Are Nootropics Safe? 5/5 (2)

The safety of nootropics has never been as debated as it is at this moment. One the reasons is that the popularity of nootropics is clearly increasing (the whole market will triple until 2020) and there are more and more products = nootropic stacks available on the market. The demand is increasing while there is still a huge lack of research and data for most nootropics. And since taking some nootropics is potentially risky, it’s logical people care about this topic. So, let me try to answer the main question.

1. Are Nootropics Safe?

The term nootropics was first used in 1972 by the Romanian chemist Corneliu E Giurgea. [1] Since then, a lot has changed on the market of nootropics. There are many products on the market providing fantastic effects such as improving our memory, focus, and mood. At the same time, I came across nootropics that have no proven effects while potentially some harmful side-effects.

Are Nootropics Safe?

Are Nootropics Safe?

But where is the truth?

Talking about the safety of such a wide range of compounds, ingredients, and stimulants is extremely challenging. The main reasons for such a complexity lie in the fact that first, there is a lack of studies and secondly, nootropics are not pharmaceutical drugs, so they do not undergo clinical trials.

Saying it differently, until a nootropic is proven unsafe, it will be treated as a safe product. And this is a big issue for all of us.

Based on the research I’ve done in the past years, most nootropics are considered safe if taken as recommended, but as always, there are some exceptions that worry me. Before we talk about them, let’s see how to identify the safety of nootropics.

2. Nootropics And Research 

As I mentioned earlier, there is definitely a lack of research done on healthy individuals for most nootropics that I know.

Why is this a trouble?

Well, first of all, even if certain nootropics benefit people with some sickness and disabilities, this doesn’t mean they’re going to work on healthy individuals.

Secondly, since there is a lack of research, no serious guidelines were established which makes supplementing them difficult and potentially unsafe.

There is another thing to put into consideration – while one compound (one nootropic) may be safe, what about when you combine it with 10 other compounds? What happens then?

But the reality isn’t as troubling as it seems. I’ve just returned from the Biohacker Summit in Toronto (October) where all attendees could see that since the popularity of nootropics is increasing, more funds are available for research.

Nootropics Side Effects and Risks

Nootropics Side Effects and Risks

Now, when it comes to research, my favorite site to check is There you’re going to find tons of data available and even if you have no idea about how nootropics work, well, type the name of a particular nootropic to Examine and whoila, you’ll turn into a nootropic genius.

I’m joking, it takes quite some time to understand how nootropics really work. But you can definitely very quickly gather some useful data from

Another important thing to mention is most nootropics are vitamins, minerals, herbs (that have been used for centuries), amino acids, etc. and there are only a few synthesized nootropics currently available on the market.

While this doesn’t prove that all nootropics are safe, it should make you worry less.

So, what’s the next step?

3. Single Nootropics VS Nootropic Stacks

If you favor one single nootropic to achieve one specific effect, you’ll definitely minimize potential risks. However, at the same time, this specific compound might be less effective.

Single Nootropic vs Nootropic Stack

Single Nootropic vs Nootropic Stack

What’s the alternative?

Nootropic stacks – a mix of several nootropics. When it comes to nootropic stacks, you can either stack nootropics at home (NOT recommended for beginners) or buy already stacked nootropics which are produced by several manufacturers from all over the world.

The main advantage of nootropic stacks it that most brands that develop them are registered brands which often use patented formulas, they do their own human clinical research to provide the most effective product while decreasing the risk of side effects.

The second advantage is that those brands usually use a lot of standardized products such as nootropic herbs which were well studied and offer several benefits.

The third advantage of using nootropic stacks is that their formulas usually start with minimum effective dosage (MED). If the recommended dose is 1 capsule, you should follow the guidelines and take 1 capsule to be 100% sure you don’t overdose.

However, you can still experiment later on and increase the dosage if you wish to.

The biggest disadvantage of nootropic stacks is that there is a mix of compounds in the stacks and when you are taking them for the first time, there is a very small change (but there still is) that you could experience some kind of side effects such as a headache, some stomach issues, etc.

Another disadvantage of nootropic stacks is that there are many brands available on the market, some of which provide products of a questionable quality.

Luckily, I’ve done my research so I’ll share my top recommendations with you.

4. Nootropics And Capsules

I often see some “fantastic nootropic stacks” that look WOU & MMM from far away, but as soon as I do some digging, I come across things such as:

  1. This product contains gluten
  2. This product contains soy
  3. The product contains artificial colors, preservatives, carrageenan or lots of caffeine
  4. The product contains some “shady” ingredients

Now, you don’t want such things in your nootropic stack. Period.

The cleaner the formula and the product, the better.

So, if you take a low-quality product or your body cannot absorb certain ingredients that well, what happens?

Let’s check out.

Safety Of Nootropics

Safety Of Nootropics

5. Nootropics Side Effects And Risks

If we looked at the definition of nootropics, true nootropics are side effects free. [1]

However, there are many factors that could contribute to certain side effects such as:

  1. Low product quality
  2. Wrong formulation
  3. Overdosing
  4. Frequency of use
  5. Genetics

So, what are some of the most often mentioned nootropic side effects and risks?

  1. Brain fog
  2. A headache
  3. Stomach pain
  4. Mood imbalance
  5. Insomnia and other sleep-related issues
  6. Jitters

To avoid any kind of side effects, read further.

 6. How to Safely Take Nootropics? 

All right, let’s say you listen to my tips and you order some of my favorite stacks (some will be mentioned below, don’t worry).

You get the product at home and you’re all happy about it.

You read the label which says – take NO MORE than 2 capsules per day.

You take 1 capsule – “nothing happens.”

You take 2 capsules – “nothing happens.”

And then you decide to take 4 capsules and you have a severe headache.

Well, I believe all of us want to avoid that situation, but you won’t believe me how many times I get an email from a person saying:

Gosh, I think I have overdosed myself…

How to safely take nootropics?

How to safely take nootropics?

So, in order to avoid ANY kind of issues or side effects, my recommendation is as follows:

  1. Read the label and follow the instructions
  2. Don’t overdose if you are not an expert
  3. Avoid doing DIY stacks until you are 100% sure you know EXACTLY what to do, where to store nootropics, how to mix them, etc
  4. Consider cycling – I’d recommend staying 5 days on, 2 days off (or 3 weeks on, 1 week off), but there are certain nootropics that need specific cyclings
  5. To be 100% sure, talk to your doctor. Just don’t be surprised if your doctor will have no idea about what nootropics really are….

No, I’m not a doctor, but I came across a lot of brands which specifically stated that you should not take nootropics if you are:

  • Pregnant, nursing, or considering getting pregnant
  • Under the age of 18
  • Dealing with a serious medical condition or about to have surgery
  • Taking brain-related medications or other drugs with potential interactions

Hope we are clear on that.

 7. My Favorite Nootropic Stacks

I’ve tried over 50+ nootropics and over 30+ nootropic stacks (and there are always 10 more waiting to be tested at my place) in the past few years.

Following a special test procedure which you can read more about here and doing A LOT of research, I made my top list of nootropic stacks that I’d recommend to everyone.

Since I’m constantly upgrading my list of top nootropics, I’d recommend checking THIS LIST here to find my favorite nootropic stacks.

To get a full list of different nootropics, how do they work and what do they do, please click here >>

Besides all, here are some of the products I’d definitely recommend you checking:

  1. Mind Lab Pro
  2. Qualia Mind
  4. Kognizen 
  5. Alpha Brain

I love these products for several reasons and these are the products that I most often take (when I’m not testing or reviewing products which happen most of the time).

Check them out and I’m sure you’re going to find some great products for yourself.

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