Nootropics For Concentration

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Introduction to Nootropics for Concentrationnootropics for concentration

Many times we will see focus and concentration mentioned in the same sentence as essentially the same thing, but they’re not.  Today I will separate the two and talk about nootropics for concentration.

It is important that we distinguished the two so we can’t use the proper nootropics to help us focus or to help us concentrate.  To muddy the waters a bit, there’s are nootropics that are used to treat both do this is a place where we see both used in the same sentence, but correctly.

What is concentration and what is focus.  Well, have a read and we can see the difference.

Concentration and Focus – The Difference

Concentration is the act of isolating one’s attention on a specific object, task, or aspect of consciousness. Anyone who has done any type of meaningful work in his or her life has had some experience with concentration.

You do not have to be in focus in order to concentrate, and visa versa. What this means is that someone can concentrate on an object or act without being focused on reality, such as when he/she is engaged in a training routine that he/she knows to be irrational and unproductive, but is doing it very well.

Unlike focus, concentration is not merely a choice of ‘on’ or ‘off.’ There are varying degrees of concentration, even though there is no means of measuring these degrees at present. Currently, you can give your full and undivided attention to what is being read, or your concentration may be divided, the latter of which may be more appropriate if there is something in the oven, there are children playing nearby, etc.

Now that we have that straight I will go on and talk about nootropics for concentration.

L-Theanine and Caffeinenootropics for concentration

L-theanine is found in tea and the ever-popular green tea.  Its massive popularity is its calming effects.  Once you feel calm without being tired, you can more easily concentrate on what you are doing or need to do.  It’s called sensorimotor gating.  This is where you are able to filter out your environment and escape the overload of irrelevant information in your brain [1]

Combining the calming l-theanine with caffeine makes a great combination for concentrating.  Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor and when you add in l-the anime you eliminate this allowing more cerebral blood flow and enhancing cognition and mood [2]

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Citicoline does have the ability to enhance your concentration.  Many users of citicoline say they definitely are finding it easier to concentrate for longer periods of time while sitting in lectures or meetings.

When concentrating, the normal distractions are filtered out.  It’s not just the length of time, but the ease of concentration they also report with much more information absorbed.

Studies show that CDP Choline can improve our concentration even in post-stroke, brain injury, and Alzheimer’s [3]

Click here to learn more about Citicoline (CDP Choline)


Aniracetam is well known for its ability to boost our mental energy.  It is good for releasing symptoms of anxiety and depression and also one of the top nootropics for creativity.

Aniracetam does this by modulating the AMPA receptors involved in memory and learning.  These AMPA receptors are glutamate receptors which are our body’s most prominent neurotransmitters.  They are important in plasticity and synaptic transmission in our brain.  What that means, in short, is that by improving neurotransmission we get the benefit of better focus, memory, concentration, and learning abilities.

Aniracetam is considered by many to be one of the best nootropics for improving focus and concentration.


Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa has always been known to have the ability to increase our cognitive processing.  It makes concentrating easier allowing us to learn new things simpler and quicker. The ability to have better learning powers while under stress is another proven ability of Bacopa as well as claims being able to recall recently learned information much easier for example taken a test or student exams.

In a 2016 study of 60 college students, researchers found that six weeks of twice-daily treatment with bacopa (at a dose of 300 mg per day) led to improvements in tests relating to cognitive function [4].

To learn more about Bacopa Monnieri, read my in-depth article here!


Maritime Pine Barknootropics for concentration

People who take this pine bark extract seem to have better memory, decision making, concentration, focus, and mood.  Multiple studies do suggest it does have brain-boosting power.  A study which took place over a 12 week period used 60 participants who where 30 were given the pine bark extract daily and 30 who were given a placebo showed promising results.

The pine bark extract can also improve concentration in those people with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).  A study shows us that it may help with attention, visual-motor coordination and concentration [5]

Those in this study experienced a relapse in their poor cognition and concentration following a month of terminated supplementation.

Those afflicted have trouble concentrating and staying focused. A 2017 study in Complementary Therapies in Medicine showed some limited evidence of benefit when pine bark extract was used by children with ADHD while another 2017 study in Trials of 144 pediatric patients showed pine bark extract could be beneficial in children with ADHD and help them stay focused.

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Ginkgo Biloba

Once again, because of its ability to decrease the viscosity of our blood, we have great nootropic benefits. Making our blood less sticky improving blood flow, it allows better oxygen flow which results in better cognitive ability.

Ginkgo also increases our levels of the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine which is related to learning and effects dopamine which then elevates our mood.

Many of the published reports of Ginkgo’s effects one cognition have involved patients suffering from mild to moderate cognitive impairment. What they say is, these studies found statistically significant improvement in performance on standardized tests of cognitive function after treatment with Ginkgo.

Learn more about Ginkgo Biloba by reading my in-depth article here!


Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola is another fine adaptogen used for hundreds of years to prevent fatigue, reduce our stress level, get rid of brain fog and to enhance our metal performance.  Clearing the mind of brain fog leads to better concentration and focus.

