At the cornerstone of any nootropic stack worth its salt is a good source of Choline. When we talk about Choline we are of course also talking about Acetycholine – the neurotransmitter so intimately involved in boosting your cognitive prowess and delivering results going way beyond the realm of placebo. Acetycholine is crucial for memory and learning new information. Acetycholine is crucial for encoding information and then being able to recall that information later. For this reason I recommend Choline to students or anybody on a path of learning new things and then retaining the knowledge learned.
Ah yes, good ol’ ADHD. The inability to sit down and focus on a task without quickly becoming fidgety. So much of what we have to as adults requires sitting down to do a single task. For me personally, I’m a huge fidgeter and find it extremely difficult to sit down and complete even small tasks on my to-do list (writing these posts for example.)
What helps me sit down and power through you ask?
I have a number of nootropics up my sleeve that help with ADHD symptoms.
What are the best nootropics for ADHD?
When looking for the right nootropic to solve the ADHD issue, it’s important to focus on the calming varieties. ADHD is different than ADD because of the added H (hyper activity.) We want to calm the mind and relax the body. From a space of calmness you will find it much easier to focus on tasks for hours at a time with little distaction.
At the top of the list is one of my favorite nootropics for calming down and getting focused. L-Tyrosine is actually a crucial amino acid and a direct precursor to dopamine. Dopamine, of course, being the neurotransmitter responsible for feeling calm and satisfied. When you’re calm and satisfied it’s easy to sit down and not fidget. A lack of L-Tyrosine can result in little circulating dopamine which can wreak havoc on your productivity. Make sure to include this one in your ADHD regiment.
Another classic staple in my nootropics cabinet. L-Theanine is a compound found in green tea. It’s been heavily studied and shown to produce Alpha Waves within the brain. These hallmark waves are associated with calmness and peace, similar to what buddhist experience after a long mediation session. While you CAN get this from green tea itself, to truly receive a therapeutic dose it’s important to supplement with at least 100 – 200mg.
Aniracetam is another nootropic known to calm the mind and relax the nervous system. Aniracetam almost lends a spacey quality to how you experience the world. I find this particular nootropics slows things down considerable and calms a racy mind. If your thoughts get in the way of you getting things done, try out Aniracetam. It’s also great for anxiety and makes listening to music extremely pleasurable.
4.) Magnesium oil
The original and all natural chill pill. A magnesium deficiency can cause a host of problems within the mind including the inability to sit still and focus. This stuff is truly powerful as far as minerals go. The more deficient you are, the more powerful the effect. I like the magnesium oil because it’s easily absorbed through the skin, giving you the maximum therapeutic dose. You might notice other positive benefits from using magnesium like increased quality of your sleep. Very good stuff. If you choose to go the pill route, make sure to go with something like magnesium chelate. Magnesium Oxide (the most popular form of supplementary magnesium) is poorly absorbed.
Piracetam isn’t so much a calming agent like the other nootropics on this list. Piracetam is a focus and memory powerhouse. It’s one of my favorite nootropics for absorbing and learning new information. You might experience ADHD symptoms because you find the material in front of you difficult to grasp or absorb. Piracetams revs up the logical an thinking mind, allowing you to learn and retain new information. And the thing is, you can stack this with other nootropics like L-Tyrosine or L-Theanine for a truly powerful experience.
6.) Alpha GPC
This is another nootropic that indirectly effects the core symptoms of ADHD. Alpha GPC is a precursor to Acetycholine – a neurotransmitter crucial for learning and memory. Without enough Choline your brain cannot make adequate amounts of Acetycholine and you might experience brain fog, poor memory etc. Alpha GPC is a highly bio-available version of Choline.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb heavily used in the ayurvedic medicinal system. It’s been heavily studied and proven to reduce anxiety and calm the nervous system. As I mentioned, when the nervous system is calm the body can easily relax and the mind can go to work on whatever task is in front of you. The most well studied form of Ashwagandha is KSM-66 and easily purchased on Amazon.
5-HTP is a direct precursor to Serotonin. Serotonin is another neurotransmitter responsible for feeling calm and relaxed. This one has a tendency to make people tired so tread carefully and start with a minimal dose to begin with.
