The Ultimate Guide To Nootropics: How To Safely Use Better Living Through Science To Get The Most Firepower Out Of Your Brain – Part 2

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In last week's article, I introduced you to my friend Matt Gallant.

Matt, the CEO of BiOptimizers, a strength and conditioning coach, and a former podcast guest of mine (check out his episodes here and here), is also one of the world's leading experts in the formulation of unique supplements and nootropic stacks designed to optimize brain performance.

As clarified in Part 1 of this two-part series, nootropics are any substances that enhance cognitive function while also being neuroprotective and nontoxic. While nootropics, compared to smart drugs, are most often naturally derived, there can be unhealthy consequences of utilizing them incorrectly, including exhaustion, burnout, and worse. On the other hand, if you're not careful to follow certain practices—such as getting enough sleep, ensuring you're properly hydrated, and consuming fats and protein strategically—while using nootropics, you may be wasting your time and money as you will not reap the full (or any) benefits.

In Michael Pollan's book How to Change Your Mind—a fascinating read about the author's adventure with psychedelics—he says:

“What I am struggling to describe here is what I think of as my default mode of consciousness. It works well enough, certainly gets the job done, but what if it isn't the only, or necessarily the best, way to go through life? The premise of psychedelic research is that this special group of molecules can give us access to other modes of consciousness that might offer us specific benefits, whether therapeutic, spiritual, or creative.”

Who isn't intrigued by the thought of going through life with an elevated state of consciousness? I certainly am.

Now, Michael Pollan's journey with psychedelics is not entirely akin to what I'm talking about here, which is a more measured approach to enhancing the performance of your mind. The underlying premise is identical, though…

…which is that you may be able to go well beyond what you consider to be normal day-to-functioning, which in turn can significantly uplevel the quality of your life.

Whenever you are playing around with any sort of optimization, finding the right balance is critical. As mentioned above and as detailed in Part 1 of this series, there is a real risk with nootropics of going over the edge from productivity to depletion.

Anyways, in the last article, Matt introduced the concept of “nootropic stacks,” which are certain combinations of substances designed to strike the perfect balance between the activating sympathetic nervous system and the calming parasympathetic nervous system (and these are not the type of things that fall into the “psychedelics” category Michael Pollan described above, although many nootropics do stack well with plant medicines and psychedelics, if that's your thing).

In this article you're reading now, the second part of this two-part series, Matt's business partner and master chemist, Mr. Noots, is going to introduce you to eight different nootropic formulas—each designed to bring about a specific set of benefits such as mental clarity, elevated mood, and faster learning. Then Mr. Noots will show you how you can combine and time your consumption of formulas to amp your intended results up even further using four special “stacks” that implement those nootropic formulas.

There's a lot of information in this article—so if you start reading and feel overwhelmed, I encourage you to take a deep breath (or take some nootropics, ha!). You don't want to go all-in with the formulas and stacks right away. Like finding the ideal doses, finding the right nootropic formulas and stacks will take a degree of trial and error. The customized Nootopia nootropics box (more on Nootopia below) that Matt has formulated is a great way to start because he's really done all the work for you (you can get 10% off your own box with code BEN10).

I would also advise you to bookmark or otherwise save this article (heck, even print it out, if that's still your thing, you old-school luddite), so you can refer back to it as you venture further into the world of nootropics.

Here we go! Take it away, Mr. Noots…

BiOptimizer's Superhuman Secret Weapon

Hi, my name is Mr. Noots.

No, that’s not my real name, the boys at BiOptimizers just want to keep me a secret since they consider me their secret research weapon.

Growing up, I was such a hyper-focused kid. When I was young – from about 5-10 years old – I would isolate myself in my Dad's shed with chemistry sets, electronics, books, or whatever. My Mom would have to ask time and time again for me to come to dinner or to remind me that it was time for bed. It wasn’t because I was obstinant. It was because I was so deeply ingrained in whatever I was doing.

Fast forward a few years, and I was both volunteered and encouraged to take Accutane in mega doses. As military personnel at the time—a White Rat in the USAF—I was available for emerging pharmaceutical testing. I was a good test case, as an athlete with chronic cystic acne. Little did I know the price I would pay. This changed everything. Mostly for the worse.

I could no longer focus for long periods of time. I always felt a bit of a fog. My energy steadily declined as well.

I was a good athlete, but I slowly lost my drive to win.

Fast forward to 2017.

