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A Complete List of Nootropic Supplements

Complete List of Nootropics

There are several groups of nootropics. This list will hopefully give you a big picture of the types of nootropics in each category. If we need to add onto this list please don’t hesitate to contact us. Some of the new research nootropics such as are not on this list due to their limited availability and lack of research.

1. Cholinergics List

Cholinergics are any type of nootropic involving acetylcholine creation, transmition or the modulation of its receptors.

Racetam Nootropics

  • Piracetam
  • Aniracetam
  • Oxiracetam
  • Pramiracetam
  • Phenylpiracetam
  • Noopept
  • Nefiracetam
  • Coluracetam

Choline/Acetylcholine Affecting Supplements

  • Choline Bitatrate
  • Choline Citrate
  • Phosphatidylcholine
  • Alpha GPC (GPC Choline)
  • Citicoline (CDP Choline)
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine
  • Centrophenoxine

AChe Inihibtors

  • Huperzine A
  • Galantamine (Snowdrop)


2. Ampakine List

Ampakines are any substance that stimulates the AMPA and NMDA glutamate receptors. This nootropic list only has one category because glutamate receptor agonists are the only current known substances to work as a nootropic.

  • Sunifiram
  • Unifiram
  • PEPA
  • Racetams


3. Dopaminergic List

Dopaminergic nootropics are any substance related to dopamine in order to increase cognitive function. Some dopaminergic drugs are excluded from this list because they are prescription stimulants or dangerous illicit drugs. Even though these stimulant substances can enhance alertness and focus, they are not considered nootropic due to their safety issues.

Dopamine Precursors

  • Phenylalanine
  • L-Tyrosine
  • Mucuna Pruriens (L-DOPA)

Dopamine Receptor Agonist

  • Hydergine

MAO-B Inhibitors

  • Catechin & Epicatechin (Reversible)
  • Hydergine
  • Selegiline
  • Rasagiline

COMT Inhibitors

  • Entacapone


4. Eugeroic List

Eugeroics are a type of nootropic compound that promote or enhance wakefulness. These types of nootropics enhance the function of catecholamine neurotransmitters. They do this without the same addictive potential of many dopaminergic and stimulant drugs. They are however still addictive and therefore should be used with extreme care. Most of these types of nootropics are prescription to help treat excessive daytime sleepiness and narcoloepsy.

  • Modafinil
  • Adrafinil
  • Armodafinil


5. Nootropic Peptide List

Nootropic peptides are a new area of research. Some of these nootropic peptides have very limited availability in the United States. Many also have very poor oral bioavailability and must be used in other routes (like injected). This makes them highly unpopular as a general nootropic supplement.

  • Noopept (dipeptide)
  • Semax
  • Selank
  • Cerebrolysin


6. Adaptogen List

Adaptogens are a list of herbs that may help with the body’s resistance to stress. They may also offer neurotransmitter support and promote enhancements in cognitive functioning and energy levels. Adaptogens are herbs and many have not been evaluated by the FDA for treating disease. Some research evidence may be inconclusive.

  • Rhodiola Rosea
  • Panax Ginsing
  • Siberian Ginsing
  • Ashwagandha


7. Semi-Natural Nootropics

This list of nootropic encompasses all nootropics which are derived from some natural compound or substance. These also include analouges or substances created from a natural structure. The brackets represent what natural compound the nootropic was derivered from.

  • Centrophenoxine (DMAE)
  • Idebenone (CoQ10)
  • Sulbutiamine (B1)
  • Pyritinol (B6)
  • Picamilon (GABA)
  • Vincamine (Vinpocetine)


8. Natural Nootropic List

This list of nootropics includes a large scope of natural compounds which includes herbal products as well as compounds that are derived from herbal or natural substances. Some of the natural products are stronger and the list is intended to be listed from strongest to weakest.

Herbal Nootropics

  • Huperzine A
  • Vinpocetine
  • Bacopa Monnieri
  • Gotu Kola
  • Ginseng
  • Ashwagandha
  • Rhodiola Rosea
  • Lion’s Mane Mushroom
  • Ginko Biloba
  • Lemon Balm Extract

Brain Nutrients

  • Omega 3-6-9
  • B-Vitamins
  • Choline
  • DMAE
  • Inositol
  • Creatine
  • Uridine
  • Co Enzyme 10
  • SAM-e
  • L-Carnitine

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