What nootropics make for a great supplement to your weight loss plan? One that suppresses appetite? One that boosts production of hormones that help speed up metabolism? One that keeps you motivated to push through with your goals? All these can be achieved with specific nootropics supplements!
Fact is, losing weight is not only about eating the right kinds of food or having a regular exercise routine. Weight loss is also deeply ingrained in the psyche, the right mindset coupled with the motivation to really shed off those extra pounds and live a healthier life!
With this, here are the nootropics supplements that cover a wide range of benefits for your weight loss goals:
Hordenine – if there is one nootropic that is an all-rounder in weight loss supplementation, it’s hordenine. This adrenergic-like compound is commonly found in a number of grains and in grassy plants. Its chemical composition resembles that of tyramine, a type of amino acid.
Hordenine boosts metabolism, suppresses appetite, satisfies hunger quickly, slows down food digestion and minimizes food cravings. All these can be attributed because it is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It stimulates the release of norepinephrine, an excitatory neurotransmitter. Another great thing about hordenine is it helps maintain body weight with its ability to realign the body’s set point. As the body upholds equilibrium, it will try to repel any change in body mass.
Hordenine is growing more popular among weightlifters and bodybuilders because it is an extremely effective nootropic when physical activity/exercise is at its maximum. However, hordenine is still effective for individuals who only exert minimum exercise/physical training. It is most effective when taken an hour or so before an exercise routine.
Mucuna pruriens – a plant-based supplement, Mucuna pruriens has been used as a snakebite antidote in ancient medicine, but today, it is used as a therapeutic remedy for a variety of conditions and also to help lose weight. M. pruriens is a good source of L-DOPA, a precursor to dopamine, which is the neurotransmitter responsible for a number of bodily functions relating to mood and behavior.
When there is a boost of dopamine levels, fat burning and muscle buildup are enhanced. Aside from increased dopamine levels, Mucuna also increases norepinephrine and epinephrine levels, which in turn, increase body metabolism. When you combine Mucuna’s mood enhancing and metabolism effect, you are more likely to lose weight effectively.
Modafinil – Originally used to treat various sleeping disorders and narcolepsy, modafinil’s weight loss effect is another reason why this nootropic is becoming popular. Aside from actual weight loss, modafinil can curb appetite. Most individuals who have used modafinil can attest to these weight loss effects.
However, no sufficient study has yet determined modafinil’s mechanism of action in weight loss. It is thought that modafinil’s ability to boost orexin production may just be one key. Orexin is a neuropeptide responsible for wakefulness, appetite, etc. Increased orexin levels also boost histamine levels, a hormone that has similar functions as orexin. This, in turn, results in appetite suppression.
When supplementing with modafinil for weight loss, you also get a boost in motivation and focus. You feel a sense of well-being and a positive outlook, which will inspire you to accomplish your weight loss goals.
As an alternative to modafinil, adrafinil is just as viable to weight loss sans the side effects. The latter is a prodrug of modafinil and basically has the same benefits. Its only most significant difference is that this nootropic is inactive until it reaches the liver, where it is converted to modafinil.
L-theanine + Caffeine – there is good reason why caffeine is included in most weight loss supplements. It contains a number of active compounds that help with metabolism. There are two vital benefits that this nootropic stack provide: it helps burn fats and keeps you energized. Caffeine is seen to boost epinephrine levels, which then signal fat issues to burn fats. In addition, caffeine increases the body’s resting metabolic rate, which speeds up fat burning even at rest. It also temporarily blocks adenosine, a type of calming neurotransmitter, so that you are more energized and alert.
The balancing nootropics in this stack is L-theanine. It’s pretty common to experience some kind of side effect when taking caffeine. L-theanine counters this. From headaches to jitters to increased heart rate, L-theanine works by reducing all these while improving cognitive functions.
Nootropics supplementation has gone beyond providing cognitive-enhancing benefits and is becoming popular as a weight loss supplement too. A reminder though that each person has different reactions to a nootropic, so what works for one individual, may not work for you.
Also, as with any weight loss supplement, there is always some measure of side effect you need to deal with. These nootropics are no exception. To keep side effects to the barest minimum, always follow directions and stick to the recommended dosage.
Note that nootropics are complementary supplements and cannot help with weight loss alone. It’s not some wonder drug that works by itself. With this said, a holistic weight loss approach is still the time-tested way to shed off all those pounds and achieve your ideal body weight!
My name is Sarah Burgess and I’m a health and nutrition specialist and enthusiast. I did my PhD at the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and finished in 2015 and now I’ve been writing for Slowfoodnation since 2017. Apart from writing on blogs about health, superfood and nutrition, I love to exercise, running and pilates are two of my true addictions! I believe we create our own luck and everyone have the potential to reach true potential and be the best version of ourselves.