I've just recently heard about nootropics and have been pursuing a regimen that i can use to increase long-term memory capacity and cognition. As i am very new to this, i was wondering if i might get some help from some of the more experienced members here. i looked through a lot of the threads but was pretty confused as to what an ideal regimen would be for me. if i could get some suggestions and answers to a few of these questions, that would be pretty sweet.
You have a excellent goal with a little time I believe you can find the ideal regimen.
1.) Do nootropics actually "work" for most people? If so, percentage-wise, how much of a boost to memory and cognition might i expect (rough estimate)?
Yes, although not everyone is able to perceive the effects. A magical percentage does not and can't exist as cognition and factors that effect cognition are highly variable for each person. Some studies do show with single nootropics in certain cognitive areas changes of at least 10% and/or a 130 point increase in SAT scores. Cognitive research forum gives some idea about research done with healthy humans.
2.) Any adverse side effects connected with sustained use or cessation of use?
It's good to distinguish the difference between some compounds referred to as smart drugs and nootropics. Most true nootropics can rarely cause transient side effects such as nausea, headaches, overstimulation, etc. There are no serious side effects associated with nootropics provided you take the recommended doses and are a healthy person not taking any drugs. If so a simple consultation with a health care professional such as myself can help you determine a safe and effective regimen.
3.) Advice about dosages. How much to take, how many times a day, etc.
This would depend on what you decided you take.
4.) ANy other general advice, names and contact info for reputable suppliers. finally, a list of potential nootropics i could use in combination for a memory and cognition boost. This seems like a pretty cool forum with some well-informed individuals, looking forward to seeing what responses i might get.I have a supplier's list of some of the most reputable companies around listed here.
A recommendation for nootropics would be best given knowing exactly which aspects of cognition you want to effect (motivation, creatively, focus, short term/long term memory, mental clarity, mood, etc
), why, your age, and an idea of your current diet.