Monday, August 11, 2014

Stupid Smart Pills

There has recently been a plethora of new smart pill manufacturers hitting the market. With nootropics getting more and more popular with professionals, students, and those seeking cognitive enhancement, the choices can be bewildering and confusing. How does one pick an ideal focus supplement when there are so many choices? 

Newer Is Not Always Better!

One needs to start by looking at the supplement’s track record. Have they been around for a while or did they just pop up? New isn’t always better, especially with nootropics. Just because a certain nootropic is new on the market does not mean it is necessarily better. 
One company is selling a nootropic stack that includes PRL-8-53. According to their website, their sales pitch reads like this:

“PLR-53 is a rather mysterious research nootropic made from a combination benzoic acid and benzylamine. It is still not widely available and very few trials have been published on its effects. However, there are reports that it has provided of pretty significant memory boost capability.” So, in other words, the company thinks that this is actually a selling point of their nootropic stack. Wow. 

Look For the Perfect Stack

Other smart pills have a long list of nootropics haphazardly put into one pill, as if the consumer will be so impressed with the long list of nootropics that they will be lulled into believing that more variety is better. The seasoned nootropic user knows by looking at the ingredients that there would be no possible way that this pill would do anything, as many of the ingredients need much more significant amounts to have any chance of efficacy. It's like having 50 pennies versus having 50 $20 bills. One manufacturer had 21 different nootropics in one “smart” pill. Stupid indeed. 

Nootropics Alone Don't Mean Energy

The other annoying aspect that keeps coming up is labeling nootropic stacks as energy pills. Most of these manufacturers seem to think that potential customers will actually think that nootropics will give them an enormous energy boost. That’s not going to happen with a nootropic stack unless there are also stimulants in the formula to actually provide the energy! Bacopa for example, is just not going to give you energy, period. Worse, some of the newer nootropic stacks have users reporting brain fog, fatigue, headaches, nausea, and other unpleasant effects. The last thing a consumer wants, that is looking for enhanced cognitive performance, is brain fog or fatigue! It’s pretty hard to focus when you get sleepy after taking the “smart” pill. 

Finally, it might be wise to look at the length of time the supplement has been on the market, and carefully read the testimonials to see if the smart pill makes sense for you. There are lots of different smart pills out there. Look at the ingredients, do your homework, and choose wisely.