A Look At Racetams – Piracetam
While it is the most researched of them, there are now newer and much more effective compounds that are derived from it. This is not the strongest compound of them all, and some would argue that when it comes to cognitive performance, there are much better options. Even though piracetam is where it all began, there are now many variations to the original chemical structure. This has produced much more powerful, stronger and more potent racetams. These have different effects on memory, cognition and learning. Some, like aniracetam, anxiety reducing effects and help improve confidence. Others like oxiracetams, have an ability to heighten your sense of sound. Which can make music sound better than ever before, while some give a somewhat stimulant effect such as pramiracetam.
Now piracetam is still a highly recommended compound, especially when just getting started on nootropics, or as part of your ‘stack’. A stack simply refers to a combination of supplements that you might take to increase the effects of the nootropics as a whole. Although, once you are ready to move on from this, using another racetam is the most logical step. So let us now take a better look at the other more exciting racetams.
The three most prominent today that originated from piracetam are oxiracetam, aniracetam and pramiracetam. That is why we will feature these in our discussion. Now all three of these have similar but slightly differing benefits. This is probably why the most asked question on forums and blogs is “which one of these should I choose?” and not what nootropic should I take? Due to them being very similar and quite beneficial effects, people are just wondering which one will benefit them the best. Seeing as they all have differing chemical structures, they all have slightly different ways in which the brain is affected. They all have awesome nootropical effects like the ability to boost memory also the learning ability but they still have slightly different effects.
How Do Nootropics Work
Boosting Brain Metabolism – Trying to not get too technical here, but racetams are responsible for creating an environment in which there is greater protein synthesis. This results in more efficiency and greater levels of energy in the brain. The hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that is responsible for memory, is only mildly affected by racetams. Other nootropics like ginkgo biloba is more suited to boosting memory recall. Racetams are more so for acting on cerebral neurons as opposed to the hippocampal ones.
Increased Communication Between Hemispheres of the Brain – The brain is made up of two separate sides or hemispheres. Racetams are responsible for creating better communication between these. It is thought that greater communication between these two sides will create more idea formation. Therefore a more efficient memory with an even higher volume. This communication increase can lead to higher levels of thinking.
Comparing the Three Racetams : Oxiracetam, Pramiracetam and Aniracetam
Oxiracetam – is often defined as a booster of logic. When it comes to things like mathematics and tasks that require advanced logic, oxiracetam is excellent. As well as providing cognitive boosting effects, it also has stimulant-like effects which can also give you an energy boost. Oxiracetam is an all-round good choice for many. Out of these three racetams, it is the best as it provides enhanced cognition as well as logic and energy boosting properties.
Aniracetam – boosts memory and cognition. Aniracetam is also what is referred to as anxiolytic, which means it has the ability to reduce anxiety. Aniracetam is a popular choice with people who are looking to reduce anxiety and and enhance their mood. one downside to it though, is that it doesn’t last as long as the others. Generally it will only last 4-5 hours, which means the aniracetam dosage is higher than the others in the family. On the upside however, it is the best for anxiety, social situations and cognition as well as verbal fluency.
Pramiracetam – this is touted as one of the most effective supplements in the field of nootropics. It has a greater ability to enhance focus and memory. It is often draws parallels to Ritalin, due to the powerful effects. The main pluses with pramiracetam is enhanced cognition as well as greater long term memory effects and sharp focus.
Summary of Racetams
It is horses for courses. There is no clear winner in which racetam is best for any individual. They all have their own great effects and different nuances that may sway you to one or another. Depending on what you want to get out of the experience, is what should help you to decide which one to choose. Aniracetam is more a mood enhancer, Oxiracetam is great for logic and energy boosting and Pramiracetam is more targeted for focus.
So to decide which is right for you, I would recommend trying them all. Experiment and document your experience with each of them. You can’t really go wrong with any of them as they all give an unbelievable memory boost when used in conjunction with a choline supplement or in a well planned out stack. Basically just try them out for a few weeks to a month and decide for yourself which is the best way to go for you.