Top 5 Nootropics of 2014

Top 5 Nootropics of 2014

As we close in on the first third of 2014, it is high time to take a look at the trends happening in the nootropic community. While some individuals will be proud supporters of the lesser known nootropics, there are a few that are tried and true with scientific studies to back up their results. Here are the top five nootropics according to our customer reports.

Top Nootropics


No surprises here. Noopept consistently flouts the competition and for good reason. Noopept leads to increased cognitive capacities, memory, learning ability, and improved verbal acuity [1]. Noopept powder is also able to positively influence Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) as well as Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) [2]. Plus, noopept powder comes with the added benefit of a very small dose. 10mg one to three times a day is all you need to experience noopept’s benefits.


While many use l-theanine for its anxiolytic benefits, it also comes with the added bonus of improved focus. This is particularly true when it is paired with caffeine [3]. Theanine itself is an amino acid found in all teas and is popular for its ability to help you relax without the drowsiness, effectively reducing stress [4]. A standard theanine dosage is 100-200mg.


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Aniracetam is another nootropic with anxiolytic benefits, particularly when it comes to social interaction [5]; however, the cognitive enhancing aspects of aniracetam are well documented. In fact, there is evidence that aniracetam can improve test scores [6].

Anecdotally, aniracetam is the go-to racetam when it comes to boosting creativity. It is also capable of improving mood [7]. Aniracetam is a popular alternative to piracetam as it is much more potent. Most individuals start with 750mg one to two times per day with meals.

Phenibuttop nootropics discovery

While some will argue that Phenibut is an anxiolytic compound and not a nootropic, they may want to reconsider. Multiple study found phenibut to be both. While its anti-anxiety and sleep benefits are well known [8, 9, 10], its nootropic properties include improving concentration and cognition as well as improving communication between brain hemispheres [8, 11]. Tolerance develops quickly, so individuals should not take dosages exceeding 500mg. To avoid tolerance and withdrawal, most individuals cycle their phenibut supplementation.

Alpha GPC

Alpha GPC is a nootropic in its own right; however, it works synergistically with most racetams to produce even better results. Alpha GPC itself is a cholinergic compound that enhances cognition as well as athletic performance. As a cholinergic, it increases levels of acetylcholine within the brain, which is the neurotransmitter responsible for learning and memory [12]. Alpha GPC can also reverse the effects of scopolamine-induced amnesia [13].

As for athletes, Alpha GPC can increase power output as well as stimulate growth hormones [14, 15]. Most individuals take 300mg one to two times per day. 

Getting Started

If you are new to nootropics and confused as to where to start, we have an excellent Nootropic Sampler pack. It comes with just the right amount of supplement powders for testing with a variety of nootropics for you to try and see what works for you.

If you love nootropics, but hate the taste we also offer a variety of nootropic capsules. You can also try a nootropic stack. There are many nootropic powders that work together to create and even better experience. This stack also contains citric acid and stevia to mask the bitter flavor.

Top Nootropics Sources

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9195198
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19240853
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18006208
  4. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924224499000448
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11412837
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20166767
  7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11959085
  8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11830761
  9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16579056
  10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2431377
  11. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19334513
  12. Kidd, Parris M. GPC (ClyceroPhosphoCholine) Mind-Body Power for Active Living and Healthy Aging. First ed. N.p.: TotalHealth, 2007.
  13. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1662399
  14. http://www.jissn.com/content/5/S1/P15
  15. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1577400

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