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.


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 Cholinergics and Racetams are a subset of. Cholinergics and Racetams are Nootropics, but Nootropics are a broader class of compounds.

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