Noopept (a peptide compound) is a performance enhancing drug for the brain -positively effecting memory retention, memory recall, concentration and overall cognitive health. It is one of the most effective and fastest acting Nootropic supplements available today. According to an article in the Russian medical journal Experiments in Clinical Pharmacology, Noopept has been researched to be 1000 times stronger than Piracetam, the original Nootropic.
Benefits & Uses
Improvements in the stages of both memory retention and faster recall, consequently resulting in better short and long term memory, have been shown to be the most prominent effects in Noopept users.
Noopept has also exhibited significant anti-oxidant properties that allow it to act as a neuroprotectant. For instance, brain damage caused by oxidative stress has been prevented by the nootropic and, in some cases, reversed. Interestingly enough, Noopept was initially developed to reduce and undo the damaging effects of drug and alcohol use on the brain.
Moreover, Noopept users claim that the drug had positive effects on their attention span and ability to concentrate, helping them achieve mental clarity and the reduction of “brain fog.” This awareness allows one to participate in activities requiring mental exertion, with more ease and for a longer duration. Students tend to use Noopept for this reason. Increased mental energy can assist them with problem solving, mathematical calculation, logical reasoning and even creativity.
It has also been discovered that Noopept increases neuron and synapse activity in the corpus callosum, which connects the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Enhanced communication between the “logical” side and the “creative” side of the brain would allow for better integration between their respective functions.
For years, Noopept has been administered for medicinal purposes in Russia and throughout Europe, with Western medicine only recently showing an interest in Noopept. Researchers have acknowledged the nootropic as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders caused by neuron decline.
Unlike most other Nootropic supplements, Noopept does not induce headaches, but has been shown to actually lessen the occurrence of headaches and their severity.
How Noopept Works
Noopept is a peptide that is small enough to be absorbed into the GI tract without the majority of it being broken down by digestive enzymes and acids. The compound can reach its maximum concentration within 15 to 20 minutes of being ingested.
Its small size further allows it to effortlessly penetrate the blood-brain barrier and target receptors in the brain responsible for producing neurotransmitters. Noopept stimulates AMPA and NMDA glutamate and Acetylcholine neurotransmitter secretions. Higher levels of Acetylcholine and Glutamate will optimize a number of various cognitive functions including synaptic plasticity which is vital for learning and memory.
Studies show that Noopept increases levels of nerve growth factor (NGF) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). These proteins are implicated in the formation of new memories, learning capacity, and neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to the brains potential to create new neural connections and to adapt to new circumstances.
Oxygen levels in the brain are increased following intake of Noopept. Higher oxygen levels would cause the “lifting of brain fog”, that is described in many user reports. Increased brain energy could also be due to Noopept’s enhancing effect on Glucose metabolism. Glucose is the primary supplier of energy to the brain and higher levels would boost mental clarity along with focus and attention span.
Noopept has also exhibited the ability to flush out excessive levels of calcium and other potentially toxic substances, from the brain.
The supplement may be taken in powder form or tablet form, with water or sublingually. People who are embarking on a Noopept supplementation program should start with a low dosage of 5 mg, two or three times a day. The dosage can be increased over time, if there are no negative side effects. The standard Noopept dosage ranges between 10 mg to 30 mg per day.
A factor that potential supplement users consider before embarking on a program is the ‘half-life’ of the substance. This is the amount of time that approximately half of the original quantity of the substance will still remain in your system. As a result Noopept may not seem desirable because of its short half-life that may range from 30 minutes to an hour. However, it is important to note that most users claim to feel the effects of Noopept for up to 3 or 4 hours after dosage.
Nonetheless, some users increase their dosage to 40 mg of Noopept powder that they divide into several administrations throughout the day. This method provides a continuous stream of the substance to their system. Users are cautioned to never exceed a dose of 20mg three times a day as this can over stimulate your glutamate receptors and be hazardous for your health.
An alternative option would be to keep the recommended daily dosage of 30 mg per day and break it into smaller doses. For example, you could divide your Noopept powder into 3 administrations of 10 mg or 4 administrations of 7 ½ mg each or cut your Noopept tablets into equal portions.
Noopept is a non-toxic supplement that is valued for both its effectiveness and safety. The substance requires only a small dosage in order to influence the body and this reduces any risk of stomach ache or nausea. Despite this potency, Noopept users have experienced no drug dependency or addiction to the substance.
However, some user reports complain of slight irritability after being on a Noopept course for an extensive period. In which case, experts suggest making your body readjust to Noopept by cycling on and off the program.
Potential users should always consult a medical professional as to whether their medical history or current prescriptions support any supplement program. For example, people suffering from hypertension may not handle the stimulating effects of Noopept. Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or under 18 years of age, are advised not to take Noopept out of caution.