This herb has been consumed throughout history as a food source and has been used in traditional medicine for various conditions including asthma, joint and muscle pain, ear and eye infections. However, the degree to which this herb acts as a nootropic is still up for debate. Some studies have suggested that it doesn't provide adequate cognitive enhancement, but other sources claim that long term administration improves attention, mental clarity, executive functioning and long-term memory. This can be attributed to its ability to enhance circulation in the brain and body and provides feeling of natural energy and mental focus through modulation of certain neurotransmitters.
|Piracetam is the first compound developed under the racetam class and was synthetically created by Belgium lab UCB Pharma. Of the racetam class, this is perhaps the most discussed and utilized nootropic. Its mechanism of action is poorly understood, but many speculate that it improves cognition without stimulating or sedating properties. In other words, it doesn't seem to affect a person's arousal. It is a modulator of the AMPA receptor and may work on various ion channels within the brain to excite neurons. Additionally, it improves acetylcholine functioning and may influence NMDA glutamate receptors. There is some evidence that it increases the amount of blood flow and oxygen to the brain. It is not approved in the United States for any condition, but is approved in the United Kingdom. In recent years it has gained popularity among students as a way to increase academic performance.|
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Pyracetam, Pyrrolidone acetamide, 2-Oxo-1-pyrrolidine, Memotopril, Fezam with cinnarizine, UCB6215
20-240mg as needed.
4.8 g daily/2x dose. 40-100mg/kg.
Some side effects include: light nausea, dizziness, and tachycardia. However, these symptoms are temporary and rare when taken at appropriate doses.
Like all the other racetams, Piracetam may be strongly associated with headaches. However, it can be eliminated easily with the addition of Choline.
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