Best FDA Nootropics? – Pills that Make You Smarter
By doing a quick search of “brain supplements”, “how to improve concentration” or “pills that make you smarter”, a good place to start you would think would be to search for the “best FDA nootropics” or visit the consumer watchdog group the FDA, the federal agency that’s responsible for the public health in the US by assuring safety, security and efficacy on human drugs.
After just a little digging it turns out according to Wikipedia – the FDA does not review dietary supplements as per the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994.
This is somewhat strange as Ali the fat blocker was approved while Adderall’s ban (used to treat ADHD) was later rebuked in Canada so it seems that the dispute with nootropics is specifically due to their efficacy and safety or rather the tentative judgments that people make with synthetic cannabinoids.
The FDA as it turns out only approves drugs “that treat illness”, of which until nootropics are studied to treat a specific illness, they will not be approved.
However, some nootropics are approved by the FDA, these being memantine and modafinil/armodafinil, memantine for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and modafinil for narcolepsy and sleep-related syndromes.
There is also little desire to carry out expensive medical trials on nootropics as they are already patented, such as noopept by Russia, so they would set to make little money from approving them, plus those that aren’t currently patented such as piracetam whose patent recently expired, would be undercut from foreign markets if approved in the U.S so again there’s little incentive to go ahead with clinical trials.
So how best to proceed with choosing your requisite nootropic?
Nootropics are not without their treatment effects and they are not as harmless as simply dropping a multi-V each morning.
Be sure to read up on your specific choice of nootropic as you may be taking a drug designed for Alzheimer’s or one for a blood disorder.
For example piracetam has been well researched and people do tout it for its neuroprotection capabilities and is by far the most popular cognitive enhancer, but did you know it’s also a blood thinner which is why it’s banned in some countries, although not the U.S but has been withdrawn from Amazon and Ebay.
This page here explains how to choose the right nootropic.
Here’s a rundown of the top 5 benefits you might reap from nootropics.
What to expect taking Nootropics?
Sticking with piracetam, as described by many users, you will first begin to see colours more vibrant and brighter with smell, touch and hearing also influenced.
Here’s an interesting article by the UK’s Observer which will give you an insight into how powerful nootropics can be – for the most part good.
You should read up thoroughly over at the nootropics reddit thread where fellow “noots” blog about their own experiences with many of these smart drugs, with particular attention paid to brain fog, sexual peaks and troughs, memory and mood, body and sleep and their choice of nootropic stacks for seeking the most improved cognitive function – in their opinion.
Here also is a good is a good thread from a different forum that lists a users’ experience with piracetam, noopept, ALCAR and uridine.
Many will argue that pharmacological nootropics are perfectly safe but bear in mind these are still relatively short term studies – how they affect the brain long term is still yet known.
Therefore Nootropics are currently considered a grey market drug or GRAS – generally regarded as safe – by the FDA.