This nootropics list is my ultimate checklist where you can find the most popular, effective, exciting and newly-discovered nootropics and nootropic stacks. I regularly updated it to keep it up-to-date.

List of nootropics

Why Having A Nootropics List?

In 2019, we can easily find around 100 nootropics and nootropic stacks on the market that are being daily consumed by millions of people. The market is growing with rocket speed, more brands are developing their nootropic supplements, and more research is being done than ever before.

The future seems promising, but we have to be careful. With so many nootropics on the market and the lack of know-how, we are still far away from being able to provide a compelling list of “SAFE” and recommended nootropics. While many compounds on the following list have been well-researched and we have a green light for daily use, this is not true for all of the nootropics.

This is why I’ve decided to combine all nootropics in this nootropic list so whenever someone is trying to sell you some supplements, you can always come back and check if there are on this list. If yes, you at least know you’re buying nootropics. If not, I’d be careful.

I’ll keep on adding nootropics on this list (and I’ll make sure to update it as often as possible), but I’ll also make more detailed reviews of individual compounds.

So, if you are ready, check out my big list of nootropics.

The Big List Of Nootropics

Here you can find a detailed nootropic supplements list:

  1. 5-HTP – An amino acid that regulates serotonin and other brain chemicals for relaxation, sleep, and appetite satisfaction
  2. Acetyl L-Carnitine – A derivative from an amino acid, it can boost your cognitive and physical performance
  3. Alpha Lipoic Acid – A fat-soluble antioxidant that can cross the blood-brain barrier and help protect the brain against aging
  4. Alpha GPC – A choline compound needed for normal brain and body functioning. It supports memory and fights against cognitive decline
  5. Aniracetam – 2-5 times stronger than normal racetam primarily used for creativity, holistic thinking, memory and reducing anxiety
  6. Apoaequorin – A jellyfish protein used for neuroprotective activity; first research shows benefits focus & memory benefits
  7. Artichoke extract – A plant that is known for several benefits including lower cholesterol, liver health, and its antioxidant properties.
  8. Ashwagandha – adaptogen root herb with benefits for mental energy, stress resistance and mood; may also help with healthy brain aging
  9. Astaxanthin – A potent antioxidant found in algae that may offer some brain-protective activity
  10. Bacopa Monnieri – A herb used in traditional medicine for improving memory, focus & reducing stress
  11. Caffeine – The most widely used stimulant known for its energy-boosting effects & antioxidant properties
  12. California poppy – It is a species of flower plant suggested to interact with GABA and HTP receptors
  13. Cat’s Claw – It is a South American vine herb that may help with brain aging
  14. Catuaba – It is a traditional Brazilian bark herb that might have neuroprotective benefits
  15. CBD – A very popular cannabis deriver compound used to treat anxiety
  16. Celastrus paniculatus –  A woody shrub seeds used in Ayurvedic herbalism that may help overall brain health
  17. Citicoline – A natural produced substance used for enhancing memory, improving mood and cognitive function
  18. Clitoria ternatea – A traditional Asian herb with potential memory-enhancing benefits
  19. Coluracetam – An underresearched synthetic compound that delivers similar effects as Pramiracetam
  20. Convolvulus pluricaulis – An Indian tonic herb and also an Ayurvedic brain-booster
  21. CoQ10 – A Coenzyme vitamin that power brain cell mitochondria and has anti-aging benefits
  22. Creatine –  Probably the most researched compound used by athletes for building muscles, but it might have other cognitive boosting effects
  23. Choline – A vitamin-like compound used for normal brain functioning
  24. DHA – It is an essential fatty acid that is necessary for brain development and optimized cognition
  25. DMAE – It is used for optimizing brain cell structure, but it might as well with mood, cognitive decline and attention
  26. Forskolin – Forskolin is made of a root plant in the mind family that might help with weight-loss
  27. GABA – A neurotransmitter that is critical for relaxation and a very popular nootropic
  28. Ginkgo biloba – An ancient herb that enhances brain circulation and it shows positive benefits on enhancing memory
  29. Ginseng – Another traditional Chinese plant used for several benefits including increasing your energy, decreasing stress, and boosting your immune system
  30. Gotu Kola – A traditional Chinese herbal best known for the fact that maintains circulation to the brain which promotes memory and mood
  31. Guarana – It a South American berry known as one of the best sources of caffeine and an alternative to coffee
  32. Huperzine-A – A plant extract with cholinergic properties
