When most people talk about nootropics, what they have in mind are nootropic stacks.
Nootropic is a single compound (single ingredient) which usually provides one main effect or benefit.
So, what is a nootropic stack?
A nootropic stack is a mix of nootropics that work synergetically, and provide multiple effects.
Luckily, many nootropics complement each other, so as soon as you stack them together, you can get a very effective nootropic supplement.
That’s why combining many enhancing substances into a nootropic stack is so popular.
Now, there are always two ways to go about nootropic stacks – you can either make them at home (DIY nootropic stack), or you buy a premade nootropic stack.
We’ll talk about the benefits, differences, and my final recommendation.
Nootropic Stack Guide
I’ll try to explain everything you need to know about nootropic stacks, but let’s start with the basics.
There are two basic ways how to build (or eventually buy) a nootropic stack:
- You combine multiple nootropics (or you buy a premade nootropic stack)
For example, you mix Bacopa Monnieri, Lion’s Mane mushroom, and Alpha GPC
- You combine different nootropic supplements or stacks into a bigger stack
You buy a nootropic stack for cognitive performance, energy, and sleep
Combining single nootropics into a nootropic stack is the absolute best way to go about improving your cognitive performance.
There is no doubt many different combined nootropics provide many benefits (but also potential side effects).
But what’s even more impressive is combining different nootropic stacks (for example, a morning nootropic stack for improving cognitive performance with an evening stack for enhancing your sleep).
That’s your road to ultimate performance, productivity, and health.
And that’s where all the magic happens.
Homemade Nootropic Stack
Among all people that supplement nootropics, I estimate that about 1% make their homemade nootropic stacks.
How does that look?
Well, they find the best nootropics they want to combine, order them in bulk (usually in powder form), and either mix them or start taking them daily.
There are two main benefits of DIY nootropic stacks:
- They are customizable
- They are cheaper
Firstly, you can combine all the ingredients that you want in the desired dosages without needing any permission.
Secondly, doing that is usually cheaper (if you don’t evaluate the time that you spend on researching, ordering, mixing stacks, etc.).
However, there are many disadvantages in making homemade nootropic stacks.
- They are much riskier compared to premade nootropic stacks
- They take lots of your time
- They are underresearched (nootropic companies invest millions of dollars into nootropic research)
- They are more complex
I believe it’s evident that the main disadvantage of making homemade stacks is the risk of doing something wrong.
First of all, you can make a mistake by ordering low-quality nootropics, you can make a mistake with weighting or mixing them, you can use the wrong dosage of ingredients, you can store the nootropics in the wrong environment, and the list goes on and on.
Then think about the time you need to invest research, then to do the homemade production, etc.
Also, I know for a fact that the most recognized nootropic developers invest lots of money into research and testing every year. No matter what, you’ll always fall short here.
And last but not least, such homemade nootropic stacks can quickly become very complicated. If something goes wrong (and it easily can), it’s tough to figure out what caused the issues.
Now, I’ve been making my nootropic stacks for quite some time, and I’ve also been taking premade stacks.
So, should you build your nootropic stack?
While it’s fun to make your own nootropics, it’s just too time-consuming. And way too risky.
So as you can imagine, I’m a bigger fan of premade stacks. While 99% of people anyway avoid homemade stacks, I believe the majority of the rest 1% will soon do it too.
Premade Nootropic Stack
Premade nootropic stacks are, compared to homemade stacks, much safer, usually more advanced, definitely more researched, and come with instructions, and support.
There are many brands developing nootropic stacks, and I see an increasing trend here.
While there are just minority brands that I recommend (more about them below), they have developed such advanced nootropic stacks that it just doesn’t make much sense making your own.
We already mentioned the most common reasons why most people buy a premade nootropic stack, but what’s the main reason people should go for premade stacks?
Those brands that are developing stacks get tons of user feedback, and reviews. Based on them, they can quickly optimize their formulas (which some regularly do), and make an even better nootropic stack.
Such companies quickly gain so much-needed know-how that it’s practically impossible to beat them.
I’m not saying that all of them use the feedback for improving the product, but there are a few they do.
And that’s why they are the best.
Nootropic Stack Recommendations
No matter if you decide to buy a premade stack, or if you want to make your natural nootropic stack, there are a couple of recommendations I have for you.
Caffeine + L-Theanine
Most amazing stacks contain this powerful combo. While some people argue caffeine is not a “real” nootropic, I tend to disagree.
Anyhow, caffeine combined with L-Theanine will provide a steady energy boost, focus, attention, and will ensure that you won’t feel any typical jitter that comes after drinking coffee.
BEST FOR: Energy & Focus
Rhodiola Rosea + Citicoline
If you want to boost your energy without stimulants, Rhodiola Rosea combined with Citicoline is a great combo.
Rhodiola is a very effective anti-stress agent that can decrease the harmful effects of our stress hormone cortisol.
On the other hand, supplementing citicoline can increase our brain ATP. 
Combined, you get a long-lasting energy source without taking stimulants.
BEST FOR: Energy
Lion’s Mane Mushroom + Pine Bark Extract
Lion’s Mane mushroom is known for its ability to boost the brain’s production of NGF (Nerve Growth Factor). NGF primary responsibility is the growth of neurons and protecting them.
Maritime Pine Bark Extract is a powerful antioxidant which contains polyphenols. They are known for their anti-aging benefits.
In particular, they help with neuroregeneration and cerebral circulation.
So, when you combine both nootropics, you get a potent nootropic stack.
BEST FOR: Neuroregeneration + anti-aging
B Vitamin (Complex) + ALCAR
Another popular combination is N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, which is a precursor to dopamine, combined with B Vitamins.
B Vitamins play an essential role in the conversion of L-Tyrosine to dopamine, that’s why it’s recommended supplementing them with L-Tyrosine.
BEST FOR: Motivation
So, those are the examples of a beginner nootropic stack that should serve as the baseline.
But to get an ultimate nootropic stack, I’ve created an exclusive list of best nootropic stacks.
Do you want to check them out?