Blog on Brain Training
There are a great amount of pharmaceuticals on the market, which should make the brain power better and boot up the mind. Are they truly effective? It looks very good at quick look: take a pill and wait three or four minutes. That is all! Now the brain works like a computer with the newest GNU/Linux and seven core processor. Such substance are very popular in Poland, where I come from. Now I look at the hard science for some strong proofs, if nootropics substances are able to make cognition and brain better. And those proofs are not so full of hope.
It would be very good, if any substance may effects our brain in simple and long term way. Possibly three or four substances we know, truly make better brains those persons with dementia and other cognitive diseases. Most studies about nootropics in healthy persons show any or very small effect on them. For example racetams, phenylethylamines and eugeroics make better memory and attention, but the effect last only for a short time. And we still don't know what effect have nootropics on brain in long term.
Strong nootropics may works similar to rocket fuel in car engine. Fuel up a car with some rocket fuel and in short time it may fly away, if only have a wings. But do it over and over again – the engine will probably burst in destruction very fast!
We don't know for now, if there are any effective nootropic substance, which truly works. So you are in danger, if you try any. Experience says, that the short ways are generally dead end, and on Brain Scale we suggest other, harder way for success, but with strong bases from science: physical activity with professional cognitive brain training. And we suggest coffee in place of nootropic, so how can you not like Your Brain Scale on Facebook?!
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