Anyone who is trying to increase their cognitive abilities and perform better in a professional setting needs some type of cognitive enhancers. Most people turn to caffeine as a great way of improving alertness and attention, but there are a wide variety of different options available to you.
Using this list, you can determine whether you want to take nootropics like piracetam or aniracetam for memory, caffeine and L-theanine for attention, or rhodiola rosea for anti-fatigue. You will quickly see that the right research methods can save you a lot of time and money in the long-run.
- Determine your goals – what do you expect to achieve from taking nootropics? If you just want to improve your memory, there are a variety of different options depending on the short-term or long-term memory enhancement. You can also take anti-fatigue smart drugs that can improve cognitive effects by reducing feelings of tiredness. Once you determine your goal, you can start to adequately research.
- Research each nootropic – no matter how basic it may be to you, research it anyway. Taking caffeine and L-theanine might be safe for most people because they are derived from coffee and green tea, but that doesn't mean you should take it without learning about the dosages and other relevant information. You can use sites like Pub Med to find research studies on the topic.
- Take one smart drug at a time – don't ever combine too many smart drugs at any one time or there is no way for you to see the scope of the drug's effects. Make sure that you are able to track cognitive performance with modern tools so that you will know how it improves (or fails to improve) your cognitive abilities
After you have finished the last step, it is time for you to re-evaluate the neuro enhancer and see whether it is right for you. The improvements may be too small for you to care or they just come with a very high cost. Whichever is the case, make sure that you evaluate based on your needs and maintain this path for taking nootropics. Just because someone else says that it works does not make it true.
This is the first part of a longer series helping you to take better cognitive enhancing drugs that are available over the counter. Any prescription drug that a doctor has not ordered you to take is probably too dangerous to use. Instead, we advocate using natural extracts, herbal remedies that have been used for thousands of years, and some compounds that are well-researched and documented.