There has been a lot of noise over the past few years about the wonder supplements called nootropics. People are calling them smart drugs and comparing the mental effects they provide to scenes out of the movie “Limitless”. I have been looking into them and decided to try out aniracetam for a month. Before getting started I wanted to see how to take the supplement, what to take it with and what the right dose is. Here is what I found out from my research.
Quick Background about Aniracetam
Aniracetam is a member of the racetam family and has been around since the 10970’s and was developed by a Swiss based health-care company called Hoffman-La Roche. It has shown to help improve memory, focus and concentration as well as mood, anxiety and depression. Compared to Piracetam it’s said to be at least two to three times more powerful so the effects should be noticeable when taking it. It also costs less then others in the category. So, if you are just getting started with nootropics then you might want to give this one a try first to see how you react to it. You need a prescription for aniracetam in Europe, but it’s currently unregulated in the United States.
How it works
Aniracetam is absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach. This type of racetam supplement is fat soluble, so it should be taken with some type of lipid to be properly absorbed. It reaches its peek concentration in the bloodstream in about 20 to 30 minutes and then crosses the blood brain barrier.
Once it enters the brain it binds with neurotransmitters through an Acetylcholine receptor. Neurotransmitters send signals to each other in the brain to form thoughts and memories. Aniracetam helps build new neurons in the neurotransmitters, as well as synapses and connections. This helps improve communication between both sides of the brain. It also slows down the desensitization of these receptors, especially in the hippocampus where new memories are formed.
Additionally Aniracetam is effective at binding with AMPA and Kainate receptors. These receptors are entwined with the neurotransmitter glutamate. This binding has a positive effect on the modulator of these receptors and helps make the synapses more sensitive to glutamate, making Aniracetam unique to other Racetams.
Finally it affects two additional neurotransmitters, Dopamine and Serotonin. Dopamine plays a big role in your mood and movement. Serotonin plays a role in sleep, helping regulate stress and relaxation. It’s stimulation with the Cholinergic systems has shown to help with depression and anxiety.
How you should take Aniracetam and with what
Aniracetam is a fat-soluble member of the racetam family so you shouldn’t take it on an empty stomach. It’s best to take it about 15 minutes after you eat something. There is a lot of debate online weather to take it with a fat source such fish oil. This isn’t necessary if you have good fats in your daily diet. If you are on a low fat diet then taking a fish oil pill 30 minutes before taking the Aniracetam to ensure that the maximum amount is absorbed into your bloodstream.
When fat-soluble supplements are digested into the system they are stored in tissues in the body and last a long time. From my research some people have notice they built up a tolerance to the product, meaning the effects are not as strong when first taking it. One way to avoid this is to cycle on and off the product over a period of time or stack it with other racetams. We’ll discuss this later in the post.
Additionally when taking Aniracetam you can stack it with a Choline source. This will help with any side effects such as headaches. But everyone is affected different by supplements so it’s best to pay attention when taking this supplement. If you do experience headaches you can take additional Choline to phase out any effects.
What is the suggested dosage and best time to take it?
This is pretty straightforward and is confirmed on different resources. The recommended dose is between 750 and 3,000 milligrams a day. The effects last about two hours so it can be taken two to three times during the day at equal amounts with meals for the best results.
If you compare powder to capsules, the powder will digest into the system faster, so the effects will be felt much faster. But you will still get positive results from the capsules they will just take more time to absorb. Capsules will be easier to transport when taking them on the go. Both the powder and capsules will be absorbed into the system faster when taken with milk. This will allow it to reach the intended targets faster.
Can You Overdose On Nootropics?
Nootropics are safe products and have been through many rounds of tests over the years. So you do not have to worry about overdosing or any fatal results from taking Aniracetam. Some people have reported pushing the boundaries of the ractams and taking 5 or ten times the recommended dosage. From my investigation if you take more then the recommended amount you will get over stimulated with energy followed by a headache.
Can take aniracetam with other supplements?
You can defiantly stack Aniracetam with other vitamins and supplements. As stated above for better results you can take it with fish oil as well as choline. Besides that you could stack it with other racetems. Each has it’s own pluses and minuses so to optimize results you may want to stack a few togethers after you feel comfortable with the results.
A few different combinations you could try are Piracetam and Aniracetam or stack it with Oxiracetam or combine all three together. An additional component to any of these stacks should be choline. In order to avoid assimilating to the supplements or building up a tolerance you could take Oxiracetam or Piracetam in the morning and then Aniracetam later in the day. Everyone will have different results so it’s best to start small and then shift things around to see what works best for you.