Now that you have a pretty good idea of what nootropics can do, and how it can potentially boost your cognitive functions, you’re now ready to benefit from it. So where to begin?
If you carefully look at the market, there’s an overwhelming influx of nootropics supplements. But which should you start with? Although there are no restrictions to which nootropics you can try out, we here at Slowfoodnation always recommend to start with the basic and popular ones.
Basic nootropics are generally an all-around supplement with many benefits and generally tested with very few side effects, which is why we recommend it. Popular ones are also great starters to nootropic supplementation because it has more user feedback, more studies conducted, and more affordable.
Piracetam – the most popular nootropics in the racetam family, Piracetam has been in the nootropics scene since it was developed in the 1960s. Its popularity can be attributed to its overall positive effects in cognitive functions. While its major benefit focuses on improved memory and focus, Piracetam also brings with it a host of other benefits such as sharpness and alertness, improved vocabulary, increased confidence and motivation, and improved articulateness. While all these benefits are great individually, if you sum it all up, it significantly helps in overcoming social anxiety as well.
User experience of Piracetam is favorable with some experiencing even multiple benefits. And although it’s not as potent as other nootropics, its side effects are also very minimal. To top it all off, Piracetam is relatively affordable compared to other nootropics.
Noopept – noopept provides cognitive benefits similar to Piracetam but it takes effect much faster and is much more potent. Noopept has the ability to increase both short- and long-term memory, and its effect is much more noticeable as compared to when using Piracetam. Even if Noopept is new in the market, several studies have already been conducted as to how it affects memory and retention, and returned favorable results.
L-theanine – commonly found in tea, L-theanine is an effective mental performance booster and anxiety reducer that also eases the side effects of caffeine. This is another reason why a caffeine and L-theanine nootropic stack is an ideal combination. As a beginner in nootropic supplementation, L-theanine provides that boost in attention. What’s great about L-theanine as a basic nootropic though is that it is very safe to use and the most reliable. Of course, it does not provide the potency as other stronger nootropics provide but it does the job. It is relatively affordable too.
Choline – basically, choline works to increase the benefits of Piracetam by boosting the production of acetylcholine. This is why most often, it is usually stacked with Piracetam. Although this compound can be sourced by the body, there is an almost always insufficient supply of choline, hence the need for supplementation. While there are basic choline supplements, its inability to cross the blood-brain barrier is limited. To remedy this, there are precursor acetylcholine compounds that are made available. One of the commonest is Alpha GPC which is known to boost brain power.
Aside from the nootropics mentioned above, it is also worth mentioning that there are many natural nootropics available. These natural nootropics are effective cognitive boosters. It includes:
- Bacopa monnieri;
- Ginkgo biloba.
In nootropics, a nootropics stack simply means a combination of two or more nootropics that complement each other to create a stronger effect. As a beginner, you can try some basic nootropics stack to boost cognitive effects.
The most common nootropics stack for beginners include:
- Piracetam and choline – while piracetam is in charge of that boost in mental performance, choline as the fuel that propels piracetam to even become more effective.
- Piracetam and Noopept – taking piracetam will improve memory and focus and stacking in Noopept will enhance the benefits of piracetam.
- L-theanine and caffeine – caffeine as a stimulant is great for energy, mental boost, and eliminating brain fog, while L-theanine counters caffeine effects like feeling jittery.