Nootropics aren’t necessarily limited to a supplemental intake.

In fact, if you’re on a budget, you may not have the funds for these ‘smart drugs’ that increase memory and cognitive function.

Fortunately, you don’t necessarily need nootropic supplements to achieve the benefits that they offer. There are nootropic foods that possess nootropic properties on top of the many other positive benefits for your health.

Here are some of the best foods around if you’re seeking the nootropic effect.


EGGS Researchers have found that eating one egg a day causes improved cognitive function. The brain converts choline (found in eggs) into acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter that promotes improved memory and assists in brain cell communication. Whole eggs are also brimming with calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorous, and Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Eggs are also rich with omega-3 fatty acids which contribute greatly to overall wellness.


Curcumin, a compound known to combat memory loss, is found in turmeric. In 2017, a study was done where 50% of participants were given turmeric and the other 50% were given a placebo for 18 months. The contingent with curcumin displayed a 28% increase in memory and attention. There was also evidence of improved overall mood. There are plenty of other positives with turmeric, such as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been known to soothe arthritis pain and digestive discomfort, on top of combatting heart disease. Those with pre-diabetes may be able to prevent diabetes with turmeric. A turmeric latte before bed could help with sleep!


BLUEBERRIESRich with antioxidants that increase cognitive function signalling known as anthocyanins, blueberries are a powerful nootropic.

A great source of vitamins C and K, manganese, and dietary fibre, blueberries are also known as a superfood.ries are also known to shield the brain from age-related damage. According to a study, those consuming one or more half-cup of blueberries per week displayed sharper mental functions compared to those who didn’t.

Salmon and other fatty fish

SALMONSalmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, sardines, and other fatty fish rich with omega-3 fatty acids are believed to assist the brain in receiving messages. When older adults without dementia consume 3-5oz. of fatty fish per week, they showed the capacity to defend against brain-shrinkage compare to those not eating fish, according to a study. Protein-rich salmon is also great for combatting cardiovascular disease while also being great for hair.

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate has 70%+ flavanols which are known to defend against age-related memory loss. Studies where people drinking high-flavanol chocolate drinks every day for 3 months found that they had better results on memory tests and superior hippocampus activity. These participants were given an abundance of flavanol, far above the reach of dark chocolate. But green tea and apples contain plenty of flavanol. Make all three a regular part of your nutritional intake and you’ll likely see huge improvements in your memory function. It’s also believed that dark chocolate is great for heart health and even better for stress levels.

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