Ultimate Guide to the Best Nootropic Stacks of 2018
Utilizing These Stacks Properly Can Hack Your Brain and Help You Leave Your Competition in the Dust.
How We Choose What the Best is
There are many different criteria by which someone might classify something as “the best nootropic stack” or “the best brain supplement”. Everybody wants something different so your best nootropic may be different than mine. This doesn’t even take into consideration that each nootropic affects everyone differently. I have been taking several different nootropics over the period of 3 years.
What Makes a Nootropic Good?
As an entrepreneur, I am always looking for what will give me a competitive edge. For this reason, here are the criteria I am going to base this list on:
- Memory Boosting Ability
- Focus Enhancement
- Overall Cognitive Enhancement
- Stress Reduction
- Anxiety Reduction
Nootropics are not just there to make you focus more or increase your memory. A good nootropic helps your brain work more efficiently. For example, few things screw up your brain’s efficiency more than stress and anxiety. A nootropics that is able to improve focus, motivation while reducing stress and anxiety at the same time is a home run in my book. At the very least, we want supplements that are not going to increase anxiety or stress in any way (as many hard stimulants do).
#1 Nootropic Stack: Qualia by Neurohacker is Rated By-Far the Best Overall Nootropic Stack
AHHH I love Qualia! I can’t get enough of it. This one has made so many of my “Best of” lists it’s not even funny! Qualia is a nootropic stack with many cognitive benefits and also has a calming, stress reducing effect at the same time. Qualia has a combination of so many ingredients that it is too long to list it here. Bottom line, Qualia contains most of the ingredients of recommended products on this site.
What Makes Qualia so Great?
First off, it’s extremely affordable for what you get. I know what you’re thinking. How can you refer to a $130 / month supplement as affordable? However, notice that I said for what you get. As stated on the website, the quantity of ingredients outperforms virtually every other option. Additionally, if you were to purchase every ingredient in Qualia individually, you would end up paying much more per serving. The reason for this is that Neurohacker Collective is buying in bulk and has the manufacturing process down.
How Has it Helped?
As I am writing this blog, I am currently on Qualia. A big mistake I see people make with nootropics is focusing on how the nootropic makes them feel versus the benefits it has. Personally, I would take a drug that improves cognitive performance and makes me feel the same over something that merely produces the “feeling of productivity”. Qualia has personally helped me in 3 key areas:
- Provided me with the energy to work longer hours and combat fatique
- Improved my Efficiency While Working
- Improved My Mood to Help Combat Stress and Anxiety During Work
I have always been a highly anxious, high stressed person. My wife / business partner can attest to that. However, she can also attest to the fact that since I have been on Qualia I have been much more level headed. I used to get overwhelmed and emotional about things like losing sales, losing clients, and feeling overworked. Qualia gives me a state of calm and allows me to put my head down and get the job done.
Best Stack for Beginners: Caffine / L-Theanine
Caffeine / L-theanine is a simple, affordable and highly effective nootropic stack that is great for beginners and has made many of our top 5 lists. It’s simple: Caffeine helps boost energy and focus, while L-Theanine helps curve many of the negative side effects such as jitteriness, anxiety, and the inevitable crash that comes with most stimulants. It should be noted that Qualia by Neurohacker includes Caffeine / L-Theanine, however, this is a great option for those who don’t want to fork over $100 a month (or down 9 pills every day).
What Makes the Caffine / L-Theanine Stack So Special?
Everyone knows the effects caffeine can have on energy and focus. As long as you don’t put too much sugar in it, a cup of coffee (or several) is the go-to fuel for many Americans. Without it, our work lives just wouldn’t be the same. Caffeine does, however, come with side effects that many people could do without. It also typically ends with a crash that requires taking more and it can lose its effectiveness over time.
L-Theanine aids focus on its own. At the same time, it can help relax you and take away the anxiety. L-Theanine is great at removing the side effects and crash that are all-to-often associated with Caffeine and other stimulants. Additionally, the focus-boosting properties on its own make the Caffeine much more effective.
Modafinil (Best for Attention & Wakefulness)
Modafinil is considered a miracle drug by many. It has a way of giving you attention and getting rid of brain fog without the side effects of other drugs. Unfortunately, Modafinil is only available with a prescription (you can obtain it overseas, though I don’t necessarily recommend it). Please do your own research before going out and buying Modafinil.
Why Do I Like It?
I personally take Modafinil occasionally, though it is not my go-to or daily Nootropic. I use Modafinil strictly for scenarios where I really need to get stuff done. In these situations that require extra focus, I will substitute my daily Qualia Stack with a Modafinil.
Only you can decide if it is a good fit for you. There are definitely worse things you could be putting in your body, so weigh the pros and cons to see what is a good fit.