Piracetam is the most popular nootropic.✝
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Piracetam (aka Nootropyl and UCB6215) is the original racetam, which was first synthesised by Dr Giurgea more than 40 years ago.1 Piracetam is a derivative of the neurotransmitter GABA.1 Many other racetams (e.g., aniracetam, oxiracetam, pramiracetam, phenylpiracetam, coluracetam and nefiracetam) have been synthesised and are now used for their nootropic effects since its discovery. However, piracetam remains the most popular nootropic on the market.
As a cognitive enhancer piracetam is believed to stimulate neuronal function and improve neuronal resistance to injury.2 Due to such neuroprotective effects, piracetam has been used to treat various neurological disorders and cognitive impairments. For example, piracetam is very effective at preventing age-associated cognitive decline and might be successfully used to treat dementia and other health problems like Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.3
Piracetam broad clinical benefits have been tested and reported in many studies using humans and animals. One of the cognitive functions that is frequently reported to be positively affected by piracetam is memory. Piracetam appears to have memory enhancing properties that have been demonstrated in clinical trials.4 Other reported effects include accelerated cognitive functions and modestly improved attention and mood.4
The precise mechanisms of action are not fully understood. However, Piracetam is a modulator of AMPA receptors, which is a subtype of glutamate receptor.1 This is associated with increased neuronal impulse flow and therefore improved cognitive functions. It modulates a range of other excitatory and/or inhibitory processes of neurotransmitters, neuro-hormones and/or post-synaptic signals.4 Some evidence also suggests that piracetam is a metabolic enhancer as it increases cerebral blood flow and glucose metabolism.2
The recommended daily dosage of Piracetam is between 1 and 3 g. Piracetam is water-soluble, and does not need to be taken with food. However, like with most racetams, Piracetam should be taken with a good source of choline (e.g. Alpha GPC). Piracetam works synergistically with choline and causes a great improvement in memory.3
Generally, piracetam is reported to be a safe and well-tolerated racetam.3 However, at very high dosages you may experience side effects, such as stomach discomfort, nausea, insomnia, headaches, agitation and irritability. Therefore, you should not exceed the recommended daily dosage.
Serving size: 2 capsules
Servings per bottle: 60
Amount per serving: 1000mg Piracetam
Other ingredients: Magnesium Stearate; Silicon Dioxide
This product is free from: Artificial Flavours, Colours & Preservatives, Lactose, Yeast & Gluten
Suitable for: Vegetarians and Vegans
✝ These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The above products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You should consult a physician before taking a new product or a nootropic. This product should not be taken by pregnant or nursing mothers, people suffering from cardiovascular disease or those under 18 years of age.
Any studies cited here are not conclusive and are limited to their closed environment nature; they might not determine ones experience with a nootropic, due to a large number of unaccounted variables falling outside the scope of such studies.
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