Different Strokes for Different Folks

Some people like to dive head-first into the deep end of strange water, while others inch their way into the shallow end. When it comes to trying nootropics, everyone’s biochemistry is a little different, which means different effects may be felt.

Though the Racetams have similarities, each has noticeable differences to make it more suitable for individual needs or situations. Some stimulate creativity, some calm anxiety while others have a greater effect on concentration and focus.

For those who have heard of the benefits of racetams but are a little hesitant to try them, Piracetam is the least potent and safest one to choose.

Where does the word “Nootropic” come from?

The word nootropic was created from the Greek words, “noos”, meaning mind, and “tropos”, meaning turn, to describe Piracetam and other drugs like it. It was Corneliu E. Giurgea, UCB Pharma’s principal researcher, defined a nootropic as a drug that improves attention and memory and has a very low toxicity.

Corneliu E. Giurgea first synthesized Piracetam and was fascinated by its ability to boost mental functioning in even healthy individuals and also, by its safety.  As a result of Giurgea’s new found discovery, he coined the term nootropic to describe it and other substances. Piracetam (trade name “Nootropil”) was launched clinically by UCB in the early 1970s, and currently is in use in many European countries.

The Original Racetam

Piracetam is the original, mildest and most popular Racetam. Being the most studied also makes it the safest choice. For sensitive users and beginners, Piracetam provides the opportunity to dip their toe into the shallow end of the Racetam pool to test the waters12 Benefits of Piracetam

  1. Speeds recovery for patients of stroke, head trauma, dementia and schizophrenia
  2. Prevents neurodegeneration in bypass patients
  3. Helps prevent neurodegeneration by impeding loss of neurons in the hippocampus of those going through alcohol withdrawal.
  4. Increases short term memory of the elderly after only 14 days of treatment
  5. Reduces depression in patients with restricted blood flow to the brain. Reduces paranoia and agitation in those with mental disorders.
  6. Has a protective effect on glutamatergic receptors in the hippocampus of schizophrenics
  7. Increases verbal learning and organizes brain function in those with dyslexia.
  8. Reduces pain as an anti-inflammatory and lowers cytokine production
  9. Protects against hearing loss: 65% of soldiers who were exposed to ear-damaging gunfire (acute acoustic trauma) were able to preserve their hearing.
  10. Patients suffering from (myoclonus) epilepsy show significant improvements in the 1st, 6thand 12th month of use.
  11. Decreases breath holding spells. For the purpose of breath holding spells in children aged 5-60 months, Piracetam was found to have no side-effects.
  12. Prevents blood-clotting and inflammation as an antithrombotic[the_ad id=”965″]


  • Those on blood-thinning medication are advised not to use Piracetam.
  • Those who have had their adrenals removed will not have the benefit from Piracetam’s effects.
  • If you experience a headache, fatigue or foggy thinking, then stop taking them.

Non-toxic, and safe for daily use, Piracetam makes an excellent basis for any nootropic supplement program. It is considered the best nootropic for beginners to use. It has a history of tested and proven results for the improvement of memory and fighting cognitive decline. Through good circulation and stimulation of neural communication, it encourages healthy brain function well into old age.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.