Nootropics

Nootropics are a fancy term for Smart Drugs: pills that claim to improve memory, reverse cognitive decline, and/or get rid of “brain fog.” The term nootropic was coined in the 1970s and since that time there have been many natural and man-made chemicals developed that companies selling them claim will supercharge the brain (without the “high” like LSD or marijuana).

In truth, in spite of all the hype, there still isn’t much proof any nootropic actually works to turn a normal brain into a super-duper thinking machine. Although some ingredients can possibly help with dementia, most studies are on a very small scale and offer inconclusive evidence of their effectiveness. A lot of them just end up giving you diarrhea

Still, since they are generally considered safe and won’t send you on a crazy trip many people use them in hopes of a boost in their smarts. We’ve investigated the ingredients of many of the most popular nootropics and analyzed their claims. Then, we asked consumers who have tried them to chime in on their experience. We’ve collected the best – and the WORST – nootropics below. 

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OptiMind

OptiMind

1 review

OptiMind is a “smart pill” from AlternaScript that claims to eliminate brain fog, help you focus longer, as well as wake up in the morning more easily. They claim OptiMind is made from...

NeuroGum

NeuroGum

7 reviews

NeuroGum bills itself as “the smart way to chew gum” and claims their caffeine/L-theanine blend will enhance focus and cognition making you smarter, reducing your stress levels, and even...

Vital Stem

Vital Stem

190 reviews

As you get older, are you experiencing more “brain fog”? What about decreased energy, reduced muscle mass and strength, and other common side effects of aging? If so, Vital Stem, a...


CogniSharp

CogniSharp

1 review

CogniSharp from Kowa Health America is a pill for your brain that the makers claim will make it sharp as a tack and prevent Alzheimer’s dementia or memory loss from aging. They tout it contains...

BrainFire

BrainFire

2 reviews

BrainFire is a memory supplement the sellers promise will “ignite” your potential, increasing memory, reaction time, focus, and give you a better overall health and mood. They insist...

Geniux

Geniux

12 reviews

Geniux is a brain supplement that the sellers claim is the ultimate “smart pill” that will give you focus, enhanced memory, and more energy. They state their patented formula has been...

Adderin

Adderin

13 reviews

Adderin is a brain supplement sold by KNH Online that promises to give you a more powerful brain by improving memory, focus, processing speed, and flow state. They state Adderin contains a...

AlphaZXT

AlphaZXT

9 reviews

Alpha ZXT is a “smart pill” that they claim is like Viagra for the brain. They say this means you can study LONGER and concentrate HARDER and your brain will get BIGGER just by popping...

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