The Beginners Guide to Nootropics

The Beginners Guide to Nootropics

The first time I heard about Nootropics was in the movie: Limitless.

The movie is about a struggling writer who’s stuck in writer’s block and can’t get anything going, and then discovers a fictional Nootropic drug, NZT-48.  After taking the pills, the writer goes through a roller coaster of events such as making millions on the stock market, buying penthouses, bodyguards, traveling the world etc.

It made me think about what these so-called Nootropics are all about.

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After seeing the movie, it seems like lots of people are taking Nootropics.  It seems so bizarre when people talk about what their best stack is, using names such as Theanine mixed with Caffeine, Modafinil, and Bacopa Monnieri.  So what is Nootropics all about and can you use them to become more powerful and productive?

I decided its time to get an understanding of Nootropics and find out what all the rave is about.

I had questions such as are they legal?  Do they work?  Are they safe? Where do I get them?  This post will give you the basics of Nootropics so you can become a superhuman 🙂

What are they?

They are pills to improve your mental performance.  Just like energy drinks improve your performance, Nootropics are similar but apparently without the jitters or crashes.  They include a range of artificial and natural ingredients.

What do they do?

Nootropics are pills that improve your mental performance…increasing things like your memory, motivation, concentration, and focus.  They are supposed to alter the brains supply of chemicals and thereby improves the brains oxygen supply and nerve transmissions.

Myth: In the movie Limitless, NZT-48 shows a huge difference in performance, in reality they are much less powerful, giving only a little boost.


Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea gave the term Nootropics because they are brain-enhancing drugs with very few side-effects.  Many Nootropics are sold over-the-counter and do not require FDA approval.

What is a stack?

Often times you’ll hear people talk about taking a stack of Nootropics.  Something like Theanine mixed with Caffeine, and Modafinil, Bacopa Monnieri.  A stack is a series of Nootropics taken in combination with one another.

Where do I get them from?

While I haven’t tried Nootropics, I can’t say for sure if these are good suppliers.  One of the more reputable companies to get some from is at  Another option is through and searching Nootropics.

Further Reading

There’s lots of information on Nootropics.  Here’s a few resources I’ve found:

The Nootropics Guide Your Guide for Everything Nootropics

Smarter Nootropics – Better Living Through Brain Chemistry


It’s my hope that this short article gives a little clearer understanding about Nootropics.  It’s not a comprehensive version, but hopefully it sheds some light on what Nootropics are.  I’m not a doctor, make medical decisions with medical supervision.

Have you used Nootropics? Please share in the comments below, I’d love to hear your comments.

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Written by Michael Carels

Mike's on a mission to master his personal nutrition and health, and is sharing the best information and experiences through this website. Live your legend and inspire others!

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