Discovering nootropics is very exciting and when you find one you like it’s a wow factor and you may find yourself wanting a little more of that effect. Problem is if you take more you probably will be taking too much of that one nootropic and that may end poorly. Here I will take you through a few of the best nootropic stacks for anyone.
Instead, we do something called ‘stacking’. Stacking is combining different nootropics and the combination of those nootropics or compounds are called ‘stacks’.
Simple nootropic stacks are made up of a primary nootropic and either one or two supplemental nootropics selected to add to and enhance the effect of the primary nootropic.
Before continuing, if you are a beginner try to start with just one nootropic for a couple of reasons. First, it can get expensive and you don’t want to start your nootropics journey in the red. The other reason is that you don’t even know how you will react to another nootropic if you haven’t tried it by itself first.
We always say to research what you want and what is out there. Then try it. Once you try one, move to another. Now you are collecting valuable information on what works for you.
We always recommend that you try a single nootropic before you begin stacking them with others. This is for two reasons:
Beginner Nootropic Stacks
L-theanine and caffeine
This one is a good start and is simple and inexpensive. The ingredients are easy to find just about anywhere. Start by combining caffeine and L-theanine in a 2:1 ratio meaning 2 parts caffeine and one part L-theanine.
By combining these two nootropics this way you get the caffeine for a boost in focus and energy. However, we all know the side effects of caffeine; the jitters, anxiety, insomnia, edginess, lack of patience etc.
When you add L-theanine to the caffeine it counteracts those pesky side effects. We already know the calming effects of L-theanine and its ability to reduce anxiety. It’s also a sleep aid and so will counter insomnia you get from the caffeine. Now we have taken care of the side effects and are left with only what we want from the caffeine, the energy and focus boost period.
Putting this together is quite simple. Make a cup of coffee. That takes care of the caffeine part. Now just add 200mg of L-theanine to it in the morning. If you don’t drink caffeine then use caffeine pills. You should be able to find those quite easily at a corner store, but if not you can find them online easily.
If the pills come in 200mg pills which in my mind is too much if you don’t regularly consume caffeine. Instead, cut or break one In half so you have only 100mg.
There you have it, a simple and quite effective nootropic stack.
Noopept and Choline
This is another great, popular and safe nootropic stack for beginners and one I have suggested with no complaints later. Yes, it is safe, it is very effective and it isn’t all that pricey, plus it has Noopept in it. It’s a winning combination.
In this stack, Noopept is used to increase concentration, enhance learning capacity and to hone your reasoning skills. Choline is combined with Noopept to potentiate its function in the brain and to reduce a headache sometimes brought on through acetylcholine fatigue.
Noopept primarily affects the neurotransmitter Glutamate in very much the same way as Choline. Taking Noopept the Glutamate absorption of your brain will be increased. The problem now is the Glutamine is increased and you begin to feel side effects because your acetylcholine levels and Glutamate levels are not balanced. They need to be. Supplementing with Choline which is an Acetylcholine precursor will balance these levels back out.
You can use whatever source of Choline you wish, but my suggestions are CDP-Choline and Alpha GPC.
Here are the Benefits of Noopept With Choline
- Improved Cognitive Performance
- Reduced Anxiety
- Improved Mood
- Increased Creativity
- Enhanced Memory
- Advanced Logical Thinking
There are many different dosages used by Noopept and Choline, but many aren’t advised or just don’t work the way they say or at all. Noopept has a normal dosage of 10-30mg up to 3 times per day. Any higher is not advised. Choline is dependant on what type of Choline you use. If you use CDP-Choline you take from 500-2000mg/day at once or divided into 2 or 3 doses. If you are using Alpha GPC you would typically take from 500-1500mg/day. Not much different than CDP-Choline but it is.
Noopept and choline users have reported positive effects from a variety of different dosages. Typically, Noopept is taken at a dosage of 10, 20, or 30 mg, up to three times a day. Some users report much higher doses, but this is not recommended. The dosage of choline will depend on what type of choline you’re using. If you’re using alpha-GPC, a typical dose would be anywhere from 500 mg to 1,500 mg a day. The dosage for CDP-choline is similar, ranging from 500 mg to 2,000 mg a day, taken in one or more doses.
Racetams and Choline
This one is one I particularly like because it suits my needs perfectly and I’m a fan of choline.
