Ingredients gets passed down generation to generation, all of which have their own set of benefits that they promise. Of course, a lot of ingredients that were used back in the olden days have now been discounted by modern science. However, there are still a lot of things that humans can consume that are able to effectively help the way in which they function cognitively.

There are archaic home remedies – herbs and substances that are meant to be taken on their own, and nowadays supplements with a mixture of other ingredients that work well together, all of which can promise long-lasting benefits that will help increase the quality of daily living.

What are they?

When it comes to ingredients that are meant to improve brain function, there are many different kinds. As such, it’s understandable that differentiating between these substances can be quite difficult. There are some substances that are legal in some countries and are considered controlled substances in others. As such, it is a bit difficult to describe what they are outside of their obvious effects on a person’s cognitive functioning.

Historical Remedies

When it comes to homemade remedies, one that you are probably familiar with is caffeine, specifically caffeine with the addition of L-Theanine. This pairing makes an amazing stimulant that keeps you alert and energized without the added stress from the jitters that you get if you just have regular caffeine.

This pairing of nootropics is naturally occuring in a lot of teas. Which is one of those ancient cultural remedies that was popularized in areas like Asia and Europe, both of which are known for their customs surrounding tea. Japan in particular is home to the famous green tea which a lot of people nowadays drink casually.

Green tea mixes caffeine and L-Theanine, which gives you both energy and the brainwave support that are needed to get you through the day. Of course, there are lots of other examples as far as ingredients and pairings go. Some of which might work better or worse for you, but caffeine and L-Theanine are known for their universal effectiveness.

Present Remedies

With modern science comes a lot of newly discovered substances. Some of these substances might not be so popularly known to most people unless of course they’re looking for them. However, they do exist. A lot of time and money has been dedicated to researching how ingredients might affect the human body, more specifically the brain. We also have to take in consideration that a lot of ingredients might not be as effective for some as they might be for others. Because of this, it becomes vital that there be supplements out there that stack ingredients together to work for specific kinds of people with specific needs.


To some, the idea of an herb or substance being able to increase mental functions is probably not the easiest of things to believe. However, they do exist and for the most part, all it takes is finding out the one that works for you.

By Skyler West

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