I'm 55 years old now, and I can focus like a machine for 16 hours a day. I can deliver whatever life demands of me thanks to having an optimized brain. With the help of nootropics, I don't experience depression. I get more done in 4 hours than I used to complete in 4 days. Best of all: I have a blast doing it. Every performance aspect of my life has improved—mind, body, energy, sex, and sleep. I have learned that the horizon for adjustment and tweaking of my performance is infinite. And yours is, too.

Think: what if you could improve some area of your mind and body every day…where would you be in a year?

Would you become a partner in your law firm?

Would you become a top trader on Wall Street?

Move from the mailroom to a VP position?

Actually live Tim Ferriss's 4-hour Work Week?

I'm not saying that it's realistic to become Eddie Morra—from the movie Limitless—overnight. But I am quite confident you and I are barely tapping into our potential. My fascination with the nearly limitless capacity of the human mind and body was what led me to start creating nootropics. When we began to test our original base nootropics formula in 2008, we knew three things::

  • A clear, deep, fast, and connected mind makes better decisions. Those decisions can dramatically affect the direction of your life.
  • A tireless mind and body can act on those decisions. Action creates momentum.
  • Good decisions with action create success however you define it. Whether that's changing the world, changing your mind, or simply multitasking as you're changing a diaper.

Change and life improvements take drive, courage, and energy. Courage is best leveraged when you can anticipate outcomes. Anticipating outcomes requires quickly thinking through the myriad of variables that impinge on our objectives.

Make sense?

This is not just about being smarter at Monopoly or winning at Twister.

It's about operating at a higher level, amplifying your strengths, and turning them into superpowers…

…while enjoying the journey.

Stress results from not understanding the actual likelihood of a potential outcome. It comes from falsely anticipating and fearing what might happen. On the flip side, understanding, managing, and embracing what you can control gives you power. This is where high cognitive function, strong and resilient physical capacity, and positive, anticipatory thinking comes into play.

When you can make that shift, your life will be forever changed.

What Is Nootopia?

Now it's time to get down to brass tacks.

In Part 1, you probably read the word “Nootopia” several times.

And no, Nootopia is not some new fringe foreign country located off the coast of Madagascar or found deep in the heart of the Amazon.

Rather, Nootopia is a very special black box that lands right on your front doorstep. It contains nine carefully selected nootropics, which have all been hand-selected for you based on the cognitive and brain-boosting goals that you specify for customization after you click here and take a special quiz that helps you to figure out how you can reap the most benefits from nootropics and which nootropics in your box should arrive based on your needs—because finding the right nootropics, the right balance, the right timing, and the right lifestyle does require a degree of knowledge.

In short, we sent Ben Greenfield one of these special boxes recently, and after reviewing ingredients, experimenting with the formulas, and “vetting” our process, he began drooling right away, kinda like a nerdy kid in a candy store.

Since then, Ben's personally been crushing his productivity and wakefulness for the past month while experimenting with these new nootropic formulas behind the scenes, and so he recently reached out to us and wanted us to tell you about exactly how to use them here in Part 2.

Let's do this.

8 New, Game-Changing Nootropic Formulas

1. Nectar X

Nectar X is a powerful drink (a powder, actually, that you add to water or any other beverage) that will turn on your brain and get you ready for a quite epic day.

It consists of a custom-blended 16-gram tube of nootropics in a powdered mix. It also comes with a capsule of highly-concentrated nootropic “boosters” to extend the nootropic half-life up to 12+ hours, for those more demanding days.

Don’t worry, I’ve never had issues falling asleep. The nootropic effects will diminish by early evening. (But rest assured, those benefits, over time, become “available upon demand” as you tune into your brain’s optimum processing environment.) Simply mix Nectar X in 24 oz of water. Drink for intense presence, energy, and clarity. Or sip from morning through the afternoon for a balanced level of energy, clarity, and focus.

This drink has a wide range of benefits that seem almost too good to be true, including:

  • Feeling immediate levels of increased optimism
  • Elevated sex drive and performance
  • Greater energy for exercise, metabolism, and muscle-building
  • More ambition and drive to get stuff done
  • Greater learning and retention of new information
  • Improves neurogenesis (stimulation of new brain cells)
  • Increases levels of serotonin, dopamine, and acetylcholine—big for mood
  • Can even help you break unhealthy habits


Mix in 24 oz of water. The speed of intake has a significant change in effect. Drink a quarter to a half of the mixture right away for intense presence, energy, and clarity. You will feel it within 10-15 minutes. Then water down the rest and drink it over 2-4 hours. Or sip from morning through the afternoon for a balanced level of energy, clarity, and focus.




