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top five nootropics 2019

Usage of nootropics, or smart drugs is definitely trending. It is vital that anyone that wants to try and boost their brain makes the necessary research before using them.

Nootropics can be natural or synthetic and they can also be prescription substances. This articles will not cover any prescription drugs but rather those that are available to the all of us.

1.    L-Theanine

For long, caffeine has been the most widely used nootropic (and it still is). However, caffeine does come with a lot of side effects, such as caffeine crashes and jitteriness.

L-theanine is an amino acid. It is well found in tea, especially green-tea. One of the reason why L-theanine ends up number 1 is because the amount of studies made in the past year have been extensive and even though a lot more research can be done – it is a good merit for any supplement.

Most studies show that L-theanine can have a calming effect without causing drowsiness, which translates into better focus – or rather, easier to focus and concentrate. Some studies shows that the effects starts after just 50 mg, which would be around two cups of green-tea.

For anybody that isn’t ready to replace L-theanine with caffeine just yet, don’t worry – studies have also shown that the trending amino acid can remove the negative effects of caffeine, making the caffeine rush more “smooth”,

2.    Caffeine

Even though not the number one anymore, the world consumes so much of this natural nootropic for a reason. It works. However… it is important to know HOW caffeine works:

Caffeine blocks the adenosine receptors you have in your brain. This in turn makes you feel less tired. So the common misperception that caffeine will give you energy isn’t just true. Caffeine tricks your body that you aren’t tired, when in face you were (when you started pouring that afternoon cup).

What happens after the effect wears off?

So after 6 hours roughly… the effects wears off and you can get a massive caffeine crash, your body and mind feels tired again – but now even worse, as you probably haven’t rested those 6 hours, when in fact your body were trying to tell you to rest in the first place.

3.    Creatine

Whilst this nootropic is usually used to build muscle, it should be considered a nootropic. The amino acid binds with phosphate creating a molecule that makes it easier for your brain to boost. This is in turn connected with increased short-term memory and creative skills.

4.    Ginkgo Biloba

This nootropic has shown to improve memory and processing speed. The nootropics is widely used by people that experiences a lot of stress. In many ways, the effect is similar to L-theanine but the substance hasn’t been studies as extensively.

5.    Bacopa Monnieri

This nootropic is a natural herb that have shown to improve processing speed and reaction skills. The effects of this drug are not immediate and needs to be taken under a longer period of time.


This are our current top five, however we are always reviewing new nootropics and new research papers – so this blog post will be dynamic and update continuously. If you have any comments please share them with us.

And as always, stay informed and up to date!

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Cognivia – an up and coming nootropic!


You might have heard of the buzzwords Garden Sage and Spanish Sage and how they can affect your cognitive performance positively.

The science between the two nootropics have been studied for a while now and just a couple of weeks ago, Nexira launched a unique synergistic combination of the two ingredients two help improve people’s cognitive ability.

The studies made of the combination, called Cognivia, showed that the nootropic can enhance the memory capacity (speed of memory AND special & long-term memory). But also, better learning process, concentration and alertness.

Compared to just buying or consuming Spanish Sage and Garden Sage, the benefit of Cognivia is the manufacturing process. The company is using Acacia gum to protect the sage from oxidation and drying up. This ultimately means that we regulars can buy it easier as a supplement – rather than growing the leaves on our back garden!

Increasing Concentration, Alertness and Learning Process

So when should you use Cognivia?

There are plenty of uses for the supplement. So far, Cognivia have been used for gaming and programmers. Having the similar problem of requiring several hours of grinding in front of the computer, this supplement is perfect for increasing alertness over an extended period of time.

Pending EFSA claim…

The European Food Safety Authority have verified that Cognivia complies with food supplements regulations.

Also, you will find out that there is a pending EFSA claim on essential oil:

Helps to maintain optimal mental well-being. E g. maintaining concentration, attention and memory.

Research Studies

If you want to read more about the ingredients you can read these research articles.

  • T.J. TILDESLEY et al. Positive modulation of mood and cognitive performance following administration of acute doses of Salvia lavandulaefolia essential oil to healthy young volunteers. Physiology & Behavior 83 (2005) 699-709
  • O. KENNEDY et al. Effects of Cholinesterase Inhibiting Sage (Salvia officinalis) on Mood, Anxiety, and Performance on a psychological Stressor Battery. Neuropsychopharmacology (2006) 31, 845-852.
  • B.SCHOLEY et al. An extract of Salvia (Sage) with anticholinesterase properties improves memory and attention in healthy older volunteers. Psychopharmacology (2008) 198:127-139.
  • T.J. TILDESLEY et al. Salvia lavandulaefolia (Spanish Sage) enhances memory in healthy young volunteers. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior (2003) 75: 669-674.