We often get many questions about best nootropic stacks. Here at Peak Nootropics, we always try to answer these emails as efficiently as we can. The problem is that finding the best nootropic stack for each individual can be difficult as the goals of the user may differ
This article will outline some of the best nootropic stacks for memory, focus and studying. You may not fully agree with this list but this is meant to be a general guide on what works as a whole for most people. These nootropic stacks are crafted for each area based on the scientific workings of each supplement.
Best Nootropic Stacks for Focus & Energy
Dopaminergic nootropics are hands down the best for focus. Although dopamine plays a large role in focus, the cholinergic system also has its place. Cholinergics can be a great alternative to using dopaminergics but the latter will always be best.
This stack works on a primary mechanism. The dopamine precursor (L-DOPA or L-Tyrosine) raises dopamine. One of the biggest problems is that taking these supplements in large dosages can cause negative side effects because they are broken down within the brain. The excess dopamine goes into the Central Nervous System which causes a large amount of negative and uncomfortable reactions.
This is where the EGCG comes in. EGCG acts as both a COMT and weak Dopamine Decarboxylase Inhibitor. Both of these influence how dopamine is produced within the body and brain. Finding the right amount of dopamine precursor mixed with the right dosage of EGCG may bring enhanced dopamine within the brain which will create an ultimate nootropic stack for focus. The rest of the supplements in the stack have mild cholinergic and dopaminergic mechanisms.
L-Dopa or L-Tyrosine
EGCG (found in green tea)
Best Nootropic Stack for Memory
The best nootropic stack for memory may also be conflicting amongst many. Both cholinergics and ampakines are great for learning and memory and both have been added to this list. It is important to remember that the best nootropic stack for memory we have produced may not be the best for you. This is a basic stack and a great place to start.
You could use the below best nootropic stack for studying in place of this stack however this memory stack is much more affordable and suited for everyday use. You can cycle supplements in an out of this stack and modify as needed. This best nootropic memory stack is one of our favorites and suited for all.
Piracetam + Aniracetam or Noopept
Citicoline or Alpha GPC
Sunifiram or Unifiram
Best Nootropic Stack for Studying
Nootropics that work best for studying seem to be cholinergic in nature. Finding the best nootropic stack for studying may have some conflicting ideals. Many people think that stimulants and dopaminergics work best for studying. While stimulants may keep you up, they do not actually do much for learning & memory.
Many college students are using dopaminergic amphetamines like Adderall illegally. Adderall is unsafe and illegal without the use of prescription and is not recommended. Others use modafinil which is a much better alternative to Adderall and has fewer side effects. Modafinil is a dopaminergic nootropic which helps with focus without the stimulant edge of Adderall. Like Adderall, modafinil is also illegal without a prescription and is not considered the best nootropic for studying.
Cholinergic nootropics are a much better choice for creating studying stacks. They do not work on dopamine and have much fewer side effects than dopaminergics. If one uses cholinergics along with adequate sleep and a healthy stress reduced lifestyle, they can improve their studying and overall grade.
The cholinergic nootropics that seem to work the best for studying are ones that affect High Affinity Choline Uptake (HACU). Nootropics among this list are: pramiracetam, coluracetam and pyritinol. Nootropics can be added or removed from this stack.
We have added l-tyrosine and l-phenylalanine to the stack in order to help with focus by influencing the production of dopamine and norepinephrine. The focus aspects of this stack can be subbed out for caffeine or a cleaner energy enhancer (no crash) like ginseng. Caffeine also raises stress hormones (only slightly in small dosages but much higher when more is consumed). Stress hormones may directly affect how racetam nootropics work.
Pramiracetam or Coluracetam