What are Nootropics?

Nootropics are ingredients that support cognitive function. They work by allowing more oxygen to the brain, boosting the nutrients, neurotransmitters and brainwaves that support brain health. Just like protein shakes help your sore and tired muscles, nootropics work the same way to support your noggin!

The term “nootropic” was originally coined by Dr Corneliu Giurgea in 1972 to describe a new group of molecules that work specifically towards the brain’s higher-level activity. In less science-y terms, nootropics were originally categorised as any drugs or medicines that changed the way your brain works.

While they do help manage fatigue, procrastination, and attention span, unfortunately they don’t make you smarter, per-say. You’re not going to suddenly understand quantum physics or be fluent in Greek after one drink (if only it were possible!). Instead, nootropics help your brain reach its full potential by making you more focused and less frazzled. What you choose to do with your newfound attentive state is totally up to you.

However, these days “nootropic” refers to any substance that improves your cognitive function – both natural and synthetic. But rest assured we’re only interested in the natural stuff! In fact, the ingredients in Nexba Nootropics have actually been used for improved memory and alertness for hundreds of years!

For example, did you know that the caffeine in tea and coffee are technically considered nootropics? Caffeine supports the neurotransmitters in your brain that help with thinking skills, short-term memory, and learning. So, you’re probably already having nootropics without even realising it!

Are Nootropics drugs?

While some nootropics do take the form of prescription drugs, what can be defined as a ‘nootropic’ spans far and wide. Generally speaking, nootropics can be broadly broken down into 3 categories:


Natural nootropics are entirely natural ingredients that have awesome effects on brain health and overall wellness. They are sourced from fully natural sources like herbs, minerals, vitamins, superfoods, and plants. Green Tea, Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba, L-Theanine and good old fashioned Coffee Beans are all examples of natural nootropics.

Natural nootropics are used all over the world to improve focus, motivation, and creativity. Some natural nootropics like L-Theanine are also apoptogenic, which means they help your body manage stress.

The more of these natural ingredients you have in your diet, the more positive effects you’ll experience. You know what they say: a Ginkgo Biloba a day keeps the fuzzies away! Well, they don’t… but they should!


Artificial nootropics (also known as synthetic nootropics) are usually those found in drugs and medicines and are created through non-natural processes. They’re often man-made pills formulated in a lab and are designed to boost cognitive function. Think smart drugs, like Piracetam which is often prescribed to patients with Alzheimer’s or vertigo.

Some types of synthetic nootropics mimic components naturally found in the body, plants, and herbs. They’re usually regulated as drugs or medicines and go through extensive trials to ensure effectiveness and safety. Synthetic nootropics aren’t for everyone, and you should always check in with your doctor before taking any synthetic nootropic supplements.


Prescription nootropics are used to treat a specific health issue. Those who have a condition that severely impacts their cognitive function can be prescribed more potent prescription nootropics.

Adderall and Modafinil are two examples of prescription nootropics that are commonly prescribed to people with ADHD or narcolepsy. They work by increasing your levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, two chemicals that improve your focus and concentration.

It’s important to note that taking prescription drugs when you don’t have these disorders may have a negative effect. Prescription nootropics should only be taken by people who have been prescribed them. And as always, it’s important to check in with your doctor before taking any prescription supplements.

What’s the best Nootropic?

Nootropics. It’s the new kid on the wellness block that’s making its way into drinks, snacks, and vitamin supplements. But what are they? Are they safe? How can they help us beat brain fog? And what nootropic is best?

As it turns out, nootropics are a great way to get that boost of energy or clarity that so many of us look for in our everyday lives. When you’re busy working late or rushing around to take the kids to afternoon sport, hustle culture has got us working on a million things at once, and it can take a toll on your brain’s ability to juggle it all. 

Natural nootropics are entirely natural ingredients that have awesome effects on brain health and overall wellness. They are sourced from fully natural sources like herbs, minerals, vitamins, superfoods, and plants. Green Tea, Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba, L-Theanine and good old fashioned Coffee Beans are all examples of natural nootropics.

Some natural nootropic ingredients to look out for include: 


Caffeine is the most widely used natural nootropic in the world and for a good reason: it works! As we mentioned before, caffeine works by blocking certain receptors in your brain that make you feel fatigued. But did you know that your morning cup of joe isn’t the only way to get an instant hit of energy? Caffeine itself is a natural stimulant that is found in Green Tea, Green Coffee Bean and cacao plants, which means there are other ways to get your kick without coffee, especially if you suffer from negative side effects like headaches and anxiety. 


Ginkgo Biloba’s health benefits come from its high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been known to increase blood flow to the brain, decrease fatigue, help our memories and our mental health.While Ginkgo Biloba has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine, its use in Western medicine is relatively new. You can find it in most health shops and natural supplements, but if you’re not keen on taking pills, it does come in a handy drink form! 


