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Nootropics are a something of a wonder substance: great for concentration and brain health, but also a solution for stress and anxiety, and a way of bolstering your mood.
At LYMA, we want to tackle all of these parts of the human experience – and more besides – which is why we use what we believe to be the best nootropics on the market. These include Cognizin®, which is a fantastic nootropic for brain health and affron®, a patented extract derived from saffron and recognised for being one of the most effective and strongest mood enhancement supplements out there. With affron®, this is the first time saffron has been synthesised into an ingredient that is proven to achieve the health qualities that ayurvedic and Persian medicine have claimed for thousands of years.
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While nootropics are often referred to as ‘smart drugs’, this – as Dr Andrew Huberman, Professor of Neuroscience at Stanford University, points out – is a very reductive description. “Smart means very different things in different contexts,” he explains in this episode of his podcast, “so the idea that there’s one pill or one formula that would make us smarter and better at all these things at once just doesn’t stand up to logic.” While the effect of some nootropics might be to improve brain health, and some will help with student concentration and others with memory, there are others that are great for anxiety and stress, and others still that improve mood.
A few nootropics out there are reported to be good for mood.
Saffron is derived from the stigmas of the Crocus sativus, which grows in Greece, Morocco, Iran and India. Saffron is used in cooking as a way of imparting colour and a unique earthy flavour, and is also used as a dye, perfume and textile dye. Due to its scarcity and the labour required to produce it, saffron is incredibly expensive.
It has also been celebrated for its medicinal qualities for over 4,000 years. The Ancient Greeks celebrated it for its health properties, feeding it to soldiers before conflict. Persian and Ayurvedic medical practices have also both praised the power of saffron.
While saffron has been celebrated for millennia, and there are saffron extracts available for supplementation, none have the scientific backing that patented extract affron® does. It’s also more bioavailable than saffron itself, meaning the body can usefully absorb and process it.
The mood-boosting capacity of affron® has been backed by six independent, double-blind, peer-reviewed studies. In some instances, it has been found that supplementing with affron® helps to counter the side effects of anti-depressants - including libido suppression - and can also be a helpful ally in weening yourself off anti-depressants.
Ashwagandha is another natural remedy that has been celebrated for its mood boosting properties. The ashwagandha ingredient included in the LYMA formula is Ashwagandha KSM-66®, which peer-reviewed studies have shown is efficacious in relieving stress, anxiety and depression.
LYMA’s combination of patented, proven ingredients is formulated to deliver the multiple benefits of nootropics on anxiety and mood: good for brain health, and also improving mood.