Nootropic Drugs

 

Smart drugs are a unique grpup of drugs that improve learning. They are called nootropic drugs. Nootropes are products that prevent the deterioration or extend the duration of nerve transmissions.

 

Nootropes are small molecules that cross the blood-brain barrier where they enhance nerve transmissions. When transmissions are enhanced they result in better focus and retention.

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Nootropics are one-of-a kind molecules. Many exist, some we know about. But they each have their own unique, chemical structure.  Nootropics are united as a group based on their ability to affect learning and memory. 

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Steroids on the other hand, are a group of compounds with similar structures and functions.

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Augmenting the body''s chemistry to improve performance is not new.  Anabolic steroids increase the production of muscle. The side effects from steroids dooms them as potential aids. They are banned and rightly so.

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Stacking metabolites to alter the molecular envioronment is another matter. It is a common practice in the bodybuilding world where doping tests fear to go.

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Stacking promotes testosterone formation.  Testosteone turns on the cell''s machinery that builds muscle.  In essence, users are micromanaging their own biochemistry to cause growth. Done without consideratiion to the physical and behavioral changes thay accompany steroid use.

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Nootropic programs alter transmissions in the brain to improve cognitive function. Here, small-sized molecules have big-time effects.

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Psychopharmacology is the branch of science that investigates the treatment of mental illnesses. Pharmacological companies fund in one or another, the development of all drugs.  The amount they have that target the brain is staggering. 

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Many new compounds have been developed or are under investigation by researchers. As many as a thousand or so such trials are underway. They are tested on the ill and the results are clossely monitored by the nootropic community.

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The concept is simple. If it helps during disease, it might be improve or enhance health. Healthy people are using the products manufactured to treat defects and deficits. They  visit doctors who prescribe them the drugs. Of course they have to become familiar enough with the symtoms to fake it but that seems fair to them.

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Is it cheating? Is it wrong to gaini an advantage? Is it unhealthy in the long run? No one cares what the answers are. The question they have is, "does it work?"

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Yes they do.

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The pharmacological strategies that companies employ are diverse and wide-ranging. The list of drugs is staggering.

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There are psychostimulants, dopamine agonists, glutamate antagonists, antidepressants, megavitamins, and Vitamin B6  As well as the cholinergics, neuroactive peptides, glycinergic prodrugs, fish oil, and gingko biloba.  The most important supplement is therefore the antioxidants that inhibit oxidation and generate free radicals.  They act as glutamate antagonists, GABA agonists, sodium and calcium channel blockers. They were intended to redress dysfunction. 

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A new, possibly dangerous off-use of these drugs is now growing in popularity. They are called cognitive enhancers or nootropics.  And much like the anti-aging strategies on the market, there is no shortage of products claiming to deliver intelligence.

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Cognitive drugs enhance transmissions or prevent their deterioration. This new phenomena has took hold in the boardrooms and exam rooms of the successful.

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