5 Science-Backed Nootropics for Mindfulness – Health News Today

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A nootropic is a substance that, if used properly, safely enhances the cognitive functions of the user.

As public interest in cognitive enhancers escalates, the demand for high-quality evidence on the safety and efficacy of nootropics seems to outgrow the supply of that information. Although new placebo-controlled studies are published frequently, they can be hard to read and misrepresentative of the entire body of knowledge the scientific community has provided on the effects of nootropics.

These are some of the reasons why we systematically went through 527 placebo-controlled studies [1] on the effects of 127 nootropics and put together a list with the 5 most science-backed ones for improving mindfulness. If a nootropic was not included in this list, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s ineffective for increasing mindfulness. It likely means there is less research on the effects of that compound in healthy humans than there’s for each nootropic that made it on to the list.

Out of the 527 studies, 29 included measures of mindfulness. A total of 1693 participants had their mindfulness tested, and 11 nootropics were assessed for safety and efficacy for improving levels of mindfulness. Based on this body of evidence, these are the 5 most science-backed nootropics for increasing mindfulness in healthy humans.

Panax Ginseng

In the 2 studies we reviewed which examined the effects of Panax Ginseng on measures of mindfulness, 70 participants were included. [6][7]

Overall, these studies found a small positive effect on mindfulness from use of Panax Ginseng.

The evidence we reviewed also suggests that Panax Ginseng may improve:

  • Mood (small effect)
  • Nervousness (small effect)
  • Focus (minute effect)
  • Energy (minute effect)
  • Sociality (small effect)
  • Stress (small effect)
  • Intelligence (minute effect)

Risks

Side effects

No negative side effects were seen in any of the studies we reviewed.

Legality

Panax Ginseng is legal to buy, possess, and use in the United States and Canada. [8-16]

Conclusion

Preliminary evidence suggests Panax Ginseng has a small positive impact on mindfulness. Moreover, Panax Ginseng is generally safe and legal.

How to Use

It is probably safer and more effective to use nootropics as they have been used in studies on humans. In the studies we’ve reviewed, Panax Ginseng was used in the following ways:

  • 4500 mg non-extract powder dosages daily for 2 weeks [2]
  • 200 mg extract doses for acute effects [3]
  • 200 mg extract doses for acute effects [4]
  • 200 mg extract doses for acute effects [5]
  • 400 mg extract doses for acute effects [5]
  • 200 mg extract dosages daily for 1 week [6]
  • 400 mg extract dosages daily for 1 week [6]
  • 400 mg extract doses for acute effects [7]

Sage

In the 2 studies we reviewed which examined the effects of Sage on measures of mindfulness, 66 participants were included. [17][19]

Overall, these studies found a minute positive effect on mindfulness from…