Boost for the Brain: Nootropics & Adaptogens
A lot of people nowadays are dealing with stress, burnout, and mental fatigue. If gone unregulated, compounded stress can lead to negative health impacts over the course of a person’s life. As such, more people are interested in sustainable, long-term solutions to help replenish the body and mind and avoid trickier health problems down the road. Scientists, foodies, and wellness aficionados in recent years have begun to unlock some of the secrets of plants that can help us live our best lives, all of the time. Two naturally occurring wonder-compounds we’re excited about are nootropics and adaptogens: cognitive enhancers perfect for the hustle and bustle of the modern age.
So, what are nootropics and adaptogens, and what’s with all the buzz around them lately?
“Nootropics”–derived from Greek words meaning “mind/turning”–refers to organic or synthetic compounds that act as cognitive performance boosters. In other words, nootropics are dietary supplements or prescription drugs that help to enhance mood, memory, or brain function. Science on natural nootropics, like ginseng and ginkgo, has confirmed the beneficial effects on the brain . The enhancement comes from an increase in blood circulation toward the brain, bringing with it more vital nutrients, energy, and oxygen.  Nootropics can boost critical brain functions, like memory, creativity, motivation, and attention.
Have you had your daily cup of joe or tea? If so, you’ve taken a dose of nootropics caffeine or l-theanine depending on your morning preference. You likely developed the routine because you notice that the warm beverage helps you sharpen up the ol’ noggin before getting to work or school. In advancing studies around diseases like dementia or Parkinson’s, scientists and consumers alike are eager to better understand the mechanisms associated with naturally-occurring “smart” supplements.
Adaptogens, also found in plants and herbal extracts, are magical little compounds that react to our immune and endocrine systems to resist external stressors–they help us adapt to the turbulence of life by fighting fatigue, depression, and helping our bodies fight off disease.  Nature’s pharmaceuticals, each adaptogen has its own unique properties that can be integrated into a person’s diet or wellness routine, and over time, may aid in filling gaps left by traditional Western medicine. One common source of adaptogens is reishi mushrooms, which can be consumed in food or as a plant-based supplement. 
How to leverage adaptogens & nootropics for your lifestyle
At Kinetik, we take science seriously. But we also know how busy the modern era is, and how difficult it can be to prioritize a wellness routine that invests in our long term wellbeing. Kinetik’s Nanobite gummies are fortified with both nootropics and adaptogens derived from plants, so that, in addition to a mood-boosting dose of THC, our customers can feel good about what they’re putting into their bodies. Our infusions are calibrated with that long-term investment in mind by honoring the natural wonders of plants at the nano-level.
Harnessing nature’s medicines help you better face your day, and that’s why we fortified our product with them. Because nootropics and adaptogens have distinct but complementary characteristics, using them in conjunction with each other can give your brain a boost while combating stress hormones associated with anxiety and all the health problems caused by it.*
Whether you’re feeling the crush of fatigue or you’d like to keep your anxiety in check, there is a wonderland of possibilities inside many of the ingredients we’re already familiar with. Understanding the science behind these compounds can help all of us better take on what this beautiful world throws at us.
*Note: Natural properties in plants can have adverse effects with existing medications and may not be suitable for everyone. Please consult your doctor with any concerns about interactions before integrating whole or raw adaptogens or nootropics into your routine.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is provided for general information and educational purposes only. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.
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