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How to Increase Your Brain Power with Natural Neuroenhancers
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This article is Part 3 of the 7-part series “The Ever-Adapting Brain”!

Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.


Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Nobel Prize for Physiology, 1906

A cornucopia of synthetic neuroenhancers, called “nootropics,” pack the shelves at Natural Grocers and Whole Foods; college students and professors stay focused on both ends of the lecture and long after by regularly swallowing amphetamine salts like Adderall and Provigil; in high schools, sometime after the “Just Say No To Drugs”  police officer has left, school counselors advise treatment with Ritalin for disruptive behaviors in Biology class; and national TV advertises the smiling satisfaction of pharmaceutical intake as opposed those dull and awkward moments that result from non-treatment, followed by an awkward appendix of side effects.

Coffee houses and liquor stores sit side by side with cannabis chain stores on Main Street, meth labs bubble behind closed blinds, radio hosts and Senators loosen up with Oxycontin, while cocaine and heroin exports to US markets dominate several Latin and Asian economies. For vacations, Americans can pay ten thousand dollars a week plus airfare for an ayahuasca experience at Peruvian rainforests. After the required cleansing process that takes several days, they report “breaking open the head.”  With a broad spectrum of neuroenhancing drugs increasingly manufactured, advertised, and in demand, pharmacology saturates our overdosed society.  

It’s only natural then, that we overlook the home-grown competition produced right in our back yards by our own brains. Our brains are service-oriented suppliers, too. We can enjoy these home-grown compounds legally any time or place we choose, while our brains make more, automatically checking inventory and restocking. Circulating widely throughout our brains, natural neuroenhancers qualify as “free-range,” too. They’re free and fun, and highly motivating. In fact, they guide our thinking, laughing, feeling, playing, and pleasure. As a bonus, they rejuvenate us, building up and healing our bodies.

Neurons that fire together, wire together - Neurons out of sync, fail to link.


Donald Hebb, 1949

Categories:   Brain Health, Brain Performance, Brain Plasticity, Foods, Guides, Neuro-Enhancers, Preventive Measures

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Burt Glenn

Burt Glenn

Burton Glenn is a former Biology and Chemistry Professor and world traveler. He studies and writes about the effects of aging on the body and mind, as well as his personal experiences transitioning into retirement.