Take nootropics, for example: This category of supplements includes botanicals, neuronutrients, and bioactive compounds that specifically improve various aspects of your cognitive health. Naysayers believe that nootropics are marketed as “smart pills” that will help you pass a test or magically become the smartest person in the room.
But many nutrients that are a regular part of our diet (e.g. omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins) qualify as nootropics because they support specific actions that promote healthy cognitive function. Others (such as the botanical kanna, for example) are not part of our normal diet, but can help support comprehensive brain function.
Example: Nootropics (or any supplements for that matter) are not a magic pill, but they can certainly promote vibrant and healthy living in targeted and evidence-based ways.
In addition to setting the standard for thriving in your health and wellness (rather than just surviving), there are a few specific groups that may need additional nutritional support in the form of supplements, including: