Brain Boosters | 5 Nootropics the 1 Percent Are Taking

Ever wonder how those dudes in the Silicon Valley are turning out million dollar companies the way you’re turning out dirty socks? It turns out there is a secret to their success, and that secret is Nootropics. Nootropics are a class of cognitive enhancing supplements that improve focus, boost memory and increase learning capabilities. They each have a specific purpose and can aid in everything from writer’s block to breakthroughs, and they’ve been circulating around the one-percenters for years.

For Creativity: Aniracetam.

Aside from improving overall brainpower, aniracetam is considered one of the best Nootropics for treating stress and anxiety. Aniracetam enhances your mood by stimulating the AMPA receptors that control Glutamate, meaning your brain keeps working at optimal ability despite stress, fatigue and anxiety. Additionally, this nootropic improves communication between the two hemispheres in your brain, making your more creative and prone to making innovative and resourceful conclusions in your work.

For Willpower: Sulbutiamine.

Smart drugs give you willpower almost instantly. This is because as soon as the nootropic agents cross your blood brain barrier, they boost the neurotransmitters Serotonin, Dopamine and Ach – the hormones that regulate your emotions and allow you to exercise more control over your mind and body. Sulbutiamine, a derivative of vitamin B1, is exceptionally effective for boosting willpower because it’s able to combat mental and physical fatigue. It’s also been shown to reduce conditioned responses – meaning that even if tapping out around 3pm because you’re bored has become a normal workday occurance, this nootropic can give you the brainpower to overcome it.

For Regulating Your Sleep Cycle: Choline.

Choline is one of those neurotransmitters that your body makes on its own, but not enough to sustain us. Eating choline rich foods, or taking an Acetylcholine supplement gives our body what it needs to function properly, especially when it comes to sleep. Acetylcholine is extremely important to the sleep process, in particularly the ability to enter into and remain in REM, control the body’s temperature and muscle movements during sleep and stay in a deep sleep for a longer period of time. By getting a good night sleep each night, your body is more physically able to work and more mentally able to tackle problems. Additionally, choline should be taken when taking racetams (like Aniracetam and Piracetam), as your brain needs an ample amount of choline to respond properly.

For Motivation: Pramiracetam.

Believed to be one of the strongest Nootropics available, Pramiracetam improves the entire learning process and is especially helpful in improving memory and the ability to learn while boosting concentration and brain energy. When you take it, the Pramiracetam works to stimulate cognitive activity between your neurotransmitters, which improves communication within the brain, optimizes your neural pathways and keeps you on point throughout the day. This Nootropic is used as alternative to Adderall.

For Brain Energy: Pyritinol.

Pyritinol has long term anti-oxidant effects that support long-term health for the brain. It’s primary benefit nowadays is aiding in glucose uptake during periods of extended mental work. For example, if you’re working hard all day on a project, your brain starts to run out of glucose and you start getting tired and lose the ability to focus and concentrate. By refueling your brain with glucose, you’re able to improve concentration and cognitive ability for extended periods of time.


Factors like age, activity level, diet and health conditions should be considered when it comes to choosing the correct brain food, or Nootropics. Every person is different, so just because something worked for a friend doesn’t mean it will have the same affect on you. Take a Nootropic Assessment before trying anything out, and make sure to track the effects to ensure optimal health.