Stacks to try:

  • 1 Nectar X + 1 Upbeat (more details on that and these others below)
  • 1 Nectar X + 1 Brain Flow
  • ½ Nectar X + ½ Power Solution
  • ½ Nectar X + 1 Focused Savagery
  • ½ Nectar X + 1 Apex


Omnipept-OTM, Uridine Monophosphate, DL-Citrulline Malate 2:1, DL-Phenylalanine, Arginine AKG, D-Ribose, Rhodiola, Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Trimethylglycine, L-Theanine, Maltodextrin, Ascorbic Acid, L-Glutamine, Calcium Citrate, B5 Pantothenic Acid, Stevia, Methylcobalamin B12, Raspberry Lemonade Flavor, Phenylethylamine HCL (PEA), Eremursine Extract, Omnipept-N2TM, Theobromine (from cacao), Caffeine Anhydrous, Theacrine, Omnipept-1TM, Xylitol, Mannitol

2. Brain Flow

Brain Flow is another one of my favorites to stack with other blends.

That’s why I include it with two of the other brain stacks at Nootopia (I'll get into those brain stacks later in this article).

Brain Flow is a formula that comes in brand new oil suspension capsules, representing the next evolution of our powerful, plant-based nootropics.

Brain Flow combines the most proven, tightly integrated nootropic powder stack (internal capsule) with a concentrated organic nootropic oil blend to potentiate all ingredients. This breakthrough oil delivery system brings nootropics right to your brain. Each dose can help you:

  • Reduce brain and neurological inflammation (key for slowing aging)
  • Increase bioavailability of other nutrients (feel more of everything)
  • Eliminate feelings of anxiousness and tendency toward fear
  • Gently lift performance in a very extended, calm manner

Brain Flow uses a super unique encapsulation process in which the external vegetarian enteric oil capsule is specially constructed to not dissolve in stomach acid. Instead, it begins dissolving as the pH of the GI tract moves from acid to base, keeping the benefits of the oils intact, so you receive much greater bioavailability and performance in a smaller capsule while protecting some of the key nutrients from being destroyed by the stomach acid.

Then the interior nootropic powder capsule dissolves even further down the upper intestine, as the GI tract PH approaches 6.2-7.0 pH – slowly releasing the nootropics into the bloodstream. It's there they combine with the nootropic and anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic oils to bond and be carried past the blood-brain barrier, getting to work on your synapses for an all-day increase in cognitive performance, with just a blush of energy.


Take 1-2 capsules on an empty stomach (or 45-60 minutes before or after food). The capsules will take roughly 30 minutes to kick in and last 4-6 hours.

Combine with any of our other nootropic formulas: The Apex, Focused Savagery, Nectar X, Power Solution, and Upbeat.

Stacks to try:

  • Add with any other stack
  • Test just on its own first thing in the morning
  • Test adding in the early afternoon


Oil: Malkangni Seed Oil, Black Pepper Oil, MCT Oil (from coconut), Ginger Oil, Peppermint Oil

Inner capsule ingredients: Omnipept-N2TM, Caffeine Anhydrous, CDP Choline, Pregnenolone, Omnipept-1TM, Piperine

3. Power Solution

Power Solution is a potent energy, mind, and life-enhancer…

…that is fast-acting, easy to use, delicious, natural, ketogenic, and guaranteed effective.

The benefits of Power Solution include:

  • All-day energy without jittery crashes
  • Maximum mental clarity and concentration
  • Elevated mood and positivity
  • Insane mental stamina that feels limitless

Each 4oz bottle (120ml) has four doses of concentrated nootropics.

Power Solution allows you to drink your way to mega-gains in learning, memory, and speed of thought. It contains a combination of 31 powerful, naturally-grown, and extracted nootropics and brain-enhancing nutrients that are custom-blended in super-clinical doses.

Five minutes after your first sip of Power Solution, your mental energy and optimism will improve as you find productivity comes easier. Creativity and a flow state are available on demand. Developed over seven years of daily trials and tests, Power Solution leverages decades of scientific research and modern plant extraction technologies.


Simply mix in 24 oz of water. The speed of intake has a significant change in effect. Drink a quarter to a half of the mixture right away for intense presence, energy, and clarity. You will feel it within 10-15 minutes. Then water down the rest and drink it over 2-4 hours.

