7 Best Nootropics For Social Anxiety [Research] 5/5 (1)

Social anxiety is the fear of being judged by others and it has become a serious issue in the past decade. Luckily, there are many supplements and nootropics that can help you out. But which are the best? 

Most supplements can be extremely effective

A lot of evidence and studies prove the effects

Combining nootropics is beneficial 

1. Social Anxiety 

Sadly, social anxiety is a serious problem that is very hard to get rid of.

Actually, social anxiety disorder is a long-lasting and overwhelming fear of social situations. [1]

Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety

I often hear people talking about being anxious, being afraid of going out and speaking to people.

Recently, a lot of people have been sending me emails and asking me about nootropics for helping with social anxiety.”

Greg, are there any supplements that can help me out? Please…

It wasn’t until recently when a friend of mine told me how anxious he feels every time he has to do networking and talk to random, unknown people.

Since I wanted to help him, I took the time to listen to him, try to understand what’s happening and find a solution.

During this process, I came across a lot of effective supplements and nootropics that can definitely help with social anxiety.

So I’ve decided to write this blog post and share the best nootropics for social anxiety with you. 

Best nootropics for social anxiety

Best nootropics for social anxiety

Before I do that, let’s try to understand what really causes social anxiety.

2. Causes For Social Anxiety

Poor self-esteem, irrational fears, and unreasonable feelings are factors that define social anxiety.

We often talk about generalized social anxiety which happens in basically every social situation, but there is also non-generalized social anxiety, such as fear of speaking to unknown people on a social gathering.

There are many symptoms that come with both types of social anxiety such as fear, nausea, sweating, sensitivity, etc.

But the real question is what really causes social anxiety and how can we help people with it?

Well, the main issue is caused by neurotransmitters that play a crucial role in our brain. [1]

I’m talking about serotonin, dopamine, GABA, glutamate, and norepinephrine.

So, to help people with social anxiety, you basically have to increase the production of neurotransmitters and ensure a stable brain environment.

And that’s where supplements and nootropics come into play.

All right, so which are the most effective nootropics for social anxiety?

3. Best Nootropics For Social Anxiety

During my research, I was searching for the best nootropics for social anxiety.

I’ve decided to avoid all supplements that “might help, but have no proven effects.”

Since there is a lack of research, I’ve decided to write down only those nootropics that have scientifically proven benefits.

Now, before you decide on supplementing any of them, I always recommend making detailed research yourself, or, even better, talking to your doctor.

Especially if you are taking any kind of medicine.

1. L-Theanine

L-Theanine is believed to be one of the most effective supplements (or nootropics) for social anxiety. [2]

It’s an amino acid that can be found in tea leaves (especially in green tea).

L-Theanine benefits

L-Theanine benefits

Why is L-Theanine so effective?

  1. It supports GABA levels and produces a calming effect. So, L-Theanine actually promotes a state of calmness and relaxation, which makes any social activity much easier
  2. L-Theanine increases alpha brain waves, which are associated with the state of relaxation
  3. L-Theanine is also involved in the dopamine and serotonin secretion

So, supplementing L-Theanine (or drinking green tea before a social activity) can definitely help you out.

Recommended daily dosage: 200 mg of L-Theanine (or drink a big cup of tea before an activity); also, you can combine it with caffeine for more energy (100 mg of caffeine + 200 mg of L-Theanine)

To read more about L-Theanine, click here >>

2. L-Tyrosine

L-Tyrosine is another amino acid that can help us if we have issues with social anxiety.

What’s the role of this amino acid in our brain?

L-Tyrosine Tired

L-Tyrosine Tired

Well, it helps our brain to create neurotransmitters which of course get depleted during stressful social activities. [3]

Actually, L-Tyrosine is also known to improve our mood and reduce stress.

Now imagine how helpful can this be if you are anxious?

Recommended daily dosage: Up to 2 grams/day, usually 500 mg/day (you can take it 60 min before a stressful social activity)

To read more about L-Tyrosine, click here >>

3. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a popular adaptogen herb, native to India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It has been used for centuries in India. [5]

Ashwagandha Benefits

Ashwagandha Benefits

This herb is very potent and can provide a whole list of proven benefits:

  1. It can help to decrease stress and anxiety
  2. It can boost cognition and concentration
  3. It can boost our energy

A study that was done on people with anxiety disorders showed that supplementing 300 mg of Ashwagandha twice daily over the course of 8 weeks was associated with a 56.5% reduction in anxiety symptoms. [5]

So, Ashwagandha is one of the herbs that should definitely “be on the menu” if you want to help yourself get rid of anxiety.

