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What is ALCAR?

Acetyl-L-Carnitine is a popular multi-functional nutrient, amino acid type nootropic. It benefits the body and brain. A potent antioxidant and neuroprotectant, and a powerful energizing nootropic that promotes anti-aging and longevity.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine Benefits

How to Take
 
Typical Acetyl-L-Carnitine dosage is 500 mg per day once in the morning, and up to 1,500 mg split into three doses of 500 mg. From there, adjust dosage to your need without exceeding 1,500 mg. At least not during trial period. It is water-soluble, therefore it can be taken with or without food. However, taking ALCAR late in the evening can result in disruption of sleep.
 
Find the complete research and frequently asked questions on the Acetyl-L-Carnitine page.
What is Adrafinil?
Adrafinil is the pro-drug of Modafinil, and a stimulating nootropic that fights fatigue, increases the brain’s capacity of processing information, boosts energy, as well as enhances subjective well-being. It metabolizes in the body into the widely popular Modafinil (Adrafinil vs Modafinil comparison below). It’s a useful supplement for pulling through long, mentally demanding tasks, learning new topics, or working in shifts as opposed to fixed schedule.
 
Adrafinil Benefits
 
How To Take
 
Adrafinil dosage recommendations vary greatly among different users.
For beginners, start with 300 mg per day and see how your body reacts to it. For a stronger dose, you may take 600 mg.
 
Maximum allowance per day is 1,200 mg taken in two doses of 600 mg
What is Agmatine Sulfate?
 
Agmatine is an amino acid that offers a wide of cognitive boosting benefits. It also has excellent effects on reducing neuropathic pain, as well as drug addiction habits. It is neuroprotectant and can reduce tolerance built to many medications like benzodiazepines, morphine, and other painkillers. It also synergizes with SSRI’s & cannabis.
 
Agmatine Sulfate Benefits
 
 
How to Take 
 
There is currently no standard dosage for agmatine sulfate because there haven’t been enough human studies for determination. These numbers are rough estimates to give an idea of typical, experimental dosing:

For treatment of neuropathic pain: 1,000 to 2,500 mg of agmatine (daily)

For improving cognitive function: 200 to 500 mg of agmatine (daily)

For vasodilation and enhanced recovery: 500 to 1000 mg of agmatine (30 minutes pre-workout)

What is Alpha-GPC?
 
Alpha-GPC is a natural choline compound. It works on its own as a powerful memory booster. In combination with other nootropics, it works as a potentiator boosting cognitive capabilities. It’s also used as a mild stimulant to boost energy and power output when exercising. Furthermore, it promotes cell regeneration and acts as a neuroprotective agent, against cognitive decline.
 
Alpha-GPC Benefits
 
 
How to Take
 
Alpha-GPC digests and absorbs smoothly and is gentle on the stomach taken at the typical dose of 300mg. Although many nootropists tend to prefer a dose of 600mg, with a total daily intake ranging from 300 to 1200 mg, either at once or split into two doses. 
Personally I find 300mg is effective enough especially because I almost always take it as part of a stack.
If not Aniracetam then its PiracetamPhenylpiracetam or Noopept.
What is Aniracetam?
 
Aniracetam is a multipurpose nootropic that provides several benefits. It produces remarkable anxiolytic effects, thereby improving cognition and enhancing mood by ridding anxieties. It also sharpens focus, increases verbal fluency, information processing, as well as expands the brain’s capability of digesting and processing information. Furthermore it produces sense of clarity and well-being.
 
Aniracetam Benefits
 
 
How to take
 
The best way I found personally was taking one dose (750mg) in the morning and it works the best for me. If necessary, I would take half a dose of noopept 10-15mg later in the day to boost the feeling, but never felt the need of taking more than 1 dose of Aniracetam per day. 
 
Some people find that splitting Aniracetam into 2 or 3 doses throughout the day works well for them, too. I was never bothered – it seems like too much of a hassle.
But again, everyone has their ways and perfrences. 
 
To learn more about, check out the Aniracetam documentation
What is Ashwagandha?
 
Ashwagandha is an excellent herb in Ayurveda medicine. It has become a popular nootropic due to its numerous health benefits. It is able to eliminate stress and anxiety. Research suggest that it helps in improving depression symptoms.
It also increases testosterone levels and significantly boosts sperm quality and fertility in men. Furthermore, it increases muscle mass, reduces body fat and increases strength.
 
Ashwagandha Benefits
How to Take
 
Typically, Ashwagandha dose ranges between 300 mg to 600 mg as the highest. Its not advisable to take more than 600mg when using on daily basis. 
Take Ashwagandha with food and divide into two doses per day. If you prefer once a day, do so in the morning after breakfast.
It is not-advisable to use Ashwagandha in combination with JK inhibitors or MAO inhibitors.
What is Bacopa Monnieri?
 
