Nootropics, also known as smart drugs are an increasingly popular form of supplement that targets the mind rather than the body. They are known as cognitive enhancers, if you’ve ever seen the film “Limitless” then you have a rough idea of what they are designed to do. You can also read our post about noopept in bodybuilding supplements – what you should know.
Sadly, no Nootropic is as effective as the made up drugs in the film, but there still are a lot of supplements out there that can help improve mood, focus, memory, and decision-making.
In this article we are going to take a look at ten of the best Nootropics out on the market today. We’ll assess their effectiveness, and whether they have the ingredients to match their proposed benefits.
We’ve looked at Redcon 1 supplements in the past and they’re always worth a try, Mental Trigger is an excellent supplement for reducing anxiety, improving focus, and decision making. It will also keep you alert due to the high levels of Caffeine and Theacrine.
Ingredients such as Mucuna Pruriens can lower Cortisol whilst increasing adrenaline. Mental Trigger also contains Noopept and alpha-gpc which can prevent cognitive decline and improve memory.
Gray Matter from Primeval Labs contains a lot of similar ingredients to Mental Trigger, it has Theanine, Caffeine, alpha-gpc, and Noopept. But there are a couple of ingredients that separates Gray Matter from Mental Trigger, firstly there is Vinpocetine which is supposed to increase memory and enhance blood flow.
There’s also L-Tyrosine that is anti-stress and may also improve memory. This would be an excellent supplement for studying for (or even taking) an exam.
Rich Piana never does things by halves and it is clear that this approach has rubbed off on his supplement line too. There is a huge amount of caffeine in this product, there’s also Guarana, Yerba Mate, Ginseng, L-Theanine, and Rhodiola extract. This is just a drop in the ocean when you look at the complete ingredients list though!
You should get a lot of energy, an increase in focus, and an improvement of mood here. There’s so much caffeine in here that this would actually work well as a pre-workout too!
Apparently Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals designed Attention Link for both adults and children! Not sure why a child would need to improve memory or focus to be honest, but there you go. One of the interesting ingredients here is Phenylethylamine HCL which is supposed to release norepinephrine and dopamine.
It is known as the “Love drug” due to the effect it has on Dopamine, but it can also increase alertness. A great product if you need to get a lot of work done but are finding it hard to concentrate.
According to Primeval labs, Phenibut is a Russian Nootropic for improving sleep. It is also supposed to reduce stress, improve mood, and reduce anxiety. This is a single ingredient product with 250mg of phenibut per serving, and 180 servings per pack. A great supplement choice for those who are suffering from broken sleep (which can lower testosterone and growth hormone levels and lead to weight gain).
The razor’s edge from Blackstone labs promises to increase alertness, improve focus, improve cognitive ability and enhance performance. It does all this with just three ingredients: Phenylpiracetam, CDP Choline, and Adrafinil. The first two ingredients help improve cognitive abilities (decision making, memory etc.) while the third ingredient, Adrafinil, can increase alertness. Another good choice if you are studying hard.
The main ingredient of Focus Mode is L-Tyrosine, with 700mg in each serving. As we mentioned in the Gray Matter review, L-Tyrosine is a great anti-stress ingredient and can also improve memory. There’s also Theacrine (which is in Mental Trigger) and Zembrin. This last ingredient is made from Sceletium tortuosum which is a herb that is usually chewed, and may help reduce anxiety.
This is a really decent supplement, with a nice balance of cognitive enhancers and stress relievers. A decent all-round product.
Adderex is designed to help you learn, it is supposed to increase focus, increase cognitive function, and improve memory. There are also ingredients that are designed to stimulate the nervous system (like Caffeine does) leading to more energy. There have been a lot of rave reviews about Adderex helping people to get more work done than usual, making it definitely worth your time if you want to increase your output.
iFocus is another supplement on this list with an ingredient list that could fill a phonebook! Amongst the many ingredients there are three forms of caffeine, Noopept, Choline, Picamilon (which can improve hand-eye coordination, and lower fatigue), and Rhodiola root which we found in Rich Piana’s supplement.
There are a LOT of ingredients in this product, most of which are aimed at improving mood and creating a euphoric feeling. If you are looking for something that will relax you, calm you down, and improve your mood then iFocus is the supplement for you.
This last Nootropic is pretty cool, in that it has a very specific target market – Gamers. The supplement is designed to improve reaction time, improve focus, and increase energy, due to the use of Theanine instead of Caffeine there should be no tolerance build up either. Theacrine, Rhodeola, and Alpha-gpc are also present.
The Theanine alone would make this a great product for gaming, let alone the others. If you’ve ever hit a sweet spot whilst gaming where everything just felt natural and you were fully focused then taking MOD’s Elite Gaming Supplement may help you recreate that feeling.