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Natural vs Synthetic Nootropics

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Natural vs Synthetic Nootropics

The natural vs synthetic Nootropic debate is in its Nascent stages and like with all such arguments, viz.a.viz., Natural vs G.M.O Food, Fertilizer based vs Organically Grown food and Lab Grown vs Naturally Grown products, the argument seems unending with a variety of salient features to each and every topic of discussion.

Natural Nootropics:

Nootropics that are directly harvested from Plant or Animal sources, and are subjected to minimal lab-processing are known as Natural Nootropics. Natural Nootropics are often known to cause minimal or zero side-effects and that there is no need for dosage restriction (since they are natural).

A few of the most famous Natural Nootropics are:

a) Ginkgo Biloba
As a super-source of antioxidants and an anti-inflammatory agent, GB has carved a niche for itself in the Nootropic market, more so in the Natural Nootropics space. Ginkgo Biloba is amongst the few Nootropics that is actively prescribed by Psychiatrists to reduce the symptoms associated with various diseases and also to increase the neuronal communication between different areas of our brain. Ginkgo has shown real promise in the treatment of depression and also as a primary mode of prevention of Dementia. Ginkgo is used also to aid nicotine cessation, bringing to a minimum the “craving” feeling that this phase brings.

b) Nicotine and Caffeine
Both are stimulants and are often used (and abused) for their ability to increase concentration, instantaneously. Nicotine, a mild psycho stimulant and depressant is harmless when taken raw, however, with the omnipresence of Cigarettes – which combine Nicotine with various other cancer-causing chemicals – It has lost its reputation as therapeutic nootropic, that can ease and prevent Chronic Bowel Diseases and Irritable Bowel Syndromes.

Caffeine, our daily morning “Wake-up” drink is harmless at even higher doses, infact, caffeine is said to prevent Dementia and to prevent laziness. Caffeine can also boost your libido and enhance sexual performance

c) L-Theanine
This drug has a vast range of effects on different systems of our body. Of note, is its effect on Sinusitis relief. L-Theanine improves Ciliary function to enable the outward movement of (clogged) Mucus from the various sinuses. Also, L-Theanine can enhance sleep in Insomnia and it improves our general Immunity.

d) Panax Ginseng
This Nootropic has an almost endless list of uses. Of particular note, is its use in treating Hot Flashes associated with Menopause and to treat Anemia in women. Another condition characterised by pervasive fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is treated by Panax. Panax has also shown improvements in Sexual Dysfunction and to alleviate symptoms of depression.

e) Ashwagandha
The “Master Herb” of Indian Ayurvedic Medicine, this drug has been traditionally used for Enhancing cognition and to improve Brain functions – Memory, Grasping power and as a Mood stabilizer.

A few famous Synthetic Nootropics are:

a) Modafinil
The drug of choice in Narcolepsy. Modafinil is a stimulant that promotes Wakefulness and has also shown to improve IQ in the sleep-deprived. This drug has a potential for abuse and its side-effects include Monocytosis, Leukaemia and others.

b) Methylphenidate
A synthetic drug available only under a Doctor’s prescription, it enhances concentration and is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).This drug can alter your Liver enzyme levels, lead to Jaundice and also precipitate Nervousness and trembling – Extrapyramidal Side-effects.

c) Piracetam
Used as a supportive measure to treat Alcoholism, Piracetams are of most use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Diseases, stroke and an involuntary-movements condition known as Tardive Dyskinesia. Piracetam, however can precipitate Depression, Diarrhea and Nervousness. It can lead to depression in a few individuals, as well.

d) Lithium
The Wonder drug used in treatment of Bipolar and other Mood disorders, this chemical’s mechanism of action remains a mystery to date. Lithium was initially used as a replacement to Common Salt (NaCl). Side-effects include Hepatic Dysfunction, Congenital disorders in the developing fetus, paranoia and others.


From the above list, we can conclude that Natural Nootropics are very safe in comparison to their synthetic counterparts. Fatalities associated with the use of synthetic nootropics is unsurprising, infact, Modafinil and MethylPhenidate can exacerbate Mood-disorders and precipitate Mania – A potentially fatal condition.

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