Natural Nootropics & School

I've literally never considered nootropics before going to college for the second time, this time with a family life to balance! When I first enrolled back in college (okay, two colleges, I'm currently taking classes at two community colleges since I don't do anything half-***ed), I imagined chugging coffee late into the night to get my papers and online exams done (btw, online exams are the WORST! I guess I'm old and need that paper-and-pencil experience).

Have you ever tried to teach yourself physiology while your 4 year old twins are recreating Frozen? I wouldn't suggest it. I needed something to help me focus in my limited free time and late at night when I just want to curl up and sleep. Introducing: Nootropics. This refers to anything that may enhance your cognitive ability, and it can be supplements, compounds or pharmaceuticals. Caffeine is what I would assume is the most popular nootropic, as it has been shown to be a natural stimulate and studies have shown it to improve mental clarity. (1)

my little helpers, hard at work

Anyway, sleep is very important to me these days (like for every mom I know especially during this fun time of kids home 24/7), and I found myself like googling nootropics to see what I can find. Sure, post-dinner vegan chocolate and coffee sounds good for an every now and then study session, it won't be good (or healthy) for the long run, especially when I get into a nursing program and need to really work hard (knock wood).

caffeine and studying

I immediately found lists and lists of TONS of vitamins, supplements and foods to try for focus and memory improvement and the like and was overwhelmed right off the bat. So I did want I always do, and turned to Amazon (every twin mom's BFF). I typed nootropics into the search bar and was off! So lucky for you, I did the heavy lifting. I scoured descriptions, ingredients, reviews and studies. Most of these supplement combos had anecdotal results and benefits but a select few had 3d party testing and one included numerous clinical trials as well, and I prefer to err on the side of science.

best natural nootropics for studying focus memory

This Azoth one was the best I found, and worked way better than coffee, tea and treats. I liked the ingredients, the information I could find on it, the studies, the customer service--EVERYTHING. When I drink too many almond milk lattes, I get jittery and crash after an hour or so. With Azoth, my energy has been up, and I have stayed on task way better than sans supplements. This is my nootropic of choice and I'd love to hear what you suggest!

I also tried this Genius Brand one, because it has rave reviews, but the amount of stevia gives it a terrible aftertaste and it tastes sickly-sweet and gave me diarrhea sooo try at your own risk. Apparently people swear by it, but when I read the comments, a lot of people shared my opinion (and unfortunate side effects)

nootropic

Also, if you have experience with getting an ADN or BSN as a parent who also works part-time, I am in desperate need of your tips and tricks!

<Note- I have partnered with Azoth to receive a fraction of your purchase price if you decide to purchase it through one of these links.>

1. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/features/nootropics-smart-drugs-overview#1

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