How to Use Nootropics to Feel Happier on a Daily Basis
These science-backed supplements can boost your mood and make you feel alive
Can nootropic supplements boost your happiness?
There is a large body of evidence in support of the idea that certain supplements can improve your well-being. Recent placebo-controlled studies where researchers looked at the effects of so-called “nootropics”, supplements that may enhance the cognitive functions of the user, have concluded that certain nootropics can indeed lift up the mood of healthy people.
Which nootropics have science backing their effectiveness for mood enhancement?
Supplements that can increase your day-to-day happiness if used in the right doses include:
We have reviewed 527 placebo-controlled studies on the effects of nootropics and the ones on this list are the most science-backed ones for improving your mood.
Is it certain that the first supplement I try will make me happier?
The one thing that is certain when it comes to how people respond to supplements is that different people have different effects. Even though studies may have found Panax Ginseng effective you may experience no positive effects from it.
Patient self-experimentation in combination with science-guided nootropic use decisions is crucial for eventually finding the supplements that are the most effective for you.
Certain nootropics also take time to work. For example, most of the studies on the memory-enhancing effects of Bacopa Monnieri have a duration of 12 weeks. To find out whether Bacopa Monnieri works for you, you should use it for around 12 weeks in similar doses to those used in the studies.
How do I get going with nootropics to boost my daily happiness?
You can buy nootropics in super-markets, in online stores, or in some instances you may even have them at home!
Turmeric and Sage, two of the nootropics that have proven efficacy for boosting well-being, are spices that many people keep in their kitchen cabinet. Cocoa, blueberries, walnuts, and olive oil are examples of other foods/spices showing promise for mood enhancement in placebo-controlled studies.
You should also look into potential side effects before you use any nootropic. It is highly recommended to use only nootropics that have studies examining their effects in healthy humans. If no such studies exist, the risk for suddenly appearing negative side effects is much greater.
There are certain things that you can do to reduce the risk of experiencing adverse effects from nootropics. These include:
- Listening to your body.
- Mindfulness meditation, which can help you notice negative side effects as they appear in your mind in a quicker and more granular manner. Mindfulness also helps you accept your situation as it is, which can make you happier and help you look at the effects nootropics have on you.
- Interact with people socially, which will help you notice if you start feeling or performing worse.
- Journaling?—?write down what experiences you have with nootropics so that you can compare how you feel when you don’t take nootropics with when you do.
The last thing to consider before using any nootropic is how much to take. As mentioned before, you should aim for similar doses as those used in studies on it. This will help maximize benefits and minimize risks.
In our web app you can find information about many different nootropics, including the ones that can potentially raise your mood and make you a happier person. On the pages for any specific nootropic you’re interested in you will find the right doses, any negative side effects you may experience when using a nootropic, and the studies that have been done on the nootropic supplement.
Good luck on your self-experimentation journey, and may it be one that makes you happier in the long run.
About the Author
David Rönnlid is CEO and Co-Founder at Nootralize (link: https://nootralize.com), a company collecting scientific evidence on the effects of nootropics and making it easily understandable to enable people to feel and perform better.