Nootropic herbal extracts in our BrainStorm Brain Health Kits contain Cistanche, Haritaki, Polygala, Semen cuscutae, and Vaccinium. These extracts may help to improve memory, focus, and motivation.
Nootropic herbal extracts may help to improve cognitive ability, memory, concentration, and creativity. They have the potential to improve mood and reduce anxiety, increase willpower and motivation, and reduce levels of social discomfort.
“Nootropic” is a word formed from the Greek words ‘nous,’ meaning “mind” or “intellect,” and “trepein,'”meaning ‘bend. A true nootropic enhances memory and learning ability; helps the brain resist learned behaviors and disruptive memories; protects the brain from harmful physical or chemical injury or damage; enhances the efficiency of brain functions; and lacks any sedative, stimulant, or toxic side effects.
Some of the nootropic herbal extracts with the greatest potential include Cistanche tubulosa (Rou Cong Rong), Polygala tenuifolia (Yuan Zhi), Semen cuscutae (Dodder Seed), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), and Vaccinium uliginosum (Bilberry). Many studies suggest that these supplements are among the most promising nootropic supplements in the world, which is why we sell them in our online store. In addition, we have created a new BrainStorm Nootropic Brain Health Support Kit that contains five of these extracts.Shop BrainStorm Kits
Nootropic Herbal Extracts in BrainStorm Kits
The nootropic herbal extracts in BrainStorm Kits include Cistanche, Haritaki, Polygala, Semen cuscutae (Dodder Seed), and Vaccinium.
Cistanche tubulosa: A recent study in Frontiers in Pharmacology suggests Cistanche tubulosa is one of the nootropic herbal extracts with the greatest potential. It demonstrates antidepressant-like effects on chronic stress. The study addresses the health benefits of Cistanche tubulosa, including its antidepressant-like effects through its ability to restore gut microbiota homeostasis. In the study, a chronic unpredictable stress-induced depression model was established to explore the impact of Cistanche tubulosa extract on behavioral tests and gut microbiota composition.
The study concluded that Cistanche “is a potential treatment for depressive symptoms by restoring homeostasis of gut microbiota for microbiota–gut–brain axis disorders, opening new avenues in the field of neuropsychopharmacology.” Other research shows it may enhance mitochondrial functional and antioxidant capacity, which may improve longevity and endurance and reduce fatigue. Read the Cistanche FAQ.Cistanche FAQ
Polygala tenuifolia: A 2021 study published in BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies evaluated cognitive function, neural damages, and hippocampal neurogenesis and revealed that Polygala tenuifolia may reduce cognitive deficits and protect against cognitive decline. In the study, the constituent, 3,6′-disinapoyl sucrose (DISS), triggered a potent increase of hippocampal neurogenesis in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. DISS strengthened APP-neural stem cell proliferation and neuronal differentiation, and DISS treatment for four weeks showed the capability to attenuate cognitive deficits, neuronal injures, and neurogenesis disorder.
Polygala is one of the best nootropic herbal extracts because its potential ability to promote neural stem cell proliferation and differentiation puts it in a special category of nootropics that supports new brain cell growth. Read the Polygala FAQ.Polygala FAQ
Semen cuscutae: Semen cuscutae extract is one of the best nootropic herbal extracts because it may exhibit protective activity against chemically induced memory deficit, as well as protect against oxidative damage and neuroinflammation. Semen cuscutae extract may also be able to help rescue damaged brain synapses. Semen cuscutae may be beneficial for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.
Semen cuscutae may help to alleviate memory loss by rescuing caspase-3-mediated synaptic damage in Alzheimer’s disease treatment. The extract may also show protective activity against induced memory deficit. Read the Semen cuscutae FAQ.Semen cuscutae FAQ
Terminalia chebula (Haritaki): Terminalia has a wide variety of constituents believed to affect cognition. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and is used to support treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. A study published in Advances in Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences indicates that Terminalia chebula extracts and its constituents have AChEI and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, all of which are currently relevant to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Read the Haritaki FAQ.Haritaki FAQ
Vaccinium uliginosum: A 2021 study published in International Journal of Molecular Sciences indicates that anthocyanins, a type of flavonoids found in Vaccinium uliginosum (Bilberry) and some other berries, may help to lower the risk of developing cognitive decline. Significant improvements were observed on memory, while some of the studies also reported effects on attention and psychomotor speed or executive function.
Compounds in Vaccinium seem to jumpstart the brain, helping aging neurons communicate again, which is why it’s among our favorite nootropic herbal extracts. Read the Vaccinium FAQ.Vaccinium FAQ
Nootropics Are a Real Mind Bend
Bacopa, Vaccinium, Polygala, Cistanche, and Semen cuscutae are all natural nootropic herbal extracts that have the potential to optimize brain health and help improve memory, focus, and intention.
Linden Botanicals’ FAQ pages provide additional science-based research and links to published studies on nootropics, including Bacopa monnieri, Vaccinium uliginosum, Polygala tenuifolia, Cistanche tubulosa, and Semen cuscutae extracts. Each product’s FAQ page discusses the product’s overall health benefits and its potential to help optimize brain health.