Nootropics for Beginners: What, Why, and How

Photo of bottle of nootropics pills opened with pills spilling out

More than ever, people are becoming aware of the importance of preventative health and wellbeing, and according to the 2014 Complementary Medicines Industry Survey, this has been reflected in the increasing popularity of nutritional supplements. But it is only recently that people are starting to consider supplements that support brain function. Otherwise known as ‘smart…

CILTEP – Retain Information Better, for Longer

Luteolin, found in artichoke extract, is a PDE4 inhibitor with significant nootropic effects.

CILTEP is an all-natural nootropic supplement offered by US-based company Natural Stacks, containing a combination of natural ingredients including artichoke extract. It makes some big claims, including improvements in motivation, mental endurance, concentration, learning, memory, mood and social ability. While no studies have yet been performed to evaluate the effects of the CILTEP stack in…

Getting the Most out of Alpha Brain

The L-tyrosine and oat straw in Alpha Brain make it easier to get to sleep, while the alpha-GPC can increase the lucidity of dreams.

If you’re reading this article, chances are you are either using or considering using Alpha Brain, the popular nootropic stack from US company Onnit. Congratulations – you’ve made a good choice. Clinical trials and thousands of positive reviews can’t be wrong! Alpha Brain promises a whole host of cognitive benefits, including sharp focus, improved memory,…

Vinpocetine: An Oxygen Boost to the Brain

The lesser periwinkle plant yields vincamine, which in turn yields vinpocetine.

Vinpocetine is a nootropic supplement derived from vincamine, which in turn is extracted from the lesser periwinkle plant. Vinpocetine is available throughout the world as a supplement, but in Europe it is actually marketed as a pharmaceutical under the trade name Cavinton. It increases cerebral blood flow and has several neuroprotective effects in patients with cerebrovascular disease and…

Huperzine A – the Newest Study Aid?

Green Club-mos (Lycopodium clavatum L.)

Huperzine A, also known as selagine or simply Hup A, is sourced and purified from Chinese club moss. Huperzine A is thought to enhance memory, learning, alertness and energy; and protect against nerve damage and dementia. Trials in healthy adults are lacking at this stage, but the body of evidence is growing for its efficacy in both adolescents…

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