Or sip from morning through the afternoon for a balanced level of energy, clarity, and focus.

Stacks to try:

  • 1 Power Solution + 1 Upbeat
  • 1 Power Solution + 1 Brain Flow
  • ½ Power Solution + ½ Nectar X
  • ½ Power Solution + 1 Focused Savagery
  • ½ Power Solution + 1 Apex


Omnipept-OTM, Uridine Monophosphate, DL-Citrulline Malate 2:1, DL-Phenylalanine, Arginine AKG, D-Ribose, Rhodiola, Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Trimethylglycine, L-Theanine, Maltodextrin, Ascorbic Acid, L-Glutamine, Calcium Citrate, B5 Pantothenic Acid, Stevia, Methylcobalamin B12, Theacrine, Omnipept-1TM, AquasparkTM, Cherry Pomegranate Flavor, Mannitol, HMB, Xylitol

4. Mental Reboot

Had a big night out? Ate too much? Drink too much? Didn’t sleep well?

Mental Reboot is a custom nootropic perfect for clearing brain fog.

Mental Reboot consists of custom-blended natural clarifiers, nootropics, and neuron accelerators, and the supplement includes both AM and PM formulations. Take it on your off days for improved clarity, engagement, and response to nootropics, medications, and stimulants.

In addition to detoxification, Mental Reboot can help you experience:

  • Less nervous or jittery/fearful feelings
  • More natural enthusiasm, positivity, and joy
  • Major gains in mental clarity and sharpness
  • Faster learning for anything you need to be great at

The team at Nootopia formulated Mental Reboot based on more than 12 years of scientific research. Like all of the formulas in this article, it leverages breakthroughs in natural extraction and compounding. It’s worked powerfully to elevate performance and success for every client we have given it to.


In the morning, pour the contents of 1 capsule (AM: light-colored) under your tongue and let it sit for 2 minutes. Then wash down with water.

Take the second capsule (PM: dark in color) at night before bed with water. Can be used anytime, day or night.

Stacks to try:

  • Can be used any time during “on nootropic days” or “off nootropic days”


Mental Reboot AM:
Methylcobalamin B-12, Mannitol, Uridine Monophosphate, CDP Choline, Omnipept-OTM, B-5 Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid, Lemonade Flavor, Xylitol, Stevia

Mental Reboot PM:
Sodium Alginate, Acetyl-L-Cysteine, Agmatine Sulfate, Milk Thistle, Chlorella, Triacetyluridine, Vitamin D3 + Vitamin K2 in Sunflower Seed Oil (softgel)

5. Upbeat

Upbeat is a custom blend of seven of the most notable nootropics—brain nutrients and stimulants—available that lift your mood (it’s a serotonin powerhouse).

Upbeat consists of custom-blended capsules of natural nootropics, herbal mood enhancers, and mental “accelerators.”

Simply take 1 capsule first thing in the morning for improved energy, clarity, and focus. In addition to mental confidence, clarity, focus, and energy you can experience:

  • An increased level of confidence in decision-making
  • A happier vibe and sense of well-being
  • More creativity and creative output
  • More ambition, with the focus to complete projects
  • Become a super learner
  • Experience enhanced empathy
  • A reduction in tension and aggravation

Upbeat is based on more than 30 years of scientific research. Use it when you’re going to be speaking to other people and want to maximize EQ (emotional intelligence). Upbeat is also a powerhouse for deep workdays when you want to maximize your output. The inability to focus is a debilitating condition but optimized, the focused mind can be your most powerful asset.


Take 1-2 capsules first thing in the morning for improved energy, clarity, and focus.

Stacks to Try:

  • 1 Upbeat by itself
  • 1 Upbeat + 1 Focused Savagery
  • 1 Upbeat + 1 Apex
  • 1 Upbeat + Nectar X
  • 1 Upbeat + 1 Power Solution
  • 1 Upbeat + 1 Brain Flow


Omnipept-ATM, Theobromine (from cacao), DL-Phenylalanine, Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, Caffeine Anhydrous, Omnipept-N2TM, 5HTP, CDP Choline, Curcumin, Grape Seed Extract, Forskolin, Cayenne, Ascorbic Acid, Piperine, Methyl-B-Complex, Guarana, Omnipept-1TM, Theacrine, Vitamin D3 + Vitamin K2 in Sunflower Seed Oil (softgel)

6. Focused Savagery

Focused Savagery is a powerful new way to regain control of your mind while also rebuilding your brain.

