Not all nootropics are created equally and some are better suited for other purposes such as exercising or doing repetitive tasks.
There are a number of factors to take into account when choosing the best nootropics for studying:
Focus – Look for nootropics that enhance your concentration and make you less distractable.
Motivation – Some nootropics significantly boost your motivation levels, making you more confident and eager to accomplish tasks that need to be done.
Alertness – Fatigue is a common enemy when it comes to studying. That’s why so many students nowadays drink coffee and energy drinks.
Piracetam is one of the oldest and most widely used synthesized nootropics. Piracetam increases blood flow to the brain and bridges the gap between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. It boosts mental clarity, memory, creativity and increases verbal learning in people who suffer from dyslexia and healthy individuals alike.
Noopept is similar in effects and mechanism of action to Piracetam and 1000 times more potent, meaning that you would need much less to achieve a heightened state of awareness and focus. Noopept is also mildly stimulating and many people prefer it to Piracetam due to the low quantity intake that it requires.
Panax Ginseng is a herb from Asia and one of the most researched tonics in the world. The word “panax” means “cure-all” in Greek and it does the herb justice due to its many health benefits and effects. What makes it great for studying is its immediate effects on energy levels, memory and cognitive abilities.
The dried seed from the Theobroma Cacao tree is used to make various cocoa foods including cocoa butter and chocolate. The substances found in cocoa increase serotonin production and improve cognition, especially in sleep-deprived individuals. Regular intake might result in a few added kilograms, but it will improve your brain function and cardiovascular health.
Caffeine is one, if not the, most popular nootropic in the Western world and the active ingredient in coffee. Another lesser-known, yet largely consumed substance is L-Theanine, which is commonly found in green tea, which also has caffeine. The two substances produce a relaxing and mentally energized buzz that favors studying in stressful periods. The relaxation factor is given by the L-Theanine, which acts synergistically to take the edge off the jitteriness that is commonly felt on caffeine.
Modafinil is a popular wakefulness-promoting nootropic used by students all over the world and used to treat narcolepsy, ADHD and depression. It produces tunnel-like focus, increases mental and physical levels and boosts motivation in a way that makes you see the greater purpose of accomplishing boring tasks.
Ashwagandha is a popular herb used in Ayurvedic medicine as a tonic and for treating various ailments such as constipation, anemia and infertility. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, meaning that it increases resistance to stress. Ashwagandha can greatly benefit those who suffer from anxiety-related studying problems. Also, it’s great for taking the edge off of other supplements with stimulant properties.
Modafinil is widely regarded as the best nootropic for a number of purposes: studying, productivity and physical activity. This is due to its potency and lack of uncomfortable side-effects.
Modafinil is hyped up as the closest thing to the “Limitless pill”. While that is quite far-fetched, it does produce a “glued-to-the-chair” effect that helps with faster research, speed reading, writing fast and other tasks needed to study effectively.
Modafinil – 100 mg
Noopept – 10 mg
Ashwagandha – 1500 mg
Stacking is quite popular among nootropic users. The three nootropics combined provide the extra focus, motivation, mental stimulation and relaxation needed to study at maximum effectiveness. Modafinil and Noopept work synergistically to produce enhanced focus and clarity while Ashwagandha helps the mind relax and not get distracted.