Nootropics is a new name for something that has been around for centuries. Nootropics are simply supplements that help improve cognition and reasoning. Throughout history, man has been taking things to enhance their minds. But with so many out there, what are the best Nootropics to take? Here is a quick Nootropics guide to some of the best Nootropics available today.
Piracetam – one of the first Nootropics discovered, it is also one of the most popular. Taken daily, the dose should be 2 to 6 grams. Reported side effects are rare, and mild.
Aniracetam – another very popular nootropic. The recommended dosage is 750 to 1500 mgs with meals. Side effects may cause some feelings of unrest, anxiety, or insomnia. But these were generally temporary, and did not require medical treatment.
Oxiracetam – stronger, and recommended for those who are more experienced in Nootropics. Daily dose recommended is 800 to 1600mg daily. Possible side effects could be headache and fatigue.
Alpha GPC – a form of choline, it’s benefits can be noticed within a few days of usage. Recommended dosage is 300 to 2000mg daily. Side effects can include heartburn, headache, insomnia, dizziness and rash.
Creatine – used by many athletes to increase muscle, it is also used as a nootropic to improve brain function. Recommended dosage is 5 to 20 grams per day. When taking recommended dosage, no side effects have been listed.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) – well researched, it has found to improve memory, brain function, as well as depression. Recommended daily dosage is 500 to 1500mg daily. Side effects are rarely reported, however trouble sleeping or blurred vision have occasionally been report.
Galantamine – a supplement found in the red spider lily, it is used to improve cognition and also to increase vividness of dreams. Recommended dosage is 4mg daily with morning and evening meals. After at least 4 weeks of use, it can be increased to 8mg with morning and evening meals if needed. The most common side effect was heartburn or upset stomach.
Got Kola – a plant that has been used in Eastern cultures for generations, and now becoming popular in Western society. Known for memory enhancement and improved cognitive function, as well as increasing concentration and energy. Recommended dosage is between 100mg and 1.5grams daily.
While there are many other Nootropics out there, this Nootropics guide may help you get started.
While the very definition of Nootropics includes that they are non-toxic, many companies are advertising or recommending some substances as Nootropics, when they can be dangerous for your health. The effects of these substances can be mild, to severe, up to and including death. Be aware of what you are taking and the affects they can have.
Some of the substance to beware of that may be listed as Nootropics are:
• Desmopressin or Vasopressin
• Caffeine – in various forms
• Nicotine – in various forms
Nootropics effect like any supplement, they work differently for each person.Taking multiple supplements together, or a nootropic stack, can also have greater benefits. There are a number of products on the market that blend different combinations of Nootropics together. Before starting any new product, always check with your doctor.