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Introducing Nootroo Labs

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Nootroo is spinning out a few new items from our R&D department, which is known as Nootroo Labs. Nootroo Gold & Silver (G&S) will continue to be available, but while we work on the next batch and on introducing Nootroo Green, we thought it would be a good time to bring out some of our latest research items.

Penfield’s Evolutionary Perspective That Inspired The Nootropic Concept

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This is an excerpt from Wilder Penfield that forms the basis of Corneliu Giurgea’s quote on humans not waiting for evolution (and is also the source of the idea of the “uncommitted cortex.”):

 

“Man is different from lower mammals. He has a language that is spoken and written, and he is therefore part of an evolving society. He has in his brain more extensive areas of undefined and uncommitted cerebral cortex. The connections of the uncommitted cortex that will function are determined only during childhood. To this extent, one might well say that the brain of man is molded by his mind. At any rate, brain organization alters according to the content of the stream of consciousness early in life. The brain is subject to alteration by the teaching that comes to a child and the personal effort that he makes.

Man has no need to wait for a bigger, better brain to come to him by means of the slow process of evolution. How slow the process is, was pointed out by Teilhard de Chardin, when he claimed there had been no measurable change in man’s brain since the Ice (Pleistocene) Age, although evolution has ‘overflowed its anatomical modalities.’  Evolution of civilized society has been brief, but it is swift and brilliant. This achievement of the mind was made possible when men learned by teaching to mold the human brain. But there is something else that is continuously creative in our society. Men’s thoughts live on and go on breeding other thoughts-beliefs, faiths, slogans, propagandas.”

Speech, Perception and the Uncommitted Cortex – Wilder Penfield (1966)

 

 

Nootroo 5.0 Change Log

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The Nootroo 5.0 Formula represents a shift in the design of our products from an “all-in-one” to an “à la carte” approach. The prior formula was based on the combination of two different stacks (synergistic ingredients), a nootropic one and an energy+calming one.

The nootropic molecules, noopept and phenylpiracetam, when stacked with choline are said to have “profound effects,” significantly better than either ingredient alone. And caffeine is known to have a synergy when stacked with L-theanine, where the calming properties of the L-theanine modulate the intensity of caffeine. As an all-in-one stack, the prior formula is pretty much unmatched, but the combination also limits the times when you might solely want the nootropic boost.

We have now separated the two stacks into their own formulas so that you have more flexibility in which effects you want and when. The other benefit is that we have used the freed up space in both the Gold and Silver Formulas to improve them and make them “more nootropic.” We used most of the freed up space to significantly increase the level of citicoline and moderately increase noopept in the Gold Formula and phenylpiracetam in the Silver Formula.

Nootroo 5.0

  • Gold Formula:

    • Noopept
    • Cognizin Citicoline
  • Silver Formula:
    • Phenylpiracetam
    • Cognizin Citicoline
  • Bottle:
    • Custom Aluminium Jars
  • Colored with:
    • Gold – Custom non-artificially colored capsules with Nootroo logo
    • Silver – Custom non-artificially colored capsules with Nootroo logo

Nootroo 4.0

  • Gold Formula:

    • Noopept
    • Cognizin Citicoline
    • Suntheanine L-Theanine
    • Pureenergy Caffeine Pterostilbene Co-Crystal
  • Silver Formula:
    • Phenylpiracetam
    • Cognizin Citicoline
    • Suntheanine L-Theanine
    • Pureenergy Caffeine Pterostilbene Co-Crystal
  • Bottle:
    • Custom Aluminium Jars
  • Colored with:
    • Gold – Custom nonartificially colored capsules with Nootroo logo
    • Silver – Custom nonartificially colored capsules with Nootroo logo

Nootroo 3.0

  • Gold Formula:
    • Noopept
    • Cognizin Citicoline
    • Suntheanine L-Theanine
    • Pureenergy Caffeine Pterostilbene Co-Crystal
  • Silver Formula:
    • Phenylpiracetam
    • Cognizin Citicoline
    • Suntheanine L-Theanine
    • Pureenergy Caffeine Pterostilbene Co-Crystal
  • Bottle:
    • Custom Aluminium Jars
  • Colored with:
    • Gold colored with quercetin
    • Silver – uncolored

