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Nootropics are a relatively new phenomenon in the supplement industry, even though many of the ingredients that have nootropic properties have been known for centuries. While protein powders and special supplements such as creatine and amino acid supplements are popular, they still have a rather small scope of appeal to casual trainers, sports persons or athletes. However, nootropic supplements are already exponentially growing in popularity among almost every type of consumer from business oriented persons to children and young adults in school and every one in between. This is because nootropics are designed to support and improve mental functions such as memory, focus, attention, cognition, intelligence and motivation and as such have wider areas of appeal and applications.

List of Nootropics

As the use of nootropics increase, so too does the list of ingredients that have nootropic functions. While many more natural and synthetic nootropics are being found and made respectively, we’ve decided to compile a list of nootropics to help you navigate through this supplement category. Currently, nootropics falls under 15 broad categories with some nootropic ingredients falling under two or more categories. These categories include:

1. Vasodilation Nootropics

  • Vinpocetine
  • Piracetam

2. Nootropic Racetams

  • Piracetam
  • Aniracetam
  • Oxiracetam
  • Phenylpiracetam
  • Pramiracetam

3. Nootropic Vitamins

  • Vitamin A
  • B Vitamins (Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Biotin, Folic Acid and Sulbutiamine)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

4. Nootropic Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Chromium
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

5. Nootropic Metabolic Precursors

6. Nootropic MAO-B Inhibitors

7. Nootropic Antioxidants

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Green Tea
  • Melatonin
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Rhodiola
  • St John’s Wort
  • Vinpocetine
  • Zinc

8. Nootropic GABA

9. Nootropic Herbals

  • Cat’s Claw
  • Ashwagandha Extract
  • Bacopa Monnieri
  • Fo-Ti Extract
  • Gingko Biloba
  • Ginseng
  • Gotu-Kola Extract
  • Guarana Extract
  • Huperzine A (Huperzia Serrata)
  • Inositol
  • Reishi Extract
  • St John’s Wort
  • Green Tea
  • Rhodiola
  • Theanine
  • Trimethylglycine
  • Vinpocetine

10. Historic Nootropics

11. Nootropic Acetylcholine

  • Choline
  • Alpha GPC
  • Choline Bitartrate
  • Citicholine
  • DMAE (dimethyethanolamine)

12. Nootropic Amino Acids

  • 5-HTP
  • Carnosine
  • L-Carnitine
  • L-Glutamine
  • L-Tyrosine
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Taurine

13. Neuroplasticity Nootropics

14. Nootropic Omega 3’s

  • DHA (Docosahexanoic Acid)
  • EPA (Eicosapentanoic Acid)

15. Other Nootropics

  • Caffeine
  • Melatonin
  • Mucuna Pruriens
  • Vasopressin
  • DMAA (1,3 Dimethylamylamine)

Nootropic Ingredients

The above list is only a taste of the many nootropic compounds, ingredients and substances which can be found in the foods we consume and the supplements available today. Nootropic supplements are one of the fastest growing categories in the health and supplement industry, buoyed by constant research into new nootropic compounds and inflated demand, and will no doubt continue to grow for quite some time.

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