Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What's in a name?

The blog title Nootrients is a combination of nutrients and nootropics. Nutrients should be obvious to most people reading, but it never hurts to qualify for those pendants out there. Princeton defines a nutrient as "any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue".

A nootropic you may not be as familiar with. The most succinct and reputable source I could find for a description of nootropics was the scientific journal Nature: "agents that enhance memory or other cognitive functions."

Combining the two isn't exactly logical because nootropics seems to already encase the nutrient concept. Nevertheless its a good way to bring what the more of a theoretical and out-there concept of nootropics into the more readily understood field nutrition.

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