The focus for health and wellness has shifted over the last couple of years and although physical health is still high on the agenda for most people, mental wellbeing is starting to come in to focus more and more. Getting quality sleep, reducing anxiety and improving cognitive functioning are now all firmly on the radar of those who want to perform at their best and keep their bodies and minds in tip top condition.
Meditation, regular sleep patterns, a balanced lifestyle and good hydration are all natural ways in which you can improve your mental wellbeing but many people want to go further and for that there is nootropics. The term nootropics stems from the Ancient Greek language and translates to ‘mind’ ‘a turning’. Nootropic supplements are now widely available and are generally designed to improve cognitive functions such as focus, support positive mood and provide a feeling of being more energised.
The best nootropics have all natural ingredient profiles but all will have slightly different stacks and so it is worth considering what you want to gain from a nootropic supplement and how a product aligns with that aim. We have compiled what we believe to be the best nootropics available in the UK and will showcase these below, but first, let’s take a look at some of the common questions around brain health supplements.
What Do Nootropics Do?
To put it simply, Nootropics aid healthy brain functioning and in particular can help with focus, creativity, memory and motivation. They utilise natural and synthetic ingredients to improve the performance of pathways in the brain that promote these desired effects. We would advocate 100% natural nootropics as opposed to synthetic and natural combinations and all of our suggestions here have natural profiles.
There are hundreds of studies that argue for the performance of nootropics and they are often used by people looking to improve their cognitive functions for work or learning purposes as well as video gamers and gym goers.
Do Nootropics Have Side Effects?
The Nootropic supplements we tested are all natural and as such they do not come with any warnings around side effects. As with any supplement you should ensure you do not exceed the specified dosage and if in doubt you should consult your GP. Some people complain of ‘the jitters’ if they have too much caffeine or if they take caffeine and other stimulants. Most nootropics will balance out the impact of stimulants with herbal energy enhancers such as ginkgo biloba and bacopa monnieri as well as amino acids.
Which Ingredients Should I look For In Nootropics?
There are many variations of ingredient stacks and all cater to a slightly different impact on the brain.
Some of the key ingredients to look out for include:
Bacopa Monnieri: Grown in tropical conditions, this plant is found in ancient Ayurvedic medicine and has been used for hundreds of years as a way of improving memory and reducing anxiety. Bacopa Monnieri needs to be taken consistently to produce results so don’t expect instant improvement as a result of taking it but do look for this in your nootropic and ideally at levels of 300mg or more per serving.
Ginkgo Biloba: The jury is out on Ginkgo Biloba in terms of clinical studies and although results in these studies have been inconsistent there is enough of a body of evidence to suggest that this herbal supplement can have a positive impact on focus and memory. It has been linked to improved thinking skills in healthy middle aged people and is 100% natural. Certainly a worthy addition to your ingredient stack.
Caffeine: This one needs little introduction and is the most widely used brain stimulant in the world with billions of people taking it daily in tea and coffee. Too much of it can lead to the dreaded ‘jitters’ but doses of 100mg-200mg should be fine especially when balanced with other calming ingredients such as L-Theanine. It is not vital to have caffeine in your nootropics and there are more and more caffeine free nootropics coming on the market nowadays that use other natural ingredients to create similar cognitive benefits that would be associated with caffeine.
L-Theanine: A calming amino acid that is found naturally in tea but is limited in our diet unless taken through supplementation. It works perfectly with caffeine as it helps to create a balanced effect but is also widely regarded as being able to reduce anxiety and stress. A 100-200mg serving is considered optimal in boosting cognitive functioning.
Best Nootropics UK
Now we have a good understanding of what to look for, let’s take a look at the best Nootropics available in the UK.
NooCube is a caffeine free nootropic supplement that is made up of completely natural ingredients – all of which are scientifically backed to have a positive impact on brain functions. NooCube promises to improve a range of cognitive functions including concentration, mental energy, memory and overall functioning.