9.) B Complex
B complex vitamins are crucial to many different processes involving cognition in the brain. If you’re lacking any of these nutrients you will no doubt experience ADHD symptoms. Often times supplementing with B vitamins and magnesium oil is enough to solve even the hardest hitting ADHD episodes. Rather than take a harmful pharmaceutical why not address the core issue? Including a solid B vitamin supplement in your regiment will do wonders for your brain and alleviate many of the ADHD symptoms you might experience.
I would suggest that along with the nootropics, you add a few things to your diet and lifestyle. Healthy fats like the fats found in Avocados and coconut oil are super beneficial for brain health. Complex carbs like sweet potatoes are also a good source of energy for the brain. Exercise, particularly cardio has profound effects on the mind and can reduce cortisol among many other things.
Too much caffeine, poor sleep, and poor nutrition are other factors which contribute to the widespread diagnosis of ADHD. Get these factors under control at all costs. At the end of the day, only you can make yourself want to focus. With the help of these nootropics I know without a doubt you can reach your goals and conquer ADHD once and for all!
Oxiracetam was one of the last nootropics I experimented with. I had been hearing mixed reviews about this particular racetam and had some reservation about experimenting.
Only after I tried all the other racetams did I give Oxiracetam a shot. Out of all the racetams I would say it’s the most unique. It’s effects are immediate and come in powerful bursts of mental energy. This was a surprise as I wasn’t expecting any kind of effect all.
While other racetams like Piracetam compound over time, Oxiractetam seemed to go into effect immediately.
While other racetams also have significant effects on memory, I didn’t notice any of these same qualities in Oxiracetam.
Why use Oxiracetam?
This nootropic is great for short bursts of mental energy. Stacked with a cup of strong coffee, this is a powerful nootropic for smashing through work and getting stuff down.
Out of all the racetams, this particular variety was the only kind to get me off my ass and clean my room. In fact, I was happy to do so and even had leftover mental reserves to make a few calls I had been putting off.
For me, making calls and sending emails are the last things I want to do with my time. Talking to people on the phone is mentally draining and after a few long phone sessions, I’m nearly drained of life completely.
This racetam allowed me to power through the tedious tasks that I usually dread with ease.
Stacks well with….
Caffeine. Like I mentioned, caffeine and Oxiracetam seem to go hand in hand. Both are stimulatory in nature and provide the mental groundwork required to hammer through your projects and get stuff done.
Choline is another great supplement to stack with this nootropic. In fact, all racetam types benefit from a quality choline source. These racetams ramp up the amount of Acetycholine usage in the brain – the neurotransmitter responsible for nootropic effects. Choline is the primary precursor to making Acetycholine so give your brain what it needs.
Where to buy Oxiracetam
Peak Nootropics has stocked Oxiracetam for a long time and consistently provides the best quality year after year. While other nootropic companies come and go, Peak Nootropics has stood strong in a shaky market.
Do you experience daily brain fog? Like your brain is not firing on all cylinders? For me, a fuzzy and clouded brain was part of my daily experience until I discovered these racetam type compounds. Racetams have unique properties that clean out the cobwebs of your brain and organize your thoughts into coherent trains of consciousness.
Pramiracetam is another racetam derived compound and one of the most powerful. In fact, I rarely take Pramiracetam unless I need to go into a state of complete manic focus for days at a time. It’s the strongest racetam on the market and delivers potent memory enhancements. For me, it throws me into a state of complete manic euphoria. I can work for hours at a time with a single focus.
Boring tasks become interesting and I can recall bits of information that were encoded years ago in memory. That’s one thing about the racetams – they tend to make you remember random events or pieces of information well in the past. You’ll find yourself walking one day and all of the sudden a memory will pop out of nowhere.
“Wow, I completely forgot about that.”
Great stuff for bringing all those repressed memories to the surface for examination. For this reason, Pramiracetam is great for change work. I was cursed (or blessed depending on how you look at it) with a terrible memory. Without supplementation it’s difficult to recall what I did even 3 days ago. Short of something extraordinary happening to me, the days seem to blend themselves together in an incoherent stream of life.
Maybe you struggle with memory and focus as well? If not, I’m not sure if Pramiracetam is the right nootropic for you. In fact, if you’re already “firing on all cylinders” you might not get a lot out of using Pramiracetam, or any nootropic for that matter.
