Here are some herbal remedies that are known for their nootropic effects that may help lessen the effects of mental fatigue.
Nootropics are thought to work by altering the brain’s supply of neurochemicals, improving oxygen supply to the brain or by stimulating nerve growth.
Don’t start taking any of these if you are pregnant, and while rare, all of these have the potential for unpleasant side effects, so before using them, do your research and seek advice, and if you do experience any side effects, stop taking them immediately.
Ginseng has been used as a botanical medicine for thousands of years in the treatment of a variety of disorders.
All three main varieties of this herb (Panax, American and Siberian) have different properties. Panax (from China, Vietnam and Korea) is the best known, but Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is the better choice for mental fatigue, with beneficial anti-fatigue properties that include increased endurance, improved memory and enhanced learning.
Rhodiola rosea (sometimes referred to as Golden Root, Roseroot, Arctic Root or Aaron’s Rod) is an adaptogen, meaning that is helps assist the body by increasing resistance to physical and emotional stress.
A number of researchers believe that it may be good for improving mood and alleviating depression. Studies have shown that it improves mental performance and may reduce fatigue.
The Ginkgo tree is a living fossil, and is now cultivated for its use as a herb which is believed to improve brain function, helping with memory and concentration, and, as such, can help with mental fatigue.
There are many conflicting studies, but there seem to be impressive results in its ability to improve mental performance, particularly attention, and also significant improvements in long-term memory and the ability to do calculations. Ginkgo may also help improve blood flow around the body.