Best Nootropics for Vitality and Aging

Nootropic Supplements for Vitality, Health, and Aging

Aging is a normal part of life, and for most people it’s a natural process that reflects the quality and choices of their life.  Some people choose to consume substances which have detrimental effects on their health.  Other people choose to consume foods and supplements which have a positive effect on their vitality and aging.  Nootropics are some of the Earth’s natural ways of biohacking the mind and body to produce greater vitality, stronger health, and better aging.

Top Nootropics for Vitality, Health, & Anti-Aging

These are the best herbs for any vitality or aging-related nootropic stack.

Cordyceps Mushroom

Cordyceps Mushroom

Cordyceps Mushroom has been one of the most popular nootropics in Chinese and Asian medicine for thousands of years (Sung et al., 2017). Most modern evidence of the vitality assets provided by Cordyceps revolves around its antioxidant properties (Paterson, 2008). Because of these powerful antioxidant properties, the fungus has been used to prevent and reverse age-related diseases.  It is said that the mushroom’s vitality-increasing properties stems from its powerful polysaccharides, which enhance the speed and duration of the immune response development (2008). There are other studies which have outlined the mushroom’s ability to combat aging changes in gene expression throughout the brain and muscle tissues (Wood & Mastaloudis, 2010).  This same study suggested the mushroom may have a positive effect on an overall healthy lifespan (2010).

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola has been considered one of the most versatile nootropics available, being used throughout Asian and all Eastern cultures for thousands of years (Chevallier, 2016). The herb has a substantial reputation throughout India and Asia for its potent vitality-bolstering effects. It is even purportedly able to reduce the progression of aging. While these effects may be attributed largely to the herb’s ability to boost memory and brain function, it also improves libido and the body’s overall energy production.  It is even an adaptogen, removing a lot of the body’s toxic stresses and speeding up collagen formation [which offers many reparative properties as well] (2016).  In addition to these vitality-improving qualities, it also treats cellulite and vericose veins (Murray & Pizzorno, 1998).  Additionally, it alleviates headaches, migraines (Gohil et al., 2010), and has been used as a natural energy drink (Orr, 2014).

Panax Ginseng

Panax Ginseng has been around for thousands of years, being celebrated as such a lucrative crop there have been wars surrounding control over its growth (Chevallier, 2016). It is a popular dietary supplement, largely for its use as a general wellness herb (Beshara, 2019). It is considered one of the most famous and potent adaptive tonics used throughout Chinese medicine (Orr, 2014). As a life-enhancing tonic, it has been relied upon in both Eastern and Western cultures for its potent ability to stimulate circulation and regulate blood sugar fluctuations (Conkling & Wong, 2006).  It also has the power to moderate blood pressure (2006). Panax is frequently used for its ability to improve kidney function, cool fevers, and regulate digestion (Orr, 2014). It is also typically turned to for its awesome rejuvenation and detoxifying properties (Balch, 2010). While it is a powerful anti-oxidant and youth-preserving herb, it is also used to stimulate and strengthen the heart, and regulate the central nervous system (Walker & Brown, 1998).

Red Reishi Mushroom

Red Reishi

Red Reishi Mushroom is another popular Chinese and Asian tonic nootropic, regularly used throughout these cultures for thousands of years (Knechtges,1996).  Due to its incredible vitality-boosting properties, the fungus has even been called the “Mushroom of Immoratlity” (1996). It has been purportedly able to offer anti-disease properties, fighting and preventing most major diseases of modern times (Paterson, 2006). Red Reishi is a powerful antioxidant, contributing to its regular use as a general longevity herb (Cor et al., 2018).  It is said these vitality enhancing properties come from the mushroom’s proteins, lipids, phenols, sterols, and bioactive compounds, which offer incredibly therapeutic effects for the entire mind and body (2018).

Tongkat Ali

Tongkat Ali has been a powerful presence amongst folklore and throughout much of Indonesian culture as a versatile tonic, holistic medicine, and general health supplement (Rehman et al., 2016).  It has wonderful benefit on physical performance, making it popular in the athletic community and nootropic stacks alike (Khanijo & Jiraungkoorskul, 2016). Tongkat Ali has been used to treat diarrhea, constipation and indigestion, aches, and even osteoporosis (Rehman et al., 2016). It can be used to treat syphilis, glandular swelling, and even certain cancer ailments.  Many cultures now use the herb for its purported anti-aging properties (2016).

Last Notes On Using Vitality and Anti-Aging Nootropic Supplements

While there may be no secret to getting older, there are most certainly secrets to aging more gracefully. The clinical trials which back these nootropic supplements also prove that it is possible to improve fluid intelligence, increase natural vitality, and improve the overall health of an individual during the aging process. The nootropics on this list offer some of the most profound benefits in terms of improving vitality, and they are excellent choices for any nootropic stack.  It is even feasible (and encouraged) to combine these nootropics to form more complete vitality-bolstering compounds!

A Note From NooFiles

This article is intended to be used for information only.  We want to remind you that consulting your physician is recommended before adding any dietary supplement of any kind to your daily regimen.


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