Nootropics Specialist

Pax Emmanuel, MD

Internist & Pain Management Specialist located in Malibu, CA & Beverly Hills, CA

Boosting your cognitive function can give you the added push you need to complete important tasks. At his concierge practice in Malibu, California, Pax Emmanuel, MD, offers nootropic drugs that naturally enhance your information processing and memory, manage your stress levels, and sharpen your thinking. Find out if nootropics are right for you by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Emmanuel’s practice by phone or online.

Nootropics Q & A

What are nootropics?

Nootropics refer to an umbrella term for a wide range of chemicals, both synthetic and naturally-occurring, that enhance your cognitive abilities. Think of the movie Limitless, in which Bradley Cooper’s character has heightened cognitive abilities because of an enhanced version of modafinil, a nootropic that greatly boosts your brain function.

Dr. Emmanuel has established five essential requirements that each substance must meet before being considered for nootropic use. The substance must:

  • Have demonstrated results in enhancing memory and learning abilities
  • Help the brain function better
  • Protect the brain
  • Increase your nerves’ ability to communicate with the rest of your body
  • Have little to no side effects

Naturally, not all substances can meet all of these criteria. Dr. Emmanuel makes sure to track the way you might respond to a substance before recommending it as part of a nootropic treatment.

What products do nootropics include?

There are many types of nootropic products. The most common ones include:


Caffeine is a naturally-occurring psychoactive substance that works to reduce your levels of fatigue. Regulated doses of caffeine can increase your ability to concentrate and stay alert.


L-Theanine is an amino acid most often found in tea. L-theanine has a calming effect on your body but doesn’t cause drowsiness. Some studies have shown that L-theanine is more effective than caffeine in stimulating your creativity.


Your body naturally produces creatine to create protein. If you need more creatine, you can consume it as a powder or pill. It stimulates your muscle growth and brain function. Creatine also boosts your energy levels and improves your short-term memory and reasoning skills.

Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa Monnieri is an ancient herb typically used in Ayurvedic medicine to boost your brain’s ability to process information and enhance your memory.

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola rosea is an adaptogenic herb that Dr. Emmanuel can recommend to help you manage your stress. Small doses of this herb can significantly improve your mood and reduce stress that may arise in certain situations.

Panax Ginseng

Panax ginseng is a medicinal plant used to boost your brain function. It has anti-inflammatory qualities, which minimize oxidative stress.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba has demonstrated effects in improving your memory and information processing. It also reduces your chances of developing hypertension and lowers your stress levels.

For more information on nootropics, consider asking Dr. Emmanuel about Bulletproof founder Dave Asprey and his perspective and recommendations for nootropics.

Are nootropics safe?  

Dr. Emmanuel specializes in offering safe and effective nootropic treatment. That’s why he employs a thorough methodology before considering any drug as part of nootropic treatment.

However, some nootropic substances haven't been studied in the long term, so be sure to ask any questions about the substance Dr. Emmanuel chooses to prescribe before starting your nootropic treatment.

To learn more about the cognitive benefits of nootropic treatment, book an appointment with Dr. Emmanuel online or by phone today.

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