In one study it was found that Rhodiola reduced fatigue, increased mental performance, enhanced the ability to concentrate and decreased cortisol response to stress.   Those taking a placebo had no change.

Read more about Rhodiola Rosea here!


It is an amino acid commonly found in turkey, seaweed swiss cheese, eggs, and beef and is necessary for the production of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine.  These neurotransmitters are major players in regulating our moods.  When experiencing low levels or these neurotransmitters you may feel depressed, fatigued and have a marked lack of concentration. 

It has been suggested that taking L-tyrosine can alleviate up to moderate depression and prevent cognitive decline when under stress.

Read more about L-Tyrosine by clicking here!


Vinpocetinevinpocetine benefits

Vinpocetine is a natural vasodilator responsible in part for improved blood flow to the brain and the rest of our body as well as facilitating cerebral metabolism. In simpler terms, it dilates our blood vessels allowing more blood to flow through them. The benefit of this is more oxygen to the brain.

Focus and concentration were looked at as possible benefits of the nootropic supplement largely because of its ability to improve blood flow in the brain without dropping blood pressure. It was discovered that it can enhance these areas because of better blood flow. The brain becomes more efficient and our focus and concentration are enhanced [6]

You can learn more about Vinpocetine here!



Noopept is among the most bought nootropics because of its ability to improve users cognitive functions. It is considered the most effective nootropic supplements that can be used to improve focus.

Noopept is very effective at improving our brain functions.  It is well known to boost our learning, give us mental clarity and better formation of memories.

Students are drawn to noopept to improve their performance.

Noopept is involved in the production of neurotransmitters that are associated with learning and memory.  When released you will have an improvement in mental functions that include concentration leading to the ability to remember things faster.

Learn more about Noopept by reading my in-depth article here!

11 thoughts on “Nootropics For Concentration”

  1. I had to come back to this post and read over the information again and also look for a link to purchase this. I think, even with the sugar content, that I want to give this a try! I had a sample a few years ago, and I do like the flavor. I can’t say I took it long enough to really notice if it was doing anything for me, cognitively. Not that I am a forgetful person, but I just remember my mom and how she was getting to that point of forgetting things. I don’t want to get there!

    • This post is about a number of nootropics for concentration.  There are links to the pages containing the full information about the ones listed.  There you will find links to purchase whatever you choose 🙂

  2. Stew, thanks for clarifying the difference between “focus” and “concentration.”  As you’ve pointed out, the terms are often used interchangeably, but actually they are quite different.  

    I am particularly intrigued with your write-up about aniracetam and the idea that it and other nootropics can promote the possibility of greater creativity.  Wow!  What a concept!

    I am bookmarking this post so I can study that aspect of it more.

  3. Thanks for introducing me to Nootropics, to be honest, I really don’t know much about them but I think I need to get some.

    I once took some omega tablets for the brain when I was preparing for an exam.

    I just have one worry are there any side effects of taking any of these drugs for a long period of time?

    Thanks again for your very informative review

    • Nootropics as part of what they have to be side effect free or very close to it or they do not belong to this category.

      If you read about side effects such as headache, stomach problems, dizziness etc.  They are all minor in nature and are attributed to taking more than the suggested dose.

  4. Thanks for your informative and educational article. As becoming old, I feel that I have problem of focusing on my work. I did some my own research and found some nootropics. I have been using Ginkgo Biblba for about one year now. It do help my focus on my job. 

    Recently my son forwarded internet news to me, which showed that Ginkgo Biloba caused cancer in some animal testing. I am still using it now. Should I stop using it? If I stop using Ginkgo Biloba, which one in your list will be the best replacement?

    It is nice that we have so many choices to improve our focus on our activities and I bookmarked your website and do more research on it.

    • Do not worry.

      You have to read the latest news and not news 7 years old.  This was a small study done using a very unusual extract of Ginkgo that we do not use.

      Ginkgo Biloba is a safe supplement to use

  5. I’ve never really taken the time to appreciate the difference between Concentration and Focus. I’ve kinda used it interchangeably in the past. Now I know. 🙂

    Overall, such an amazing article. I learned so much and I truly appreciate all the efforts that have gone into writing the article. Thank you.

    Other than that, Aniracetam seems to be my kind of thing. I do rely a lot on creativity and mental energy all throughout my day, every day. The other effects of better focus, memory, learning abilities, and of course improvements in concentration are very attractive as well. 🙂

    Cheers, Stew, Have an Awesome Day! Carpe minutam,


  6. Hi, Stew, I just wanted to drop a quick note and thank you for this article. I found it really educational. It also made it really straight forward as to what substances one should look for. Really, really great.

    Maritime Pine Bark was definitely one of my favorites. Not because I need to battle ADD. No, at least not that I know of. But because of it’s potential effects on mood and decision making. I feel I’ve lately have not been as sharp in those two areas as I used to. That brain-boosting power I could really use too. 

    Out of curiosity, which of these is your favorite, Stew?

    Have a Wonderful Day!


    • Thanks for stopping by Rasa.   Glad you liked the article.  My favourite is the caffeine+l-theanine combination.  It really works for me.

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