Nootropic Stack: What It Is and How You Can Incorporate it Into Your Nootropic Lifestyle

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Nootropic stacks are gaining prominence in the nootropic industry. It seems that stacking may be the most important element in your nootropic lifestyle.

Nootropics are compounds that are commonly taken over-the-counter and are often referred to as “smart supplements,” given their specific benefits. These supplements are designed to help boost cognitive function, increase happiness, and enhance mental clarity.

The term “stack” is used when taking multiple nootropic supplements. Consider the information below as a starting guide to using nootropic stacks and how stacks can work in your favor. In addition, some popular stacks are listed.

nootropic supplements in handWhat Is a Nootropic Stack?

A nootropic stack is something that you should become very familiar with if you’re looking to add nootropics into your wellness plan. It refers to the idea that adding a synergistic approach to nootropics use can lead to greater advantages in cognition.

The term “stacking” refers to the idea that one nootropic supplement contains benefits for cognition, but adding additional supplements may create a greater effect. Thus, taking a nootropic stack provides greater benefits.

Adding Nootropics to Your Lifestyle

The primary reason for using a nootropic stack is to create enhanced cognitive benefits. In order to get these combined effects in your body, adding an additional one, two, or three more nootropics to your daily dose is necessary. Listed below are some tips for building your nootropics stacks.

woman writing goals down on paperIdentify Your Nootropic Goals

Before attempting to create your personalized nootropic stack, there are some factors that you should consider prior to making the splurge and purchasing the supplements. For starters, it is important to have a grasp on what goals you want to accomplish in your wellness journey. This simply refers to the effects you are hoping to gain from nootropics use.

Next, before trying any combination stack, it is important to have an idea about whether your stack creation is safe. If the stack you are creating could negatively affect your health in any way, it is important to identify the risks ahead of time.

Customizing Your Nootropic Stack

The most important part of a nootropic stack is creating a blend to meet your needs. This largely depends on your lifestyle goals.

The simplest way to gain the benefits of a nootropic stack is to start with taking two nootropics with complementary purposes. This may include one nootropic to promote wakefulness and another to increase focus or a stack for reducing anxiety and boosting mood. Identify which areas you would like to improve on and research which nootropics target these areas.

To create your own stack, you would need to purchase an accurate scale so that you can measure out proper dosages with each serving. Also, consider purchasing supplements in bulk so that you can save money.

Take the nootropic stack daily at the recommended dosage. After a few weeks, reflect on how well the stack worked. Changing the dosage or number of nootropics in the stack will help optimize results.

All-In-One Nootropic Stacks

In comparison to the customized nootropic stack, the all-in-one approach is a premade nootropic stack. It has a set number and dosage of nootropics, making it easy to buy and use.

This method involves taking your nootropics in one full dose, meaning each scoop or serving size that you are directed to take already has a predetermined amount of supplement.

This method is simple and easy to use, but some individuals may want to combine their own nootropics to gain a specific cognitive enhancement.

Best Nootropic Stacks

Whenever you are starting out on nootropic stacks, it is important to have some baseline knowledge of which stacks are effective for you. The stacks below are some of the best and most popular stacks currently being used.

L-Theanine supplementL-Theanine and Caffeine

One popular stack that for boosting mental clarity and focus is the combination of L-theanine and caffeine. Caffeine is a common compound that you may or may not already consume on a regular basis. It is often the reason that adults (and younger adults) start their morning with a cup of coffee, since it is a natural source of caffeine.

In addition to caffeine, L-theanine may serve as a booster for your mental alertness. Studies have shown that the use of L-theanine can have significant effects on both mental alertness and arousal, which play a role in attention in individuals.1

The synergistic effect of these two supplements may be beneficial for anyone looking to boost focus and performance throughout the day.

Choline and Cytidine

Another stack that can be used for boosting mental performance is choline and cytidine. Choline is closely related to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays a role in learning, memory, and processing time. With this in mind, choline has been shown to improve overall mental processing time, memory, and learning, thus suggesting its potential for boosting cognitive performance.2

In addition to choline, cytidine plays a role in protection against memory issues. Studies have shown that the use of cytidine can have a positive effect on memory by protecting against deficits that prevent memories from being stored.3  

L-TyrosineL-Tyrosine and Vitamin B Complex

This popular stack can be used to boost overall motivation and mood, especially when used throughout the aging process. Studies have shown that tyrosine effects dopamine receptors in the brain, which can boost cognitive flexibility when compared to placebo.4  

When tyrosine is stacked with B vitamins, the effect can have an impact on mood, as well as with motivation in stressful settings. If stress prevents you from being motivated, consider this stack so you can boost your daily productivity.

Cautions and Considerations

The idea of a nootropic stack is to provide safe and effective supplements to your body to create mental clarity, improve cognitive performance, and even boost happiness. However, there are some things to consider when taking a nootropic stack.

Recommended Dosages

One of the most critical pieces to getting your stack right is to ensure you are taking the proper amounts. Your dosages need to work to enhance, rather than negate, your benefits. For example, adding a supplement in a large dose that can create a null effect of another nootropic could cause the stack to be unbalanced and essentially inefficient. Side effects may also surface when taking more than the recommended amount.

Figuring out the optimum dosage may be a challenge as everyone reacts differently to supplements. For each individual, the same dose of the supplement may not create the same desired effect depending on how the body processes the compounds.5 Because of this, it is important to start at the recommended dosage and make incremental changes from there.

Supplement Interactions

Whenever you are dealing with personalized stacks and tampering with dosages, it is important to have an idea as to what interactions, if any, could occur. Supplement interactions may cause adverse effects. Be sure to research potential interactions before taking a nootropic stack.

Evaluating Your Nootropic Stack

Once you have your dosage pinpointed, your interactions readied, and your goals in mind, it’s time to see if the stack you have created is worthwhile. Usually, the best way to see how your nootropic stack works is to give it a try, but there are some factors you should be mindful of when determining if your stack is any good.

For starters, you should understand that the extent to which each person experiences a cognitive boost varies. This means that if your friend has a personalized stack that works well for them, it may not be optimal for you. This is where the personalization effect comes into play.

Next, your stack is good if you simply feel that it is giving you the boost that you need each day. Consider paying close attention to your cognitive performance, happiness, energy, and focus as you develop and take your own stack.


Finding a good balance in your nootropic lifestyle can help to boost your cognitive health. The use of a nootropic stack is an important way to gain increased benefits in nootropic use. Consider making your own stack or trying a premade one to experience the benefits you can gain and how they can positively change your lifestyle.

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Maddy J.

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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