We would all love to improve brain power and concentration capabilities naturally, and at one time or another, we have been told that doing crossword puzzles are a great brain exercise. However, there is more that can be done to stimulate the mind and give your brain a boost of much-desired power.
Brain boosting power supplements have hit the market in the last decade, and they claim to improve concentration, motivation, mental productivity, memory and mental cognition. These types of supplements are referred to as Nootropics, and they are similar to prescription drugs, like Ritalin or Adderall (but without the potentially dangerous side effects).
Nootrobrain is one of the brain boosting power supplements that is said to improve your focus and your memory capabilities. Aniracetam is the main ingredient of this supplement, and this is supposed to improve memory function, and aids in people better understanding complex mental concepts. This means that a person will experience better cognitive performance.
In addition, Aniracetam is said to increase the rate of blood flow throughout the body, and also electrical stimuli in the brain. This is of particular interest to the medical community because increased blood flow could be a great aid in helping patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the patient who have suffered from a stroke risk.
In addition, Bacopa Monnieri is an active ingredient in the aforementioned supplement, and it is also said to decrease anxious feelings. There are very few (if any at all) side effects, like the jitters, and studies have shown that the ingredients in this natural brain-boosting supplement actually improves overall mental health. There are no addictive ingredients, and there are no withdrawal symptoms associated with the cessation of this supplement.
Studies have shown that mild headaches have been a side effect of Aniracetam use, and this is due because the brain is using neurotransmitter acetylcholine at a faster than normal rate. The supplement also has CDP Choline, which counteracts the extra brain usage, so this side effect should be a non-issue for most users.
There is no magic mental pill that will give you unlimited access to all the corners of your brain, but you can increase your cognitive performance by engaging in stimulating brain exercises, and taking well-researched supplements.
Other ways to improve your brain power and improve your memory is to use under-utilized time or “dead time” more efficiently. Did you know that you spend more than 200 hours a year commuting to and from work – that translates to about two weeks of time that you can be engaging your mind in stimulating activities, such as learning a new language.
In addition to commuting time, there are also tons of other places that are considered “dead mind zones”, such as time spend in doctor’s waiting rooms or engaging in physical activity (like mowing the lawn). What can you learn during these times? How many books on tape can you listen to?
A great brain exercise, and an effective way to use under-utilized mental time is to use your mind to find unique uses for everyday objects. What can you do with an ordinary postage stamp? Tennis balls? How many things can you create with a paper clip or an old CD? Can you come up with an easy way to use chopsticks?
With the age of technology, using a pen, paper and manual hand movement, to actually write some, has become a lost art, but writing is actually very good for your mind for a number of reasons. First, it indicates to your memory what is important, so that you will be able to easily recall information more easily in the future.
It is also a great way to “clear your mind”, and in addition, it stimulates creativity and analytical thinking. Keeping a diary, writing poetry, jotting down ideas for the book you plan to write, and keeping a notebook close, and writing down everything you observe while going about your daily activities, are all ways to use writing as an effective brain-boosting tool.
Speed reading can also improve your brain power, and help you to learn faster and retain information better. When you read at a faster than usual pace, the ideas that are on the written page come through the mind clearer and “louder”. With practice, your mind will be more concerned with absorbing the meaning of the written word, than becoming caught up with the sentence structure and your overall reading comprehension will increase.
If you read very slowly, your mind has a tendency to get bogged down by the words, and your retention of the meaning of what you just read is reduced, due to the fact that the connection of what you read on previous pages has been broken.