Top 7 Nootropic Benefits of Phenylpiracetam

A Brief Guide to the Nootropic Benefits of Phenylpiracetam

Also known as Phenotropil, phenylpiracetam is one of the most potent racetam nootropics. Owing much of its cognitive enhancement benefits to specially designed stimulating properties, phenylpiracetam has been found to be 60 or even 100 times as potent as piracetam.1

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Brief History of Phenylpiracetam

Russian scientists during the Space Race developed phenylpiracetam as a brain-boosting serum to improve mental resilience. This was then provided to cosmonauts undergoing the rigors of life beyond the earth’s atmosphere and gravitational field.

According to cosmonaut Aleksandr Serebrov, phenylpiracetam brushes or combs through the entire body, aligning the mind and eliminating irritability and impulsiveness. During his famous 197 day excursion aboard the Mir space station, Serebov relied on a supply of phenylpiracetam brought aboard from his Soyuz spacecraft.2  

Today, this prominent member of the racetam nootropic family has been studied for a wide range of benefits for brain health and neural function. Highlighted below are some of the scientifically-proven effects of phenylpiracetam on cognitive functions

Nootropic Benefits of Phenylpiracetam

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Relieves Stress

Whether suffering from depression or simply out-of-control stress levels, the function of the mind can be severely thwarted. In the short term, this can mean a lack of creativity or focus, but in the long term, conditions of high stress can begin to throw good health on a tailspin.

Phenylpiracetam functions as a stimulating tonic for the central nervous system. Through the optimization of neural transmissions, stress and anxiety are greatly reduced in the short term. Better health and resistance and increased resistance depression follow.3   

Improves Motor Function and Mobility

Phenylpiracetam can keep the mind and body sharp and coordinated even after hours of intense focus in stressful work environments. Whether you’re working for consecutive hours in front of a computer screen or in the great depths of complex machinery, fatigue can take a serious toll and reduce efficacy.

One study was conducted on 99 patients with encephalopathy, or a brain disease. 200 mg of phenylpiracetam was administered once a day for one month. Patients showed enhanced motor-functioning, improved coordination, and higher mobility and brain functions. As an added benefit, patients demonstrated lower discomfort, anxiety, and depression.4

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Protects the Brain

Phenylpiracetam also works to protect and preserve the vital nerves and neurotransmitters that make up the brain and nervous system. While the brain can demonstrate amazingly versatile cognizance and retentive memory, this condition is under threat. Degenerative conditions and injuries can thwart smooth mental processes. The simple progression of time can also impair the memory of unprotected brains.

Studies have shown that under the effects of phenylpiracetam, the mind is more resilient and has anti-amnesic properties.5

Improves Memory

Part of the neuroprotective capacity of phenylpiracetam directly improves memory retention and protects against amnesia. This was exemplified in a test that uses scopolamine to imitate the effects of brain damage on the memory centers of the brain. Phenylpiracetam maintained the integrity and immediate access to stored information.6

Boosts Attention and Focus

Cognitive enhancement is expected from a good nootropic, and phenylpiracetam delivers with unrivaled potency. As the cosmonaut described, phenylpiracetam sets the brain and body in line for concerted efforts by enhancing cognition.

Top 7 Nootropic Benefits of Phenylpiracetam

Minor disturbances are rife in high-stress work environments from air traffic control to kindergarten classrooms, but phenylpiracetam can help achieve that “eyes on the prize” mind frame that has built empires.7

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Prevents Convulsions

Many studies have been conducted in Russia on the effects of phenylpiracetam that focus on its ability to remedy convulsions and seizures typical of various forms of epilepsy.

In addition to fine-tuning neuromuscular coordination through enhanced central nervous system (CNS) action, phenylpiracetam improves conditions where this coordination is lost. Studies have shown phenylpiracetam has a positive effect on movement disturbances and can decrease paresis, the loss of voluntary motor control.8

Promotes Weight Loss

A study on a group of obese hyperglycemic mice showed that phenylpiracetam can be an effective cure for these conditions, which are common in humans. The study also showed that this stimulating racetam did not increase their locomotor activity.

In other words, the rats did not become more active under the effects—they simply stopped gaining weight. This means the drug works to stimulate CNS function, not juice up the body with adrenaline as you can expect from caffeinated drinks like coffee.9

Risks, Side-Effects, and Considerations

As with any stimulant, careful precautions must be taken to avoid side effects from taking phenylpiracetam. Most side effects will come from not observing dosage parameters or not considering personal health conditions. Some of the most common side effects of phenylpiracetam misuse include:

Avoid these side effects by discussing any plans for phenylpiracetam use with your medical practitioner. If you are taking other medications or suffer from any physical conditions, ask your doctor about how this potent racetam can adversely affect them.

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Since this is a pharmaceutical-grade drug, it’s worth being a little more careful than you would with an herbal option. It is best to consult with your physician prior to using phenylpiracetam to enhance cognitive function.

However, if you’ve been given the go-ahead, this potent cognitive-enhancing drug has shown time and again to enhance cognitive function and can potentially provide you with similar results when incorporated into your daily routine.

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By Maddy Jenner

Maddy is a researcher and an essential oil advocate and loves learning about the intersection of these categories. She loves hiking, camping, exploring and being outside.

Favorite MONQ blend: Zen

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