This is a HUGE advancement in medicine. This could mean the end of several brain ailments, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. This could also be used to treat a large number of brain cancers. This advancement could even proof to be beneficial in the treatment of disorders such as ADHD and OCD.
The blood-brain barrier has been an obstacle that medicine has been fighting against for decades. Because of this blood-brain barrier, drugs cannot me administered efficiently to the brain’s gray matter. This membrane is extremely efficient at keeping molecules from entering the brain. In fact, only about 2% of molecules can pass this membrane.
This membrane was created as an evolutionary protection against disease in our brain. However, it proved to do more harm than good in the world of modern medicine. Scientists have created multiple medicines that could help people with brain disorders – if the medicine could pass the blood-brain barrier.
According to ScienceAlert.com:
For the first time ever, scientists have succeeded in non-invasively breaking through the blood-brain barrier that protects the brain, managing to deliver chemotherapy medication directly into the malignant brain tumour of a patient.
While the blood-brain barrier is designed to protect our brains – lining the brain’s blood vessels to prevent toxic substances in the bloodstream from getting through – it’s also served as somewhat of a brick wall for modern medicine. In this instance, however, scientists were able to non-invasively breach the blood-brain barrier, using tightly focused ultrasound to effectively part the brain’s protective curtain. The advancement could lead to a host of new treatments for illnesses and disorders centred in the brain.
Keep your eyes peeled for more developing news on this topic. The blood-brain barrier has finally been breached, and medicine will never be the same.
Are brain supplements safe to take? What about on a regular basis? I wasn’t sure, so I did a little bit of research.
It turns out that the vast majority of brain enhancing supplements are completely safe. They are generally made with all natural or organic ingredients which is a big plus. Still, you should make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients in the specific product you’re taking.
For example, some brain enhancing drugs contain the compound known as Yohimbine. According to Wikipedia:
“Depending on dosage, yohimbine can either increase or decrease systemic blood pressure (through vasoconstriction or vasodilation, respectively); small amounts of yohimbine can increase blood pressure, while large amounts can dangerously lower blood pressure. Higher doses of oral yohimbine may create numerous side effects, such as rapid heart rate, overstimulation, anomalous blood pressure, cold sweating, and insomnia.”
As you can see, you shouldn’t take a medicine just because of its nootropic properties. You should always check the label to make sure it’s safe to take. A large percentage of brain enhancing drugs out there have some form of stimulant in them. Check the ingredients and be careful!
Nootropics may be a word you haven’t heard of before. It’s really just a fancy way of saying “brain enhancer”. According to wikipedia,
So nootropics are any medicine or supplement that improve cognitive function. This may sound like something you have to get prescribed, or maybe just a medicine that people with brain disorders get, but they are a lot more common than you think. For example, caffeine is considered a nootropic because it increases alertness and concentration. Another common nootropic is Adderall. Many college kids all of the United States take Adderall frequently (sometimes illegally) to help them concentrate on their work.
There are also all natural nootropics out there. Some people claim Yohimbine has nootropic like effects because of its stimulant qualities. Fish oil and grape seed extract both have nootropic properties as well. Even licorice can midly increase cognitive function!
The best part about nootropics is that there are usually little to no side effects when using them. The main exception to this rule is stimulants, especially amphetamines. Amphetamines have an infamous “crash” that can leave you tired, irritable, and mean. Coffee can have this same type of crash, albeit to a lesser extent. If you are using any stimulants for their nootropic properties, be careful not to take too much.
It also helps to slowly lower your dosage at the end of the day so the crash is slightly “cushioned”. For example, if you drink a lot of coffee in the morning, try having a small cup of coffee later in the day to help with the crash and withdrawal from the caffeine. A cup of tea will also make a nice supplement. Be careful though, because stimulants can make it hard to sleep!
Nootropics can be a fun and interesting way to increase your mental capacity, but as with all things, practice moderation.