This stuff is for the individual with cognitive deficits. You’ll turn from a dull dusty Windows 3.1 box into a powerhouse data crunching super computer.
Yes, this stuff is great.
But what about the mania? Yes, Pramiracetam seems to throw me into the grips of a full blown manic episode. Being bipolar I’m very familiar with this state of being, and also very familiar with the subsequent depression that follows these types of experiences. For this reason, I avoid using Pramiracetam for long periods of time, usually only dosing a few times a month when I have to cram or get a lot of work done.
I wouldn’t worry about it too much unless you’re prone to the same type of mental disposition.
Is Pramiracetam worth experimenting with?
I’ve got to say yes. It’s one of those nootropics that appear to have an effect on many different types of individuals across the board. You might have noticed many nootropics are hit or miss.
Pramiracetam is a refreshing change from this inconsistency and a great choice for someone looking for a nootropic that “just works.”
What is Pramiracetam used for?
Pramiracetam is used by the student or career professional who wants to accelerate the process of learning and retaining information. It induces the perfect environment for absorbing information and encoding it in a way the brain can recall.
Brain fog? Pramiracetam blasts straight through the cobwebs leaving the mind as a clean slate for absorbing new information.
Pramiracetam does not make you smarter. It puts your brain into a receptive state for learning. You still have to feed it the right stuff. Take Pramiracetam and do something to further your knowledge. Learn a language, learn to program, write a book, etc.
These are the tasks Pramiracetam is best suited for. It’s the silicon valley wonder supplement with many startup companies using it to put in long hours at the computer.
Pramiracetam has a stimulating quality to it. Not physically but mentally. It’s almost like a long lasting espresso shot. Really, it feels like the curtains of the mind are opened to allow in the light of clarity.
I like to take Pramiracetam first thing in the morning as the stimulatory properties of this nootropic are well suited to waking you up.
Where to buy Pramiracetam
A lot of nootropics vendors have stopped stocking their Pramiracetam or have otherwise gone out of business. Only Peak Nootropics has been consistently delivering the goods and it’s where I get all of my product.
Hope you enjoyed this post! Hit me up with all of your questions below in the comments section.
If Piracetam and Choline is the Godfather nootropic stack, L-theanine and Caffeine is his right hand man. This is another stack where two solid nootropics come together in one of the most synergistic ways. Chances are you are very familiar with caffeine and its unique effects on mental energy and focus.
In fact, there are few places you can go where caffeine can’t be purchased at very reasonable prices. Talk about an addicts wet dream. Every other block in a major city reveals a Starbucks, coffee shop, 7/11, and other places who sling this popular substance. Even people who “don’t do drugs” wake up and fiend for it.
I love caffeine but make no mistake – daily use of caffeine and coffee can wreak havoc on your adrenals, disrupt healthy sleeping patterns, increase cortisol, and amp your anxiety to dangerous levels. These side effects compound over time and can lead to serious health problems. Okay, so what can we do about this?
L-Theanine is a naturally occurring compound commonly found in green tea. At the low doses found in green tea it doesn’t do much. At higher doses however, L-Theanine produces profoundly calming effects on the mind. Studies have proved L-Theanine produces Alpha brain waves in the mind and calms you down.
Most interesting is when you combine L-Theanine with caffeine. In my experience this stack completely crushes all the negative effective effects of caffeine while retaining and amping up the positives. I personally transform into a complete jitter bug if I have a high dose of caffeine, especially if I’m already stressed or haven’t eaten yet.
L-Theanine has been the magic pill allowing many people to reap the benefits of caffeine while crushing all the negatives.
L-theanine is best taken at the 100 – 200 mg range. Anything lower than 100mg is hardly noticed while effects do not appear to compound or increase with higher doses. Caffeine doses can vary but a typical cup of drip coffee generally contains anywhere from 100 – 175 mg. If you want you can purchase caffeine pills to really experiment with the best dose.
Since many people are coffee drinkers L-Theanine is typically stacked with the morning cup of coffee. Nothing wrong with this. There is no exact ratio that works well for everyone, especially this stack.
Are you the type of person who gets anxious and jittery on caffeine? (btw, L-theanine is a great anti-anxiety supplement by itself.)
Thanks for reading and happy dosing!