Recommended dosage: 300 – 500 mg/day

To read more about Ashwagandha, click here >>

4. Bacopa Monnieri 

Bacopa Monnieri is another adaptogen herb (one of my favorites) that was already used in the 6th century by scholars to help them improve their memory. [6]

Bacopa Monnieri Benefits

But what else is Bacopa Monnieri effective for?

You guessed it, it can definitely help to reduce anxiety and even stress.

And it is considered a very safe nootropic to supplement.

Recommended daily dosage: 300 mg/day

To read more about Bacopa Monnieri, click here >>

5. Ginseng

Ginseng (especially Panax Ginseng) is a herb that goes very well with other adaptogens, and it can also provide synergic effect when combined with caffeine. [7]

Panax Ginseng

Panax Ginseng

Besides its effects on boosting your focus and cognition, Panax Ginseng is often used as a supplement for decreasing stress.

Does this sound like a nootropic for you?

Recommended daily dosage: 200 – 400 mg/day (up to 2 times)

To read more about Ginseng, click here >>

6. Lion’s Mane Mushroom 

Lion’s Mane Mushroom is one of the nootropics that I cannot stop recommending.

Lion's Mane Benefits

Lion’s Mane Benefits

It provides a whole range of benefits (from boosting brain nerve growth factor to improving our cognition), but what we are most interested in are its antidepressant effects.

Actually, there was a study done on animals that showed that supplementing Lion’s Mane Mushroom can actually decrease depression, but also help with reducing anxiety. [8]

While I wouldn’t take it just as an individual compound, it would definitely be combined with other effective nootropics that we already mentioned.

Recommended daily dosage: From 500 – 1000 mg/up to 3 times per day

To read more about Lion’s Mane Mushroom, click here >>

7. Aniracetam

Aniracetam comes from a family or racetams, which are believed to be “original nootropics.” [4]

Racetams

This supplement is known to have anti-anxiety benefits, which makes it effective for social anxiety.

It can also reduce stress.

The combination of both benefits makes it a very potent, effective, and popular nootropic.

Recommended daily dosage: 500 – 750 mg/twice per day

To read more about aniracetam, click here >>

4. Best Nootropic Stacks For Social Anxiety

As I said before, all the mentioned nootropics can be very effective as individual compounds.

But what happens if we combine them in a nootropic stack and take them together (at least some of them)?

Well, we can expect much stronger and better effects!

That’s where nootropic stacks come into play.

I’ve basically tried 90%+ of all nootropic stacks that exist on the market (I know, I’m slightly crazy) and I can honestly tell you which stacks stand out in my opinion.

There are 2 that I’d currently mention here.

(Please keep in mind I am NOT sponsored by any of the brands, but I do get a small commission fee if you order some of the products. I use the small commission fee for running this blog.)

1. Qualia Mind

For treating social anxiety (or to help you get relaxed, focus, and in a better mood before going out) I believe Qualia Mind is the best option here.

Qualia Mind

Qualia Mind

It contains most of the compounds mentioned before, and there are at least 20+ other ingredients in the stack.

It’s very effective and people simply love it.

Keep in mind Qualia Mind was not developed only to help you with social anxiety, but it provides ultimate brain support.

It does contain caffeine, but there is a caffeine free version available as well.

To read more about Qualia Mind or to order it, click here >>

2. Mind Lab Pro 

Those who know me well probably know I cannot talk about effective nootropics without mentioning Mind Lab Pro.

Mind Lab Pro

This is another amazing nootropic stack (the first I ever tried and one of the most effective ones) that can help you out.

Mind Lab Pro was primarily developed to help you improve your focus, memory, and cognition.

But since it contains a whole range of adaptogen herbs and even Lion’s Mane Mushroom, you can imagine it’s also effective with “treating social anxiety issues.”

Compared to Qualia Mind, it’s more affordable, but it does not provide such a noticeable kick.

So, if you want a very strong nootropic stack that will provide an immediate effect, go for Qualia Mind.

But if you want to take a supplement that provides benefits in a bit longer-term, but it is better-dosed, cheaper and without caffeine, Mind Lab Pro is your product.

To read more about Mind Lab Pro or to order it, click here >>

5. Final Recommendation 

We just covered a very important topic – we talked about the best nootropics for social anxiety.

Luckily, there are many individual compounds available.

But in order to get the best benefits, I always recommended taking more supplements together.

Therefore, nootropic stacks (those that we just mentioned) should help you out.

Now, please keep in mind nootropics are not magical pills (I mention this in probably every single post that I write), so don’t expect magical benefits after you take 1-2 capsules of your desired supplement.

Nootropics take some time to really “kick-in” and provide the benefits. At least most of them.

Having said this, it doesn’t mean you’ll take the pills and nothing is going to happen.

Just the contrary, it will, but it might take a while until you really feel it.

Hope this makes sense.

Be smart, follow the recommended dosages and I’m sure your social issues are issues of the past.

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