This Nootopia formula is a combination of 21 powerful, natural nootropics and brain-enhancing nutrients, in clinically proven doses.

Taken with oil and another component of this stack, the nutrients in Focused Savagery will pass through the blood-brain barrier, then immediately activate the parts of the brain that provide deep focus. Over the next 3-6 hours, your drive and ability to follow through on tasks will peak. Your motivation will increase as you find productivity comes easy. And yet, creativity is still easy to access.

Focused Savagery preloads your dopaminergic system, then triggers your brain to gently release the dopamine. This activity is triggered by your activity. Do you want greater focus, flow, and productivity? You got it.

Focused Savagery is a super delicious spray that you feel almost immediately, raising your sense of mental well-being—sometimes providing outright euphoria.


For many people, this is the strongest formula for drive and energy, and it's great for deep work on the computer when you need long hours of focus. Focused Savagery provides 6-10 hours of focus via dopamine and GABA center stimulation and release.

Stacks to try:

  • 1 Focused Savagery + 1 Upbeat
  • 1 Focused Savagery + 1 Brain Flow
  • 1 Focused Savagery + 1 Apex


Theacrine, Theobromine (from cacao), Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, Huperzine-A, Caffeine (from coffee bean), Nandina Extract, Omnipept-NTM, Omnipept-PTM, Omnipept-ATM, Centrophenoxine, CDP Choline, Curcumin, Grape Seed Extract, Forskolin, Cayenne, Ascorbic Acid, Piperine, Methyl-B-Complex, Guarana, Omnipept-1TM, Vitamin D3 + Vitamin K2 in Sunflower Seed Oil (softgel)

7. Zamner Juice

The team at Nootopia designed Zamner Juice to sustainably stimulate dopamine, serotonin, and GABA production–which are essential neurotransmitters for a positive mood.

Just keep Zamner Juice on your desk and do a few sprays to get optimized for meetings.

Zamner Juice can help provide:

  • A feeling of deep calm and Zen-like centeredness
  • Naturally positive or even blissful mood
  • Feel more in tune with your senses and body
  • Natural vigor or zest for your life and activities
  • Feel more loving and connected with others in your life
  • Mind expansion, i.e. seeing possibilities you haven’t seen before
  • Greater ability to connect and socialize with others


Take 3-8 sprays any time you want a boost in your mood. Start with 3 sprays and see how your brain reacts. Can be used at any time of the day.

Stacks to try:

  • Stack with everything


Taurine, GABA, L-Theanine, Glycine, AquasparkTM, Omnipept-ATM, Kava Extract 20:1 (ethanol extraction), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCL), Cherry Pomegranate Flavor, Omnipept-OTM, Xylitol, Glycerin, Distilled Water, Citric Acid

8. The Apex

Experience optimal focus, creativity, and energy to dominate all day with The Apex.

The Apex supports your neurogenesis by increasing neural stem cell growth and oxygen concentration.

With proper neurotransmitter support and hormone production, The Apex inhibits activity between neurons, soothing your system, cleansing your energy, creating a state of calmness, energy, creativity, and focus. The Apex improves synaptic choline levels and oxygen to the brain, resulting in synapses firing faster and more effectively.

The Apex can help you:

  • Get in the zone of productivity
  • Stay focused far beyond normal physical performance constraints
  • Call on your creative mind at the hint of inspiration
  • Produce and deliver ahead of schedule


Take 1 capsule in the morning on an empty stomach (to allow the oils to metabolize and enter the bloodstream unencumbered and to ensure it is not competing with proteins that could blunt effectiveness). You can stack it with a buttered coffee.

Stacks to try:

  • 1 Apex + 1 Upbeat
  • 1 Apex + 1 Brain Flow
  • 1 Apex + Nectar X
  • 1 Apex + Power Solution


Celastrus Seed, Omnipept-OTM, L-Theanine, CDP Choline, Theacrine, Uridine Monophosphate, Huperzine-A, Curcumin, Grape Seed Extract, Forskolin, Cayenne, Ascorbic Acid, Piperine, Methyl-B-Complex, Guarana, Omnipept-1TM, Nandina Extract, Caffeine (from coffee bean), Saffron, Vitamin D3 + Vitamin K2 in Sunflower Seed Oil (softgel)

4 Game-Changing, Synergistic Breakthrough Brain Stacks From Your Nootopia Box

Are you convinced yet of the power of nootropics to significantly uplevel your brainpower?

