Top 10: Best Natural Nootropics for Mental Edge

Looking for the best natural nootropics to improve your cognitive function and brain health?

Even if synthetic nootropics, like Aniracetam, is safe to use.

You can improve cognitive abilities with great results only by relying on natural nootropics.

As a nootropic user, you want to stack more than one nootropic to spice up the effects and benefits.

Here are some of the best earth-grown nootropics to try out.

Ashwagandha

Stress can deplete neurotransmitters and leave you with poor focus and mood.

Adaptogenic herbs, like Ashwagandha, are great for combating stress and its negative effects.

But it’s capable of much more than that;

Nootropic benefits;

  • Improved memory, learning, social cognition, and reaction time.

Ashwagandha is famous for the powerful restorative benefits. Useful if you’re dealing with adrenal fatigue or burnouts.

You can take one capsule in the morning to maintain a steady flow of energy. And at night to promote a restful sleep.

L-Theanine

Theanine increases alpha brain waves activity, which is important for attention.(1)

In the alpha state, you can observe your subconscious thoughts. Which is often the goal with meditation practices.

But If you want to drink green tea instead of extract to improve your brain performance.

You need to drink Matcha.

Matcha is stronger in both taste and effect. And it’s used by meditators to achieve a higher state of consciousness. Thus improving cognitive functions.

I drink one, sometimes two cups of matcha in the morning, together with Ashwagandha.

This combination improves mental sharpness to start the day on the right track.

Huperzine A

Huperzine A, like many other plants, contains chemicals that improve your cognitive function.

This nootropic stimulates acetylcholine levels and also prevent the breakdown of neurotransmitters.

You’ll see this ingredient in popular nootropic stack, such as alpha brain by Onnit.

Nootropic benefits;

  • Enhanced learning, memory, neuroplasticity
  • Promote lucid dreams
  • Aid age-related memory loss
  • Neuroprotective
  • Improve memory formation and consolidation
  • Treat neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s.

Huperzine also helps neurons to communicate with each other more efficient.

Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa is a famous Ayurvedic herb and one of the most important herbs for cognitive function.

Make sure you get effective Bacopa in your system. Look for “standardized bacosides” on the supplement label.

Nootropic benefits;

  • Improve speed of attention and memory recall
  • Protects your brain from dopamine receptor dysfunction
  • Improve learning

Bacopa works great as a standalone supplement. And synergies well with other natural nootropics.

Bacopa detoxifies the brain from heavy metals. Which is useful if you’ve used a lot of deodorants that contains aluminum.


Red Reishi

Reishi is an herbal non-toxic nootropic you can take daily to regulate the immune system.

It’s sometimes referred as a “Super mushroom”, or “mushroom of immortality”.

Reishi is one of my favorite nootropics because it has plenty of benefits;

  • Suppress the growth of breast cancer cells (1)
  • Life span-extending properties (2)
  • Anti-cancer properties (3)
  • Protection against liver damage (extracted form) (4)
  • Neuroprotective properties (5)
  • Enhanced healing activity in wounds (7)
  • Learning and memory can be enhanced 
  • Reduce neural cell death (8)
  • Relieve cell injury
  • Anti-depressant (extracted form)
  • Protects the hippocampus 
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Useful for those who are under chemotherapy (9)
  • Useful if you get exposed to both airborne and consumable toxins, like alcohol

Wait at least two weeks with supplementation to notice the benefits. The powder form taste a bit bitter, but there are also capsules ready for digestion.

Ginkgo Biloba

A million years old nootropic that is currently facing difficult times to become extinct. Due to deforestation and climate changes.

The leaves contain flavonoids and terpenoids, both are antioxidants that combat free radicals. As a result, you protect your mind and body from aging.

It’s used for memory and as a cognitive enhancer. But studies also show it has promising effects for reducing symptoms of dementia.

Nootropic benefits;

  • Improve memory, attention, and learning
  • Reduce anxiety

Phosphatidylserine (PS)

Found in neurons and nerve cells. Part of your cell membrane. Critical for memory and cognitive function.

PS enables your brain to metabolize glucose more efficient.

Plus, improving communication between brain cells. And restoring levels of the key neurotransmitter, Acetylcholine better.

This nootropic can cross the blood-brain barrier with ease and improve cognitive function;

  • Improve learning ability and memory
  • Increase attention and concentration
  • Boost mood
  • Balance cortisol

Phosphatidylserine is also powerful for treating symptoms of depression.

Cordyceps Sinensis

Each strain from this mushroom has medical benefits. The CS-4 strain is the best and what you should aim for.

Cordyceps is a popular choice in the fitness industry. It increases exercise performance and boosts mental energy.

This is also a nootropic that’s useful for keeping the brain clean, like Reishi. Cordyceps offers many health benefits; (Earthpulse)

Improve respiratory function  (1)

  • Increase cellular oxygen absorption by 40% 
  • Improve heart function
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Anti-aging properties
  • Protects against free radical damage
  • Improve endurance and stamina
  • Combat sexual dysfunction (2)
  • Improve sexual function
  • Cancer prevention
  • Improve kidney health
  • Skin rejuvenating

Vinpocetine

Originates from the periwinkle plant. Vinpocetine can cross the blood-brain barrier and enhance blood flow in the brain.

Nootropic benefits are;

  • Improve long and short-term memory
  • Neuroprotective
  • Prevent or reverse ischemic (lack of oxygen)

I wrote a post about this amazing nootropic. You might want to read that first to get a clear understanding how to use it.

Vinpocetine offers plenty of health benefits. Improving hearing function and visual perception are just a few.

Citicoline

Necessary for synthesizing phosphatidylcholine, which is important for the brain.

Citicoline can cross the blood-brain barrier and access your bloodstream almost immediately.

As a result, you experience the benefits and changes in perception within a couple of hours.

Citicoline enhances dopaminenorepinephrine, and acetylcholine. Which makes it a powerful nootropic to improve brain function.

Nootropic benefits;

  • Boost levels of important neurotransmitters
  • Increase mental energy
  • Slows down brain cell aging
  • Neuroprotective

Citicoline works as a standalone supplement. But you’ll get a better experience if you stack it with other nootropics.


Conclusion

These are some of the best natural nootropics you can take to improve brain function.

You can buy each one separately to make your own stack, or grab premade stacks. I recommend you build your own stack instead of premade stacks. Because your brain chemistry is unique.

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