Here is a nootropics list that contains the most popular nootropics. These are not easily found and the majority of the time can only be bought online.
Phenylpiracetam: Water soluble racetam. Even though it’s derived from piracetam, this nootropic, is estimated to be 50-60 times stronger than piracetam. It’s used to improve long term memory and concentration. It’s a good option for someone that wants a stronger stimulant effect. This nootropic is also used as a pre-workout by bodybuilders and athletes.
Piracetam: Water soluble racetam. The original racetam and most popular nootropic. Used to improve memory retention, improved learning, and creativity boost. It has been reported to also help improve other cognitive impairments.
Aniracetam: Fat soluble racetam. Popular recetam for its effects on glutamate in the brain. Helps increase mental energy and attention. It’s been reported that anirecetam also produces anti-anxiety effects and enhances mood.
Oxiracetam: Water soluble recetam. Similar effects as the other recetams but not as high in stimulant effect. Used to increase memory energy and concentration.
Pramiracetam: Fat soluble recetam. Has shown stronger results than piracetam and aniracetam in some studies. Demostrated to significantly increase focus and alertness. Also used for enhanced memory.
Coluracetam: Another member of the racetams but not as potent. Has demonstrated to be beneficial as a mood enhancer and memory booster.
Noopept: One of the strongest nootropics up to date. Claimed to be 1000 times more potent than the original recatams and requires lower dosages. Demostrated to enhanced mood, lower anxiety and boost cognition rapidly. It’s also used as a pre-workout supplement.
Adrafinil: A high stimulant nootropic without the side effects of caffeine. Used to increase energy, wakefulness and focus. It also alleviates effects of sleep deprivation when needed. Some use it as a pre-workout also due to its stimulant effects.
Modafinil: This nootropoic needs a prescription to be obtained. It is a high stimulant nootropic without the side effects of caffeine. Used to increase energy and wakefulness and alleviates effects of sleep deprivation for those suffering from narcolepsy and sleep apnea. Adrafinil is an option for those that do not have a prescription for modafinil. Adrafinil has similar effects as modafinil it is just not as potent.
Sulbutiamine: A synthetic version of thiamine that can cross the blood-brain barrier easier and faster resulting in better energy generation. Has been shown to reduce fatigue, improve wakefulness, and improved stamina and endurance. Athletes also used it to improve recovery time and strength.
Sunifiram: A powerful nootropic derived from piracetam but is not considered a recetam. It is considered one of the stronger nootropics and stronger than any of the racetam family. It used for improvement of memory, cognitive enhancement and learning enhancement.
Choline: Choline can naturally be found in many fatty foods such as red meat and eggs. It can be beneficial to take a separate choline supplement if you are not eating enough foods with choline or want to avoid them but still want to get optimal levels of choline. In the body, choline is used as a precursor to a lot of cell membranes and neurotransmitters. Those neurotransmitters play a vital role in brain activity and therefore must be properly supplied with the nutrients it needs. Choline is considered both a nootropoic and an essential nutrient. Furthermore, there are many forms of choline in supplement form you can learn about and choose from.
Alpha GPC (Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine): A popular form of choline used for both brain health and athletic performance. It helps increase levels of acetylcholine in the brain better than other forms of choline. Also helps improve memory and cognition. Athletes also use it to help improve power output and performance. This and other forms of choline are usually combined with other nootropics to make a stronger stack and help avoid common side effects such as headaches.
CPD choline (Citicoline; Cytidine Diphosphate Choline): One of the most popular forms of choline supplements available. It is a popular supplement because it’s known to be highly effective and safe. CPD choline is also known for aiding in the protection of brain cells and increasing acetylcholine within the brain. This and other forms of choline are usually combined with other nootropics to make a stronger stack and help avoid common side effects such as headaches.
Choline Bitartrate: An effective but less potent form of choline supplement. It works as a precursor to acetylcholine in the brain. Assists with memory, focus, and cognitive health. Works best when combined with another nootropic. This and other forms of choline are usually combined with other nootropics to make a stronger stack and help avoid common side effects such as headaches.
Centrophenoxine: A nootropic that falls in the same category as choline for its ability to boost acetylcholine in the brain. Centrophenoxine has been found to be successful in improving age related cognitive and memory deficits. It has also shown the ability to rid the brain of toxins and promote energy and focus.
DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol, Deanol): A natural compound found in the brain as well as in food sources such as fish. DMAE is considered an amino acid and is structurally similar to choline. Since DMAE plays a role in brain health it is also considered a nootropic. There are numerous benefits attributed to DMAE intake such as decreased anxiety, mood enhancement, improved memory, and skin health.
Uridine (UMP): A natural occurring substance made in the liver. It can also be found in foods such as broccoli, tomatoes, and brewer’s yeast. Benefits of uridine include improved short term memory, reduced depression symptoms, and increases levels of dopamine in the brain which will in turn improve mood and energy.
**Caffeine is considered a nootropic.
**Adderall is an amphetamine and is NOT considered a nootropic that is why it’s not included in this nootropics list.