Jul 1, 2018

3 Amazing Nootropics, and 4 Really Good Ones

I've invested a ridiculous amount of time and money exploring, obtaining, and personally testing many dozen substances and protocols in the nootropics and longevity spare.  I'm writing this post to share what I've learned, and perhaps turn you on to some options you didn't know were available.

One of my two overflowing supplement cabinets
First, here's the headline takeaway: Most (and I mean a good majority) of what's marketed today to improve cognition is useless.  Now it's worth noting that while useless, the great majority those substances aren't harmful either.

And it's not all bad news.  In fact, the reason I'm updating this post is because, just in the last few years, a few nootropic options have proven themselves to be effective, reliable, and generally safe.

By "effective" I should clarify that each "effective" nootropic option I'm aware of offers a fairly narrow scope of benefit.  Meaning, none have been able to improve overall cognition (as many claim) but instead, offer benefits to one or more of the many different components that broadly makeup cognition.

With that said, below you'll find a list of the most effective nootropics currently available today, divided into two groups.  The first group are the most effective nootropics I'm aware of, the second are the most effective cognitive enhancers.  There's a difference I won't get into unless asked.  So for now, here then are the most effective nootropics:
  • Adrafinil
  • Phenylpiracetam
  • Semax
  • Melatonin (for those over 35 years of age)
Melatonin might seem a bit unrelated, but I offer it as an option because few substances can do more to improve your overall health and cognition than getting regular and restorative sleep.

Now for those who looking for more hard hitting and immediate cognitive improvements (such as those looking to substitute their Adderall or Ritalin prescriptions with a safer alternative) and are willing to risk the uncertainty that attends less-proven options (and/or are willing to take a prescription) here’s the second list:

  • Provigil
  • Tianeptine
  • Cyclazodone
Only the first drug (provigil) in the above list requires a prescription.  The rest are presently legal, and capable of provoking an immediate and noticeable effect (with very little to no loading required, as is common with many of the slower acting nootropics). Also, each of those cognitive enhancement options offer a unique method of action from the other (in how they support improved mood and/or thinking).

A warning: Some of the options listed above carry a risk of tolerance and addiction.  With that in mind, as with any drug, treatment, or supplement, it’s critical you seek the advice of a doctor before taking any of them.

I hope you found this update helpful.  Feel free to post a comment or question below.


Christian Hunter 
Austin, TX

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