Boosting the Benefits of Racetams
You’ve probably heard about the different hemispheres of the brain and how they process information differently. The left side of the brain is more adept at handling analytical tasks while the right side is more creative and subjective. In order to get the best of both sides there must be streamlined communication between the left and right hemispheres.
Improved interaction between left and right hemispheres is one of the benefits of racetams, a type of Nootropic, otherwise known as “smart drugs”. Racetams have been researched extensively over the past 50 years for a variety of cognitive functions and have shown great benefits with little to no levels of toxicity.
Benefits of Racetams
Before jumping into the specifics of each racetam, let’s look at the benefits of the family as a whole:
- Improved memory function and recall
- Increased ability to focus and pay attention
- Boosted intellectual clarity
- Increased alertness
- Neuroprotection and anti-aging
- General feelings of health and well-being
Types of Racetams
Four different racetams are used today: piracetam, aniracetam, oxiracetam and pramiracetam. While they carry the same general benefits, the potency and effectiveness can be different across each racetam and for each person so some testing may be required for you to find the best one for your needs.
Piracetam is the most basic of the racetam family. Piracetam is also the least potent of all racetams so it requires more frequent dosing. Common dosages are between 1,500 and 5,000mg split throughout the day. Please note that since racetams increase choline uptake, supplementing with additional choline is often recommended.
Like piracetam, aniracetam has been used in research for many different conditions. There are some key differences though. Aniracetam is more potent than piracetam and is fat-soluble, so it requires less frequent dosing. Aniracetam is also frequently used as an anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety drug. Dosage of aniracetam is much lower: 750-3,000mg throughout the day.
Oxiracetam is another more potent alternative to piracetam. It’s water soluble, so it’s not as long lasting as aniracetam. Some users have also described oxiracetam as a more stimulating and motivating version of aniracetam. Again, since there is higher potency, dosage is lower than with piracetam at 800-2,400mg/day.
Pramiracetam is the strongest of the racetams, being about seven times stronger than basic piracetam. Pramiracetam is absorbed into the body much faster than basic piracetam. Dosage of pramiracetam follows a bell-shaped curve of effectiveness from 1,200mg-3,200mg daily, with most research being on the lower end of dosage.
Despite the options with racetams, it’s hard to go completely wrong with any of them. Some users like to start basic with piracetam and increase from there. Others like to jump right in to oxiracetam or aniracetam. Whichever you choose, you are in for a treat and, if you aren’t already, will become a believer in the power of nootropics.