Nootropics are a class of supplements that are used to basically improve memory, concentration, cognitive performance, and increased levels of alertness and motivation.
Stacking has been utilized recently to try and improve performance and get the most optimal results by using different supplements together for a better outcome. Using more than one supplement allows for more performance than any one single drug can accomplish.
By looking at the definition of synergy it gives us a better idea of what stacking is and how it is defined. According to the dictionary, synergy or synergism refers to the total effect of several drugs taken together, which is greater than the sum of the individual effects.
Types of Nootropic Stacks
There are ultimately 2 different types of stacks when attempting to synergise your brain enhancing activity. Preformulated stacks are when you are buying the combination directly from a supplier and it has already been combined ahead of time at a predetermined dosage.
The pros of the preformulated stack is that it is canned, boxed, and ready to go with usually some type of testing and guaranteed results. It cuts out any trial and error or wasted time that might happen if you do your own dosage.
The cons of the preformulated are obviously being that it takes away a lot of the flexibility of adjusting the dosages and they are quite expensive when already have been compounded.
The second type is the Custom Stack which allows for what the title states and that is to customize the stack as you see fit. This is a great way to go because you can adjust the dosage until you get the desired effects of what you are looking to achieve.
It is also a lot cheaper to do a customized stack because you can buy in bulk, do the labor yourself, and packaging is obsolete. Maybe if the stack works well, then you can tailor your own market of nootropic stacks for friends or business.
Go Natural or Artificial
There are many synthetic Nootropics that have come about in the nootropics field. They have been around for a long time and have varying benefits in regards to preventing the brain from damage from problems such as alcoholism and preventing further problems for other varying diseases as well such as Alzheimers. Some of the synthetic drugs that have been made are piracetam, aniracetam, oxiracetam, pramiracetam, and Noopept.
As the site Corpina states, natural Nootropics have been around for centuries and have memory boosting activities and are composed of plant derivatives, herbs, and other natural components. Many of the newer nootropic preformulated stacks are composed of natural, earth grown herbs such as Bacopa Monnieri, Oat Straw, Ginseng, Passion Flower, and Lemon Balm.
How to Design Your Stack
The beauty of designing your own stack is you can buy in bulk and make it specific to your own needs for individual use. Everyone is different and thus our needs as far as supplements are vastly singular and require research in regards to our own symptoms or pathologies.
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It is best to look up and research already proven stacks to have a baseline on where to start for your own stack. It is very important to document everything to include how you are feeling and any apparent side effects.
It is also important to remember that even though something is natural does not mean it cannot harm your body. In the beginning, start small and remember that too much of anything can harm you.
A Few Key Tips for Designing a Stack
- Start simple and easy, Using just 2 researched components is a good baseline
- Find two that are already proven to compliment each other synergistically based on your goals
- Use a Nootropic that has a low side effect profile
- Have a safety dosage level to easily move up or down
- Understand how much and when to dose ( Morning / Afternoon )
- If you are taking any Prescription Medications then talk to your Doctor about any potential interferences
- then talk to your Doctor about any potential interferences