You take a Racetam like Pramiracetam, Aniracetam etc. and mix it with Choline. The Racetam doesn’t matter which one you take, you will get a cognitive boost from any of them. These Racetamsincrease the Acetylcholine use in your brain. Acetylcholine is an extremely important neurotransmitter we have in our brains and is associated with memory, learning ability, and your overall cognitive functioning.
Add Choline to the mix and it gets converted to Acetylcholine. From there you get the cognitive effects the Choline can offer plus now that you have an increased amount of Acetylcholine the side effects of your Racetam such as brain fog or headaches are reduced.
How does this happen? It’s quite interesting I think. Using a Racetam the Glutamate absorption of your brain is increased. When this occurs you will feel the side effects because your acetylcholine levels and Glutamate levels always need to be balanced and they’re not. Supplementing with an Acetylcholine precursor such as a choline source will balance these levels back out.
Now that we understand this, if you are interested in getting a stronger effect from your Racetam and want to up your intake, you can by supplementing the choline without the worry of the side effects. Be smart though because too much Acetylcholine will also give you headaches just as too much Glutamate will. Make sure you have your dosages so that both are balanced and you get the effect you are hoping for.
If this stack suits you well and you would like to try a very similar but more powerful stack, Phenylpiracetam and Alpha GPC might be a good choice for you.
Phenylpiracetam and Alpha GPC
Phenylpiracetam is a stronger more potent Racetam especially more potent than Piracetam. It provides much more intense focus and higher energy boosts. It is a little too much for me as I am more interested in something a little more subtle.
When stacking with Phenylpiracetam you are going to need a stronger form of choline than you use in the above Racetams and Choline stack. For this, a good choice is Alpha GPC.
Alpha GPC is the Acetylcholine precursor that has the highest bioavailability making it the proper choline source for this stack. In better terms, when you consume it, more Acetylcholine is available for your brain. With Phenylpiracetam causing more glutamate to be produced you need a more potent choline source to take balance out and Alpha GPC is the one.
Again, I tried this and it was too intense for me so only take this stack if you need stronger motivation and focus. This stack should only be used the short term only when you need it as the effect wears off if you take it more regularly.
Commercially Prepared Stacks
Mind Lab Pro
Using a pre-made nootropic stack is another great way for beginners to start especially when unsure of what you are doing making your own. There are usually quite a few ingredients all working together for a common goal without you mixing and matching. You still have to do your own research to find one that will suit your needs and be a trusted brand. The one I chose below for this article is one I would suggest to anyone.
Mind Lab Pro is designed to cover all aspects of brain enhancement rather than just motivation, focus, or just anxiety etc.
For those who like a very clean product, you will be happy to know it is gluten-free, vegan-friendly, non-allergenic and has none of those GMOs.
Mind Lab Pro has a great selection of all natural nootropics that are all very effective by themselves and even better they support every aspect of peak cognitive performance. Briefly here are the ingredients. If you want a more in-depth look at them you can read my review of Mind Lab Pro
- Cognizin® Citicoline: For focus and concentration
- Phosphatidylserine (PS): Has to be one of the best memory-boosting nootropics
- Bacopa Monnieri: Anti-stress and memory retention
- Lion’s Mane: Nerve growth factor support for memory and mood balance
- Maritime Pine Bark Extract: Helps brain circulation and brain anti-ageing
- N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine: Boosts cognition under stress and multitasking
- L-Theanine: L-theanine is a calming amino acid promoting alpha-wave brain production
- Rhodiola Rosea: Get better mental performance in stressful situations
- Vitamin B6: Maintains healthy brain tissue and long-term memory
- Vitamin B9: Optimizes brain health and blood flow to the brain
- Vitamin B12: Helps support brain energy metabolism
Onnit Alpha Brain
Alpha Brain is one of the most popular nootropic stacks. It contains a great combination of general nootropics that most people may find convenient. The form of choline it contains is Alpha GPC which I like. Alpha Brain also contains effective and well-known nootropics like Bacopa, Huperzine A, and Vinpocetine.
Most of the nootropics you come across are first used alone and not stacked. However, stacking your nootropics for a better effect is very popular. Be careful where you get your information from. Reddit is a good place to get some information from, but not for getting information for or mixing nootropics. Being as everyone is different and nootropics work on different minds in slightly different ways, you may have to do more research to find one just right for you. Take your time, it’s worth it.
I also have an article called How to Stack Nootropics which is a good read for you if you are wanting to stack for the first time or this Nootroopic Stacks You Can Make Yourself!