5 Nootropic Brain Supplements To Support Cognitive Function
The world we live in is constantly buzzing with digital screens, information overload and all manner of distractions, meaning that maintaining focus and attention can be a daily challenge. When coffee and a to-do list just doesn't cut it, many individuals are turning to nootropic supplements to give their cognitive abilities a natural boost. Here we explore the benefits of specific nootropic brain supplements like 5-HTP, L-theanine, L-tryptophan, Ginkgo Biloba, and Ginseng, and how these cognitive enhancers may help to support brain function, attention and focus.
Ever heard the phrase “memory of a goldfish”?
Well, in actual fact it’s now official that goldfish have a higher attention span than humans. Shockingly, the attention span of humans has decreased from 12 seconds to 8.25 seconds over the last two decades, while the attention span of goldfish remains at a steady 9 seconds. So if anyone ever says to you that you have the memory of a goldfish, you can quietly confidently take that as a compliment.
It’s a well-known fact that attention spans are shrinking, and the internet blew up back in 2015 when these shocking statistics were unveiled. It’s partly down to device “addiction”, with the average person checking their phone up to 58 times a day and the need for instant gratification from scrolling digital screens. It’s probably fair to say that social media scrolling, or general use of digital devices is one of the biggest reasons for attention lapse.
So, where do we go from here?
As a wellness brand, Love Hemp understands the importance of all round wellbeing, whether that be fuelling your body with nutritious whole plant foods, or supplementing with the most advanced and forward thinking products, and that’s where our Functional range comes in. We have developed three categories within this range that target three need-pillars: sleep, focus and calm.
Our Clear Mind range is expertly formulated with focus and attention at its core. With no nasties and no synthetic stimulants, this range is made from wholesome nootropics and CBD, offering you natures helping hand to assist you with staying on task and perhaps beating the goldfish in the memory game!
5 Nootropics For Focus
Nootropics, also known as “smart drugs" or "cognitive enhancers”, are substances that may improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions like memory, creativity, or motivation. Unlike traditional stimulants, many nootropics work by supporting brain health and optimising neurotransmitter activity, naturally. Our Clear Mind range contains a blend of carefully selected nootropics for focus including 5-HTP, L-theanine, L-tryptophan, Ginkgo Biloba, and Ginseng.
1. 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan):
A naturally occurring amino acid, 5-HTP is derived from both tryptophan found in protein rich foods, and the seeds of the Griffonia simplicifolia plant. It is a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for mood, and emotional well-being. By supporting serotonin levels, 5-HTP can support mood, and alleviate mild depression, allowing for a more focused, positive mindset. Ideal for when you’re feeling overwhelmed with tasks.
As well as this, 5-HTP can indirectly help the production of melatonin because it’s a precursor to melatonin, the hormone that helps to regulate the sleep and awake cycle.
Naturally occurring in green tea leaves, L-theanine is an amino acid known for its calming effects without inducing drowsiness. As well as this, it may also support stress activity in the brain as it promotes alpha brain wave production, associated with a relaxed but alert mental state, providing a smooth and sustained focus.
L-tryptophan is an amino acid and precursor to serotonin and melatonin. It is a naturally occurring substance found in protein rich foods including meat, seeds, nuts, and legumes. Serotonin is a key neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood, appetite, and sleep while melatonin is a hormone that plays a vital role regulating the sleep cycle which is crucial for optimal cognitive performance. Poor sleep means poor focus, so this is a key ingredient in supporting the circadian rhythm and your sleep/wake cycle.
4. Ginkgo Biloba:
Extracted from the leaves of the Ginkgo tree, this herb has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. Ginkgo Biloba contains compounds believed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is also thought to support memory and enhance blood flow to the brain, delivering more oxygen and nutrients to support improved cognitive performance, including attention and memory.
Adaptogenic in nature, Ginseng is derived from the roots of plants belonging to the Panax genus. Famed for its perceived ability to combat fatigue and boost energy levels, it is also thought to help the body adapt to stressors, both physical and mental. In addition, Ginseng is believed to support the immune system and mental clarity, concentration, and memory by modulating stress response and supporting overall brain health. Like Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng contains active compounds that may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
When these nootropic ingredients are combined, they create a powerful synergy. The calming effects of 5-HTP, L-theanine, and L-tryptophan balance the stimulating properties of Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng, providing harmonious cognitive support without the jitters or crashes associated with some stimulants.
Discover a Clearer Mind with Love Hemp
In the quest for improved focus and attention, Love Hemp’s Clear Mind range offers the synergy of 5-HTP, L-theanine, L-tryptophan, Ginkgo Biloba, and Ginseng for a natural and balanced solution. By supporting neurotransmitter activity, enhancing blood flow, and promoting a relaxed mental state, these nootropic ingredients work together to unlock your brain's full potential.
Learn more and discover the full Functionals Range here.
As with any supplement, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating nootropics into your routine, ensuring they align with your individual health needs and goals.