Nootropics are most common these days, people are more and more used to acquire them with the hope of ameliorating their lifestyles, improve memory, have more energy, enhance cognitive abilities and so on. The main interrogatives generally are, what type of nootropic should I take? Are nootropics good for sleeping? What kind of nootropic could help me to enhance my training performance? Here we will try to answer some of those questions.
What nootropics should I take?
Here is a list of the best and most common nootropics:
- Caffeine: Caffeine is a chemical that increases your alertness and improves your attention.
- L-Theanine: L-theanine is an amino acid found in tea that can increase feelings of calmness and may be linked to increased creativity.
- Creatine: Creatine is an amino acid that can improve short-term memory and reasoning skills. Doses of 5 grams per day have been shown to be safe in the long term.
- Bacopa Monnieri: Bacopa monnieri is an herbal supplement that has been shown to improve memory and information processing.
- Rhodiola Rosea: Rhodiola rosea is a natural herb that may help your body adapt to periods of high stress and reduce associated mental fatigue.
- Ginkgo Biloba: Ginkgo biloba can improve memory and mental processing and may be beneficial in stressful situations.
- Noopept: Noopept is a synthetic nootropic that may improve memory by increasing BDNF levels in your brain.
- Modafinil: Modafinil is a prescription drug that can reduce drowsiness and improve brain function in healthy adults, particularly those who are sleep deprived.
- Adderall: Adderall is not available without a prescription but does appear to improve brain function in healthy adults and those with ADHD.
- Ritalin: Ritalin is a smart drug that enhances information processing, memory and attention.
What nootropics should NOT be mixed?
To answer this we have to take in consideration that there are many types of nootropics, the best way is to categorize the nootropics that are not well tolerated when mixed:
– Stimulants: There are various stimulants nootropics but the most common include caffeine, adderall and yohimbine. These stimulants increase your dopamine, adrenaline, and other stress hormones and if you mix them, it would lead into side effects such as: anxiety, irritability, nausea, insomnia and jitters.
– Racetams: Recetams are not recommended to mix because of the lack of long-term research, and if there is a study, they generally are proved in animals. Because long-term effects aren’t known, we can’t tell how safe these nootropics really are, and mixing them probably won’t be the best decision.
– Serotonergic Nootropics: Mixing nootropics that affect serotonin levels aren’t bad in general but there are some exceptions. Don’t mix serotonergic nootropics if you are taking a medication, or at least consult with a doctor. Taking too much of this kind of nootropics can lead into a serotonin syndrome so be careful with the dosage too.
– Pre Formulated Nootropic Stacks: If you’re inexperienced with nootropics, the last thing you want to do is try to create your own stack, this is a job for experienced people who want to save time and money. Some of these stacks are selled but you should be careful anyway, try to make a smart decision when choosing the nootropics you will consume.
What nootropics increase dopamine?
First of all dopamine is a naturally occurring brain chemical that stimulates pleasure, euphoria, motivation, movement and attention, all made by the communication of a system of neurons, this communication takes place in specialized receptor sites. Dopamine is an important chemical in our daily life, it stimulates physical movement, affects how we learn, it also can increase addictive behaviours, influences dietary cravings, etc.
A decrease in dopamine may lead to cognitive disability. Some symptoms of dopamine deficiency are: decrease motivation, fatigue, mood swings, poor memory, inability to focus, addictions, impulsive behaviours and procrastination.
Nootropics that helps to increase dopamine in our system includes:
1- Rhodiola Rosea: it is a popular root commonly used in Asia and Eastern Europe as a medicine, Rhodiola produces many effects on the neuronal system including dopamine stability, helping reduce fatigue and anxiety and boosting ability for handling stress. Rhodiola can enhance the permeability of the blood-brain barrier, allowing for better transport of dopamine.
2- L-Theanine: it is an amino acid found mainly in green tea and some mushrooms. L-theanine can cross the blood-brain barrier to boost dopamine levels. It also reduces the symptoms of stress and improves memory and learning. Another benefit of this amino acid is that it promotes the feelings of calm, helping to protect brain cells against the long-term effects of stress and age-related neural damage.
3- Citicoline or CDP Choline: It increases dopamine levels by acting as a dopamine agonist. Citicoline may also help to reduce food and drug cravings and reduce the appetite. Studies have shown that Citicoline combined with Uridine promotes the growth of dopamine receptors in the brain.
4- N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine: It may help to reduce the effects of high stress, Clinical trials show L-tyrosine biochemically can influence the synthesis of dopamine and norepinephrine in experimental animals and in humans too.
What nootropics interact well with wellbutrin?
Wellbutrin or Bupropion is an antidepressant, the factor that makes wellbutrin unique among the other antidepressants is that it doesn’t affect your libido and sexual function.
There is no big evidence of what happens when you mix a nootropic with wellbutrin, people who take wellbutrin and a nootropic tell that the side effects of the nootropics may be worse than thought but this also has to be with the dosage they take because the major part of them didn’t even consult with a doctor before mixing wellbutrin and nootropics.
Although Wellbutrin should not be mixed with other medicines that also contain bupropion since this may increase your risk of having a seizure. These include other antidepressants, antipsychotics, theophylline, isoniazid, tramadol, stimulants, steroids, hypoglycemic agents (including insulin), certain antibiotics, and abrupt discontinuation of benzodiazepines, but contraindications for nootropics aren’t found.
The most reasonable thing to do is consulate with a doctor before thinking of consuming any type of nootropic if you already take wellbutrin.
Remember, we do NOT recommend self-medication and this isn’t a medical article, take a time and consult your head doctor to avoid any problem nootropics could lead to for you.
To sum up, there is a large list of nootropics and these are also subdivided into categories, make sure to learn how to take them properly and which nootropics can or cannot be mixed, avoid possible consequences and side effects that can be tricky to control, consult a doctor, you’ll be thankful later.