Nootropics Specialist

Vinh Ngo, MD -  - Integrative Medicine Clinic

Smart Medicine SF

Vinh Ngo, MD

Integrative Medicine Clinic & Family Medicine located in SoMa, San Francisco, CA

If you feel you could be smarter or faster to solve problems, feel more comfortable in social situations, or just have a better sense of well-being, you may benefit from nootropics. Dr. Vinh Ngo helps patients to improve their well-being and live their best lives with customized care including nootropics. Call or make an appointment online to talk to Dr. Ngo about nootropics today.

Nootropics Q & A

What are nootropics?

Nootropics are compounds made to improve your cognitive ability. Unlike medicine intended to heal your body or reduce your symptoms, nootropics are formulated for the express purpose of improvement. There are a variety of nootropic compounds, each carefully balanced to work with your brain chemistry to deliver different purposes and outcomes. Nootropics also can allow you to control your brain chemistry and experience positive outcomes. For example, melatonin is a nootropic that helps to control and regulate your sleep cycle.

Why do people use nootropics?

People use nootropics for a variety of reasons. These compounds can help to:

  • Improve memory
  • Increase learning ability
  • Boost extroversion and socialization
  • Decrease stress
  • Improve mood

In many cases, patients use nootropics to develop a greater sense of control over their moods and cognitive abilities. In our ambition-driven society, many people want to give themselves a cognitive boost to remain competitive.

Nootropics should be used to supplement a healthy and balanced lifestyle. You still should follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. If you are taking nootropics and they become less effective, don’t increase your dose. You should take a break to allow your brain to regulate. It is also important to be aware of dependency issues. Nootropics don’t have any chemically addictive properties but they can be habit-forming. It is important to carefully monitor your moods and behaviors.

What does improve cognitive effect mean?

Improved cognition means you are better able to think, reason, and make decisions. Research to help prevent or delay the cognitive decline that can occur in old age, or to improve the cognitive effect in patients. Basically, it means that your ability to think is improved.

What is Piracetam?

Piracetam is a member of the racetam family of supplements. Racetam supplements traditionally are  used to treat cognitive impairment and to improve cognitive skills. In addition, Piracetam can help to improve memory function and also has been found useful in treating epilepsy, dementia, myoclonus, and cognitive decline after heart or brain surgery.

If you are curious about nootropics and how you may benefit from them, call Dr. Ngo or make an appointment online today to learn more.