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# The Best Nootropic Stack to Replace Adderall & Ritalin

Nowadays, you don’t visit a new restaurant until you’ve looked up Yelp reviews or asked your friends about their favorite places.

The same rules should apply when you’re in the market for a good nootropic stack.

Now, when it comes to food preferences, what one person likes may not be something that you like. But at least it gives you an idea of what’s out there.

The same is true of nootropics, everyone is different and everybody responds differently to nutraceutical combinations.

It all comes down to personal preference and needs. Nevertheless, in the following guide, I will teach you how to put together the best stack for you.

You’ll learn how to build the stack that suits your specific requirements.

A lot of companies offer “proprietary” blends that they advertise as the complete, perfect stack for everyone. When it comes to nootropics, this is a bit of a red flag.

Any brand who claims to have the best stack — but who does not share the dosages of each ingredients — should be approached with discretion.

To be clear: on Corpina, I’m not selling anything. I’m here to explore and recommend nootropics that I’ve tried myself, and which may be able to assist you in your quest to enhance your mood, boost your performance and so on and so forth.

So let’s get started.

## The 6 Best All-in-One Nootropic Stacks

Despite the extensive list of options I am about to offer for building a DIY stack, many of my readers will probably want pre-made stacks that are entirely done-for-you (whether they be proprietary or not).

Sometimes, it’s just more convenient to take one supplement that rolls everything into one.

Oftentimes, it’s much more affordable to buy a proprietary formula that contains multiple ingredients than it is to go out and purchase each supplement on its own.

If you’re absolutely insistent upon going with a pre-formulated stack, here are some recommendations for you to choose from.

NameEffect RatingPriceWhere To Buy
Qualia☆☆☆☆☆Get Qualia
Mind Lab Pro☆☆☆☆$$Get Mind Lab Pro Alpha Brain☆☆☆$$$Get Alpha Brain CILTEP☆☆☆$$Get CILTEP TruBrain☆☆☆☆$$$Get TruBrain
OptiMind☆☆☆☆Get OptiMind

### 1. Qualia

I highly recommend this particular blend. A unique product from the people at the Neurohacker Collective, Qualia is a split stack that comes in two separate bottles, one that you take during early morning fasting and the other for after you eat.

Qualia contains Taurine, Lion’s Mane, Uridine Monophosphate, ActivAMP Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract and Acetyl-L-Carnitine, among many, many other ingredients, all for optimal mental performance.

As you may have heard, Uridine Monophosphate promotes a positive mood and assists in the areas of motivation and focus.

ActivAMP Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract is a highly concentrated derivative of the adaptogenic herb Gynostemma Pentaphyllum which aids in weight loss, relaxation and mood improvement. It is often used as an herbal alternative to prescription antidepressants.

Unlike other brands, the folks at Neurohacker Collective have gone to great lengths to prepare a stack that gives the user the exact amounts of each ingredient for ultimate efficacy and brain health.

Click here to order Qualia, and use code CORPINA to get 10% off.

### 2. Mind Lab Pro

Mind Lab Pro is called the “universal nootropic” for a good reason. Because it contains eleven research-backed ingredients that have been used for thousands of years all over the globe.

Ancient cultures knew the value of these popular folk medicines and thanks to companies like Opti-Nutra, the Western world is waking up to their myriad benefits.

Mind Lab Pro is said to be able to boost memory, increase energy, increase creativity, improve mood, relieve stress and fight aging in just two capsules. It is able to achieve all of this courtesy of its unique and diverse formula.

Mind Lab Pro contains Citicholine, Phosphatidylserine, Bacopa Monnieri, Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Full Spectrum Extract), Pterostilbene, Tyrosine, L-Theanine, Rhodiola Rosea, Vinpocetine, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12.

Citicholine is an impressive supplement that has been clinically proven to treat cognitive impairment. It is commonly implemented in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety disorders and Parkinson’s disease.

Pterostilbene possess antioxidant enhancing mechanisms which can be beneficial in a number of areas. Studies suggests that it can help to diminish esophageal cancer cells and reduce oxidative stress.

If Qualia is outside your price range, I highly recommend MLP as your go to all-in-one nootropic stack.

### 3. Alpha Brain

This one’s got a solid reputation among consumers, but it’s not my absolute fave since it contains fillers and is pretty expensive.

## Best Nootropic Stack for Mental Performance

Enhancing one’s cognition is not as difficult as it might seem. You don’t have to be Bradley Cooper in Limitless to improve your mental performance and boost your cognitive abilities.

Maybe you’re looking for one or more of the following:

• Increased focus and concentration
• Mood enhancement
• Creativity
• Anti-aging and longevity
• Improved memory
• Advanced learning capacity

If so, there are safe, natural options at your fingertips and here we’ll talk about the ones that I personally believe can be extremely beneficial for this purpose.

It goes without saying that it can be challenging to be both creative and focused simultaneously. It can be difficult to find the right nootropics to achieve this because many smart drugs that enhance mood do not necessarily increase one’s focus.

Here I’ll break down some options for first-time users as well as more advanced noot enthusiasts. After we’ve discussed them individually, I’ll make a suggestion for what I think is the best nootropic stack for mental performance.

## Focus & Concentration

By and large, the most popular goal with nootropics is increasing concentration and focus. Here are some possible choices:

Caffeine & Theanine—This is one of the simplest combinations around and the most accessible. This particular combination is well-researched and well-regarded. Users are advised to take a 1:2 ratio and avoid daily use as caffeine tolerance can build over a short period of time.

