A lot of people interested in Nootropics want to know where and how to find them. There’s definitely more than one right answer to this question. There are some obvious answers and some not so obvious answers. I’ll start with the obvious and work my way down to the less obvious answers. Hopefully this will help those of you who, due to one circumstance or another, are unable to get Nootropics through one or more of the methods below.
Bulk Powders Online
There are a number of places to purchase bulk powder Nootropics online. Places like Absorb Health, Pure Nootropics, Nootropics Depot, Intellimeds. The ones that we’ve linked to we have affiliates with and have heard good things about, and generally stand by their products. The others are equally valid options, but we know less about.
The negatives about bulk powders is that you have to weigh and measure them yourself. Also it’s important to look at third-party certificates of authenticity (COAs), in order to make sure that the product is as advertised.
Pros: Usually the more economical way to purchase. Wide selection of nootropics. Easy to make your own custom formulas and stacks.
Cons: Quality concerns. Scales + weighing equipment required.
Nootropic Formulas Online
There are at least as many pre-mixed blends as there are individual Nootropics. These formulas are generally a bit more expensive than purchasing the powders in bulk by yourself, but they’re a little bit more convenient in that you don’t have to measure or weigh them yourself. They also contain nootropics that have been synergically blended and take a lot of guesswork out of the process.
We have reviews on the website for a number of formulas:
Pros: No mixing ingredients, just pre-made capsules. Newbie friendly method of entering nootropics.
Cons: Cost is higher than solo ingredients. No ability to customize/tweak stacks.
Health Food Stores and Supermarkets
There are a ton of supplements available in health food stores, supermarkets, and pharmacies. A lot of essentials such as B Vitamins, minerals like Magnesium, amino acids like 5-HTP, L-Dopa, L-Theanine, and others are available at health food shops and supermarkets. These are great places to purchase lots of nutrient based Nootropics if you don’t want to wait for them to arrive in the mail.
Pros: Great for nutrient based nootropics. Great for product you need quickly.
Cons: Small selection available. Price typically higher than the internet.
There are certain kinds of foods which have Nootropics in them. Fish are generally great sources of a ton of essential nutrients. I believe that the Japanese diet, heavy in fish, contributes a lot to their longevity and low rates of dementia in the Japanese . We had a guest explore this topic in the past (Nootropics in your food).
Pros: Typically full of essential nutrients that carry other health benefits (Think green tea vs a caffeine pill).
Cons: Impossible to get anything other than naturally occurring substances.
Healthy sleep cycles, proper diet and exercise allow your body to produce and release the proper neurotransmitters required for healthy brain function. Exercise releases endorphins which increases productivity, alertness, and sense of well-being.
Sleeping an appropriate amount allows your body to replenish neurotransmitter stores that may have been depleted during the day and is essential for memory formation. Your body creates most of what it needs endogenously, and treating it correctly has a net positive benefit on cognitive function.
Pros: Free. Powerful.
Cons: Requires discipline.
I realize that this is a pretty quick article but I hope that it’s a good jumping off point for a lot of newcomers to the field. If you agree or disagree, please feel free to post below. We’ve intentionally included sites and products that we’re not affiliated with in order increase our objectivity. We also do our best to affiliate with companies whose products we believe in, so that we’re able to benefit from giving good advice instead of just shilling out for one brand or product.