NooCube is not the cheapest nootropic supplement available but it does have an excellent ingredient stack with Alpha GPC, Huperzine A, Cat’s Claw, Bacopa Monnieri, Oat Straw, L-theanine and L-tyrosine all making the cut. NooCube state that you get all the benefits of caffeine but with the added benefit of productivity that you don’t always get with caffeine. The lack of caffeine also means there is no chance of the dreaded jitters.
Each bottle contains 60 capsules which will last one month and they have some excellent offers on such as buy 3 bottles get 3 free which gives some excellent savings overall. Shipping is free and they deliver to the UK quickly.
All NooCube ingredients are scientifically certified and clinically backed meaning they are safe to consume and you should expect no side effects. Through testing we found that we had an improved concentration and focus and the feeling of greater mental energy was apparent after just 30 minutes of taking our first capsule.
If you are looking for a good all-rounder that doesn’t contain caffeine and is safe to take daily then NooCube is an excellent option.back to menu ↑
Brainzyme Focus Pro
Brainzyme is a well known UK made nootropic that has been featured in major publications such as The Times, Forbes and Trail Running Magazine. It is 100% natural, completely plant based and improves focus, energy, mood and memory. There are three main product lines that they sell but we are focusing on the middle of the range product which is the Brainzyme Focus Pro – this has the perfect blend of key ingredients but without being overly expensive and really gives those cognitive processes a kickstart.
There is an impressive 19 ingredient profile found in the Focus Pro and this includes Ginkgo Biloba, Guarana seed, L-Tyrosine, Matcha Green Tea Blend (which contains L-Theanine), Maca root as well as Zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamin B12. The all natural ingredients found in Brainzyme Focus Pro really are about as good as it gets if you want to stay caffeine free and completely natural and vegan friendly.
You will feel the impact of taking your first capsule after just 30 minutes as you become more focused and attentive to the task at hand. This feeling lasts up to 8 hours and you should take 2 capsules each day to give all day focus.
Brainzyme have some excellent bulk package deals and a 6 month supply can be enjoyed with a £30 discount at the time of writing which makes this very affordable considering the nootropic stack you are getting.
UK shipping is free for all orders of £5 and over and as a UK based company and with all aspects of this supplement being safe to consume it is well worth a try.back to menu ↑
Bulk Powders Complete Nootropic
Bulk Powders have created an affordable nootropic with an excellent ingredient profile with their Complete Nootropic product. It is the only nootropic to make our list that contains caffeine and a full dose gives a whopping 200mg which means this can also be used effectively as a pre-workout supplement. It is much more than that though with an ingredient profile that promises a real focus and concentration boost.
There are 17 ingredients to be found in Bulk Powders Complete Nootropic, some of which include caffeine (200mg), Ginkgo Biloba (600mg), Panax Ginseng (400mg), L-Theanine (200mg), N-Acetyl L Tyrosine (500mg) as well as Vitamin B12, B6, B5 and Zinc. This really does live up to the name as it offers a really complete nootropic stack that makes it an excellent all rounder.
With Complete Nootropic you will feel the benefits within 30 minutes of taking 6 capsules (yes 6 is the standard dose) and that starts with alertness and focus. This feeling of concentration lasts throughout the day and this supplement can either be taken daily or as and when required.
If you are looking for a good all round boost for your brain or want a little more from your pre-workout supplement then this is an excellent option that is also very affordable.back to menu ↑
Neurostim is another vegan nootropic supplement that has a slightly different ingredient profile to some of the others we tested. That being said, we had good results when using Neurostim and as such it comes highly recommended. The all-natural plant based ingredients include Lions Mane Mushroom, Ginkgoserine, Mangifera Indica, Bacopa Monnieri extract, Centella Asiatica and Saffron extract.
We found the impact of taking this supplement was felt within 45-60 minutes of taking it but the effects lasted all day with a calm but focused feeling. This certainly is not a supplement that has you on edge or overly stimulated but it does provide a good sense of productivity when applying yourself to tasks.
The 6 month package provides the best value and cost wise it is in line with the other nootropics we tested.