From problem solving to memory enhancement, we test nootropic drinks that claim to feed your brain
NOOTROPICS are natural or synthetic supplements or drugs that claim to improve your brain function.
This includes improving your memory, problem-solving and decision-making skills, and increasing attention span.
They can also help with relaxation and tension relief. Jane Atkinson takes a look at some. . .
AUSTRALIAN company Nexba, known for its natural and sugar-free soft drinks, has launched a nootropic range including Zingy Passionfruit Focus, Pink Grapefruit Glow and Smooth Blueberry Calm.
It claims they stimulate the brain, calm the nerves and promote healthier looking and feeling skin.
Each product contains a set of vitamins and ingredients that support cognitive function, better mood management and mental well-being.
I tried the Passionfruit Focus, which contains gingseng, green tea and vitamin D.
This has a lovely fruity and herbal flavor. Not sweet at all, really refreshing.
I was actually amazed at it – I felt more focused and alert after drinking.
I’m going to buy these instead of having a coffee, especially since they’re only three calories per 300ml with no sugar. £1.60 a can, see nexba.fr.
NU:TROPIC bars are also new to the market.
They are made from Norwegian black oats and are packed with omega-3s, phosphatidylserine and choline, essential nutrients for the brain.
Plus, they contain vitamins, minerals, and gut-healthy prebiotic fiber. They come in four flavors: Raisin & Almond, Maple & Pecan, Apple & Cinnamon, and Salted Caramel.
I tried the salted caramel and although I don’t particularly like sweet things, it was amazing – slightly bitter, chewy, filling.
Each bar contains 150mg of Omega DHA, is high in fiber, low in sugar, and has less than 200 calories, making it a healthy option for your brain and body.
Nu:tropic bars are 100% plant-based and gluten-free.
They start from £2.92 per bar. For more information, see nutropic.com.
Earth Secret’s CALM pills contain an herbal remedy called Ashwagandha (the strong KSM-66 variety) which has been clinically proven to reduce stress, anxiety, cortisol levels and stress related cravings.
It also promotes improved memory, cognitive function and muscle recovery rate. The pills contain soothing holy basil and rhodiola rosea, as well as L-theanine. I really notice them.
You can take them during the day, but I tried them at night, popping two an hour before bed – and slept like a baby.
They calmed my mind to help me fall asleep and I didn’t wake up groggy. They cost £29.75 for 60 capsules. see the earth secret.com.