November 22, 2012
Nootropics. What are they supposed to do, and why would someone want to take them?
Two questions that I was asked before I started my run with CTD Labs Noopept. This is my first OTC Nootropic. I do have to preface my review by stating that I take Adderal regularly, as I was diagnosed with ADD when I was 16 years old. I'm not ADHD, but ADD. There is a difference.
Most people don't understand what this means, and group the two conditions together. Also, most people don't understand that there's a physical condition to ADD, not just mental. People with ADD tend to have lower brain activity in the frontal cortex. The frontal lobes are where concentration, energy allocation & the ability to determine right and wrong are handled. Most often, these conditions are the result of restrictive blood flow to these areas.
This is important to understand when talking about nootropics, because of the stated benefit of better focus and concentration.
Noopept, is meant to help with concentration, by decreasing the oxydation rate of brain cells. This oxydation occurs regardless of the reproduction of replacing brain tissue. In ADD or ADHD youth and adults, Oxydation of brain tissue can become a problem due to the lack of replenishment of those tissues, from the restriction of blood flow that is happening in those areas. Basically, as someone gets older, if they're not treated for the condition it worsens over time.
Something else that is greatly effected by age, is memory. This is obvious based on the reduction in brain tissue that holds our long and short term memory.
My experience with Noopept was rather startling to me, and I actually waited to write this review specifically so that I could confirm what I found.
I'm not going to write a traditional review that goes into ratings for each category. Instead, I'm going to write my experience, and who I increased the effectiveness of Noopept, and the effect it had of stopping the supplement.
I will say, this really isn't a "weight lifting" or "exercise" supplement. This more is general health, and should be understood that you're not going to get any benefit to the product in your working out, nor should it be looked at as a supplement to take for increasing focus of working out, because it's not really effective in this manner.
When I started Noopept, I was a bit skeptical as to the claims of this being a legal "russian adderal". If you've read that before, and have seen anyone claiming this to be an "adderal" type drug, stop right here and wipe that from your memory. It's completely mis leading and completely wrong.
I got no stimulant type effect from the product, and that's OK, because I didn't need MORE adderal, as I was already taking a good dosage. I didn't feel more alert physically, and I didn't have more energy. In fact, the initial dosages I actually felt quite the opposite. I was spacey and had a bit of a "floating" feeling. It was not pleasant. I initially thought to stop the product, as I started to read some accounts where Piracetams, which are a weaker form of nootropic, could cause people on adderal to have an antagonist reaction, where their adderal wouldn't work.
This also is a bit of a false statement.
After researching more on the effectiveness of the compounds, I read quite a bit about how adderal depresses your vitamin B levels, which in turn can reduce your Choline levels. Choline, specifically Choline Bitritate increases the absorption of fatty acids in your brain. It also increases the ability of these fatty acids to cross your brain hemispheres. Most of the time, your brain functions as two separate beings, and don't interact with each other. This causes a problem when you take nootropics, as the compounds can build up on one side of the brain, only be effective in specific areas. With supplementation of Omega 3's and Choline, you can increase "cross talk" which is the sharing of resources by the brain through the hemispheric barrier.
So I went out and got myself Choline Bitratrate, and upped my dosage of Omega 3's to double the standard dose. Noopept works in conjunction with Omega 3's as a barrier to the oxidization. So by increasing the Omega 3's and including Choline in my supplementation, I increased the chances of the dosage of Noopept being an effective dose.
I also got some I have experienced in years. I could think clearly, and problem solving became a quicker process.
This is a very subtle thing, and it's hard to explain to someone who has never experienced being ADD or having a mind that wanders. Most people don't take note of "how they think". What I mean by this, is I try to keep track of how long it takes me to complete tasks, of when someone asks me a question, something that they don't know the answer, how long it takes me to come up with a possible solution. I pay attention to if I can recall something that I did a few days ago, and how clearly I can remember the words that people speak to me were.
For someone that has never had issues with memory, or attention span, this is not a regular activity. Most people don't notice when they try to think of their 3rd grade teachers voice, and it is a bit cloudy. They just know they can remember it or they can't. When I was 16 and 17, I started to train myself to pay attention to these things, so that I could improve my concentration. This is something that helps ADD individuals keep track of their "disease".
On Noopept, I was clear. Very clear. I was remembering dates of client visits, as well as the sound of their voices, and the faces were more defined in my memory. I could answer someones question quickly with little effort, and found that I could come up with solutions to problems that were in need of something creative, and not readily apparent.
My "banter" with my friends and colleagues became more fun, as I could anticipate an insult, and have a retort in a much faster time. You would be amazed at how sarcastic my set of friends are, and how often we go back and forth with little jabs. It becomes fun, the faster you are on the draw with your insults and responses.
I took the standard dosage of noopept, and from the second week, to the final dosage, at 30mg per day spread throughout the day, I greatly enjoyed the mental clarity that it provided.
Since stopping taking it, I can definitely feel the difference in my sense of recall. My focus is also off again. It's not terrible, as the adderal is still there, but the mental acuity that I gained while on Noopept was profound.
Again, this is not a second adderal type product, and if you're looking for something to increase your energy levels, and keep you driven on a specific task, this is not the correct type of product that you're looking for. That type of a product is better looked for in the weight loss aisle, as you need something to increase blood flow to your frontal cortex. Try a fat burner, or just up your caffeine throughout the day, as noopept will not get you "through a task".
What it will do, is increase your memory recall, and clear your thoughts so your higher brain functions work better. Problem solving will be easier, and you'll be able to come up with more answers to questions that may have been troubling you.
Also, if you're considering running Noopept, Choline is usually going to be a requirement, especially if you don't get enough B Vitamins, or deplete your reserves with a lot of physical work. Most body builders I know have a deficiency of B Vitamins, which will definitely effect the effectiveness of noopept from the lack of Choline.
I would also suggest N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine @ 500mg per day, as it seemed to also increase the effectiveness, but I don't think it's necessary. It does have the side benefit, though, of up regulation of your anabolic receptors. So you could experience increased recovery times and some amount of muscle gain from supplementation of it.
One of the most intriguing things about noopept, is the possible benefit to those that are at risk for Altzheimers. This is not a cure, but by increasing the protection from oxidization of the brain tissue, you may just be protecting yourself against the onset of dimensia and altzheimers down the road. "this statement has not been approved by the FDA" it's only a theory, but one worth considering.
I am going to be buying a personal stock of Noopept, and am now a firm believer in its effectiveness, and the how it functions on the brain and its cells.
Thank you CTD labs for opening my eyes to this type of product!
- Clear Thoughts
- Increased Higher Brain Function
- Improved Concentration