The (False) Promise of Smart Drugs
Nootropics, or “smart drugs,” are growing in popularity. Researchers first created them in the 60’s to help people with motion sickness. Dr. Corneliu Giurgea from Romania later coined the term ‘nootropics’ in 1971 after developing a memory enhancing drug. Due to a rise in nutritional education, nootropics are now slowly entering the American mainstream.
High-level athletes, entrepreneurs, and others who work in mentally demanding jobs all commonly use smart drugs. They are looking to benefit from better memory, increased neural activity, and increased production of hormones promised by these drugs. Yet research has shown little evidence that the body adequately absorbs nutrients in pill form. In spite of this, each company claims that their blend has the right quantities of the right ingredients.