Nootropic is a term for a supplement that is ingested primarily for its effects on the brain. Many supplements that are touted to increase cognition, focus, alertness, or well being are grouped under this vague blanket statement.

This page features 4 unique references to scientific papers.


Nootropics, a greek word meaning 'Towards the Mind', are compounds that are both (1) neurologically active and (2) directly or indirectly enhances cognitive potential via increased capabilities (ie. reflexes), state of well being, or learning potential.

Nootropics are a parent compound of which Cholinergic and Racetam are a subset of. Cholinergics and Racetams are Nootropics, but Nootropics are a broader class of compounds.

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Things To Know

Also Known As

Cognitive Enhancers, Brain Boosters, Nootropics

Caution Notice

Many Nootropics have limited studies in humans, and the brain itself is still a very unknown organ. Despite the promise of many of these compounds, caution should be exerted to a larger degree when supplementing with some of them. Medical Disclaimer

List of Nootropic Supplements


Scientific Support & Reference Citations

Scientific support for each compound can be found vicariously through their respective pages.


  1. Writing Group for the NINDS Exploratory Trials in Parkinson Disease (NET-PD) Investigators, et al Effect of creatine monohydrate on clinical progression in patients with Parkinson disease: a randomized clinical trial . JAMA. (2015)
  2. Taylor MJ1, et al Folate for depressive disorders . Cochrane Database Syst Rev. (2003)
  3. Godfrey PS1, et al Enhancement of recovery from psychiatric illness by methylfolate . Lancet. (1990)
  4. Kushwaha S1, Chawla P1, Kochhar A1 Effect of supplementation of drumstick (Moringa oleifera) and amaranth (Amaranthus tricolor) leaves powder on antioxidant profile and oxidative status among postmenopausal women . J Food Sci Technol. (2014)