bombarded by notifications and constant demands on our focus. Moments of calm and concentration are rare luxuries. In this fast-paced work environment, the pressure for peak cognitive performance has never been higher. Social media nudging us to work harder doesn't help.

This has led professionals to seek ways to enhance focus, creativity, and productivity, driving the rise of nootropics. Also known as cognitive enhancers, nootropics improve functions like memory, creativity, motivation, and executive skills. Each ingredient in the realm of nootropics offers its own unique benefits.

Here are some of the key uses:

Cognitive enhancement

Did you know that there's a 36% chance you're already consuming nootropics three to five times a day? If you're a regular consumer of coffee, you're already enjoying the benefits of nootropics.

The primary appeal of nootropics lies in their capacity to support cognitive tasks like focus, processing speed and memory. For those looking to optimize brain function, there are a variety of options:

Natural caffeine (green coffee bean; guarana): This popular stimulant boosts alertness and lowers perceived effort, resulting in quicker reactions. It's advised to steer clear of synthetic caffeine (such as caffeine anhydrous) as it lacks the natural chlorogenic acids present in coffee plants. These compounds have an antioxidant impact, neutralizing harmful free radicals and reducing oxidative stress in the body.

L-theanine: Often paired with caffeine, L-theanine imparts a calming effect that complements the energizing properties of caffeine, leading to smoother and swifter reactions. A dose of 100mg can aid in enhancing focus and cognitive function, particularly when combined with natural caffeine.

Bacopa monnieri: This adaptogenic herb is renowned for its memory-enhancing benefits. Bacopa may enhance communication between brain neurons, crucial for faster processing speeds and speedier reactions to stimuli. It's also reported to have anxiety-reducing properties. By lessening anxiety, it can indirectly boost the ability to focus and react promptly, as anxiety can detrimentally affect cognitive performance and reaction speed.

Rhodiola rosea: This adaptogen fights fatigue and bolsters mental clarity, aiding in quicker decision-making.

Maritime pine bark: Pine bark extract augments nitric oxide production in the body, facilitating the dilation of blood vessels and improving blood circulation. Enhanced circulation, including to the brain, can amplify cognitive function and enhance reaction speed by ensuring a steady supply of oxygen and nutrients to brain tissue.

Stress and anxiety

In the treatment of stress and anxiety, a particular group of herbs stands out: adaptogens. These natural substances are valued for their fascinating ability to help the body adjust to stress.

Adaptogens function to balance the hormones and chemicals released by the body under stress. They act like a thermostat, gauging the current stress levels in the body and bringing things back to equilibrium. This aids in reducing anxiety, improving focus and enhancing the ability to cope with physical and emotional stress.

Highly recommended adaptogens for stress include ashwagandha and Rhodiola rosea. For anxiety, lemon balm and ginseng are solid choices. Cordyceps mushrooms are also being investigated for their adaptogenic advantages to humans in recent years.


The impact of sleep on cognitive abilities has been extensively studied and documented. Lack of sleep impairs attention, working memory, long-term memory and decision-making. Even partial sleep deprivation can affect attention.

A restful night's sleep goes a long way in maintaining a sharp, clear mind, especially during stressful periods.

Ingredients like lemon balm and magnesium bisglycinate aid in calming the mind before sleep. Magnesium additionally boosts memory, learning, recall, mood, and cognition.

As the demands of the corporate world continue to evolve and intensify, the quest for optimal cognitive performance keeps growing. Natural nootropics offer a promising option for those wanting to improve their focus, creativity, and productivity in the face of today's fast-paced environment.

Information provided by Neurologica.


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