Full list of Known Nootropics 2018

Nootropic Categories:

  • Memory and Learning
  • Mood and Motivation
  • Focus, Concentration, and Attention
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Verbal Acuity

Nootropics List (Alphabetically)

  • 5-HTP
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR)

    Slow down age-related decline brain functions, increase learning capacity, More alert and Focus – an Amino acid produced naturally in your body. It plays an important role in energy level production as well. Studies done by the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Parma, Italy conducted a trial of 2 groups with 30 patients in each, aged 65 years or more. The group given Acetyl-L-Carnitine showed statistically significant health improvement in behavioral scales, in the memory test, in the attention barrage test and the Verbal Fluency test (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2201659). Much more testing needs to be done for claims of helping with Dementia or Alzheimer’s.

  • Adrafinil – Legal Modafinil
  • Agmatine Sulfate
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) – fat-soluble antioxidant
  • Alpha-GPC – phospholipid choline source
  • Aniracetam – synthetic racetam
  • Apoaequorin – protein for neuroprotective activity.
  • Artichoke – luteolin
  • Ashwagandha – adaptogen
  • Astaxanthin – antioxidant
  • American Ginseng (PANAX QUINQUEFOLIUS)
  • Bacopa Monnieri

    Thinking Skills and Memory
    A herb used that has been shown to improve thinking and memory, both in healthy people and in elderly people suffering from a decline in brain functions (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2915594/). It is very important to understand there needs to be a span of 4-6 weeks of taking Bacopa Monnieri for you to notice any results.  300mg per day appears to be the general amount. It is highly recommended to take this supplement with food for it is known to occasionally cause diarrhea and an upset stomach.

  • Caffeine – Coffee

    Stimulant – Tiredness and Reflex reaction
    A natural stimulant most commonly found in tea, coffee, and dark chocolate. Studies done by the  Chemical Health Hazard Assessment Division (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3114783)  showed evidence of significantly improving auditory vigilance and visual reaction time with small doses in the range of 32mg.

  • Calamus
  • California poppy
  • Cat’s Claw – neuroprotective
  • Catuaba – neuroprotective
  • CBD – neuroprotective
  • Celastrus paniculatus
  • Centrophenoxine – synthetic
  • Cinnamon
  • Citicoline – choline
  • Clitoria ternatea
  • Coluracetam – MKC-231
  • Convolvulus pluricaulis
  • CoQ10 – coenzyme pseudo-vitamin
  • Creatine – Protein
  • Choline
  • Choline Bitartrate
  • Choline Citrate
  • DHA
  • DMAE
  • Fish Oils

    Depression and Anxiety
    Rich source of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) are the two types of Omega-3 fatty acids. Said fatty acids have been linked to many health benefits, including but not limited to improved brain health by fighting Depression and anxiety, with EPA appearing to be the best for fighting depression and aggression (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27472373/).

  • Forskolin
  • Frankincense
  • GABA – amino acid
  • Ginkgo Biloba

    Focus and Memory – enhances circulation
    A herbal supplement derived from the Ginkgo Biloba tree. Studies have shown massive differential results with some claims of helping to reduce age-related decline in brain functions (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12905098). One study showing to help memory and thinking skills ) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21802920). And also other studies that found none of these benefits (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23196025).

  • Ginseng
  • Gotu Kola
  • Grapeseed extract
  • Guarana – caffeine – Stimulant
  • Hordenine
  • Huperzine-A – synthetic alkaloid
  • Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum)
  • Kava Kava – psychoactive
  • Kratom
  • L- Carnosine
  • L-Dopa (Mucuna Pruriens)
  • L-Glutamine – amino acid
  • L-Phenylalanine – amino acid
  • L-Theanine
  • L-Tryptophan
  • Lecithin
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lion’s Mane Mushroom
  • Lithium Orotate
  • Lutein/zeaxanthin
  • Maca root
  • Magnolia
  • Magnesium
  • MCT Oil
  • Melatonin
  • Methylene Blue
  • N-Acetyl L-Cysteine
  • N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine
  • NADH – antioxidant
  • Nefiracetam – racetam
  • Nicotine – Remember Smoking is BAD!
  • Noopept – racetam
  • Oatstraw
  • Oxiracetam
  • Passionflower
  • Phenibut
  • Phenylalanine – amino acid
  • Phenylpiracetam – racetam
  • Phosphatidylcholine
  • Phosphatidylserine (PS)

    Best evidence-backed nootropic for Memory improvement
    Protects by reducing age-related decline in brain function, A type of fat compound called a phospholipid, which is located in the brain. Studies done by the National Institutes of Health show taking phosphatidylserine supplements could be helpful in preserving brain health (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/249924640). Also known for improved thinking skills and memory when taken in the 400mg per day range. More studying needs to be done to fully understand its effects on brain functions.

  • Picamilon
  • Pine Bark Extract – antioxidant
  • Piperine
  • Piracetam – racetam – the first “nootropic”
  • Psychobiotics
  • Pramiracetam – racetam
  • Pterostilbene – antioxidant
  • PQQ – antioxidant
  • Resveratrol

    Antioxidant – Memory
    An antioxidant that occurs naturally in the skin of purple and red fruits like grapes, raspberries, and blueberries. It’s also found in red wine, chocolate, and peanuts. Studies done by Department of Neurology (>https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24899709) did a small group test on healthy older adults and found that taking 200mg of resveratrol per day for 26 weeks improved memory.  More testing is needed to be done.

  • Rhodiola Rosea

    Adaptogen – Reducing fatigue while improving mental processing
    A herb supplement thought to help improve metal processing by reducing fatigue. Studies by Volgograd Medical Academy in Russia found that a group of students who took Rhodiola Rosea for 20 days showed significant improvement in physical fitness, mental fatigue and neuro-motoric test (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10839209).  Interesting to note that even though there were significant results compared to the placebo group, it was said the dose level was probably suboptimal. More testing needs to be done.

  • Rosemary
  • S-Adenosyl Methionine

    Helping with Depression
    A naturally occurring substance in your body. Has shown useful in enhancing the effects of some antidepressants and reducing the decline in brain functions seen in those that suffer from depression (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25653537 and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24856557).  There is no evidence that this supplement benefits people who do not suffer from depression.

  • Saffron
  • SAMe
  • Schizandrol-A
  • Skull Cap
  • St. John’s Wort – hypericin and hyperforin
  • Sulbutiamine – synthetic vitamin B1
  • Taurine – amino acid
  • Theobromine
  • Tryptophan
  • Tulsi
  • Turmeric
  • Tyrosine
  • Ubiquinol
  • Uridine Monophosphate
  • Vacha
  • Valerian
  • Vinpocetine – synthetic form of periwinkle
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B8 – inositol
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin B12
  • Yerba Mate
  • Zinc

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