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Nootropics: The Basics

May 06, 2019 1 min read

Nootropics: The Basics

What are they? 

The term nootropic was coined by a Romanian professor, Corneliu E. Giurgea in 1972. Coming from Greek origins, the term means "to bend or shape the mind". 

Simply put, nootropics are cognitive enhancers and help with overall brain health. Nootropics can be drugs, supplements or plant extracts which improve cognitive functions such as memory, attention, mood and motivation. 

Short term impacts 

Nootropics have many short term benefits including:

  • Increased energy 
  • Mental clarity
  • Better concentration
  • Increased blood flow to the brain
  • Boosted creativity 
  • Better decision making 
  • Stress resistance 

On the other hand, side effects are also seen particularly with pharmaceutical drugs. Anxiety, headaches, insomnia, jitters and tiredness are some negative side effects that can be observed. Under certain definitions, coffee and its key stimulant caffeine are also nootropics and similar negative side effects have been seen. 

Long term impacts 

Whilst research surrounding the long term impacts of nootropics is still emerging some benefits have been observed. These include:

  • Improved long term memory
  • Enhanced brain repair and brain cell protection 
  • Decreased oxidative stress
  • Better mood and emotional balance 
  • Improved attention and concentration 

Ārepa Nootropics

Ārepa Nootropics are 100% natural, plant based, caffeine-free and New Zealand made containing pure New Zealand Pine Bark Extract (Enzogenol), Pure New Zealand Blackcurrant Extract, Japanese Green Tea Extract and L-theanine (an amino acid found in green tea).

Each format is packed full of clinically proven plant based bioactives like polyphenols all helping to assist with with mental clarity and keeping a calm, clear mind in those high pressure, stressful situations. 

Learn about Ārepa's recent clinical study success. Enhancing Mental Performance, Accuracy and Reaction Speed. 


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