A chemical substance that is released at the end of a nerve fiber by the arrival of a nerve impulse and, by diffusing across the synapse or junction, causes the transfer of the impulse to another nerve fiber, a muscle fiber, or some other structure.
My a-ha moment with nootropics came when I began to understand the correlation between nootropics and neurotransmitters. The nootropic world became much clearer when I began to understand how different nootropics interacted with neurotransmitters by enhancing, preserving or fueling the neurotransmitters themselves. When this interaction becomes clear, selecting the nootropic stack that achieves the benefits you are looking for becomes much clearer.
For example, if you are looking to improve learning and memory, the acetylcholine neurotransmitter responsible for these cognitive functions needs to be targeted. If you are looking to target acetylcholine for learning and memory, then the nootropic stack that you are looking for is some type of Racetam, which increase the transmission of acetylcholine, along with a choline fuel source such as Alpha GPC.
We’ve put together an infographic titled Neurotransmitters 101, which breaks down the 4 main neurotransmitters as well as the different types of nootropics and the relationship between the two.
Check out the full graphic below, any links back would be greatly appreciated.