L-Theanine is another awesome natural nootropic ingredient. L-Theanine is an amino acid found in tea and can help feelings of relaxation and calm. Have you ever felt a sense of ease after sipping a cup of herbal tea? That’s probably L-Theanine working its magic! This wonder ingredient works by decreasing the brain chemicals that contribute to stress and anxiety while increasing brain chemicals that encourage a sense of calm. Plus, when paired with caffeine, L-Theanine can help increase focus and attention!

Nexba Nootropics contains only all-natural, approved nootropic ingredients, so you can trust you’re getting the best possible brain food. Plus, Nexba Nootropics are completely sugar free and contain all natural ingredients, so you can trust that you’re giving your body the best of the best.  

Do Nootropic supplements work?

Keen to clear brain fog? Most of us are well acquainted with the 3pm slump, which can happen as a result of lack of sleep, stress or a sugary diet. Unfortunately, we can’t all pop off for a nanna nap in the middle of the day, which leaves us feeling tired, cranky and unproductive. That’s when we usually raid the kitchen for another coffee, a sugary snack or energy drink, which pumps you up for a little while, only to make you come crashing right back down.

Even the most motivated of people can fall victim to the afternoon slump, and it takes a real toll on your ability to get things done. Your brain works 24/7 to keep you going, and we often forget that it too needs food and nutrients to keep it happy and healthy. Studies have shown the importance of a nutritional diet when it comes to brain function, but what are they? Where can we find them? And more importantly, how can we get our hands on them before brain fog kicks in? 

Enter Nexba Focus Nootropic. We know that sometimes you don’t want to have a big milky coffee every afternoon, potentially jeopardising your night’s sleep. That’s why we’ve blended natural and active brain-boosting ingredients with rejuvenating passionfruit to make a drink that helps you focus and tastes refreshingly good. Did we mention it’s sugar free, all natural and is made right here in Australia?

Nexba Focus is packed full of natural ingredients that are key to boosting your concentration. Research has shown that the active ingredients we add to Nexba Focus, paired with a healthy, balanced diet can help contribute to a healthy body and mind and improve your focus naturally.

Want to get glowing skin from the inside-out? Nexba Glow contains skin-loving ingredients that are sure to give you that glow from the inside-out. Marine Collagen is a star ingredient in the bottle, which contains natural peptides that boost collagen production.

As if that wasn’t enough, Nexba Glow Nootropic contains 28% of your Vitamin C recommended daily intake. Vitamin C plays a crucial role in your skin health; its high antioxidant content helps fight harmful toxins that come in contact with your skin both externally and from inside the body. That means it fights hard to give you that glow from the inside-out!

Want to give your immune system a nootropic boost? Nexba Immunity is packed full of natural ingredients that are superstars when it comes to immune health. Studies have shown that the active ingredients we add to Nexba Immunity, paired with a healthy, balanced diet can help contribute to a healthy body and mind and improve your immunity naturally.

Keen to boost your gut heath? The easiest way to boost your gut health is to up your intake of probiotics. Probiotics are living bacteria and microorganisms that help keep your gut running smoothly. There are literally hundreds of trillions of probiotic species, each with its own important job to do. 

Here comes the tricky part: probiotics are often delicate little creatures. They have to be tough to make it through your digestive system to your gut alive where they can work their magic. For you to really get the health benefits from probiotics, they need to make it all the way into your gut alive. Remember, these guys are living things!

Nexba Gut contains 500 million Bacillus Coagulans probiotics, which are a superstar strain of smart and robust probiotics that are encased in a hard protein-like shell. This shell means the live microorganisms inside can survive the harsh PH levels and gastric juices in your stomach. So, they make it to your intestines and colon intact so they can get to work boosting your gut health. Plus, they’re full of approved natural nootropic ingredients to help your health and wellbeing. 

Are Nootropics safe?

In short, yes, natural nootropics are safe! Natural nootropics allow more oxygen to the brain, which in turn allows it to function at its higher potential. Studies have shown that regular consumption of natural nootropics like Ginkgo Biloba over a period of time improves short-term memory, motor performance and general wellbeing.

While nootropics seem like a totally new concept, many natural nootropic ingredients have actually been used for hundreds of years for their health benefits. One of the most well-known natural nootropics, Ginkgo Biloba is actually one of the oldest living tree species on the planet. Also known as the Maidenhair, this plant species was first used for its medicinal properties in Ancient China! 

While these ingredients may seem new, they have been around for a long time, providing health benefits for generations of people. Regardless of what people use nootropics for past or present, everyone’s working towards to same goal: to get a holistically healthy lifestyle.

Where to buy Nootropics

Nexba’s newest Naturally Sugar Free range is packed full of natural and active nootropic ingredients, blended into a refreshing wellness range. Immunity, Focus, Gut and Glow are all sugar-free, contain only natural ingredients and are all made right here in Australia! Now available at Woolworths and online.