5 Science-Based Nootropics For Cognitive Performance

What if someone told you there is a “magical pill” that can dramatically improve your cognitive performance?

And what if this pill is available right now in almost every drug store?

Well, let me introduce you nootropics – substances, supplements and other cognitive enhancers that improve our memory, focus, creativity or motivation. They are cognitive enhancers that individuals use to improve their overall cognitive performance. [1]

The term nootropic was coined by Corneliu E. Giurgea, Romanian chemist, who synthesized Piracetam, presumably one of the most potent nootropics.

Nowadays, I could easily count over 50 nootropics that are legal and available on market, but let me point out 5 well-studied nootropics that can improve cognitive functions such as memory, focus, and mood, and can also decrease anxiety.

Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa Monnieri is an herb that was first mentioned in 6th Century as a substance that helped ancient scholars memorize long and difficult books. Since then it has been widely used in traditional Indian medicine system called Ayurveda. [2]

Nowadays it is among the most popular nootropics on the market and used in many nootropic stacks. [12]

Scientific studies show supplementing Bacopa improves your memory [3] and it decreases your anxiety and depression. [4]

The recommended dosage is 300 mg/day if the supplement contains 55% of the active bacoside compound. [2]

Alpha GPC

ALPHA GPC is a choline-containing supplement that is used by younger people for improving their memory and by older people to decrease their cognitive decline. Athletes also use Alpha GPC to enhance power output. [4]

Studies show that supplementing Alpha GPC to people with mild Alzheimer’s dementia can improve their memory. [5]

The recommended dosage for decreasing cognitive decline is 3 times of 400 mg/day. [4]


Creatine is a molecule produced by the body that can rapidly produce additional energy to support cellular function. Research proves that supplementing creatine improves our physical performance. [6]

Besides, supplementing creatine improves our mood and cognitive performance [7], which makes creatine popular not only among the athletes but also among high performers.

The recommended dose is 0.03 g of creatine/kg/day. [6]


Vinpocetine is an alkaloid that is derived from periwinkle plant and it is being among the most popular nootropics due to its cognitive effects. [8]

Studies show that supplementing vinpocetine improve our memory [9], which is probably the main reason for its popularity.

The recommended dosage is 15 – 60 mg/day, divided into 3 daily dosages. [8]

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Lion’s Mane Mushroom, also known as Yamabushitake, is a dietary mushroom that is known for its positive effects on our cognitive performance, but it can be also used for treating anxiety. [10]

A study from 2009 shows that Yamabushitake is effective in improving mild cognitive impairment. [11]

Current research suggests that an effective dose of Lion’s Mane Mushroom is three times of 1000 mg/day. [10]

As you can see, there are several nootropics available that can increase our cognitive functions but have several other benefits.

The market of nootropics is dramatically growing [13] so we can all hope more funds will be available for further studies of mentioned nootropics and all other ingredients with potential nootropic effects. Until then we’ll have to rely on the current know-how and available nootropics.

So, what’s your opinion about nootropics? Please leave us a comment or question below!


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nootropic
  2. https://examine.com/supplements/bacopa-monnieri/
  3. https://examine.com/topics/memory/
  4. https://examine.com/supplements/bacopa-monnieri/#hem-anxiety
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12637119
  6. https://examine.com/supplements/creatine/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16416332
  8. https://examine.com/supplements/vinpocetine/
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3899677
  10. https://examine.com/supplements/yamabushitake/
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18844328
  12. https://www.yourinception.com/beginners-guide-to-nootropics/
  13. https://www.credenceresearch.com/press/global-nootropics-market

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