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Nootropics in Natural Medicine

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013

Ayurveda & Nootropics?From

What does Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine offer us in the way of Nootropics? Are there herbs with a nootropic action that can be taken on a long term basis?

For those of you that don’t know, the term “nootropic” refers to a medical agent that somehow improves or enhances intelligence.   The most basic nootropic are those that many of us use every day, such as tea and coffee.  Both these and other beverages and herbs such as green tea, yerba maté, guarana and chocolate contain class of chemicals called methylxanthines, which includes caffeine as well as others such as theobromine and theophylline. These chemicals are similar in structure to a brain chemical called adenosine that slows down neural activity.  But by binding to the same receptors caffeine and other methylxanthines block the inhibitory effect of adenosine, resulting in a stimulant effect.  The problem is that adenosine has neuroprotective effects, and that by blocking it, we may be accelerating brain injury, which in the long run could hardly be described as a nootropic effect. READ MORE

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  1. There are lots of good benefits of nootropics.. specially help to improve cognition and reasoning..

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