When it comes to supplements, one that has been garnering more popularity is the nootropic. But what exactly are nootropics? Are they safe to use, and what are the side effects? In this article, we will answer these questions.
Nootropics are also known as “smart drugs”, and while many individuals who use them praise them not a whole lot of information is known about them. But they are known for boosting brain power. These substances are often used for improved memory and mental performance. Many of these supplements, such as Ritalin and Adderal, are given to those diagnosed with ADHD. Other conditions that nootropics are said to help include epilepsy, dementia, schizophrenia, aging, and more. However, there are nootropic supplements that are intended for use by those who are healthy but simply desire a boost in their brain power.
If you are considering using nootropics no doubt you are curious as to whether or not they are safe and if there are any possible side effects. Nootropics have been classified as nutritional supplements, which means that they do not have to undergo any clinical trials before they are deemed ready for sale. This is unlike pharmaceutical drugs which do need to undergo clinical studies, and deemed safe for use, before getting the green light to be sold. It’s important to note that nootropic supplements are deemed safe unless proven otherwise. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to approach these supplements with extreme caution, and complete research on each specific supplement that you are considering using. You may also want to consult your physician in regards to whether or not nootropics would be safe for you.
By definition, nootropics are safe to use. Of course, you will want to use these supplements the way that they are intended to be used. There are times when nootropics should not be used. Women that are pregnant should never take nootropics for the safety of their unborn child as well as themselves. If you are breastfeeding or hoping to become pregnant, you would also want to avoid nootropics. Children under the age of 18 should also not be exposed to nootropics for their safety. Those individuals about to undergo a surgical procedure should also avoid taking nootropic supplements, as well as those who are taking other medication for a mental condition. For those with medical conditions, it is recommended that you discuss nootropic supplements with your doctor before deciding to give the supplement a try.