Phenylpiracetam—the racetam family has long been implemented to enhance memory. While it was initially developed to improve physical endurance, it has been shown to moderate receptor sites and neurotransmitters including Dopamine, NDMA and GABA. It can relieve symptoms of anxiety disorders, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and more.

Noopept—It’s often said that Noopept is “1,000 times stronger than Piracetam”, mostly due to the large disparity in doses between the two substances. This cholinergic drug crosses the blood-brain barrier in record time when taken in the form of a sublingual solution. Studies have confirmed the cognitive enhancement benefits of Noopept with findings suggesting that it is a neuroprotective agent.

Creativity—Contrary to what you may have heard, it’s not easy to achieve both creativity and focus. Most of our focus and recall comes independently of creative thought as it runs counter to critical thought. Luckily, there are a number of cognitive tools on the market and many are experimenting with some exciting combinations and concoctions.

Microdosing—Microdosing is a technique by which we can study the behavior of drugs by administering them in sub-therapeutic (very small) doses. Some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have been taking LSD (Lysergic Acid Diamide) in microdoses for the purpose of advancing their creativity. I cannot provide our readers with sources for LSD (duh!), but I’m not one to judge either.

Phenylpiracetam—Although Phenylpiracetam is primarily used for its ability to improve focus, it also provides creativity and boosts increases verbal fluency.

Modafinil—This one is more extreme than the other supplements on this list. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend it for a first-timer’s stack. Evidence has suggested that Modafinil can positively affect memory which plays an integral role in creativity.

## Mood Enhancement

Improving one’s mood is obviously something that is desirable in a general sense, but it is also an important factor when it comes to cognitive performance. Those who are in a good mood are typically more productive than those who aren’t.

Getting rid of the symptoms of anxiety and depression can help a person to significantly improve their cognitive performance. The following are some nootropics that can assist in this area.

Ashwagandha—This Ayurvedic herb has been shown to reduce anxiety by as much as 56.5 %. Studies have also found that it can help relieve stress and treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis and other pain conditions. An adaptogen, Ashwagandha has also been used as a sleep aid and an anti-inflammatory.

Perhaps most interesting of all, it has also been used to improve learning ability which makes it ideal for both mental performance and mood enhancement.

Picamilon—A synthetic combination of GABA and niacin, Picamilon was first developed in the Soviet Union and used by Russian cosmonauts for its cognitive performance. Its ability to enhance one’s mood is well-documented.

Picamilon is neuroprotective, and has ability to relieve anxiety and induce relaxation.

St. John’s Wort— The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health have written extensively about St. John’s Wort’s effect on depression, noting that St. John’s Wort was found to be as effective as standard prescription antidepressants in a 2009 systematic review.

Tianeptine—A one-time prescription medication, Tianeptine is now available as an OTC supplement and it has powerful anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects. Not only that but it is also a potent mood enhancer which a comparitive study determined to be every bit as effective as the prescription antidepressant Prozac.

## Memory & Learning Ability

The ability to learn and process information is one of the biggest things nootropic enthusiasts are usually looking for.

Ever since the nutraceutical-driven action movie Limitless opened Westerners’ eyes to the idea of cognitive enhancement, we’ve been actively seeking to expand our minds with a pill like NZT-48.

Below, I have compiled a short list of my favorite nootropics for memory and learning capacity.

Bacopa Monnieri—This perennial creeping herb has been in use for ages as a folk medicine for longevity and cognitive enhancement. It has been proven that Bacopa supplementation can reduce anxiety and support memory formation.

Centrophenoxine—One of the newer memory enhancement tools on the market, Centrophenoxine is being embraced by a growing number of noot nuts who love this cholinergic’s ability to vanquish brain fog and eliminate anxiety.

Users on Reddit have pointed out its anxiolytic effects, with one user writing that it helped them to “think properly.” That seems to be a common thread with anti-anxiety nootropics — they “clear your head” by helping you relax. This is likely a side effect of the GABAergic effects of many anxiolytics, such as Phenibut.

Choline & Piracetam— Studies have found that combining these two compounds can have a profound effect on memory. By enhancing cellular membrane fluidity, Piracetam boosts cognition. It has also been found to be every bit as effective as aspirin at preventing blood clots.

## Anti-Aging & Longevity

Everyone worries about getting older and very few things scare us more than the thought of neurological degeneration.

Neuroprotective agents are important to mitochondrial function and much, much more. Here’s a look at some nootropics that can make a big difference.

Coenzyme Q10—It won’t stop you from aging, but it will protect your cells against the damage wrought by free radicals. By working as an antioxidant, Coenzyme Q10 contributes to the overall health and appearance of your skin.

It is also a fundamental building block that assists in mitochondrial function.

PQQ—This one aids in mitochondrial function as well as longevity. It is the perfect combo with the aforementioned CQ10. No definitive studies have been conducted to determine its precise value, but it has several theoretical benefits.

Quercetin—This natural antioxidant which is found in apples and onions can also be found in supplement form. Its active bioflavonoid is believed to make this nutrient beneficial to those seeking longevity and an anti-aging remedy.

## Conclusion

In summary, these are some viable selections for a basic nootropic stack. The “best” nootropic stack is going to vary based on your experience with nootropics, and your intended use for the stack.

Personally, I recomomend Qualia as the best all-around nootropic stack available today, and take it about 3-4 times per week.

With any stacks or individual nootropics, make sure that you cycle them regularly so you don’t “overwork” different neurotransmitter pathways in your brain.