I get asked to question quite often what is the difference between a nootropic drink and an energy drink. Both contain the same ingredients including caffeine, Taurine, Ginseng, and B-Vitamins, all of which support mental focus and energy.
So if they both contain the same ingredients, why not just drink energy drinks for nootropic effects?
Well, the baseline ingredients are often the same, however Nootropics introduce various twists on the fundamentals of the energy drink.
As we have seen already, Huperzine, Vinpocetine, Piracetam, and Resvratrol among others.
Huperzine A is touted as a memory supporting supplement, vinpocetine increases blood flow to the brain, Piracetam is a miracle nootropic that does everything from improving memory to elevating mood and eliminating anxiety and depression. Resvratrol which is found in the neuro-drinks, has the effect of removing brain plaque and is used as a anti-aging supplement despite the lack of a scientific basis for the aging claim.
Focus and energy can be expected from energy drinks, however enhancements to the mind via memory, blood flow, and neuro-protective effects can be had from nootropic energy drinks.
You may also find a number of ingredients to take in pill form, however, the purpose of drinks is twofold.
1) It is refreshing and tastes great
2) If the design of the bottle or can is good, one can get an enhanced experienced based on placebo-like effects.
The price is certainly a deterrent for some people, however, with a good budget, you could spend $2.00 U.S per day or 60 dollars a month to have an excellent cognitive support drink for school or the office.
Next article, I will discuss options for pill form cocktails- though nootropic drinks will always be the best dose-form. In 10 years the trend will continue towards functional beverages as they gain popularity and we are likely to see nootropics everywhere. Neuro-drinks have already spread to all Walgreens in Tennessee.