For those who use nootropics/nutruitional supplements/sports nutrition:
What's your daily stack and how much does it cost you per day? Is paying for all these -cetams and choline and gingko and green tea oil pills really worth the price you pay?
I would very much like to try my hand with nootropics especially? But I'm not sure if I can afford it. I also want to start taking carbo powder, creatine, protein powder, nitric acid, and multivitamins.
Basically I want to put my body in a state of peak performance. But I don't think I'll be able to dedicate a whole paycheck every month to my body. I need to have money for recreation!! And for buying a motorcycle... yes a motorcycle.
I would say that proper diet and exercise have more to do with peak performance than any nootropic.
Once you have your diet and exercise worked out well, then I'd say that nootropics can be worth the money. I believe they are more important as we get older... right now I feel that when I take nootropics, such as oxiracetam, I am "over revving" myself.. I think fast normally, and nootropics push me too fast.
I think a case can be made for using nootropics as a preventative measure. But the most effective nootropics, such as seleginine, also have alot of contraindictions to be wary of.
It's a balancing act. Be sure to research alot before you start, as you are doing here.
Begin with the basics:
1) Ensure you get proper nutrition. Research: saturated vs. polyunsaturated fats.
2) If you are not eating well, then be sure to take a good quality multivitamin.
3) Then get into the more "general" nootropics, such as anti-oxidants (alpha-lipoic acid etc). These I would classify whatever is in your "daily regimen".
4) Research specifically what you are hoping to achieve: Better quality thought? Emotional stability? Alertness? Concentration?
5) If you are serious about taking a bunch of nootropics daily, then expect to pay alot of money unless you buy bulk.. which will save you a bunch of money - especially if you just buy the powders and weigh them out into gelatin capsules. (easier than you think).
5) Read up about user experiences on each drug (and they are drugs, have no doubt about it). BL is especially good to research on since the users here are very experienced about drug use in general and won't give bullshit reports. We here all know what a REAL high is like. I find that on other "nootropics" websites people just go overboard about how great XXX drug is etcetc.
I've tried a number of "nootropics". Some that I startec to take such as piracetam, aniracetam, oxiracetam, vipocetine, choline bicarbonate - I no longer take due to (what I perceive to be) negative effects.
Examples... choline gave me jaw clenching and muscle tension... vipocetine gave me a lightheaded feeling, aniracetam was too speedy...
Just like our beloved recreational drugs, nootropics drugs can also affect each person differently.
Also: Be sure to research the drug on proper sources such as www.pubmed.com. If it's a worthwhile nootropic it will have at least ONE clinical study on it at pubmed.com.
Hope that helps.