We have composed a list of some of the most popular nootropics in 2013. These nootropics are popular because they work well for most people and have a long history of use. This list is not likely to change over the next few years even with some of the newcomers like sunifiram and coluracetam coming into the scene. If you are new to cognitive enhancers, this list may be a good place to start.


Piracetam may not be the most powerful racetam however it is the most well-known and popular. The reason it is so popular is due to its age and availability. It is the oldest and most widely produced racetam. For these reasons, it is widely available and very cost effective.

In comparison to other cognitive enhancers, piracetam is considered fairly weak. Many people who truly use nootropics over the long term are likely to use it in a stack with other cognitive supplements like other racetams and choline. It stacks very well with most brain supplements and this is another reason it is very popular


Noopept is much newer than piracetam and many of the racetams. Regardless, it is now becoming very popular and is the second best-selling cognitive supplement on the market. Comparing it dosage wise to other products, it is considered much stronger and potent by weight.

It has some similar effects to piracetam but is considered much stronger. People will decide which they like better but noopept is generally accepted as much better than the majority of racetams. The cost has also come down a lot during the last few years. This is due to the increased demand and production volume. It is no longer considered a speciality product and can be found on the most the shelves of nootropic retailers.



Aniracetam is the second oldest and most popular in the racetam family next to piracetam. It is very popular to be used alone or in conjunction with piracetam and oxiracetam. Aniracetam has some unique effects and like noopept, it has shown to have anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects.

It is also a very cost effective supplement. It is very widely produced and is more powerful than piracetam. One downside is that it is fat soluble which makes taking in powder form a pain. Regardless, it is powerful and highly accepted on the brain health industry as a powerful nootropic by itself or in stacks with other products.


Pramiracetam has long been considered a niche product. This is not true nowadays. It is now considered to be a mainstream nootropic with accepted and powerful effects. Its cost needs to be justified by its powerful affects. Compared to piracetam and other racetams, it is much more expensive to produce and therefore costs are higher. It used to be very niche like coluracetam is now however prices have come down with the increased demand and production. For some, pramiracetam is their favorite and most powerful supplement for enhancing memory and learning. Some may use it only in times of heavy cognitive demand like during exam time. Others may cycle it as a small amount of tolerance is believed to be built up with this racetam.

Alpha GPC

Alpha GPC is one of the best choline sources hands down. It blows choline bitatrate out of the water in terms of efficiency and effects. The price of it scares a lot of people away however many feel it is highly worth it. One reason that makes it a preferred choline source in a stack is its lack in side effects in comparison to other choline sources.

Perhaps the best comparison to alpha GPC is citicoline. Citicoline is also a great choline source. Some people prefer one over the other and both are very popular. In terms of efficiency, alpha gpc is more effective however its cost is higher. Both citicoline and gpc will do the job in the end as well as have other health benefits included.