Regularly readers and nootropics users will be familiar with the most common nootropic categories, such as racetams, cholinergics, anxiolytics, neurodilators, neuronutrients, serotonergics and eugeroics. All nootropics (even from the same category) differ in terms of their benefits, mechanisms of action and effectiveness. However, the general idea behind the use of nootropics is pretty simple – help busy, hard-working, extremely driven people achieve their goals by making them more productive.
Increasing pace of life, growing pressures to perform well under tight deadlines, rising levels of stress mean that people require different nootropics to cope with the daily tasks. A strong willpower and self-control may no longer be enough to sustain your competitive advantage.
Therefore, productivity enhancers, cognitive boosters, brain stimulants, healthy brain supporters, mood regulators, anxiety and depression fighters have been developed and popularized over recent years. There are a lot of reports of high-earners, students, office workers plus many others using nootropics to help them optimize their cognitive functions.
Nootropics mainly come in three different forms bulk powder, tablets or capsules. Bulk powder is generally cheaper to buy but less convenient to use compared to nootropic tablets and capsules. Some companies offer specially designed “stacks” that combine a number of different nootropics into one which makes it even more convenient for people to use them. This way they do not have to worry about taking individual nootropics themselves.
For example, a new nootropic category called “productivity and learning accelerators” has been recently introduced to the nootropic market. iQuzil™ is a powerful stack for the experienced nootropic users looking to improve their daily productivity.
Functional nootropic beverages:
Another recent category of nootropics is “nootropic drinks”. Some beverage developers actually predicted that nootropic drinks will become as popular as energy drinks and is the future of functional drinks. In fact, this category of nootropics is also called “functional nootropic beverages”. And the reason it is called “functional nootropic beverages” is to do with nootropics potentially positive effect on health and brain function.
iQtonic™ falls into this category and is the first nootropic drink designed by ThoughtFoods company. iQtonic™ is a nootropic drink developed by mixing effective nootropics and vitamins. Essentially, iQtonic™ is a great tasting nootropic stack in a liquid form that should be served chilled.
“iQtonic™ is designed to double your productivity, enhance cognitive functions, improve mood, motivation and concentration.”
- Improves focus, mental clarity and productivity
- Enhances cognition, memory and thinking
- Better mood and higher motivation
- Reduces fatigue, brain fog, stress and anxiety
Scientific research behind iQtonic:
The main nootropic ingredients of iQtonic™ are DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol), Citicoline, NALT (N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine), Huperzine A 1%, Taurine, Picamilon and vitamin B group (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 & B12). Below is a brief description of each ingredient based on scientific evidence.
DMAE is a mind health compound and a precursor to acetylcholine neurotransmitter. Acetylcholine itself is very important for many cognitive functions, including learning, rational thinking and ability to process information. In addition, research suggest that DMAE can induce a psychophysiological state of better feeling of well-being.1
Citicoline is an excellent source of choline. Citicoline is well-known for its neuroprotective effects and neuroregenerative potential.2
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (NALT) is a more soluble form of tyrosine (a non-essential amino acid) which is effectively absorbed into the bloodstream.3 As a precursor to many chemical messengers it is very important for executive function.4
Huperzine A is a cholinergic nootropic with the primary role of inhibiting an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine.5 Therefore, it helps to maintain high levels of acetylcholine.
Taurine is one of the most abundant amino acids in the central nervous system with no toxic effect on humans.6 There are many important taurine-dependent processes, such as neuronal proliferation.6
Picamilon is a good nootropic for increasing the levels of GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) in the central nervous system. GABA is the key inhibitory neurotransmitter, which regulates neuronal transmission in the brain.7 Picamilon helps to reduce anxiety, emotional stress and even rehabilitates from overstrain working capacity.
Finally, the B vitamins all have important functions in the body.
iQtonic vs. energy drinks:
So, the fundamental question is “what is the biggest advantage that iQtonic™ has over regular energy drinks?”.
Firstly, iQtonic™ does not contain sugar. No sugar equals no unnecessary calories in your daily calorie intake. There is enough evidence linking excessive intake of sugar with the epidemic of obesity. Secondly, it is caffeine-free. This is great news for someone who does not like caffeine and is looking for an effective alternative to caffeinated drinks. In addition, iQtonic™ boosts energy without having to experience caffeine “crashes”. It is also aspartame-free. Finally, compared to most energy drinks it contains a lot of functional nootropics that provide nourishment for the brain.
In summary, iQtonic™ is the nootropic drink for anyone who is always on the go. It will be interesting to see if nootropic drinks, such as iQtonic™ become the next big thing as it may become just as fashionable as carrying a cup of coffee.
- Dimpfel, W. et al. 2003. Efficacy of dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) containing vitamin-mineral drug combination on EEG patterns in the presence of different emotional states, Eur J Med Res. 8 (5), 183–191.
- Alvarez-Sabín, J. & Román, G.C. 2013. The role of citicoline in neuroprotection and neurorepair in ischemic stroke, Brain Sci. 3 (3), 1395-414.
- Hoffer, L.J. et al. 2003. N-acetyl-L-tyrosine as a tyrosine source in adult parenteral nutrition, JPEN. 27 (6), 419-22.
- Hosenbocus, S. & Chahal, R. 2012. A review of executive function deficits and pharmacological management in children and adolescents, J Can Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 21 (3), 223 – 9.
- Xu, Z.Q., et al. 2012. Treatment with Huperzine A improves cognition in vascular dementia patients, Cell Biochem Biophys. 62 (1), 55-8.
- Li, X.W. et al 2016. The role of taurine in improving neural stem cells proliferation and differentiation, Nutr Neurosci. [Epub ahead of print].