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Rowland 12 May 2011 Neuron Nexus As we step closer into a world filled with technological enhancements such as, artificial hearts (pacemakers), livers; being printed by 3D organism printers and pills that help the human mind connect both hemispheres of the brain with successful outcomes. I would like to focus on the astonishing results of enhancing the human mind, whether it may be a natural enrichment by eating good food or taking supplements that can achieve beyond normal neuron capabilities. I would like to take a moment to explain what cognitive enhancement is by sharing accessible data, to set the mood of the paper. What are some cognitive skills from an enhancement of surpassing development of neuron nexus? In the academic and occupational level of success it is categorized as attention, working memory, processing speed; logic, auditory and visual processing. Above are skills of cognitive thinking, which is the connection to learning. So now that we have a general idea of what cognitive skills are, we will be moving into the main topic of how cognitive skills can change and improve weather it my be by natural or processed supplements. We will begin with the processed supplements then end with natural remedies for heightened cognitive thinking. So what if we could take a pill that made us smart or smarter, perhaps it would be called The Smart Pill; well the medical name for such a pill is called

Nootropics. Nootropics, a term coined by psycho chemist Dr. Giurgea- grandfather of modern smart drugs. ( D r. " S m a r t D r u g s I n f o r m a t i o n ) Dr. Giurega set the path for neuroplasticity. Since nootropics were used in patents that suffered from Alzheimers and many other illnesses, how did it cross over to the academia world of improved thinking? Well nootropics are extracted enzymes that are already inside the normal chemical balance of the human body. With a concentration of specific enzymes such as: pyrrolidine acetamide, this enzyme allows for unified concentration or clarity and the reverse of ageing on the brain. [This was a study done on mice but should work for humans to](Wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracetam). Furthermore, now that we know were the smart drug derived from and how its been used for patients and the academia world. Now how do these drugs change our mind and what does what? I will give a brief explanation of Nootropics and their effect on the mind, then move into natural remedies that help with cognitive enhancement. As science and technology continue to improve, we are able to understand what allows the human brain to actively work at an optimum level using supplements. Piracetam and Vinpocetine are both Nootropic drugs that affect the brain in cognitive thinking and memory. Piracetam It allows the 2 sides of the brain to better communicate. Vinpocetine is a Nootropic herb that helps usually those with Alzheimers disease but can be used by healthy individuals to assist in healthy brain function, it has antioxidants effect on the brain. Protecting the brain from free radical damage. (augmentinfor.com) These are just two of the many types of Nootropics that our out

their in this world. Each made for a certain action for enhancing the human mind but can this be done a natural way?

There are natural antioxidants that allow for the body and mind to improve in cogitative thinking. For many taking a natural route for mental improvement is the desired method. The idea of putting more chemicals into the body does not seem necessary if the same result can be replicated by natural foods. Some natural foods that help the brain function is: Ginseng; that helps with enhance memory, Caffeine helps with concentration and a feeling of being energized, Fish has a high amount of protein and B vitamins that allow the body to generate energy, Chocolate has an antioxidant called vitamin E that helps with focus and concentration, Blueberries are super antioxidants; they help protect the brain from oxidative stress and reduce effects of age-related conditions. ( N a z a r i o , 2 0 1 0 ) In conclusion, when trying to enhance the human capabilities there are two paths one can take. Both paths, either a holistic approach or a chemically formulated enzyme supplement, will allow for optimum brain func tion. With the natural route the human body works with itself, although there must be a dedication of eating right and being healthy in the mind, body and spirit . It will allow for a balance improvement in an overall state of mind and unlike the chemically formulated enzymes, eating right does not come with a health risk. Formulated sup plements are a great tool

to enhance human capability but it comes at a price. With the wrong dosage or incorrect formula it can lead to a deathly outcome. So it is highly re commended to do the proper research prior to taking a supplement. It boils down to ones idea of what is right for that individual person. The choice to take a route that shows immediate improvement or the route that allows for a wholeness of health. The ch oice is y o u r s , c h o s e w i s e l y.

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