Athletes are exposed to different kinds of mental stress and physical hurdles over the length of their life. In general, the most conspicuous pressures for humans are to ensure the safety of the family and health issues. These issues eventually result in different kinds of diseases. However, over the course of history, mental pain has been the worst of all, such as depression, schizophrenia, etc. The mental health related issues are often caused by stress of life and continuous pursuit of successive human events. Some research has shown that physical pain can have a psychological cause. As a part of humanity's continuous quest to solve mental problems, some treatments have been created that help to stimulate the mind.
Nootropic supplements or mental stimulants (a word coined by a Romanian psychologist and pharmacologist in 1927) are drugs or supplements that improve the cognitive functions of the human mind and stimulate memory and creativity in proportion to the surrounding reality. This type of medication is used by healthy people and patients despite the disagreement between psychiatrists and neurologists on the possibility of using them for healthy and ethical concerns of non-medical uses as well as side effects.
Examples of psychotropic stimulants used in Nootropic supplements:
- Caffeine: It is one of the most commonly used substances on the global scale, which is naturally found in coffee. It can be taken alone as a supplement or in conjunction to other dietary supplements. Caffeine consumed moderately in a range of 40 to 300 mg, increases attention and is directly effective for people with fatigue from work.
- Theanine: An amino acid found in tea that can be used as a supplement alone. Studies have shown that having 50-150 mg of it (a percentage found in a cup or two of tea) helps stimulate the alpha brain waves and helps in better physical activity.
- Creatine: Amino acid is used by the body to make protein. It helps to provide energy to the brain cells, which contributes to the strengthening of memory and logical thinking skills.
The categories that use Nootropic supplements: In order to improve performances and productivity for a limited period of time, university students use some stimulants. As indicated by one opinion poll in Germany a percentage of the total population (.7 - 4.5%) of students have admitted to have used it at some point of time. For people who are not healthy, these substances are used to treat cognitive difficulties and movement issues that lead to disorders such as Parkinson's disease and attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity. This type of use is most medically useful as the results of usage on these diseases turn into a great treasure of Research. Some of these medicines such as Piracetam, Phenotropil, Adderall are the most used ones.
The side effects:
Whether the nootropics have side effects, is a difficult question to answer. If we consider research backed tolerability or anecdotal tolerability, nootropics do not depict any severe risks associated. However, at times it may be seen subjects showing side effects when it comes to using more than one nootropics together. Despite the promises made by the nootropic manufacturers there could be long term risk factors may be associated with these kinds of supplements. Like any other dietary or sports supplements, when consuming nootropics, the athletes must consult experienced and knowledgeable professionals to avoid any serious side effects and get the best out of the process.