Let me answer the most commonly asked questions that I receive.
Yes, the majority of nootropics are considered safe if taken as recommended. However, I still suggest talking to your doctor before you actually try any nootropics.
Question 2: Can you mix up nootropics?
In general, yes you can, but not all of them. If you are not sure what you’re doing, I’d advise you to start with standardized stacks such as Mind Lab Pro or Qualia Mind.
Question 3: Should you cycle nootropics?
Yes, I would definitely recommend cycling nootropics following 4 weeks on, 1 week off / or 5 days on, 2 days off.
Question 4: Is it safe combining nootropics and smart drugs?
This is a delicate question to answer and I’m sure no one can definitely support the safety of combining nootropics and smart drugs. To stay on the safe side, I wouldn’t recommend doing it. At least I (almost) never combined nootropics and smart drugs.
Question 5: What if I experience negative side effects or overdosing?
First of all, don’t panic. Figure out which nootropic you took that could cause issues. Then immediately call your doctor and tell him/her what happened. Don’t worry, overdosing with most nootropics isn’t as dangerous as it sounds, but there are exceptions, so be careful and smart.
Question 6: There are several other nootropics that you didn’t mention in this post. Why?
Yes, this is correct. There are at least a dozen other compounds marked as nootropics that could have potential benefits. However, since the majority of them lack scientific studies, are rarely used in nootropic blends and have many side effects, I have decided not to include them in this post until more information about their benefits and side effects are known.
Question 7: Which nootropics are best for mood enhancement/depression?
Let me start out by saying that I am NOT a medical professional. If you have serious problems, please, consult a specialist. If you’re looking to just improve your mood, keep reading. Let’s start out with the most common nootropics, that would be Sulbutiamine, Inositol and Cobalamine. The three B vitamins (B1, B8 and B12) all help the brain to produce more neurotransmitters called dopamine and serotonin, both of which are integral with good mood and overall well being. There is also an amino acid found in meat and dairy products that has a similar effect – L-Tyrosine.
Next are Fish Oil supplements, which have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Our lifestyles and eating habits can frequently leave us feeling beat up and lethargic. By adding Omega 3 supplements to your daily diet, you can avoid feeling lazy and lethargic and more motivated and ready for action.
The last nootropic I would like to point out is Noopept. Noopept is commonly used for enhancing cognitive function and memory, but recent research shows it can also improve mood and anxiety issues. Reduced stress levels will result in mood stabilization, followed by improved mental well-being.
Question 8: How do I get rid of brain fog?
Brain fog can be described as a fluctuating impairment of cognitive functions. Individuals with brain fog experience problems with concentration, memory recall, and decision making. In practice it is that annoying feeling of inability to “get stuff done”, and that can stem from natural causes or taking nootropics, such as piracetam.
The main reason for brain fog in both instances is the naturally occurring low levels of Acetylcholine in our brain. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that gets processed in our brain into Choline and is responsible for proper brain cell function, and when our bodies lack this chemical, all of our motor and cognitive functions will slow down.
So to battle this from a nootropic standpoint, I would consider taking Alpha GPC and Centrophenoxine to boost the production of acetylcholine and the brain fog should clear out.
Question 9: Is there an anti-procrastination drug?
There is not a single drug on the market that would directly affect procrastination. The motivation for work and productivity must come from within, but there are some ways of enhancing your focus and energy once you set your mind on a particular task.
If you’re having problems focusing and sticking to the mental task, take a look at my article on Modafinil. It is the closest thing to an anti-procrastination drug as you’ll currently get.
Question 10: What are the best nootropics for social anxiety?
Whenever you experience anxiety, you feel embarrassed, inferior, or humiliated, and all these feelings can largely be attributed to a chemical imbalance in the brain. This imbalance is not triggered by a lack of any particular neurotransmitter, such as GABA or dopamine. Instead, social anxiety gets caused by a chain of events that happen in our brain where the short-term production of certain neurotransmitters gets inhibited while others processes go into overdrive.
The top 3 anti-social anxiety nootropics would be Aniracetam, L-Theanine, and Fish Oil.
Aniracetam is a common antidepressant, which also works well with symptoms of social anxiety by increasing GABA levels, which are responsible for keeping the brain protected from stress. Taking L-Theanine has been proven to be a very good relaxant without giving you the feeling of drowsiness, so you can mellow out without falling to sleep. Lastly, Fish Oil supplements increase Omega 3 levels, the lack of which has been connected to anxiety and depression.
Question 11: What are some ways to prevent mental decay as you age?
Mental decay describes the loss of cognitive function due to aging and stress-related activity. Thus many of the memory-enhancing nootropics in this article are also commonly used to protect aging individuals from mental decay. Let me point out, in my opinion, the best three cognitive enhancers that will protect your brain from age-related decay: Pterostilbene, Gingko Biloba, and Huperzine A.
All three are completely natural extracts, that in one way or another battle the aging of brain cells. Pterostilbene is a molecule found in blueberries that not only reduces brain inflammation but also helps fight high blood sugar levels and has anti-cancer effects. Gingko Biloba increases microcirculation, keeping the brain healthy by flushing it with nutrient-rich blood on a regular basis, and Huperzine A improves the brain function by boost acetylcholine levels.