The marketing world may have brought brain supplements to the public view, but the products themselves are not new at all. Some of them have been used for decades, even centuries to improve different mental functions.
Cognitive abilities, memory enhancement and mental alertness are just a few of the reasons people seek out brain supplements. However, there are different kinds of supplements that have different rules about usage and duration. How safe is your brain supplement? Let’s find out.
Some medications are quite powerful, such as Adderall, and can only be given by prescription. While these medications are deemed relatively safe for short-term use, only a doctor can determine the length of time they can be used.
The side effects of prescriptions can possibly interfere with other parts of the body, such as the digestive tract. Furthermore, not all prescriptions mix well with others. Things like medical history, genetic traits, fitness level, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, allergies, age, weight and most importantly – need, will be used by the doctor to determine dosage strength and life.
Never “borrow” or buy a friend’s prescription medications, particularly brain supplements. Most of them can only be used short term and can have terrible consequences when taken without a proper check-up first.
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Prescription drugs are formulated to fill a very specific need, whereas non-prescription supplements, such as the popular ADDtabz, CILTEP, Alpha Brain, are part of the nootropics family and don’t require prescriptions.
Nootropics in general are multi-purpose brain supplements, which, instead of targeting a single problem, offer improved brain function. They are called “smart pills” not only because they increase learning function, but also memory and concentration.
Nootropics are among the safest brain supplements available, even safer than many herbal remedies. They show no ill effects long term, unless you include improved focus and good memory recall an ill effect.
Yes, herbal remedies are natural and most have been in use for centuries in their native countries. However, before using any herbal remedy, the user should be willing to do ample research and also apply a large dose of common sense.
Herbal remedies are highly effective for increasing memory and concentration and perfectly safe for those who can tolerate them. By this, I mean herbs are plant life. Flowers, fruits and other plants are where most derivatives from these supplements are sourced.
Therefore, it’s important to research the ingredients to find out which plant family it belongs to. Once you know, the next step is to determine if it’s safe for you.
Gingko is a perfect example. It’s an herbal additive that has been proven to enhance memory and is often used by the medical community to treat Alzheimer’s disease. However, Gingko comes from the leaves of a tree. Is it safe? That depends…are you allergic to trees?
The mistake that most people make using herbal supplements is assuming they are all safe for all people. In fact, many people have allergies and sensitivities to natural products. This is where you would apply a large dose of common sense to your research.
As long as precautions are taken to ensure there will be no bad reactions due to pre-existing conditions, herbal remedies are safe and good for long-term use. However, always follow the instructions and inform your doctor, as some herbs are powerful enough to interfere with other medications.