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The nootropic side effects are under serious debate
There are no 2 scientists to support the same thing when it comes to the nootropic side effects. But before jumping into the topic, let’s explain the notions we are juggling with. Nootropics are also known as smart drugs and the name is a bit deceptive if you think about it. This is because, obviously, there is no medication that can make people smarter. Being smart is the product of education and genetic inheritance (in some measure) and this is one aspect that cannot be altered, no matter what drugs you are taking.
“Smart drugs” is more like a name designed to ease the definition, but it is not how the products actually work. Nootropics’ efficiency is actually analyzed in relation to their influence at the brain level. They aid in the development and the functioning of the cognitive processes, but they do so in the limit of the reasonable expectations.
So do not expect to become the second Einstein, because you will be disappointed. Instead, smart drugs focus on increasing the efficiency of the thinking process, allowing you to become more focused, have a more stable attention span, a more efficiency memory and able to assimilate new information easier and more effectively.
How many people are using them and how safe are they?
2 questions in 1. The answer to the first is “many”. They are not some exclusivist products and they are available to everyone, legally. Those who use them the most are people working in demanding jobs, either physically or mentally. Which doesn’t say much, because there are a lot of jobs falling into this category? This means that nootropics are quite sought after and the market is extremely generous in this regard.
But how safe are they and can we talk about nootropic side effects? It is natural to look for the side effects in any product that is consumed on a large scale because the people’s safety is at stake. And this is where it gets a bit awkward, dividing the scientific community. The large majority of the studies showed no significant nootropic side effects of the smart drugs tested in the process. According to the findings, smart drugs are part of a special category of products that almost lack any meaningful nootropic side effects whatsoever.
This is when talking about the regular safe consumption. However, when the recommended dose is being exceeded, the situation will turn the other way around. In the case of exaggerated use, there are some nootropic side effects worth mentioning, regardless of the fact that they are usually short term:
This is an effect of racetams in particular and it is due to the ever demanding brain processes needing additional acetylcholine in order to function properly. This is why most of the smart drugs consumers also add a useful choline source to their diets in order to counter these mild and irregular headaches.
- Sleeping disorders
The nootropic side effects include mostly chronic fatigue and insomnia among other things, especially because, among their benefits, an increased alertness and physical and mental energy are the key aspects. As a result, the consumer could find himself in the position of not being able to fall asleep like he used to. In this case, the nootropic side effects will generate fatigue during the day, insomnia and irregular sleeping patterns. It is among the nootropic side effects that can be easily countered by carefully timing the intake.
- Mild digestive problems
It is an outcome of the nootropic side effects that appears strictly after the exaggerated consumption. When consuming too much of the nootropic itself, the organism will tend to eliminate it, since it will see it as a biological threat. As a result, the subject may experience nausea, digestive problems, diarrhea and even mild stomach pain. In order to prevent these problems, simply reduce the dose you are taking.
How about the long term usage?
This is where it gets interesting. There is no evidence that the long-term nootropic side effects are real. According to the studies, the large majority of the smart drugs are completely harmless to the human body and they pose no immediate serious threat, as long as the doses are being respected to the letter. However, there are no studies to have analyzed the long-term impact.
No nootropic side effects have been observed as a result of long-term consumption, but health specialists advise to always look for a professional advice before taking on any smart drugs, regardless of their type.