What are nootropics?
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 health and 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. Rhodiola Rosea, L-Theanine & Vitamin B-12 are nootropics which all assist in clearing the mind fog and mental fatigue that can burden our lives.
What is Rhodiola Rosea?
Rhodiola is an herb that grows in the cold, mountainous regions of Europe and Asia. Its roots are considered adaptogens, meaning they help your body adapt to stress when consumed. Rhodiola is also known as arctic root or golden root. Its scientific name is Rhodiola rosea. Its root contains more than 140 active ingredients, with the two most potent being rosavin and salidroside. It is an incredibly versatile adaptogen which can help the body fight the impact of stressful situations.
Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea
Can help fight fatigue and burnout
Stress, anxiety, and inadequate sleep are just a few factors that can contribute to fatigue, which can cause feelings of physical and mental tiredness. Rhodiola has also been shown to improve symptoms of burnout, which can occur with chronic stress. One study involved 118 people with stress-related burnout who took 400 mg of rhodiola daily for 12 weeks. Study participants showed clear improvement in various symptoms such as stress and depression commonly associated with burnout.
Improve exercise performance
By acting as an energising adaptogen, and also instilling a sense of clarity within a busied and overstimulated mind, Rhodiola Rosea could lead to a more effective and concentrated form of exercise for users. By helping to remove those existing anxieties and preoccupations, one can readily focus on their workout and thus fully reap the benefits of their endorphin-inducing exercise.
Potential to reduce symptoms of depression
Depression is a common but serious illness that negatively affects how you feel and act. It’s thought to occur when chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters become unbalanced. Health professionals commonly prescribe antidepressants to help correct these chemical imbalances. It has been suggested that Rhodiola rosea may have antidepressant properties that help balance the neurotransmitters in your brain. By blocking these neural pathways, the active ingredients of the Rhodiola Rosea can help you push through moments of low mood.
What is L-Theanine?
L-theanine is an amino acid found primarily in green and black tea and some mushrooms. It’s also available in pill or tablet form, but in our Unwind Oil it is extracted in its liquid state. L-theanine, at realistic dietary levels, has a significant effect on the general state of mental alertness or arousal.
Benefits of L-Theanine
Paired with caffeine, L-theanine may help increase focus and attention. In the same way that L-theanine can declutter an over-stimulated mind to focus, it can be used a taken as a tool to raise mental alertness.
Blood Pressure Management
L-theanine may be beneficial for those who experience increased blood pressure in stressful situations. One study found that people who usually experienced higher blood pressure after specific mental tasks found that L-theanine helped reduce an increase in blood pressure. By reducing the effect of fatigue on the mind and body, the L-theanine acts in a way which
What is Vitamin B-12?
Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is an important water-soluble vitamin. It plays an essential role in the production of your red blood cells and DNA, as well as the proper functioning of your nervous system. Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal foods, including meats, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy. However, it can also be found in products fortified with B12, such as some varieties of bread and plant-based milk. Unfortunately, B12 deficiency is common, especially in the elderly. You’re at risk of deficiency if you don’t get enough from your diet or aren’t able to absorb enough from the food you eat.
Benefits of Vitamin B-12
May be able to help with countering memory loss
Vitamin B12 deficiency has been associated with memory loss, especially in older adults. The vitamin may play a role in preventing brain atrophy, which is the loss of neurons in the brain and often associated with memory loss or dementia. By reinforcing these neural connections and helping to repair neural pathways, B-12 could be a key natural ingredient to fortify user’s memory.