Nootropics are well known memory enhancers. Coined in 1972, the term is still relatively fresh in the supplement world and in many ways could be classified as uncharted territory. Nootropics are supplements, nutraceuticals, or functional foods that improve intelligence, memory, cognition, motivation, and attention. There are an overwhelming amount of nootropics available on the market today and it can be a difficult task to find the optimal mix or stand-alone nootropic for you. If you want to either try nootropics for the first time and don’t know where to get started or are more experienced but want an option that is backed by good research then I suggest the nootropic piracetam.
Piracetam is a member of the racetam family, a group of cognitive enhancers with a common base structure. It has been labeled the father of nootropics as it was the first substance to receive the label and continues to be the leading choice for many people experimenting with different options. So, why should you choose piracetam over other nootropic supplements and how should we implement nootropics in general into our daily routine?
The leading argument in piracetam’s favor is similar to many arguments that surround various nootropics in that it touts the ability to enhance memory and improve cognitive function in both healthy and unhealthy adults. Research has shown significant memory enhancing effects after a consistent dosing of piracetam; specifically verbal learning was shown to have significantly increased after only two weeks. In addition to memory enhancement, piracetam has shown the ability to provide the user with an improved cognitive function in day to day activity. A meta-analysis that looked at 19 different double-blind placebo controlled studies concluded that piracetam does have a significant benefit in regards to cognitive function.
The many benefits associated with piracetam include but are not limited to: cardiovascular system protection, metabolism boosting ability, improved blood circulation, hearing improvement, detoxifying agent, and the ability to counteract hypoxia, short term memory loss .
Piracetam, a cyclic derivative of GABA is available as an over the counter supplement. I urge you to do your own research on nootropics before adding them to your daily routine or stack. While piracetam has shown no adverse side effects and a very low toxicity there are still unknown variables that one must consider as nootropics in general are a fairly new and under studied family of supplements. With that in mind make sure to pay attention to your body’s individual response and the product’s label information to be as safe as possible while using nootropics.
For more information about getting started with nootropic supplementation, check out this new beginner’s guide to nootropics.