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3 Best Nootropic Stacks

Updated on May 26, 2017

Stacking is widely practiced in bodybuilding as well as in performance enhancement regimens, and it’s hardly a shock that this has also become the norm in cognitive supplements. While there are some brain boosters that are taken as standalone, the nootropic stack has become very popular because it can significantly increase the effect.

Now a lot of stacks have come and gone the past several years, but the following are the best nootropic stacks in 2015 and well suited for beginners. If you’ve been stacking for a long time, just feel free to increase the dosage for a more powerful effect.

What's In My Current Stack?

Stack 1: Caffeine and Theanine

  • Benefits: increases focus, heightens alertness, helps correct sleep deprivation
  • Dosage: 100-200mg Theanine, 100-200mg Caffeine (the ratio is either 1:1 or 1:2 in favor of theanine)

It’s best to start this nootropic stack guide with this one, as it’s both affordable and effective. If this is your first time to use nootropics then this is the ideal way to start as the two provide an energy boost and improve focus without any serious side effects.

Caffeine Benefits

Caffeine has special properties that can keep you from getting fatigued, and it also works as an adenosine against your brain. By acting as an adenosine inhibitor, caffeine increases all neurotransmitter levels significantly including dopamine, acetylcholine and adrenaline, the result of which is your energy levels go up, giving you the means to go through mental tasks quickly.

L-Theanine Benefits

L-Theanineon the other hand, is an amino acid extracted from tea, and when consumed regularly makes you feel calm. If you’re looking for nootropic stacks that work then this one will fit the bill because it increases the GABA, which gets rid of the “jittery” feeling that comes from having too much caffeine.

This in short, is the ultimate nootropic stack because it provides the energy and mental boost a newcomer needs. For the best results, take it 2 to 4 times a week and don’t take the stack 6 to 8 hours before going to bed, not unless you want to delay sleep.

Stack 2: Choline and Racetam

  • Benefits: very flexible, improves memory, enhances dreams, verbal fluidity improved
  • Choline Dosage: for choline CDP 250-750mg / 300-600mg for Alpha GPC 1 to 2 times a day
  • Racetam Dosage: if you’re taking nootropic stack for studying you may go with 400-1600mg of piracetam 1 to 3 times a day. If you’re going to take aniracetam, dosage should be 800mg 1 to 3 times a day. For oxiracetam the dosage is 400-750mg taken 1-2 times daily. You may also opt for pramiracetam, in which case the dosage will be 250-500mg daily.

Aniracetam, Piracetam, and Choline Stack

Tips for Choosing Racetam

  • Piracetam

    If you’re looking for a nootropic stack for ADD then you’ll want to give piracetam a try because it’s very effective even though gram for gram it isn’t as powerful as other racetams. You can think of it as an all-around cognition and enhances other nootropics you’re using.

  • Aniracetam

    If you’re looking for a nootropic stack for depression, consider adding aniracetam, as it is fat soluble and is effective in terms of reducing anxiety, although the taste is a little bitter.

  • Oxiracetam

    Oxiracetam is also water soluble and you can think of it as an energy booster and mental stimulant. Because of the way it’s been formulated, oxiracetam is ideal for nootropic stack for creativity as it for nootropic stack for memory. There have been several tests done on animals proving that it works as a mental stimulant, and it’s also been shown to have the same effect on people.

  • Pramiracetam

    Pramiracetam is frequently used in nootropic stack for motivation because of its potency. However there’s no need to mistake power with risk because just like other nootropics, this is very safe.

If you’re looking for a nootropic stack for optimum synergy then it’s hard to top choline and racetam because they’ve proven to be effective time and again. The question however, is deciding which racetam to use. As a general guide if you’re after a harder kick go for oxiracetam, and if you’re after an anxiolytic you should try aniracetam.

If you’re still not sure which of these to use, it’s a good idea to try to test each one until you find what works. However things will be easier if you just make a list of objectives so you’ll know what to get.

Stack 3: Sulbutiamine, Huperzine A and Choline

  • Benefits: increases motivation, improves your learning ability, increases motivation
  • Dosage: 200mcg huperzine A, 300mg sulbutiamine, 500mg CDP choline or 300mg Alpha GPC

Sulbutiamine Benefits

If you want an entrepreneur nootropic stack then sulbutiamine has to be included as it significantly improves brain power. If you study limitless nootropic stack you’ll also learn that this is vitamin B1 which has been synthesized so it’s fat soluble and can reach your brain.

Because of the way sulbutiamine works, it enhances the potency of dopmanine and subsequently your motivational level. While this is suitable as a nootropic stack beginner make sure to take it with a meal.

Huperzine A Benefits

Extracted from Irish moss, huperzine A prevents acetylcholine from breaking down and instead increases the amount. The reason why this is so effective as a part of a nootropic stack for anxiety is its ability to inhibit acetylcholinesterase, and when it’s consumed according to the recommended dosage it will improve your concentration, memory, focus and acetylcholine level.

Choline (CDP and GPC)

A lot can be said about choline, but in regards to being used with this effective but cheap nootropic stack, the most important is that it maximizes the effect of huperzine. Both GPC and CDP are potent, but in terms of pure choline content Alpha GPC is more pure, but CDP choline is more ideal for improving motivation because it does a great job in improving dopamine receptor density.

Eggs are Source of Choline

As far as herbal nootropic stack goes, this is hard to beat, and it should be used 3 to 4 times a week to improve concentration and motivation. Yes, there are many sources you can get choline, but there’s very little difference between them.

What do you think is the best nootropic stack? Please tell us your experiences and what's working for you now. Thank you!


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