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Nootropic supplements are a popular and a large range of supplements that are designed to improve cognitive and mental function. Nootropic supplements have a diverse area of effect and can help to enhance focus, attention, concentration, motivation, memory, cognition, wakefulness and even intelligence. Just as wide as nootropic supplement effects is the sheer range of different supplements that can be considered as nootropics. This article takes a look at some of the best nootropic supplements around in a variety of categories.

Nootropic Pre Workout Supplements

Pre-workout supplements are one of the top four most popular supplement categories in the industry next to protein powders, health supplements and fat burners. Over time, pre-workout supplements have evolved dramatically and more and more are being released each year to cater to the demands and the needs of modern day trainers. These days, you can fit pre-workout supplements into three main categories; concentrated pre-workouts, non-concentrated pre-workouts and stimulant free pre-workout supplements.

Pre-workout supplements generally contain a wide variety of ingredients aiming to enhance performance, both physically and mentally and are one of the main supplements which utilises a wide variety of nootropic ingredients. Many of these pre-workouts are designed to maintain focus and attention of the trainer so they can maximise the efficiency and intensity of their workouts. Here are some examples of pre-workout supplements that focus heavily on nootropic effects and ingredients:

Nootropic Fat Burners

Fat burner supplements are also another supplement category with a legion of followers and can be used by trainers and non trainers alike looking for a little help with fat and weight loss. A huge range of fat burners exist and are often used as a way to kick start fat loss, shift stubborn weight or to remove those last few kilos before reaching your goal weight. Fat burner supplements are also another category of supplements which often utilise nootropic ingredients. This is because decreased calorie diets can result in lethargy and tiredness, which can really affect both performance in the gym and in everyday life. As such, the use of nootropic ingredients to support mental function is ideal in helping to keep you on track with your goals. Here are some example of fat burners which have a strong nootropic component:

Nootropic Vitamins & Minerals

One of the most underrated range of supplements that have nootropic effects are vitamin and mineral supplements. Vitamins and minerals are essential components of brain neurochemicals including neurotransmitters, enzymes and hormones which govern brain processes and cognitive function. The most recent Australian Health Survey (2011-2013) found that on average, over a third of daily calories comes from the consumption of ‘discretionary foods’, which are those foods which are rather high in energy, saturated fats, sugars, salt and/or alcohol but with very little nutritional value in terms of micronutrients. If this trend continues or increases, the risks of vitamin and mineral deficiencies may rise, making it all the more important to supplement with these essential nutrients. Studies have found that supplementing with certain vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, Vitamin D, Choline and Zinc may better cognitive performance. Here are some excellent and well dosed multivitamin supplements to help support your micronutrient intakes:

Nootropic Amino Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein but also the building blocks of some of the most important compounds in our body including neurotransmitters, hormones and enzymes, all of which play a vital role in brain function and brain processes. Amino acids can be easily obtained in the diet, but for those who tend to exercise more often or are on vegan or vegetarian diets, protein intake can often be unmatched with protein usage and loss. In addition, supplementation of certain amino acid like compounds such as 5-HTP, Carnosine, Carnitine and Phosphatidylserine are also extremely beneficial in assisting with improving mental function and performance. In general though, maintaining positive nitrogen balance or amino acid levels in the body is vital for supporting optimal cognitive function. Here are some supplements which are ideal for supporting protein and amino acid intake:

Nootropic Omega 3s

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are polyunsaturated acids which are widely supplemented for cardiovascular health and joint health. However, many people also use omega 3 fatty acids as ways to support cognition and prevent cognitive decline. While the evidence is far from conclusive, Omega 3 fatty acids do appear to offer a wide variety of benefits and supplementing with them or getting them through food sources is an ideal way to maintain optimal body and brain health. Here are a few supplements which provide an excellent dose of these essential Omega 3 fatty acids:

  • Fish Oil
  • Krill Oil
  • Calamari Oil
  • Plant Omega 3 Oil

Nootropic Supplement Stacks

Supporting cognition is beneficial in assisting and improving exercise performance, but also performance in every day activities. While the range of supplements that have nootropic effects are quite varied, not all of them work to the same effectiveness. As such, to ensure that you get the greatest mental and cognitive support, it’s important to utilise a good stack. As such, it’s ideal to utilise a few foundation supplements along with one or two secondary supplements to optimise the nootropic effects.

Foundation Supplements

  • Multivitamin
  • Fish Oil or Omega 3 Supplement
  • Protein Powder

Secondary Supplements

  • Fat Burners
  • Pre-Workouts
  • Sleep Support Supplements

By using the foundation supplements on a daily basis and one or two of the secondary supplements every so often, you’ll be reinforcing and enhancing your cognitive potential whilst protecting yourself from cognitive decline and bad decision making.

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