Oh the Options…
I had just finished up my Alpha GPC and was awaiting shipment of my CDP Choline. It would be three days before I would see it and I wanted to continue my racetam use without negative side effects.
So I did what any self-respecting nootropic user would do, I bought some dirt cheap choline bitartrate at the local supplement store for a price that made me shiver.
Bitartrate’s Ill Effects
I took it home and consumed a 1200 mg dosage with my piracetam and went about my day.
Weirdly, that day turned out to be a groggy, sleepy, dopey kind of day.
Needless to say, this caught me off guard, and while there could have been many reasons for the lackluster persona, my suspicion was that the bitartrate was the culprit.
While the Alpha GPC and piracetam combo had been the exact opposite; a very energizing affair; after poking around on the internet I found that I was not the only person who had felt this hazy effect from the pairing of piracetam and choline bitartrate.
It reminded me of another nootropic I had previously taken, Bacopa. Bacopa knocks me out, so I take it about two hours before bedtime and I’ve never struggled to get to sleep since. That night I took 1500 mg of choline bitartrate with my Bacopa and was out like a light.
When I awoke the next day, I found myself fairly alert and in a good mood. I dosed my piracetam individually and found it to be back to the energizing effect I was used to.
This is, perhaps, the nootropic lullaby: Bacopa and choline bitartrate. The great part about this combination is that while other nootropics make some individuals sleepy, they don’t do this with any long-term benefit.
The different racetams can make different people sleepy, but once a racetam wears off it has little long lasting nootropic effect. L-Theanine can relax people, but again, if you go to sleep you lose any nootropic effects it might have for you.
Bacopa, however, improves memory all day if you’ve been taking it 4-12 weeks or longer, and choline bitartrate can increase your choline stores to reduce depletion from the following day’s racetam dosing.
Many people already have a nightly nootropic stack, and this might serve as either a good start, or a good addition, to yours.