What Are Nootropics and Adaptogens?

Here at Greenbox, we stock five of Innermost’s most popular products: The Recover Capsules, The Focus Capsules, The Tone Capsules, The Relax Capsules and The Detox Booster, all of which contain research-backed, natural ingredients including nootropics and adaptogens. But what are they and how can they be apart of your biohacking toolkit?

Nutrition isn’t just getting your balanced diet and your five-a-day. It’s also about boosting it, too. So, it’s important to be in-the-know when it comes to the most effective ingredients to up your nutrition levels.

Innermost products make it easy to include these natural supplements into your diet. Research-backed and natural, nootropics and adaptogens are naturally occurring substances improving your mental well-being in a range of ways, making Innermost products such as The Recover Capsules a daily staple.

What are Nootropics?

Nootropics improve your brain function, and have a positive impact on your mental skills: your creativity, your memory, your recall, and your overall performance. They can also help you get a good night’s sleep and come in two forms: synthetic and natural, and the most well-known Nootropic is caffeine.

They work by enhancing the neurogenesis process (which, put simply, is the process of neurons being formed in your brain), improving your brain circulation, and balancing out your neurotransmitters (the molecules that carry signals around your body through the nervous system).

Examples of Nootropics

They have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for years, to aid in the treatment of brain impairments, including issues with learning and memory. Commonly used ones (all feature in Innermost) include the below:

  • L-Theanine

It is great in combatting stress, and features in The Relax Capsules by Innermost. It helps you get that all-important good night’s sleep, and ensure you are feeling calm and collected at all times, whatever life throws your way.

  • Rhodiola Rosea

This is effective in improving and maintaining focus levels, and is an ingredient in Innermost’s product The Focus Capsules.

  • Creatine

Creatine is a nootropic which can improve your memory skills and overall athletic ability. A hugely popular supplement in the fitness world, this nootropic is a go-to supplement if you’re looking to up your fitness level.

  • Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Similar to L-Theanine, Lion’s Mane Mushroom is a great natural stressbuster. With its natural anxiety reducing benefits and antioxidant properties, Lion’s Mane Mushroom is often used in the treatment of dementia, heart disease and in repairing nerve damage. The natural nootropic also features in The Relax Capsules.

  • Ginseng

It is a hugely important area of traditional Chinese medicine, due to its ability to reduce your natural stress levels. The root of the plant can significantly improve your serotonin levels naturally.

What are Adaptogens?

The term ‘adaptogen’ was first introduced by Russian scientist Nicolai Lazarev in 1947. He found certain herbs and plants during his pursuit to find natural performance enhancers.

When it comes to adaptogens, the clue is in the name. They are a group of more than seventy natural herbs and plants that adapt to meet your needs. These support your body to deal with the stress hormone cortisol: which raises your bloodstream’s glucose levels.

These work to get you back to a state of balance and ensure you are calm. So, these herbs and plants are an active part of the natural treatment of anxiety and stress disorders. They work by increasing your energy levels, optimising your organ functions, and regulating your hormone balance (or imbalance), and if taken over a prolonged period, adaptogens can accumulate to build a level of stress protection that is effective in the long term.

Examples of Adaptogens

  • Turmeric

Found in The Detox Booster and widely used to treat inflammation, Turmeric is also used for its adaptogen properties. This is because the root of Turmeric helps regulate the body’s level of cortisol: the stress hormone.

  • Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is the King of adaptogens. Regularly used to regulate mood, Ashwagandha root is commonly used in supplements such as The Relax Capsules by Innermost to regulate stress levels, improve sleep quality and reduce anxiety.

  • Maca

Maca root comes from the Maca plant which helps the body when adapting to stress. The benefits of Maca are broad an its the hero ingredient in a range of Innermost products as a result, including The Detox Booster and The Recover Capsules.


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