SO WHAT ARE THESE SMART DRUGS, REALLY? ARE THESE THE ONLY SMART DRUGS ON THE MARKET? Smart drugs have been around since the 60’s and appear to becoming more and more popular with students and academics across the UK and Europe. Smart Drugs are said to increase alertness and concentration, as well as having positive effects on memory and cognitive functions. Smart Drugs also know as Nootropics are designed to stimulate your brain directly giving you the extra edge, that extra oompth if you will, when you are looking to study for longer amounts of time and have greater memory recall. Although prevalent in the media, the SmartDrugs/Nootropics noted above, have all been developed from a stimulant view point and can have as many negative effects as positive effects if taken incorrectly, both on the body and mind. Modafinil, Adderall, Ritalin are all stimulant based Smart Drugs, and as well as increase concentration and memory can also increase anxiety attacks, insomnia, Apathy, Intense hunger and paranoia. As you can see Smart Drugs / Nootropics are not the greatest thing since sliced bread and the above should only be taken as prescribed by your doctor. In saying that, the publicity Smart Drugs and Nootropics have received over the past couple of years, has always perceived Nootropics in a negative light, which is a little unfair. Admittedly taking Modafinil, Adderall, Ritalin is not the best idea, but due to publicity people who are aware of Nootropics assume these are the only ones available and that they are all the same. This is completely untrue! STEP FORWARD THE RACETAMS KINGS OF THE NOOTROPICS. First developed in the 70’s the Racetam family of Nootropics takes a completely different approach to brain stimulation and focuses on being a true health supplement such as vitamin tablets, omega 3 or amino acids. The family includes Piracetam, Pramiracetam, Aniracetam, Oxiracetam, Noopept which are the main supplements. All have been proven to be very safe through intensive pharmaceutical and medical testing and some are even considered to be less dangerous than salt. The daddy of these Racetams is Piracetam, this was the ground breaking brain supplement that set the precedence for all those that followed and although relatively unknown it is starting to gain traction in the UK. These days Piracetam is considered to be one of the less potent supplements and derivatives such as Pramiracetam, Aniracetam, Oxiracetam and Noopept have all been developed to be stronger and have a stronger positive effect on the brain. Piracetam is commonly known as a cardiovascular protector as it increases oxygenated blood flow to the brain as well as increases communication pathways from the left to the right hemisphere of the brain. The benefits of this supplement have astounded many, improving concentration, improving memory, cognitive functions, verbal fluency, clarity of thought and overall brain health. Even better Piracetam has no known short or long term negative physical effects, the only side effect is a slight headache from time to time caused by a lack of choline in your brain. Due to your brain becoming more efficient the usage of Choline in your brain is increased meaning that this deficit needs to be replaced, a bit like fuel in a car engine. A simple Choline supplement such as Citicoline, Alpha GPC or Choline Bitartrate can stop this happening. Citicoline supplment Piracetam, Pramiracetam, Aniracetam, Oxiracetam are also known to be a detoxifying agents often used to treat the damaging effects of alcoholism by enhancing oxygen utilization in the brain, which rapidly degenerates during alcohol consumption. It also impedes the destruction of neurons in the hippo-campus during the period immediately following alcohol withdrawal. Piracetam, Pramiracetam, Aniracetam, Oxiracetam also have antitoxin properties, preventing hypoxic conditions from tobacco smoke and reversing the short term memory loss that typically occurs with heavy cannabinoid use. Its hypoxia-preventing qualities can improve athletic performance at high-altitudes and substantially reduce fatigue in mouse students, suggesting potential as a metabolism booster. As you can see, Nootropics as a whole have received an unwarranted bad wrap over the years as stimulant based Nootropics such as Modafinil, Adderall and Ritalin have dominated the media. Nootropics represent a very broad category of brain enhancing supplements so one must not forget there is something out there that can have real benefit. The many almost forgotten benefits of the Racetam family of Nootropics should definitely be explored further if you are looking to take brain enhancement supplements. Hopefully as time moves on the positive effects will be recognised by more and more and eventually drown out the negativity generated by the media about Nootropics. The better educated people are about Nootropics the better educated decisions they can make in regards to whether they wish to take them or not. If you want to find out more about Racetam Nootropics please visit my website or email me at I would be happy to answer any questions you have.