Top 5 Nootropics of 2016

Top 5 Nootropics of 2016

Nootropics have reached a record peak of interest in 2016, as more people seek out ways to enhance their bodies and minds. To give those of you who are new to nootropics a place to start exploring the variety of nootropics available, we’ve rounded up the top five nootropics of 2016 according to community trends and reports.


Cognitive, anxiolytic, and mood-boosting benefits are what make Phenibut one of the most popular nootropics this year. In a passive avoidance test conducted on rats to measure learning and memory, rats given Phenibut learned to avoid aversive stimuli quicker than non-supplemented rats did. [3] A cat study found that Phenibut suppressed or eradicated fear in anxious cats. [3] The rats given Phenibut also spent less time immobilized during a forced swim test, indicating a lesser feeling of hopelessness and an improved mood. [3]


Adrafinil has become a very popular nootropic in 2016 for its ability to increase wakefulness and alertness. It is a prodrug to Modafinil, meaning that Adrafinil supplementation leads to increased levels of Modafinil in the body. [5] A rat study showed that Adrafinil increases activity rate by a significant amount. [4] Like other stimulants, Adrafinil also increases wakefulness; however, it does not cause jitters and agitation like most other energy boosters. [4]


Phenylpiracetam is Piracetam with an extra Phenyl molecule added to it, increasing its efficacy and improving its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier — making it a potent and fast-acting nootropic, and one of 2016’s most popular. [6] Numerous studies show that it improves cognition, with improvements ranging from 12 to 43 percent. [7, 8, 9]


Heightened focus, increased feelings of relaxation, and decreased stress are the main benefits that make L-Theanine a top nootropic of 2016. Thought to be due to an increase in brain theta waves, L-Theanine increased memory and attention as determined by a panel of cognition tests. [10] In addition to working well on its own, L-Theanine is very synergistic with stimulants such as

So there you have it: the top five nootropics of this year. If enhancing body and mind sounds appealing, there are a number of options to get you started. A Nootropic Sampler pack comes with a variety of nootropics so that you can try them out and see what works best for you. We also offer many capsules so you can take nootropics without any unpleasant tastes. If you’re looking for synergistic combinations of nootropics, check out our variety of functional stacks — they even include citric acid and stevia to mask the taste!


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9195198
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19240853
  3. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1527-3458.2001.tb00211.x/pdf
  4. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1527-3458.1999.tb00100.x/pdf
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11191710
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20166767
  7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21626817
  8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16608112
  9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18646385
  10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21303262