Noopept and Exercise

Nootropics have become increasingly popular. Noopept is one of the newest entries in the family of racetams although it has a little bit different structure.

Noopept Defined

This peptide-derived supplement is closely related to the racetam family and was originally promoted in Russia and neighbouring countries. Noopept has been said to be more (up to 1000 times) powerful than piracetam (the first and most popular among the racetam family) and is therefore taken at a much lower dosage.


How does it work?

Like the other supplements in the racetam family, noopept is said to have a similar mechanism of action. Similar to piracetam, it has been shown to increase the spindle-like activity and alpha wave function in the brain. Noopept reacts with glutamatergic AMPA receptors, binding to them and thereby allowing them to move between brain cells, producing noopept’s effects in cognition. After consumption, the supplement is absorbed through the GI tract and has a very high oral bioavailability that enables easy blood-brain penetration. This crossing of the blood-brain barrier is the reason for the low dosage and high potency of the supplement.


What are the Noopept Effects and Dosing?

Like the other nootropics, noopept has the following effects:
• Enhanced memory and cognition;
• Lowered anxiety, irritability, and apathy;
• Mood-boosting qualities.

The recommended dosage of noopept is 10-40mg daily. One can obtain both noopept powder and capsules depending on preference. It is also a common practice to stack noopept with other nootropics such as choline or other racetams. However, considering the strength and cost of noopept, it is usually taken alone.


Does Noopept Help with Exercise?

According to users, noopept may have a positive effect on exercise. The effect that nootropics have on the brain is enough reason to believe that they can in turn affect exercise. Remember that everything we do starts in the brain. By enhancing the general performance of the brain, one can accomplish far more in the gym.

Enhanced perception and reflexes have been reported by noopept users, both of which are benefits that translate to exercise. According to information available on user forums, a common stack used to increase energy and focus is noopept and caffeine which users claim allows one to get more things done. Although the major noopept effects are on cognition and memory enhancement, like other racetams it is also able to aid in physical performance. Still, the intensity of the effect will vary from person to person.

Does Racetam Efficacy Build Over Time?

Racetam Efficacy

Since the development of the racetam family of nootropic supplements, much research has taken place regarding their effects. Although the exact methods of action are still not entirely clear, this lack of knowledge only underscores how little modern science really understands about the brain. What is certain is that these supplements have huge potential. Many users have received tremendous cognitive benefits; some have also reported major improvements to their stress, anxiety, and overall mood. One important question that is only recently beginning to be explored is whether or not racetams have long-term effects, and do these effects build over time?

Major Racetam Effects and Benefits:

There have been an incredibly wide range of benefits and effects associated with the racetam family of supplements. These include improved memory and recall, enhanced learning capacity, lengthened attention spans, increased mental energy, focus, and concentration. Many users also report having improved sensory perception especially related to extra-visual acuity and hearing. Racetams are also able to reduce levels of stress and anxiety.

Possible Side Effects:

In general, racetams are well tolerated and do not have much in the way of negative side effects. In fact, as long as the recommended dosage levels are followed, side effects are quite rare. Of these, the most common is headaches, normally caused by the body becoming more efficient at the use of some key neurotransmitters. The answer to this is normally to add a high-quality choline supplement to your regimen. Other potential side effects include irritability, nervousness, anxiety, and GI distress.

Possible Long-Term Effects:

The real question is whether or not any of the beneficial effects of racetams can build up or last on a long-term basis. Research does indicate that there are some overall long-term brain-health effects. Many of these supplements have a neuroprotective element to them, meaning that they can help prevent damage to the neurons. These effects are believed to last even after usage is discontinued.

The ability to build new synapses and connections within the brain is also a hot topic of research. There is some evidence to suggest that some racetams do have this effect. Many are able to improve communications between the two hemispheres of the brain, and it is thought this is because of these new synapses. This could be a potentially long-term effect which builds over time. Either way, these supplements definitely demand continued study and attention.