Bacopa monnieri (also known as Brahmi) is one of the most acknowledged and widely respected nootropics. A traditional Ayurvedic medicine that has a good reputation of being a potent cognitive enhancerstress and anxiety reliever, and brain protector. It improves memory formation and recall speed, it stimulates learning, enhances thought clarity, and increase brain function. It acts as a brain protectant, and studies confirm it as a potential remedy for dementia and similar conditions.
Furthermore, it reduces anxiety and provides a feeling of calm and tranquility, all while eliminating stress. Users report it an excellent relaxant that improves sleep quality, leading to rejuvenating and refreshing rest.
Its nootropic effects are comparable to those of Piracetam, one of the most popular smart drugs in the world. The supplement is produced from the plant extracts.
 
Bacopa Monnieri Benefits
 
How To Take 
 
The minimum effective dose of Bacopa Monnieri is 300mg, taken with food or fat source. Some people, myself included, find it more effective at a higher dosage.
I take 300 to 600mg depending on the purpose, while people like Dave Asprey recommend a daily dose of 750mg.
 
What is Coluracetam?
 
Coluracetam is a new member to the racetam family of nootropics. Early scientific trials confirm that it is beneficial in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder as well as with Generalized Anxiety, in addition to its a bunch of nootropic value it offers.
 
Coluracetam Benefits
How to Take 
Typically, the recommended starting dose is 20mg due to that being the manufactured one.
There are claims that researchers testing coluracetam dosage of 240 mg per day are finding no side effects. However, the source link to that claim is broken. 
 
What is L-Theanine?
 
L-theanine is an amino acid often called the “natural xanax” due to its calming effects. It works by relaxing the body and brain without causing drowsiness, while reducing stress and increasing cognitive function.
Due to not causing drowsiness, it is the perfect choice to combine with stimulants of any sort to take the edge off.
 

L-Theanine Benefits

Reduces Anxiety & Stress

Improves Memory, Attention, and Cognition

Enhances Sleep Quality

Promotes Longevity and Increases Lifespan

Reduces Symptoms of Depression

Promotes Relaxation without causing Drowsiness

Significantly Reduces Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Enhances Blood Flow and Stimulates Nitric Oxide Production

Reduces Negative Effects of Caffeine & Improves Cognitive Boosting Effects

Additional Benefits

 
How to Take
 
The effective l-theanine dose is 200mg. For optimal nootropic results, take l-theanine with caffeine (coffee or supplement, whatever suits you) at a 2:1 ratio. As a stack, it would be:

L-Theanine 200mg

Caffeine 100mg

For those interested, you can actually purchase a supplement pre-made that has 200 mg Theanine & 100 mg Caffeine pressed into one capsule.
 
What is N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine?  (NALT)
 
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, often abbreviated to NALT, is a more bioavailable form of L-Tyrosine, an amino acid that also has nootropic benefits. It improves mood, memory, and enhances cognitive abilities in many ways.
It has great effects of reducing stress and maintaining mental performance during sleep deprivation.
 

What NALT Benefits

Enhances Cognition Under Stress

Improves Memory Under Pressure and Challenges

Increases Dopamine in the Brain and Boosts Cognitive Flexibility

Increases Focus and Supports ADHD Treatment

 
How To Take
 
The NALT dosage, however, is lower due to its higher bioavailability. With NALT, the typical daily dosage is 300 mg.
 
What is Sunifiram?
 
Sunifiram is an experimental, potent and powerful nootropic that enhances memory, expands learning capacity, and uplifts mood. A recent addition to the racetam family that seems more than promising.
Sunifiram dosage is usually as small as 5 mg due to its potency. And it is yet to be approved anywhere in the world.
 

Sunifiram Benefits

Reduces Anxiety and Stress

Improves Symptoms of Depression

Enhances Mood and Boosts Energy

Improves Learning Skill and Memory Formation

Enhances Focus and Motivation

Enhances Visual Perception

Increases Libido

 
How to Take
 
Sunifiram works effectively at a dosage of 5 to 10 mg –  at a maximum of three times per day.
This is the safe dose which is often taken sublingual for maximum efficacy and absorption.
 
What is Noopept?
 
Noopept is one of the most potent nootropics available. It boosts overall cognition with a slight psychostimulatory effect. Effects kick-in within minutes of consumption, making it a handy choice right when dealing with or getting to mentally-demanding tasks.
 
Noopept Benefits
 
How to Take
 
If you prefer to prolong the effect throughout the day, the recommended Noopept dosage would be to take it in three doses of 10mg, or two doses of 15mg, or just one dose of 30mg.

10 mg: divide into three doses throughout the day

15 mg: divide into two doses twice a day

30 mg: one dose per day

Side Effects
 
These side effects of Noopepts are mostly occurring when higher doses are consumed:

Headache

Restlessness (or overstimulation)

Dizziness

Irritability

Some studies suggest that it magnifies the effects of stimulants such as amphetamines, so caution is advisable for individuals using ADHD medication.
I can personally advise that as well. I’ve felt that sense of overstimulation in a couple different occasion when taking a 30 mg dose of Noopept shortly after taking my ADHD medication.
I now find that a 15 mg dose works best for me whether once or twice per day.
 
