Nootropics are becoming increasingly popular. As demand goes up, more and more products are being supplied. Once you discover what these products are and find the ones you enjoy, you cannot simply ramp up the dosage. There is a science to the art of supplementing with nootropics. Just adding more to your daily regimen may only stand to increase tolerance and reduce the desire effects. One of the best solutions is stacking. There are many ways that you can stack multiple nootropics together that provide synergistic effects. This allows you to maintain the dosage of the nootropics you like and maintain their full power. In this article, we will be discussing some of the most popular nootropic stacks out there right now.
Popular Nootropic Stacks
Caffeine and L-Theanine
Two of the most popular and very effective nootropic stacks is using the alertness and energizing benefits of caffeine with the calming and focus boosting effects of L-Theanine. Caffeine is a stimulant, there for it enhances cognitive function by elevating the heart rate. However, this can sometimes produce undesired effects, such as jittery, on-edge feelings and racing heart rate. L-Theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid found in green tea, has always help provide a soothing calm effect. This is because it slows the heart rate down. Therefore, using L-Theanine in combination with caffeine can help counteract the unwanted side effects of caffeine. The most common ration is 1:2 (1 part caffeine to 2 parts L-Theanine). Taking L-Theanine can elevate your caffeine dosage threshold, allowing you to take more than you normally may be able to handle.
Benefits of Caffeine and L-Theanine:
- Increased Focus
- Longer Concentration
- Faster Information Processing
Example Stacking Ratio:
Add 200 mg of L-Theanine to 1 Cup of Coffee
Racetams, Noopept and Cholines
An excellent beginner stack that produces great results is the combination of Racetams or Noopept along with a choline. Racetams, such as piracetam, aniracetam and oxiracetam, can be stacked with a choline, such as Optimal Choline Complex. Racetams are a precursor to Acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter that supports healthy cognitive functions. All racetams have similar benefits in several cognitive categories. However, each can vary slightly from one benefit to the other. This is why some people combine multiple racetams together. However, Racetams on their own can over work your brain causing unwanted side effects, such as headaches. This is where the choline can help. Choline is used along with racetams to product acetylcholine. Therefore, if you are not supplementing your racetam intake with choline, you can experience a “burn out” effect.
Benefits of Racetams and Cholines:
- Boosts Learning Capacity
- Improved Short/Long Term Memory
- Overall Cognitive Boosting Effects
Racetams – Between 250 – 500 mg daily
Cholines – Start low and work up to find best dosage
Ashwagandha and St. John’s Wart
Anxiety and depression are often a pair. To help sooth anxiety and promote overall better mood, Ashwagandha and St. John’s Wart work well in tandem. Best of all, these are natural extracts and make a nice over-the-counter alternative to more addictive pharmaceuticals. When combined, these two herbal extracts can help reduce feelings of social anxiety and depression. Ashwagandha acts as a central nervous system depressant. This helps you think more clearly so you are less inclined to experience spikes in anxiety. St. John’s Wart is shown to be a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor. This helps to increase your brains level of serotonin, the feel-good hormone. Using these products together can help you remain calm while enhancing your mood.