Nootropics and Sport

The importance of focus while training is paramount to athleticism. If you can't focus, it's easy to make mistakes and suddenly the game is over. That's why a lot of athletes use Nootropics in order to maintain a constant focus while training.

This post will cover what nootropics are, how they work, and how to take them if you're an athlete. It will also talk about the benefits of using nootropics for sport performance versus just using them recreationally like some people do.

Most people know what nootropic (Latin for "mind-enhancing") drugs are, but many may not have heard of their benefits in sports. A nootropic is a substance that improves mental functions including memory, concentration, and decision-making. As you can imagine, being able to focus better on your training can improve athletic performance by making sure you're making the best use of your time. Nootropics may also help with memory consolidation; the release and transfer of information from short-term to long-term memory and retention of information throughout a lifetime.

Nootropics promote neuroplasticity, which is the ability of your brain to grow and adapt in response to life's experiences. A good analogy for this is that your brain's neurons are like a garden. Neuroplasticity allows you to plant seeds in your garden, and then water the seeds so they grow into flowers. The flowers bloom and then produce fruit (neurons). The fruit is information that can be stored in your brain or used as fertilizer to make more flowers grow (grow more neurons). If you do not take care of the garden or supply it with nutrients, it will die out and produce no fruit. That is how neuroplasticity works in your brain.

A study showed that juggling recruits 12 areas of the brain and that those areas become more active and dense with neurons over time while juggling. This means that learning something new like juggling increases your dopamine production in these areas (dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with reward and motivation).