What is Lion’s Mane Mushroom?
 
Lion’s Mane Mushroom has become one of nature’s most potent nootropic supplement for the brain.
There is evidence that is can permanently enhance brain function as well as protect the brain and promote NGF and neurogenesis.
 
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits

Enhances Memory and Brain Function

Promotes Nerve Growth Factor and Neuroprotection

Lion Mane Reduces Anxiety and Symptoms of Depression

Reduces Inflammation, Boosts Immunity, and Helps Digestion

Supports Heart and Circulatory System, and Prevents Strokes

Improves Mental Health and Overall Well-Being

How To Take

 
The lowest effective dosage is 500 mg and the limit per day is 3000 mg. However, higher doses don’t necessarily result in more benefits. A 1000 mg dosage once or twice a day is what I find the most beneficial for my needs.
 
Side Effects
 
There are barely any side effects that arise from taking Lion’s Mane. The most common side effect is an itchy skin which is likely due to the increase in Nerve Growth Factor.
It most likely is the cause and could be a good sign that NGF levels are increasing.
 
What is Piracetam?
 
Piracetam is a designer nootropic made to enhance brain function.
It’s the primary and original racetam out of all the ones out there today.
Up to date, there has been 20 different derivatives of Piracetam, and counting. It’s a revolutionizing nootropic that improves memory and remarkably boosts cognitive function.
 

Piracetam Benefits

Improves Memory

Enhances Cognitive Function

Neuroprotective and Prevents Neurodegeneration

Increases Self-Awareness and Promotes Clarity of Thought

Reduces Anxiety, Stress, and Eases Depression

Improves Verbal Learning and Fluency in Dyslexics

Helps with Schizophrenia

 
How to Take
 
Typically, the Piracetam dosage for adults is between between 1,200 to 4,800 mg per day.
The most effective Piracetam dose is 1,600 mg. It can be taken once per day, or up to three times per day, totaling a maximum of 4,800 mg per day.
If new to Piracetam and taking it for the first time, start with 1,600 mg and wait and observe your reaction to it.
Few hours later, you can choose whether you want to take another dose, or if one is enough for your needs.
What is Phenibut?
 
Phenibut is a a GABAergic nootropic that works on the GABA neurotransmitter distinctly reducing anxiety.
It also decreases symptoms of depression, PTSD, improves sleep quality, and gives an overall feeling of ease and well-being.
 

Phenibut Benefits

Reduces Anxiety & Stress Levels

Increases Sociability

Promotes Sleep Quality

Reduces ADHD Symptoms

Prevents damage to neuronal cells under stress

Enhances Mood and Overall Sense of Ease

 
How to Take (Dosage)
 
Start at the lowest effective dose and monitor your response to it, then adjust according to your needs.
A dose of 250 mg is a good starting point for first-timers. Phenibut is a potent compound. 
Don't take it more than twice per week because it builds tolerance quickly.
 
What is Fasoracetam?
 
Fasoracetam is a newer addition to the racetam family.
It’s a nootropic that helps in relieving anxiety, enhancing memory, and improving overall cognition.
It’s reported to have the ability to enhance memory and cognition while relieving depression and anxiety.
Additionally, it also has a potential for treating ADHD symptoms.
 

Fasoracetam Benefits

Improves Memory Cognition

Relieves Anxiety and Depression

Potential ADHD Treatment

Increases Creativity and Motivation

 
How to Take 
 
A 20 mg dose is a good starting point. Anecdotal reports testing 20mg and 60mg reported no notable difference.
So more doesn't necessarily mean more effective.
 
What is Phenylpiracetam?
 
Phenylpiracetam is a potent and fast-acting racetam type nootropic.
It enhances cognitive abilities and boosts physical strength, stamina, energy, as well as reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Being stimulatory, it is banned by the Olympics Anti-Doping committee to the participating athletes.
 

Phenylpiracetam Benefits

Improves Cognitive Function, Memory, and Attention

Reduces Anxiety and Depression

Boosts Energy and Increases Physical Mobility

Enhances Physical Performance

How to Take (Dosage)

Typical dose is 100mg for first timers. Take 100mg and see how you feel. After 30 minutes, you can decide if you want to take another 100mg or if it's sufficient. 
Its not recommended to take more than 200mg, and tolerance to it builds quickly.
If you get a headache from taking Phenylpiracetam, then you need to increase choline intake. That can be by eating eggs, for example, or using a choline supplement like Alpha-GPC
 
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Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) What is ALCAR? Acetyl-L-Carnitine is a popular multi-functional nutrient, amino acid type nootropic. It benefits the body a

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