What are nootropics?
Nootropics are substances that help improve cognitive function and assist in making the mind more focused during periods of intense concentration. Nootropics are supplements that seek to boost the functioning of your brain and holistic mental performance. Admittedly, this is an incredibly wide remit and therefore a lot of substances are billed as nootropics. Nicotine, caffeine, vitamin powders, and synthetic drugs can all be classed as nootropics; similarly, so can herbal remedies, plant extracts, and mushrooms. What all these substances have in common is that they are said to boost the brain’s performative abilities. They hope to improve memory, creativity, focus, and motivation; they also potentially help with battling stress and aids the body in overcoming those symptoms.
In this blog we will be discussing the benefits of adding lion’s mane, chaga and ginseng to your wellness regime, and why these natural ingredients are classified as nootropics.
What is Lion’s Mane?
This is a stunning cream-white tooth mushroom with long, relaxed spines hanging off its often very large base, lion’s mane earns its name. It is a sought-after edible and medicinal mushroom. Lion’s mane is the most clinically studied of all the mushroom types, so we can therefore suggest some of the supposed benefits that regularly taking lion’s mane can engender. Specifically, lion’s mane has been examined for neurohealth properties.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses lion’s mane to boost memory, enhance cognitive function, and improve concentration. Eastern practitioners prescribe it for strength, overall vigour, and to improve digestion. It has also been noted for its supposed anti-inflammatory properties and is being looked into for treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Native to Europe, Asia, and North America, it grows in late summer to early autumn. It is on the Red List of Endangered species in 13 European countries due to habitat destruction and specificity of growing conditions. Luckily, lion’s mane is widely commercially cultivated and is available from specialty growers and online sources. It can be purchased fresh, dried, as a tincture, and as a tea.
Benefits of Lion’s Mane
Lion’s mane being a natural product that is associated with reinforcing neural connections and regenerating brain cells. Some studies have found that Lion’s Mane contains two special compounds that can stimulate the growth of brain cells. These are hericenones and erinacines. These natural compounds supposedly help to reinforce the connections made within neural pathways of the brain, helping support memory retention and connective thought.
What is Chaga?
Chaga is another odd-looking character in the world of mushrooms. This fungus grows out of the side of trees and looks like a large, protruding charred burl. In fact, burls are often mistaken for chaga among new foragers. It can be found almost exclusively growing on birch trees, and traditional healers say that chaga growing on any other type of tree does not have the same medicinal properties.
Recent research shows that chaga can potentially lower blood sugar, and has been believed for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to combat cancer. Some scientific studies have revealed that chaga has antioxidant properties and is gene-protective, meaning it works as an anti-microbial, anti-cancer, and anti-hypoglycemic agent.
To many, chaga is the wonder mushroom that boosts your immune system and fights off free radicals to reduce signs of ageing. Not technically a mushroom, although often referred to as one, chaga is instead a giant ball of mycelium; it grows on living birch trees in cold climates.
Benefits of Chaga
Like lion’s mane, chaga is a mushroom with incredible potential to reduce inflammation and the effects of stress on the body. Some research has shown that chaga supplements can reduce the production of cytokines within your body’s immune system, which are themselves major signals of your body’s inflammatory response.
chaga is a key mushroom ingredient found in Puresport’s BOOST capsules and mushroom complex capsules.
What is Ginseng?
Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) root, which has been used for over 2000 years for many conditions, including those associated with old age. The roots of ginseng plants have been used as herbal remedies for centuries in China, Korea, and other Asian countries.
Benefits of Ginseng
Ginseng is a plant which is grown in both Asia and North America, and is believed to improve mood and boost endurance as well. There’s some formative evidence to suggest that ginseng might give a small short-term boost in concentration and mental performance. In particular, when this is combined with ginkgo biloba, it is also suggested to aid ward off the onset of dementia by reinforcing these neural connections within the brain.
Pure Sport BOOST Oil & Capsules
Our BOOST nootropic oil is an invigorating supplement to assist users’ capacity to focus and feel alert at the day’s beginning. Although not explicitly advertised as a morning supplement, we would suggest that users take their three capsules at the beginning of the day. We have also seen many of our customers drop the BOOST oil into their morning coffees in order to perk them up for the challenges of the day. These ingredients all work synergistically to stimulate your mind, body, wellness, and immune function.
While you’re here, check out the rest of the Puresport nootropic supplement range.