This question is being asked by many people much more frequently as the number of products claiming to enhance brain function has skyrocketed in the last few years. Ever since the movie “Limitless” starring Bradley Cooper came out, people have been wondering if there is a pill that can make you smarter. While there are plenty of pills on the market that currently lay claims to having brain-boosting powers, there is frighteningly little scientific evidence to back up their claims.
What is a proven fact is that as scientist continue to work on producing these types of pills and get them through the FDA process to make them legally sellable, there are plenty of people who are willing to take them. Scientists point to the example of Adderal that is commonly prescribed for youths who are diagnosed with ADHD. This pill is known to help overactive children focus while they are in school and to help with hyperactivity. Studies have proven that more than 60 percent of college students have admitted to taking the pill whether it was prescribed to them or not because they believe it helps them to remain focus and study more.
What most of these people do not take into consideration is that Adderal can become quickly become addictive with overuse. It also has some potential side effects including nausea, sweating, weight loss, sleeplessness, and anxiety. Continued use of the drug has also been reported to result in a lack of interest in sex. While those side effects may not be enough to deter a regular user, other potential risks include a higher risk of heart attacks, psychosis, and even sudden death.
So an exact brain boosting pill with no side effects is a product that the big pharmaceutical companies would want to be a part of because there is no limit to the type or age of a person that would want to purchase this product. Who would not want to be smarter, especially if all you had to do is take a pill? Unfortunately, medical science has not yet found the right substances to combine to increase your brain power and not have any side effects. Currently, the most proven ways of improving your brain power include natural supplements such as fish oil and resveratrol.
Caffeine is also a stimulant that is proven to stimulate brain function. However, the effects of drinking a cup of coffee can vary significantly from person to person. The only other method that is proven to assist in enhancing cognitive powers is to use your brain. Crossword puzzles, sudoku, and games that require memorization are the types of things that will help keep your synapses firing on all cylinders. So until one of the many pills that are currently in development make it through the FDA and into your local pharmacy, do not waste your money on any so-called brain boosters.