Aniracetam, part of the Racetams group of Nootropics, is thought to provide many cognitive benefits including increased focus and clarity, improved concentration, better memory, more mental energy and an overall improved mood.
What is Aniracetam?
Aniracetam was developed by a Belgium company in the 1970’s.
It belongs to a group of Nootropics called Racetams, a smartdrug, that is not found in our food sources and is thought to increase and improve many different cognitive processes.
Aniracetam primary functions are associated with improving overall mental performance, where it is believed to increase activity and blood flow to the brain.
It is also thought to increase Acetylcholine levels, which is a chemical released from the nervous system that is associated with both activated muscles and cognitively plays a role in memory, attention and motivation.
This supplement seems to have anxiolytic properties, which works to reduce anxiety. It is also thought to enhance our mood, improve our focus and concentration.
Many users claim that they have clearer thoughts and their ability to focus and multi-task is heightened. Also, it is claimed to increase the length of attention span and concentration becomes easier.
There has been a number of studies done on this supplement and it is known to have low toxicity in the body and may even promote brain health.
It is thought to be have less negative associations than some drugs that are commonplace. It is considered a highly safe supplement with very few side effects if any at all.
Aniracetam is closely associated with the group of compounds called Ampkines (AMPA Receptors).
This is thought to positively adjust glutamate receptors, which quickly pass the signal into the central nervous system.
It than binds to Acetylcholine, the highly important neurotransmitter (brain chemical) responsible for sending signals between the neurons that affect cognitive functions including our memory, motivation, arousal and attention.
Aniracetam keeps the receptor actively controlled for extended periods of time and on the flip side, it also prevents it from breaking down.
It increases the blood flow and activity to the brain. It crosses the blood-brain barrier and is thought to also affect other neurotransmitters including Dopamine and Serotonin.
These neurotransmitters, directly affect our moods and sleeping patterns. Due to this, Aniracetam can be effective for mild depression and anxiety.
Also, Aniracetam effects glucose (blood sugar) which means longer periods of action without fatigue.
It is believed that Aniracetam improves the connection between our thoughts and our memory of them. Future research on this could be very encouraging for people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Also many studies have shown it’s effectiveness for helping the symptoms of ADHD.
It is not fully known how Aniracetam’s process occurs, although studies have shown strong results occurring in the left and right brain communication when taking it.
This communication has a direct effect on our ability to concentrate and to provide increased focus.
Aniracetam can effect people differently. Some users claim to get very relaxed while others claim it helps stimulate them.
Why Take Aniracetam? It promotes;
- Increased concentration
- Increased focus
- Better memory of information processed
- Increased attention span
- Longer mental energy
- Reduces anxiety
- Better mood
- May be effective for mild depression
- Better memory retention and neuroprotection for the elderly
Some common user reviews when taking Aniracetam:
- Feeling of not being distracted
- Thoughts are very clear and words are articulated
- Self doubt seems to lessen in social settings
- Increased focus and clarity
- Ability to multi-task is common
Aniracetam Side Effects
In general Aniracetams side effects have been reported to be very mild however some users have reported;
A high choline supplement such as Alpha GPC is advised to be taken with Aniracetam to reduce the chances of a potential headache.
Aniracetam Recommended Dosage
It is recommended to always stay within the lowest dose available when starting on any new Nootropic supplement. This helps you gauge your body’s effect and find what works best for you.
The dosage is between 375mg (half a pill) to 1.5g per day and not exceeding it. It can be divided up and taken 2-3 times per day.
These are just guidelines. If you have any concerns, please consult your doctor first.
Stacking Aniracetam Options
Stacking means using two Nootropics together to enhance the effect or to supplement it. Some Nootropics can have similar effects but also additional benefits that aren’t found in one supplement.
Users find stacking Aniracetam with any other Racetams such as Oxiracetam or Piracetam enhances it’s effects.