Well, now get ready to take it up yet another notch…

The nootropic formulas introduced in this article were crafted by the geniuses at Nootopia to offer specific benefits such as enhanced focus, creativity, and feelings of well-being. They can be taken individually, or as outlined above, in “stacks” to amplify the effects.

So what's a stack again?

You're probably already utilizing stacks for other healthy lifestyle habits, whether you're aware of it or not. Do you take care to get enough sleep and properly hydrate before a big workout? Do you add music and essential oils to your mediation? Or maybe you, like Ben, take great satisfaction in making a big ol' nourishing, vitamin-packed smoothie with as many superfoods as you can get in there?

Those practices all involve “stacking,” which is basically taking a good thing and making it even better. Nootropic stacking is a powerful practice that maximizes the positive effects of each formulation, with the ideal end result state of calm, clear, focused energy. Below, I will introduce you to four nootropic stacks created by the team at Nootopia. Each of these stacks will bring guaranteed results, though it's important to keep in mind the points outlined in Part 1 of this article series—namely, the need to maintain a balance between the activating sympathetic nervous system and the calming parasympathic nervous system—should be kept top of mind (heh).

1. Genius Activator

This stack is the ultimate in near-immediate cognitive performance. You’ll notice a rapid increase in focus, clarity, ability to process information, recall, and overall brain agility. This is the ideal stack for working on tasks where you must concentrate intensely for hours at a time. And you need that performance now, not tomorrow.

Genius Activator stack includes 2 epic products:

  1. Nectar X
  2. Brain Flow

Here are 3 ways you can take this stack:

  1. Start your day by mixing Nectar X with 20 oz of water. Drink 4 oz immediately and then sip the rest over the next 3-6 hours. Then take Brain Flow around noon (or an hour before your midday meal) to give you a boost throughout the afternoon.
  2. Take 1 capsule of Brain Flow early in the day (preferably 60 minutes before or after a meal, for optimum experience and benefit). Then mix Nectar X with 20 oz of water. Drink 4 oz immediately and sip the rest over the next 3-6 hours.
  3. You can try Nectar X stacked with Upbeat as well. The increase in serotonin will add to the dopamine rise from Nectar X, giving you a nice boost in confidence. And a great pow! of “breakthrough thinking.”

2. Neuro Primer

Neuro Primer takes you deeper into both performance and neurogenesis, helping you build new brain cells as you work. It rejuvenates your brain and neurotransmitters so that the hard-charging work you do doesn’t drain you—it renews you.

Imagine getting better and your brain getting younger with every single day. You can even program these new neuropathways to improve memory and facilitate real, repeatable benefits in how you perform.

(If you’ve ever tapped into a moment where you performed like a rock star, and you remember the feelings and the details of how you performed —that’s the state you can develop through the programming of neural pathways via nootropics. It’s a unique and very powerful way to help add velocity to your life and work performance. Peak performers use this approach to become the leaders who rise above the rest, seemingly with very little effort.

Here are 4 ways you can take this stack:

  1. Upon awakening: Take The Apex. Then take Brain Flow two hours later.
  2. Take both capsules upon awakening: The Apex + Brain Flow.
  3. Take Brain Flow upon awakening and then add The Apex around noon.
  4. Try stacking The Apex with Upbeat.

3. Social Command

This stack primarily works on mood and your ability to be upbeat and verbally adept. Boost your verbal fluency and boost your emotional intelligence. It’s the perfect stack to help take your communication to “Steve Jobs-level” persuasiveness.

Oh, and one more thing…it’s also ideal for social situations, where charm and the ability to speak are important.

The Social Command stack is excellent for anyone who does sales or communications of any kind in their work: whether it’s 1-on-1 or to an audience (including digital communications like webinars and podcasts).

How does Social Command accomplish this complex task? By helping your brain both recall critical information as you need it and supporting cross-brain activity by helping pass information through the corpus callosum at record speed. This lateral thinking helps both your creativity and the expression of your ideas and helps put memory recall to work in real-time. It’s a unique blend of creative and critical thinking, and a potent edge when you need it.

