Do Nootropics Make You Smarter?

Written on November 15, 2022 by | Reviewed by William Gallagher, MNeuroSci

Nootropics are a type of supplement that is designed to improve cognitive function. This includes areas such as memory, focus, creativity, and motivation.

Some people believe that nootropics can make you smarter, but there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. Nootropics may help improve cognitive function in some individuals, but they will not make you smarter overnight.

In this article, I'll go over the different nootropic types, some of their purported benefits, and whether or not they can make you smarter long-term.

Do Nootropics Really Increase Intelligence?

Nootropics, or "smart drugs," are a hot topic in today's world.

People want to know if they can take a pill and make themselves smarter, just like in the movie Limitless.

The short answer is: no; the long answer is: maybe.

It really depends on what you mean by 'smarter'.


Most people think smart means better grades, more knowledge, and overall better performance in everything you do; this is not true.

Nootropics will make you better at the task you are performing, but it won't give you any extra knowledge or wisdom that you wouldn't have gained otherwise.

Intelligence is based on many things:

  • Genetic predispositions
  • Environmental factors (positive or negative)
  • Life experiences

The only thing nootropics will do is increase your ability to think clearly, recall information more easily, and stay alert.

They are not a shortcut to knowledge; rather they are a shortcut to improving the brain's performance at tasks it already performs well.

For one example of how this works, take a look at Huperzine-A.

It's one of the more popular nootropics on the market, and it has been shown to have some amazing benefits.

People who take it experience an increase in their ability to recall information they've recently learned, as well as an increase in their overall cognitive function.

The brain responds to Huperzine-A by releasing more of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

Acetylcholine helps with memory formation and increases overall cognitive function.

Whether you take a pill or not, intelligence can be increased by taking care of yourself and living a healthy lifestyle (nutrition, exercise, etc.) as well as seeking out new experiences and being open to learning from them.

What Smart Drug Can Make You Smarter?

As mentioned above, nootropics can't make you 'smarter'.

They can, however, make it easier for your brain to use the knowledge you already have.

While nootropics will not give you any new knowledge or skill, they can help your brain work at a higher capacity than normal.

They may enable you to become more productive as well as improve memory and other features of cognition.

One smart drug that fits the description is Modafinil (also known as Provigil).

Modafinil is one of the most hyped smart drugs on the market, especially among students.

It's often called 'the Limitless drug' inspired by the film of the same name.

While taking Modafinil won't make you a genius, it will increase your attention, help you focus, and make you more alert, which can lead to increased productivity, thus higher grades.

Modafinil is a wakefulness-promoting agent that is used to treat sleeping disorders such as narcolepsy and sleep apnea.

Other effects of this smart drug include:

  • Decreased fatigue
  • Reduction of mental effort
  • Ability to focus for long periods of time on monotonous or tedious tasks

How to Know if Nootropics Will Make You Smarter?

Typically, nootropics can't make you smarter.

If you want to know if a certain smart drug will work for you and your goals of enhancing your brain's performance, it's best to do some research first.

Becoming an informed consumer is the best way to find out exactly what kind of smart drug is right for you.

Nootropics are becoming increasingly popular in the world these days, but it's important to keep in mind that they will not provide any new information to your brain.

Rather, they will help you to use the information you already have more effectively and efficiently.

If your goal is to study for a test and learn new material, nootropics can help you to absorb the information faster and more efficiently.

However, if your goal is to know everything about a certain subject or become an expert in a different field, using nootropics will not be able to help you do that.

Nootropics can only make it easier for your brain to use the information it already has.

Are Nootropics Good For Your Intelligence?

Nootropics are supplements that can help to boost your brainpower. Even if your brain is working at 100%, nootropics can take it further.

They have a range of positive effects including reducing fatigue and other negative states that can impact brain function.

When it comes to brain health, you need to keep it in good shape if you want to function at your best.

Many nootropics promise to help improve brain health and cognitive function, but not all of them can help with those issues.

Huperzine-A, as discussed previously, is a nootropic that's been shown to increase memory as well as mental performance.

Another nootropic called, Alpha-GPC, may also work to improve memory, boost brain health and keep the mind sharp.

Alpha-GPC works by increasing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in memory and communication between neurons (brain cells).

Even though these nootropics are very similar in their benefits, they each affect the body slightly differently.

By doing your own research, you can determine which nootropic is best for your individual goals.