So you've heard about Nootropics. You're interested in jumping into the world of cognitive enhancement using nootropics, but where do you start?!
What is a Nootropic Stack?
You can start by taking individual nootropics or you can ‘stack' them together. ‘Stacking' is when we combine nootropics that synergize when they're taken together. So you get even more benefits.
There's a nootropic to help improve any area of functioning. If you need more mental energy, sharper focus or less anxiety, there will be a nootropic that can help.
You can start nootropic stacking in two different ways.
Create Custom Stacks
This is the DIY option. Creating your own stack customized for your exact needs means you can create the perfect stack for your specific needs.
Usually, it's also cheaper than buying a ready-made stack too. But the main issue with custom stacks is knowing where to start and getting the dosage right.
Nootropic Stacks for Beginners – Before you start
It's important to know what you want. What's the end result you're looking for?
- What is my goal with this stack?
- How much money can I spend?
Do your research
It's so important to fully understand what you are putting into your body and why. So research as much as you can. This will be key to creating effective nootropic stacks for beginners.
This research into how particular nootropics work can help you choose nootropics that work well together and enhance each other's effectiveness.
Always start with a low dose just to make sure you have no negative reaction to it before you increase the dose. Get used to one nootropic before adding any others into the mix. Keep the doses low when you add another nootropic, as one could make the effects of the other more potent. Most nootropics are considered safe, but it pays to be cautious.
I also recommended talking to a medical professional to make sure a particular nootropic is safe for you to take, especially if you're taking medication, or have any psychological issues.
Designing a Nootropic Stack
Keep it simple and remember your objective. So, if you want to feel more mentally energetic. This is where you should focus.
Make sure you: Check the ideal dosage, possible side effects of each nootropic and how it reacts to other nootropics.
Nootropic Stacks for Beginners example;
Improving Mental Focus
Who doesn't want to be more focused?!
L-Theanine + Caffeine Nootropic Stack
This is a simple nootropic stacks for beginners. You have probably had caffeine before. Caffeine (primarily found in coffee) boosts mental energy. While the L-theanine (an amino acid found in green tea) tames the effects of the caffeine into a cool focus. Taken together, usually at a 2:1 ratio (200mg L-Theanine + 100 mg Caffeine, as needed). A great example of the synergistic benefits of stacking.
Do you need help with anxiety and depression?
St. John’s Wort + Ashwagandha Nootropic Stack
St. John’s Wort has been used for centuries to treat depression. It prevents the reabsorption of neurotransmitters like norepinephrine in the brain, which suppress feeling of depression.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that's been shown to improve a number of brain functions. Such as helping you manage stress, by regulating the hormones which are responsible for the fight/flight response.
Aniracetam & Alpha GPC Nootropic Stack Beginners for Memory, Creativity & Motivation
A popular beginner-friendly choice in a stack is Aniracetam. An Aniracetam stack for Memory, Creativity, and Motivation could be 750 mg Aniracetam + 300 mg Alpha GPC + 500 mg Lion’s Mane Mushroom, twice a day.
Another option is to buy a ready-made stack. A combination of nootropics into capsule form. This may be more convenient, but it's often more expensive and less made-to-measure than creating your own stack for your specific needs.
Make sure you stick to reputable companies when choosing a preformulated nootropic. A great choice is TruBrain, which improves working memory, helps you overcome mental blocks and boosts mental output. It contains;
What works for one person might not work for another, as everyone’s brain chemistry is different. If you feel something isn't working for you, then do some more research and change it. Make sure you've given it sufficient time to get into your system and have an effect, so don't switch things up every day. Then if you do change something, only change one thing at a time. So you can keep track of what's working.
Have you created your own nootropic stacks for beginners or do you prefer the ready-made stacks?