Nootroo 2.0

  • Bottle:
    • Custom Aluminium Jars
  • Colored with:
    • 23.5k Gold Flakes 
    • 100% pure Silver flakes
  • Gold Formula:
    • Noopept
    • Cognizin Citicoline
    • Suntheanine L-Theanine
    • PUREENERGY Caffeine Pterostilbene Co-Crystal
  • Silver Formula:
    • Phenylpiracetam
    • Cognizin Citicoline
    • Suntheanine L-Theanine
    • PURENERGYCaffeine Pterostilbene Co-Crystal

Nootroo 1.0

  • Gold Formula:
    • Noopept
    • Citicoline
    • L-Theanine
    • Caffeine
  • Silver Formula
    • Phenylpiracetam
    • Citicoline
    • L-Theanine
    • Caffeine
  • Bottle:
    • Round Tin
  • Colored with:
    • 23.5k Gold Flakes
    • 100% pure Silver flakes

Setting the record straight on roots of the term nootropic

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The word “nootropic” comes from the Greek word “noos” meaning “mind” and “tropein” meaning “towards” and was coined in 1972 by Corneliu Giurgea to describe a class of compounds that selectively act “towards the mind.”

Unfortunately, for the last 4 years, the definition on Wikipedia has relied on a direct translation from a Russian dictionary and is incorrect in stating that the “-tropic” suffix is derived from the greek word “trepein” and means “to bend or turn”. This definition is clearly incorrect as is demonstrated by the 4 examples cited below, which come directly from Giurgea’s writings. The examples clearly show the definitions and usage in context, which all demonstrate that “-tropic” is actually derived from “tropein” and is defined in the nootropic concept as “towards.” In the context of Giurgea’s writings, “bending or turning the mind” would not apply, and thus clearly, the root of the word “nootroopic” means “towards the mind” and not “to bend the mind.”

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So, to lay the record straight once and for all, here are direct sources with links to the papers and/or images I extracted as proof. This example is from the first paper ever published on nootropics in English, Corneliu Giurgea’s 1973 paper titled, “The ‘nootropic’ approach to the pharmacology of the integrative activity of the brain” [ Pubmed | Full Text | DOI: 10.1007/BF03000311 ], where he states it clear as day:

“A new class if therefore to be considered for which we propose the term Nootropic (from Noos—mind, and tropein—towards).”
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“The term “nootropic” (noos = mind; tropein = towards) was proposed by us…”

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In 1980 in Giurgea used the phrasing in a sentence which goes even further to give an exact meaning within context. In the paper, “A Drug For The Mind” which appeared in CHEMTECH vol 10 June 1980, on pages 360-365, Giurgea states “we coined the term nootropic to describe the class of compounds which selectively acts towards (Gr.:tropein) the mind (Gr.:noos).”

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An additional mention of the true root being “towards” was made in Corneliu Giurgea’s 1982 paper, looking back on the 10 years since his introduction of the nootropic concept. The article, “The nootropic concept and its prospective implications” [Wiley | Full-Text | DOI: 10.1002/ddr.430020505] , appeared in Drug Development Research Volume 2, Issue 5, pages 441–446, 1982. The quote is as follows: “Because drugs along this line “aim” selectively at the noetic functions, we suggest that they should be called nootropics (noos = mind; tropic = towards).” What is different and an even bigger sign of evidence for the root being “towards” and not “to turn or bend” is that here he is referencing the actual word and not the greek words, so it can be considered a direct definition of the component parts of the word “nootropics”, from the creator himself.

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In conclusion, the word “nootropics” should be translated as meaning “towards the mind” and not “to bend or turn the mind”, as demonstrated in four examples above, the word nootropic is derived from the greek words “noos” meaning “mind” and from “tropein” meaning “towards”. There is little room for argument here, as this is straight from the person who invented the word and the grandfather of nootropics, Corneliu Giurgea.

 

Eric’s Favorite Meditations

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Here is a selection of my favorite meditations: