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What is a Nootropic?

How To Choose The Best Nootropic Formula

Nootropic “brain drug supplements” do work – but you must know what to look for.

Nootropics are the most exciting thing to happen to the supplement scene in years. These brain-boosting formulas are innovative, exciting, and – best of all – have multiple applications to your daily life. Unlike other supplements which are limited to training (or recovery), nootropics help us work, train, and study.

But what exactly are nootropics, how do they work, and – most importantly – what should you look for so you get a safe, reliable nootropic that will actually work?

With the launch of CNP Cognition, here’s the low-down on choosing and using nootropics. Get ready to boost your productivity, focus, and energy.

What Is A Nootropic?

Nootropics are ingredients and formulas specifically designed to work on the brain rather than the body. They might feel a bit like a pre-workout, but the fact is they deliver a ton of other benefits including sharper attention, better mental clarity, and clearer focus without the distinctive buzz of a pre-workout. That’s why nootropics have become popular for study, work, and even gaming. Nootropics boost mental performance, meaning you can work harder and get more done without getting distracted. A really good nootropic is like a liquid jolt of laser-beam focus for the mind.

Caffeine is probably the best-known nootropic compound. We all know how it feels to have a cup of coffee when you’re approaching a deadline, or in the middle of reading a boring report. But the trouble with using one ingredient (like caffeine) is that you also open yourself up to side-effects like jitters and nausea.

The best nootropic ingredients have neuroprotective benefits and work by stimulating certain neurons in the brain. This means they increase blood flow and oxygen delivery in the short term, and are thought to protect your brain from decline in the long term. And great nootropic formulas are balanced to give you all the brain-boosting effects you want without any other sensations.

How Are Nootropics Developed?

You might also see nootropics referred to as brain-drugs or smart-drugs. Various prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be considered nootropics, but we’re only interested in talking about nootropic supplements based on natural ingredients. Cognition, our nootropic blend, contains natural ingredients and adaptogens known to enhance cognitive performance.

How Is A Nootropic Different To A Pre-workout?

We’re all familiar with the boost you get from a pre-workout. But nootropics are different. Sure, they can be used as a pre-workout energy boost, but nootropics are far more complex (and exciting) than that.

The word nootropic comes from the Greek word “nóos” meaning the mind. And that’s where nootropics differ from any other kind of focus-enhancing, energy-boosting supplement. They work on the brain first, so you feel the effects in your mind. From there, you can focus harder, work faster, and get more done.

Brain-Hack: What Do Nootropics Do?

  • Nootropics can activate and protect neurons
  • They help move more blood and oxygen to the brain
  • They can increase production of neurotransmitters and enzymes
  • Nootropics can also improve neuro-plasticity and reduce inflammation which leads to cell damage
  • They can strengthen connections between synapses

How Do Nootropics Work?

Nootropic compounds give your brain a burst of energy, but you shouldn’t confuse them with a stimulant. We’ve already mentioned caffeine: it does have nootropic properties, but it’s also a stimulant (which is why you get the boost, then the slump). The best nootropics activate neurons without impacting your heart rate like a stimulant would. They deliver short term effects (so you feel the buzz) and more prolonged benefits so you can keep focused and get the job done without needing another pick up.

9 Benefits Of Using A Nootropic Supplement

  • Increase focus, clarity, and motivation to perform a task
  • Improve cognition, understanding, and learning
  • Boost memory function and the ability to retain knowledge
  • Reduce the rate at which you feel mental fatigue and boredom
  • Improve brain health and reduce rate of deterioration
  • Decrease damage from inflammation
  • Improve mental sharpness and reaction time
  • Enjoy heightened mood (without a buzz or a crash)
  • Boost creativity, idea generation, and work output

10 Ingredients To Look For In A Nootropic

Forget caffeine and green tea. The best next-gen nootropics on the market combine neuroprotectors, brain nutrients, and activators to give you a smooth and enjoyable brain boost.

Acetyl L-Carnitine 

This is a bioavailable form of carnitine that protects the brain with antioxidant benefits.

Citicoline (as Cognizin®)

Cognizin® is a patented form of the brain chemical citicoline – a nutrient naturally found in the brain. It is critical for healthy brain function.

L-Glutamine-L-Alanine (as Sustamine®)

Sustamine® is a dipeptide which is more bioavailable than l-Glutamine alone. It is another essential nutrient for healthy brains and sharp mental functioning.


This non-essential amino acid acts as a precursor to important neurotransmitters in the brain, including the so-called “happy hormone” dopamine, plus noradrenaline and adrenaline.


This naturally occurring compound is known for promoting faster reaction times and a lovely kind of controlled, smooth focus without any kind of buzz.


This is found naturally in the brain where it helps maintain cell structure to improve your learning ability, memory, focus, and even your mood.

Astragalus Membranaceus and Panax Notoginseng (as Astragin®)

This amazing patented blend of adaptogens helps protect the brain and reduce inflammation.

DHA Powder – DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid)

Is one type of omega-3 fat found in oily fish and other super healthy foods, known for its brain benefits.

Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)

Vitamin B12 is important for maintaining good health of blood cells and nerves. Cyanocobalamin is a man-made form, great for boosting low levels.

Huperzine A

One of the most exciting brain boosting ingredients, this is a natural compound found in a type of moss. It can inhibit the enzymes which break down acetylcholine in the brain and boost your levels of key neurotransmitters.

How To Choose The Best Brain-Boosting Ingredients

Nootropics are still new to the supplement market, and it’s important that you choose one that’s safe, effective, and trustworthy.

We think Cognition is the most extensively developed nootropic supplement available today. We designed Cognition to dramatically improve your memory, unlock your creative potential, and enhance the way you process and react to information. You can use it for training (it will definitely give you an edge in the gym). But it’s fantastic for work, study, learning, and any task that requires your brain to be at its best. And the fact that the ingredients may protect your brain in the long-term makes it a very smart choice of “smart-supplement”.