Are Nootropics Safe? (My Secret 2019 Study) 5/5 (2)

The safety of nootropics has never been as debated as it is at this moment. One of the reasons is that the popularity of nootropics is clearly increasing (the whole market will triple until 2020) and there are more and more supplements and 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 can 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 safe 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 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?

Nootropics Side Effects and Risks

Nootropics Side Effects and Risks

Now, when it comes to research, you can find lots of reliable sources online.

I often check examine.com, webmd.com, and of course ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

There you’re going to find tons of data available and even if you have no idea about how nootropics work, well, type in the name of a particular nootropic you are interested in and whoila, you’ll immediately gain the access to tons of data.

If there have been any research done, of course. 

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 blends which have been well studied and are considered safe. 

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, you really can’t be sure how will your body react. 

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

Honestly, I’ve been supplementing nootropics and nootropic stacks since late 2015 and I’ve very rarely experienced any side effects (in less than 1%).

And even when I felt something going slightly wrong, it was due to the “playing with the dosage” and usually supplementing a much higher dose than recommended.

So, if you are not particularly unlucky by being allergic to ingredients, you should really not feel any side effects if you follow the rules.

Still, 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

So, now we should be clear on how to assure you will safely take nootropics and nootropic stacks.

But which are the most effective and safe nootropic stacks on the market?

Well, after I’ve tried over 100+ nootropics (and there are always 10 more at my home waiting to be tested) in the past few years, I’ve created a special list with the best nootropics which I constantly update.

You can check it out here >>

There you’ll find the best nootropics and nootropic stacks in different categories with additional explanations, pricing, etc.

I also provide special discounts for a few of them (yey).

So, click here, check my favorite nootropic stacks and start unleashing your true potential.

And if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

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By |2019-06-08T06:59:37+00:00October 21st, 2018|Categories: Know-how, Nootropics|Tags: |0 Comments

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