Here are 5 ways you can take this stack:

  1. Take 1 Upbeat upon awakening. 1 hour later, mix the Power Solution powder with 24 oz of water. Drink ¼ right away and sip the rest over the next 3 hours.
  2. Upon awakening: Power Solution. Then take Upbeat around noon.
  3. Take Upbeat upon awakening then Power Solution around noon.
  4. Try stacking Power Solution with Brain Flow.
  5. Try stacking Power Solution with 1 cap of Brain Flow + 1 cap of Upbeat.

4. Deep Work Support

This is the one for big, deep workdays. A huge part of your brain’s performance comes down to your relationship between mood and motivation.

Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling mentally low or down, your energy for work and goals is greatly decreased? This stack solves that issue—and helps to elevate your mood, motivation, and focus all together as one—so that you can focus with purpose on your highest vision and goals.

A proven way to destroy today’s effectiveness is to fill your day with task switching: moving from task to task, with less meaning and purpose. Every time you move to a different task, the switching cost measurably rises. Eventually, your performance drops to sub-optimal, your task list gets uglier, and your incompletes take over your previously calm, cool, and collected mind.

Deep Work Support solves these issues, and rather than brute-forcing your way to focus and project completion, Deep Work Support helps you get into that flow state we desire. That state where work becomes effortless and even fun. Projects are checked off. Your success is inevitable.

Here are 5 ways you can take this stack:

  1. Take Upbeat upon awakening and then add Focused Savagery 2 hours later.
  2. Take both capsules upon awakening: Focused Savagery + Upbeat.
  3. Upon awakening: Focused Savagery. Then take Upbeat around noon.
  4. Try stacking Focused Savagery with 1 Upbeat Capsule.
  5. Try stacking Focused Savagery with Brain Flow + 1 Upbeat Capsule.


The human brain may be the most powerful, complex structure in existence…

…with capabilities that are beyond even the scope of modern medicine and science, including the ability to synthesize and retain an infinite quantity of information and govern energy, mood, and performance.

So why even consider nootropics when your brain is already beyond capable of superior functioning?

The answer is…

…modern living. Fact is, the accelerated pace of our day-to-day, the unprecedented exposure to screens and environmental toxins, and the level of stress caused by sensory overload inevitably can leave our brains in a constant suboptimal state as we fight an uphill neurological battle in a post-industrial era. Not only are you likely to be short of your brainpower potential, but you also as a result may be suffering from a host of weightier consequences and conditions such as ADHD, insomnia, and depression.

Furthermore, it's not as though our ancestors and humankind for all of time, and even the animal kingdom, hasn't turned to plants, herbs, spices and other compounds to enhance mental function. Just think about it: from elements such as caffeine and theanine found in the two most widely consumed beverages in the world (coffee and tea), to ancient Vedic societies in India who relied on nootropics such as gotu kola and bacopa monnieri for mental fortitude and memory to coca leaves in the Amazon and ginseng in Asia, these type of strategies have been woven into human brain-optimization protocols for thousands of year. We've just now figured out in our modern era how to encapsulate them or powder them more efficiently.

I want to give you one final reminder that more is not more when it comes to nootropics. It's important to start with a low dose and work your way up. The difference between optimal productivity and mood and a hyped-up state that leaves you unable to do much of anything can be as nominal as a dropperful of liquid or a single capsule. That being said, taking the time to find your way with nootropics is well worth the effort. Happy exploring!

In summary, nootropics, as defined in Part 1 of this two-part article series, are neuroprotective, nontoxic, and most often naturally-derived research-based substances that enhance cognitive processing and retention, quiet sensory overload, and promote creativity and positive mood. When individual nootropics are combined into “stacks”—meaning taken together in a measured, intentional way—the harms of modern living are mitigated and brain performance is optimized.

However, reaping the benefits of nootropics is not nearly as simple as popping a pill. In last week's article, Matt Gallant of BiOptimizers outlined how to take nootropics effectively, with practices such as a slow intake of glucose, fat stacking, and proper dosing. He also talked about the importance of balancing your activating sympathetic nervous system with your calming parasympathetic nervous system to find that optimal point of clear, calm, focused energy with nootropic stacks.

In this article you've just read, Matt presented specific nootropic formulas and stacks that his company, Nootopia, has designed to bring about certain brain- and mood-boosting results. I devoted an entire chapter of my book Boundless to nootropics because I am convinced—and the research shows—that they can be an invaluable way to significantly improve your quality of life. Consider greater productivity, for instance. What happens if you can accomplish eight hours of work in four hours of time? It's not about your work getting done faster; it's about that four additional hours you have to spend with your family or devoting yourself to your spirituality. Will you sleep better knowing your tasks for the day have been optimally accomplished? Will you have more time in the day to work out or prepare a healthy, delicious meal? Most likely.

