In my last article I broke down my neuro-protective stack. Today I’m going to be talking about my nootropic stack. These two stacks in particular have a bit of overlap, as some nootropics are in fact also neuro-protective. But either way, I like to keep the two categories separate. When I think of my nootropic stack, I think of compounds I can use to maintain maximum alertness, mental clarity and mental energy, while of course avoiding insomnia, jitters and paranoia. So with that, let’s jump into the list. By the way, a 1 month supply of all the supplements listed below (grand total) would run you about $200.
- MCT Oil
- Alpha GPC
- Huperzine A
- Phosphadityl Serine
One of the things I like to do to avoid feeling like I’m just swallowing a bunch of pills every day is to mix as many things with my coffee as possible, or with some other type of liquid (so, purchasing each compound in powder form). Where that’s not possible or where the taste would just be too bitter, I stick to capsules.
In my black coffee, I love to mix MCT oil. This is done in conjunction with some of the other ingredients I talk about in my Bulletproof Coffee article, so if you want the full coffee customization list then go check out that article.
With regard to things like L-Theanine & CBD, I use these to maintain a sense of calm, and to eliminate jitters (luckily by nature I am a person who doesn’t get many jitters from coffee) I like to take the L-Theanine in the morning with my coffee, and the CBD at night, 30 minutes before bed.
The powerhouse trio in this list includes the Citicholine, the Pramiracetam and the Noopept. Taking these three in conjunction with each other gives you enough clean energy to not even really need a coffee (for those of you who want to avoid caffeine altogether or just don’t like the taste of coffee). There are many different compounds in the racetam family and I’ve tried all of them. Personally I found Pramiracetam the most beneficial for me, and so I stuck with it. Noopept is the cognitive enhancer I would choose if I were told that I could only take one of these supplements for the rest of my life. Granted, after you take this or any other supplement protocol for a while, you will not feel as profound an effect as time goes on, but I like to think that there is still work being done in the background, and so I stick with it.
Lastly, I love the Huperzine A and the Alpha GPC for long-term memory protection as well as learning enhancement.
The fun really starts when you combine nootropic compounds like those mentioned above with wearable tech (some of my favorites are mentioned in my Biohacking Tools – Top Picks article, so check that out to really benefit from a 360 degree approach to protecting and enhancing your memory and cognition.
Well, I hope that was beneficial and that it inspired some of you to go out, do your own research, start experimenting, and develop a nootropic stack of your own. Stay tuned for details on all my other favorite stacks, too. Until next time, biohackers…