Imagine that you’ve been working all day and you still want to keep going. But your mind won’t let you.
Your eyes slide out of focus and laying in bed feels like the only thing you want to do.
Sometimes we just need a boost. Enter Nootropics. The latest scientific development in cognition enhancement.
The road to success is paved with obstacles like procrastination, doubt, fatigue and the myriad of other challenges that we must be overcome in todays fast paced world.
Discipline is key, but that’s something that is cultivated over time. That’s where nootropics can help you get your foot in the door.
Sometimes, all you need is that little ‘nudge’ to help you get started or finish off daily tasks.
Your day job may leave you drained. All you need is something extra that will help you get things done even after a hard day’s work.
If you’re like me and you want to make every moment count, this article is for you.
Let’s see which Nootropics are best for energy, cognition, focus and motivation.
Piracetam | Best Nootropics
Piracetam has been synthesized over 50 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most popular nootropics.
It works by improving blood flow in the brain. It is thought to reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Piracetam is an effective cognitive enhancer that boosts verbal fluency and creativity, making it great for studying. It also increases brain plasticity, favoring the formation of new connections in the brain and slowing down cognitive decline.
Piracetam accelerates the production of acetylcholine, which can accelerate the depletion of choline in the brain, potentially leading to headaches. It also boosts other stimulants such as caffeine and is best taken together with choline to counteract it’s depletion.
Phenylpiracetam | Best Nootropics
Phenylpiracetam is one, if not the most potent nootropic of the racetam family.
Structurally, it is an analogue of piracetam with an attached phenyl group.
The added phenyl group allows phenylpiracetam to pass through the blood faster than piracetam, making it thirty to sixty times more potent and it produces more stimulating effects in a manner similar to other phenethylamines such as Adderall.
It improves cognitive performance and problem-solving skills in people that suffer from low-mood or asthenia.
Phenylpiracetam is an ideal nootropic for athletes because it increases stamina and reduces the negative effects of stress on the body.
Adrafinil | Best Nootropics
Adrafinil is a great choice for anyone that wants to get that needed ‘kick’ to make the most out of a day.
Adrafinil is a precursor to Modafinil, thus being quite the same in terms of effects, although you would twice the amount to achieve similar effects.
It’s actually metabolized by the body into Modafinil and has a shorter half-life. In the United States you will need a prescription for Modafinil, where as for Adrafinil, you do not.
Rather than forcibly stimulating the body and generating hyperactivity, Adrafinil increases the presence of the neurotransmitter Orexin, which controls alertness and wakefulness.
Oxiracetam | Best Nootropics
Oxiracetam is a potent cognitive enhancer that enhances learning capacity, memory recall, attention span and also has stimulatory effects.
The stimulation experienced on oxiracetam is considered mild and encouraged rather than strong and forced as seen in other stimulants like Adderall.
Users report that oxiracetam also alters perception by increasing sound awareness and making colors seem more vibrant and alive, making it a great productivity hack for creatives and artists.
Oxiracetam stacks well with other racetams, producing synergistic effects and is considered safe with no long-term side-effects.
Noopept | Best Nootropics
Noopept is a peptide-derived nootropic supplement that is very much like a racetam, but not quite the same.
It produces more or less the same effects as piracetam, though a much smaller quantity is needed. Noopept helps in releasing serotonin which has positive effects on mood and energy levels.
People use Noopept to treat anxiety and depression.
It’s quite a gentle supplement in terms of side-effects and also has neuroprotective properties.
Noopept also leads to enhanced connection between the two hemispheres of the brain, excelling with creativity and problem-solving related tasks.
Although Noopept is much more potent than other racetams, it’s more effective for at improving memory recall than increasing energy levels.
Wrapping it up
Choosing the right nootropic largely depends on the purpose for which you’re using them.
The Modafinil precursor, Adrafinil, is a great choice among many ‘brainhackers.’
Phenylpiracetam is a great nootropic on its own and it’s great for increasing stamina during physical activities.
Noopept would be recommended for those who want to improve memory.
Oxiracetam is an effective creativity enhancer.
Stacking is popular among nootropic users. Stacking is largely subjective because of differing brain chemistry among individuals. Try experimenting and find out what best works for you. As always consult you doctor for the safest and most effective course of action.