The Best Nootropic Ingredients for Boosting Cognitive Functions

Updated on August 25, 2020

Enriched with natural ingredients, nootropic supplements are good for enhancing brain health and reducing age-related cognitive decline. Some of these ingredients have long been used in traditional medicines in the east, with effective results, and have now been finally found by western pharmaceutical giants.  They can improve memory, productivity, focus, mood and even anxiety levels to some extent.

Let’s look at some popular and effective ingredients of nootropic drugs, especially NeuroPeak, which has great reviews. Top Brain Enhancements, a popular nootropic reviewer, says that Neuro Peak has many ingredients with brain boosting abilities.

Bacopa Monnieri

The herb bacopa monnieri is a traditional Ayurveda substance that dates back 3000 years, known for its properties to boost memory and focus. It has been found to give good results for increasing memory capacity and also slowing the process of cognitive decline in aged patients. However, experts say, that regular use of this herb will generate positive results only after a period of four to six weeks. It works by increasing cerebral blood flows, delivering the brain with increased levels of oxygen and nutrients.

It is one of the handfuls of ingredients, which are adaptogenic. Adaptogenic substances can increase energy and reduce anxiety and stress levels, without making the person sedated or addicted to it.  Brain support supplements like NeuroPeak and Alpha Brain contain it in good quantities, which have resulted in positive reviews for them. It can be safely administered to children and is to be taken with meals.

Ginkgo Biloba

One of the widely used natural brain tonics in the world, Gingko balances brain chemicals and prevents damage from free-radicals. It has been found to increase short-term memory in aged people and can lower stress and anxiety levels, by inhibiting the production of cortisol. Researchers have found it to alleviate symptoms of ADHD in small children, although not to great extent like Ritalin. Recommended dosage for it is 40 mg, taken twice a day with meals. It has been associated with diarrhea in extreme cases, which is why it always best to include it between meals. For those suffering from dementia due to diseases like Alzheimer’s, Gingko can improve the quality of day-to-day life.

How does it work? It increases the levels of serotonin and dopamine in brain, which can counter the effects of stress hormone cortisol. It can also trigger neurogenesis, which can help formations of new neural pathways in the brain, thereby increasing cognitive capacities.


It is a naturally found phospholipid, present in high concentrations in our brain. It is a critical component of brain cell membranes, keeping away external invaders like toxins and pathogens away from it. Besides protecting cognitive function, it can also improve memory and symptoms of depression in elder patients. With regards to dosage & side effects, Phosphatidylserine is usually recommended in 100mg twice daily, along with meals. High dosages should be taken after careful consideration, as it can cause digestive disorders and insomnia in some cases.  

It can interfere with other anti-inflammatory medications and blood-thinners, for which it is always wise to consult the doctors first.

These were few known ingredients of highly effective nootropics. Modern brain health supplements, whatever the brand, tend to include them in varying concentrations.

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