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If you’re like me, a biohacker with a passion for Nootropics, then you have definitely done a lot of research on the best Nootropics for better focus and cognition.
In this article, I will take a closer look at 10 of my absolute favorite Nootropics, which have helped me optimize my brain and boost my concentration and focus.
Initially, it is worth pointing out that this article does NOT contain any affiliate links, so the information in this article is written solely to give you a better insight / ideas for your new Nootropic stack (I’m not here trying to blow smoke up your butt).
So without further ado, let’s get down to business.
When people think of Nootropics, caffeine is typically not the first stimulant they think of.
That said, caffeine is an extremely potent brain, and focus, enhancer if taken in the right dosage.
One of the reasons why Caffeine is effective in boosting focus is because caffeine blocks adenosine receptors in the brain.
This results in fatigue disappearing, focus improving and an overall sense of alertness.
Caffeine has gained a bad reputation because people tend to go overboard when it comes to the dosage. If you have not already experienced this, then it is extremely easy to overdose, resulting in the dreaded caffeine crash.
I have personally learned that if I dose caffeine the right way (powder form) and in the 50-100mg range, I get all the positive effects but without the crash and jitters.
50-100mg seems to be my sweetspot where I experience intense focus and alertness without crashing. That said, I always stack caffeine with L-theanine, which may be why I feel caffeine more intensely without any negative side effects.
As I have already briefly described in the above, I love to stack caffeine with L-theanine.
L-theanine, like caffeine, is naturally occurring in green tea.
L-theanine is an amino acid that has been proven to have a calming effect without making one drowsy. I usually take 100mg of caffeine with 200mg of L-theanine in the morning for the best effects.
Caffeine gives me better focus, alertness and energy, while L-theanine gives an underlying sense of calmness.
By the way, 50mg of L-theanine is equivalent to 2 cups of green tea.
The next nootropic I have a really good experience with is creatine.
To be completely honest I didn’t know that Creatine was considered a nootropic.
I first came across creatine in connection with weight training but quickly found out that creatine actually has amazing benefits when it comes to the brain.
Creatine is usually seen as an amino acid to help build muscle mass. That said, after creatine is consumed it binds to phosphate which helps the brain to quickly fuel its cells.
In several studies it has been proven that 5gr of creatine can help with short-term memory especially in highly stressed people.
Creatine is still one of those supplements I take every day.
4. Bacopa Monnieri
One of the things that has made Bacopa Monnieri extremely popular is its ability to speed up information processing in the brain.
It is especially for this reason that most biohackers use this supplement to improve their focus and memory.
Bacopa contains bacosides which protect the brain from oxidative stress and improve signaling in the hippocampus.
It is in the hippocampus that memories are processed.
One of the things I have experienced with Bacopa is that it takes longer for it to work.
I personally take 400mg a day and the effect usually kicks in only after a week.
Bacopa is NOT a nootropic that you notice right away.
5. Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola Rosea is a relatively new Nootropic in my arsenal of smart drugs.
It is an adaptogenic herb which means it helps your body deal with stress more effectively.
One of the things I have noticed with Rhodiola Rosea is its effect on my mood and anxiety.
Rhodiola seems like a mild alternative to Phenibut for me with the one difference being that it does not have a sedative effect on me and I can still concentrate while on it.
Unlike Phenibut, Rhodiola is a naturally occurring herb with no addictive properties/withdrawals.
6. Panax Ginseng
Ginseng is another interesting Nootropic that I have briefly experimented with.
Panax Ginseng is an ancient medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years.
One of the benefits of taking Ginseng is that it helps boost brain function.
It is scientifically proven that Ginseng can reduce brain fatigue and boost performance as well.
That being said, we don’t quite know much about Ginseng’s mechanism of action (how it boosts brain performance).
What we do know however is that Ginseng has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, which protects the brain from oxidative stress and improves cognitive function.
One of the things I have noticed when I take Ginseng is that my body builds a relatively fast tolerance to it.
I usually take 200mg a day and run Ginseng on and off (4 weeks on, 4 weeks off).
7. Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo Biloba is a Nootropic I have only tried twice in my relatively long “Nootropic career”.
Ginkgo is an extract from the Ginkgo biloba tree.
According to various publications on the web, Ginkgo Biloba is said to have a protective effect on the brain as well as help improve focus and memory (especially in older people).
Ginkgo Biloba increases blood flow to the brain which may be the reason for its Nootropic properties.
That being said, I have not personally been able to feel the big difference the few times I have ingested it.
I can not really recommend spending your money on Ginkgo as there are better alternatives online (caffeine combined with L-theanine as an example).
Nicotine is again one of those stimulants that I never thought would have nootropic properties.
That being said, nicotine has become extremely popular as a Nootropic when it comes to improving focus.
Nicotine is naturally occurring in several plants (most commonly known from the tobacco plants).
If you don’t feel like lighting one cigarette after another so you can get your nicotine rush, you can, like me, buy nicotine chewing gum.
One of the most noticeable effects I experience with nicotine is improved alertness and attention.
That said, nicotine can have the same crash effect as caffeine if you take too much, be aware of that.
One of the negative side effects of nicotine is its addictive properties and the fact that it can be potentially dangerous in higher doses.
Noopept is one of my favorite nootropic supplements and is something I take on a daily basis.
One of the big differences I notice about Noopept, compared to other similar supplements, is how quickly it kicks in.
I usually feel the effects of Noopept 15-20 minutes after ingestion and the effects last for several hours.
One of the positive things about Noopept is that it boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).
BDNF is a compound that helps the brain generate new brain cells.
Several studies have been done based on Noopept, where it has been proven to help people recover more quickly from brain injuries.
Noopept has the same effect on me as Piracetam.
Both give me clear-headedness, better focus, lower my social anxiety and give a ‘cleaner’ energy compared to caffeine.
As I have briefly mentioned in the above, Piracetam is a Nootropic that has a dramatic effect when it comes to improving focus.
Piracetam is a synthetic nootropic and is very similar to Noopept in function.
It is traditionally used to prevent and treat age-related cognitive decline.
Piracetam stimulates AMPA receptors which improve signal transmissions between neurons.
This is why people refer to Piracetam as a Smart Drug.
Piracetam is not a Nootropic that you can buy over-the-counter and in most countries you’d need a prescription.
That’s it. These are my 10 recommended Nootropics for better focus going into 2021.
If you are interested in reading more about my favorite nootropics, and what I’m currently taking, of all time I have written a short article right here.
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