As you can see, the benefits of nootropics are dynamic and far-reaching. Still, navigating the world of formulations and stacks can be overwhelming. I have been telling everyone I know about Nootopia because it's a solid roadmap for navigating your own path with nootropics. When you take the carefully designed quiz that determines your particular needs, you are empowered with the knowledge you need to begin to form your relationship with nootropics.

The boxes that Nootopia has crafted are a foolproof way to start, with the stacks intentionally arranged to get you to that ideal state of highest functioning (and Nootopia is offering you a savings of 10% with code BEN). Enjoy and keep me posted on what you think when you try 'em.

Have you experimented with nootropics and nootropic stacks in the past? If so, has this article changed any of your thinking or practices? If you haven't tried nootropics, do you have any intention now of venturing into that world? Leave your comments, questions, thoughts, or experiences below. I read them all!

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5 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide To Nootropics: How To Safely Use Better Living Through Science To Get The Most Firepower Out Of Your Brain – Part 2

  1. JOHN OWEN says:

    I don’t go for biohacking. I’ve used herbs since a young age, and a lot of nutritional supplements. Biofeedback, etc. are important to me. My cousin used to point out that people who worked in health food stores were some of the unhealthiest people there were. You have to factor in the “Green Beret effect” and metamessages. You have to have grit, as in John Wayne. A steak with no regards for the fat content occasionally. You’ve got the metamesssage that the steak won’t hurt you and that you’re tougher than the steak and high cholesterol, as well as enjoying a thing or two. If you biohack and overdo it on everything health, then the metamessage to your body is that it’s weak. On some level it will respond. Green Berets actually heal faster than the average person. They’ve been through tough training, which probably enhances this, they may be a cut above average, but the main thing is that a Green Beret HAS to recover and be fit, and probably expects his system to, so it does. The metamessage acts on the biofeedback principle to your system, and probably is more of a factor in who survives a plague or stays healthy than people realize. The role of expectation is real and important, and can be studied in Somatics and/or The Body of Life by Thomas Hanna, Metamessages can be studied in Frogs into Princes, or NLP The New Technology of Achievement. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll megadose on CoQ-10, PQQ, DMG and MCT oil, etc. but I’ll also have a thick steak or 2x cheeseburger, and occasionally go outside without a coat on.

    1. Jamie says:

      Have you actually been in a “health” food store? Sure there are some healthy things there but there is plenty that is not, unfortunately.

      That’s like assuming because something says organic or all natural that it is good for you. When in reality that just is not the case way too often.

      Or that because someone is Vegan or Vegetarian that they actually eat a healthy whole food plant based diet…. When in reality most are eating tons of processed foods, processed sugar, pasta and breads.

      The moral of the story is don’t judge a book by its cover, find out what the individual is actually consuming and doing with their life and a lot more will make sense.

      But agree on your mental state should be a part of your arsenal.

  2. JOHN OWEN says:

    It’s my understanding that you shouldn’t use more than one amino acid together. The amino acids compete for absorption. They can also be potent. L-Phenyalanine increases norepinephrine and can have a pleasant pick me up, without caffeine’s jitters or letdown. 5HTP and/or L-Tryptophan stimulate serotonin (don’t use with Prozac or an SSRI, serotonin syndrome is serious) and can be relaxing. L-Theanine is relaxing, as is GABA IF you can get GABA absorbed where it needs to be. These amino acids can mellow out the caffeine and stimulants. Regimen – L-Phenylalanine in the morning, L-Theanine in the afternoon, maybe later. 5-HTP, L-Theanine or GABA at night, especially before bed. GABA can help increase HGH levels. Studies vary on GABA absorption but Dr. Amen says he gets good results with it. Anecdotal evidence, especially your own, should be included in any research, and clinical trials often get too microscopic for good research. If you use too many amino acids then you risk harm to the liver or kidneys.

  3. Kevin Thompson says:

    Hi, I wanted to see where Ben recommends to get a neurotransmitter test done and how? What companies, ect?


    1. Bryan Hardy says:

      DUTCH test is a good start for certain things, it looks at hormone pathways which are related, otherwise, start with the bravermantest at and that will give you a good general idea where your brain tends to operate and need support.

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