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October 06, 2021 3 min read

In recent years, the world has moved at an increasingly accelerated pace. People are pressed up against tight deadlines and aspirational expectations to make it through their days. When coronavirus spread around the world, all that pent-up pressure came to a grinding halt as people were forcibly confined to their homes.

In either case, the impact on mental health is strong. More and more people have become socially and culturally aware of the underlying health issues caused by mental health conditions. At the same time, there’s a growing movement towards healthy lifestyles that emphasize a need for more organic foods and compounds to maintain healthy active lifestyles.

As a result, there’s a growing demand for organic nootropics to help maintain good mental health and cognitive performance.‡ According to Time Magazine, the medical community is investing plenty of time and resources into nootropic substances designed to improve mental health.‡

What is nootropics?

You may be unfamiliar with the term; and for that reason, we thought it would be helpful to explore, what is nootropics, and how does one identify a nootropic substance? To put it simply, nootropics are compounds that can support brain function and cognitive performance.‡ They help stimulate brain activity and increase one’s focus to enhance cognitive function and productivity.‡

Are all nootropics drugs?

Nootropics can be divided into two primary categories:
  1. Organic nootropics
  2. Synthetic compounds

Organic nootropics are foods, substances, and compounds that are found in the wild. They’re often plant-based substances or specific types of herbs that have been recognized for their ability to support mental cognition.‡ For people who are dedicated to living healthy organic lifestyles, these nootropics are their preferred choices.

Synthetic nootropics are so-called “smart drugs” that are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. Unlike organic nootropics, synthetic smart drugs have been vetted and evaluated by health bodies like the FDA, allowing manufacturers of these compounds to make specific health claims on their packaging and in their promotions.‡

Benefits of nootropics

Nootropics are used to help support mental health and stimulate brain activity.‡ They’re also very helpful for people coping with stress, which can place significant strain and weight on one’s own mental health.‡ When people are less stressed, they’re more likely to remain focused, energetic, and even fall into restful nights of sleep.‡

In addition to stress relief, nootropics can help focus the mind on particular tasks that need to be completed.‡ A more focused mind can be more efficient and more productive, allowing people to regain valuable free time to enjoy a healthy work-life balance.‡

Nootropic mushrooms

A great example of organic nootropics is  mushrooms that are grown in the wild. In particular, lion’s mane mushrooms are revered for their ability to support cognitive performance, improve mental focus, and enhance mental health.‡

Many people are not fans of the taste of mushrooms, which explains why lion’s mane mushroom powders are such a popular nootropic compound. Lion's mane mushrooms have been used for generations in Eastern herbalism, and mushroom powders are the modern equivalent of those herbalist best practices.‡

At Rritual, lion’s mane mushroom powders are further enhanced by adaptogens that help stimulate cognitive performance.‡ Rhodiola Rosea is one such adaptogen, which is traditionally used by athletes to ward off fatigue or exhaustion while promoting greater physical endurance and mental focus.‡Bacopa monnieri is an Aryuvedic herb that’s also included in lion’s mane powders for its ability to maintain a healthy brain.

How to take nootropics

If you decide to purchase and consume lion’s mane mushroom powders as your nootropic of choice, there are a number of ways you can ingest the essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and proteins within the powders into your system.

The easiest way is to add one spoonful of lion’s mane mushroom powder into your daily cup of coffee or tea. Mushroom coffees and teas are an organic method of helping support your mental health and cognitive performance without disrupting your daily routine.‡ Most people begin and often end their days with a cup of coffee or tea, making it easy to stir in a spoonful of brain-supporting mushroom powder to reap the potential health benefits.‡

A second easy option is to add lion’s mane mushroom powder into your cooking recipe. Similar to a cup of coffee or tea, all it takes is one spoonful of powder to give your dish the potential mental health benefits your mind requires. There are also a number of creative lion’s mane mushroom powder recipes you can follow to make a truly delicious meal that has the potential to reduce your stress, improve your cognitive performance, and support mental acuity.‡

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