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What are Nootropics?

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Nootropics include supplements that have a beneficial effect on brain function in healthy people. For me, that opened a world of possibilities for improving brain health.

Ever wonder, “Dang, what happened to my brain?” 

You aren’t alone. Studies suggest people experiencing this type of brain fog may be deficient in essential vitamins and nutrients that play a supportive role in cognitive health. Further studies have illustrated these nutrients' vital role in cellular activity, which is necessary to maintain optimal cognitive function.

We know stress can put a strain on the body. But did you know chronic stress can impact your brain, altering your memory and functional speed? Some nootropics contain ingredients that are considered adaptogens, meaning they may help support how your body copes with stress and, in turn, improve brain function.

I don’t buy into “normal aging.” Regardless of my age, I need to be at peak performance to keep up with my kids and grandkids. I was so excited to find a way to use nutrients to roll back the ravages of time (and epigenetic influence) when I was introduced to nootropics!

So, what are nootropics exactly? 

Nootropics are nutrients that support focus, mental energy, problem-solving skills, and overall brain health.


Types of Natural Nootropics

Neurotransmitter enhancers – These nootropics increase the activity of brain chemicals responsible for maintaining mental sharpness. An example of a neurotransmitter is acetylcholine, a common neurotransmitter connecting the central nervous system with the peripheral nervous system, supporting motor neurons in their work (including everything from blinking your eyes to stomach movements). Nootropics that support the health of these neurotransmitters are:
  1. Vasodilators: May boost blood flow to the brain by widening the blood vessels. Leafy greens like spinach and collard greens are high in nitrates, which your body converts into nitric oxide, a potent vasodilator. Studies have shown ingesting 1,000 mg of pomegranate extract 30 minutes before working out increased blood flow, blood vessel diameter, and exercise performance. 
  2. Antioxidants: Xanthohumol, PQQ, and Resveratrol are unique antioxidants in HapiHumol™.  May support preserving and protecting brain cells from the damage caused by free radicals roaming in the body. 
If you want to embrace any of the following:

1.       Improved focus and alertness
2.       Support cognitive function
4.       Support verbal recall and analytical thinking 
5.       Tap into creativity 
6.       Reduce stress
7.       Boost mental energy 

Then consider giving nootropics a try in our Amped coffee (including our blend for Canadians!) and HapiCaps®. 

Author bio: 

Andreanna Rainville (“Nurse Andi”), RN, CN, is a respected lecturer, instructor and practitioner focusing on issues of, genetics and methylation evaluation and support, nutraceutical medicine, diet therapy, immunotherapy, chronic illness and infection, detoxification, fertility, mold, pain management and pediatrics (and is currently finishing her MAPS (Medical Academy for Pediatrics with Special Needs) fellowship). Raised on Kauai, Hawaii’s “garden island,” Rainville has a lifelong curiosity for and connection to plant- and nature-based prevention, medicine and healing, serving individuals in all stages of human development. Rainville began her career in the healing arts as a chiropractic assistant, massage therapist/esthetician and certified herbalist, later developing a line of all-natural treatments embraced by 5-star spas in the US and beyond. Rainville has worked side-by-side with esteemed leaders in their fields, including Cynthia Keller, MD and Peter Levine, PhD, as well as globally renowned physician, Dr Dietrich Klinghardt (MD/PhD). For two decades, Rainville’s work with Dr. Klinghardt spanned clinical (lead nurse) to educational (primary instructor for Klinghardt Academies). Rainville’s passion for, and experience in, physics, Functional German Medicine, pain management, stem cell therapy, genetics, detoxification, laser and light therapies, among many other specialties contribute to Rainville being a highly sought after provider. As a believer in using “food as thy medicine,” Rainville’s life’s passion is empowering people to envision multiple choices for wellness. In addition to her work with ÜFORIA Science, Rainville maintains a clinical practice in Kenmore, WA.