  33. Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) – A South African herb shown to help with mental performance in seniors, especially in those with brain degeneration
  34. Kava Kava – A psychoactive root herb that may help to promote relaxation and improve sleep
  35. Kratom – A risky traditional Asian herb that is believed to promote feelings of calmness
  36. L-Glutamine – An amino acid that supports glutamate, which is a key brain chemical for healthy cognition
  37. L-Phenylalanine – Another amino acid needed for clear mental function
  38. L-Theanine – An amino acid found in green tea that promotes relaxation and creativity
  39. L-Tryptophan – A nootropic used for relaxation and improving sleep quality
  40. Lecithin – This is a phospholipid that supplies choline
  41. Lemon Balm – A traditional herb that promotes calmness and induces sleep
  42. Lion’s Mane Mushroom – A mighty medicinal mushroom that induces nerve growth factor
  43. Magnolia – Another bark herb that is used for relaxation
  44. MCT Oil – It supports the use of ketones for brain energy and it is helpful for mental clarity, most commonly used in a Bulletproof coffee
  45. Mucuna Pruriens – A precursor to the formation of dopamine.
  46. NADH – An antioxidants coenzyme related to vitamin B3
  47. Nefiracetam – Another synthetic racetam that may help with age-related memory and cognitive issues
  48. Nicotine – A nootropic with relatively powerful brain-boosting benefits
  49. Noopept – A very popular nootropic that shows a positive impact on brain function
  50. Oatstraw – It increases Alpha brain waves associated with a state of relaxed alertness
  51. Oxiracetam – A very potent racetam that is used for boosting attention, logical thinking and memory
  52. Passionflower – A traditional herb with calming properties
  53. Phenibut – A very controversial nootropic that might help with mood issues
  54. Phenylpiracetam – A very powerful, highly energizing racetam with positive benefits on brain functioning and physical strength
  55. Phosphatidylcholine – A phospholipid nootropic that is key for brain regeneration;
  56. Phosphatidylserine (PS) – A very popular nootropic for memory boosting
  57. Picamilon – A compound that helps with anxiety & attention
  58. Pine Bark Extract – An antioxidant complex that might help with attention and brain health
  59. Piracetam– It is the original racetam, labeled as the first nootropic ever developed – optimizes brain chemicals for stimulating mood balancing effects
  60. Pramiracetam – A racetam that might have a positive impact on focus, learning ability and enhancing memory
  61. Pterostilbene – A powerful antioxidant found in berries
  62. Pyrroloquinoline quinone – Another powerful antioxidant
  63. Resveratrol – Red wine antioxidant that supports healthy brain aging
  64. Rhodiola Rosea – An adaptogen herb that optimizes mental energy and physical endurance
  65. Rosemary – A very popular herb, but less often used as a nootropic
  66. SAMe – It is most often used to support mood balance
  67. Schisandra Berry – This is an Asian berry that might help to protect your brain
  68. St. John’s Wort – A traditional herb that might help with depression
  69. Sulbutiamine – A synthetic vitamin B1 that may help with brain health
  70. Taurine – A very popular amino acid that regulates cell to cell communication
  71. Theobromine – Another popular Caffeine-like compound that might have stimulating effects
  72. Tongkat Ali – Known as a male-enhancement herb
  73. Turmeric – A very powerful root herb antioxidant
  74. Tyrosine – An amino acid with a powerful impact on our brain function
  75. Uridine – It is suggested to have a potential for brain degeneration
  76. Valerian – An ancient root herb that may work by sustaining GABA
  77. Vinpocetine – This is a synthetic compound and one of the best brain circulation boosters
  78. Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) – Linked to normal cognitive performance
  79. Vitamin B3 (Niacin) –It may help with healthy brain function
  80. Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) – It might help with attention
  81. Vitamin B6 – It contributes to nerve sheathing,
  82. Vitamin B8 (inositol)– It optimizes  the neurotransmitters serotonin
  83. Vitamin B9 – It plays an important role in supporting cerebrovascular health
  84. Vitamin B12 – It is suggested to help maintain brain volume during aging

The Big Smart Drugs List

Here you can find a detailed nootropic drugs list: 

  1. Adderall – Drug used for ADHD treatment
  2. Adrafinil – A smart drug used for improving alertness, mood and wakefulness
  3. Aricept (Donepezil) – Used to improve memory
  4. Centrophenoxine – A synthetic smart drug related to DMAE suggested in animal research to help brain energy and cerebral vascular function
  5. L-Deprenyl – Drug used for improving mood and attention
  6. Limitless pill – a mix of smart drugs and nootropics
  7. Modafinil (Provigil) – One of the most popular smart drugs for treating sleep-related disorders
  8. Ritalin – A popular study drug

If you are wondering what’s the difference between nootropics and smart drugs, you can read it here.

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