Case Study: The best Nootropics, Supplements and Natural Remedies I Used

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In this nootropics and supplements case study I will share all the nootropics, supplements, and natural remedies, I use (or used in the past) to achieve normal, enhanced and high levels of performance, corporal energy and mood.

First I will list the natural remedies I used for improving one's mood. These substances also helped me at the physical level, not only for mood effects. 

Also, I will enumerate some of the nutritional supplements I used. Since I’m a weight trainer and an ovolacto vegetarian, nutritional supplements form an integral
 part of my diet.

The last section is on the subject of nootropics, and hope after reading it, those that have any condition tell their doctors about nootropics, and ask them if they can take them. For them to start taking it, and see the other side of the coin in this matter.

Handicaps and conditions that can feel like the end of the world are easily fixable by means of nootropics and natural remedies. I mean it. 




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Physical Build and Conditions History

Weight: 154 lb
Nutrition: Ovo-lacto vegetarian, non-smoker, nicotine 6% vaper
Work: Sitting whole day 6-12 hours 5 times a week
Training: Weight lifting 2 times per week ~45 minutes each session
Cardio: Occasional 5 mile walks
Other Exercising: 5+ times per week 30-50 minutes
Sports: Occasional skate park skateboarding
Conditions: Depression and dermal sebhorrea (both formerly)


When free from depression and dermatological seborrhea something wasn’t okay anyhow. Due to poor diet, even if I didn’t have any health conditions, something was missing and thus I suffered from a lowered mood.

The first nootropic I tried was sulbutiamine. I took it for many months. Sulbutiamine was the first substance ever that I saw as a miracle drug. It totally changed my mood. My life went from a depressed, lacking in energy ordeal, to an increasingly enthusiastic mood. When I was taking it I started learning about nootropic stacks.

As stacks, I’m not taking on account the combinations of the natural remedies I took. Because they aren’t classified as nootropics, even if for some there is kind of a tendency when some do get classified as such.

I used to stack sulbutiamine with ginseng and a multivitamin and it was quite a powerful perk-me-up. Sometimes, when I added coffee to the mix, I felt it was just too much, and started contemplating quitting the black stuff.

Sulbutiamine was good for a while, but after some time, I searched for other nootropics to be able to rotate them and not be all the time taking the same ones. 

Because of wanting to know more nootropics, I tried aniracetam and noopept. I used to stack these combinations:


Multivitamin + sulbutiamine + noopept: for me, it was okay for everyday

Multivitamin + aniracetam + noopept: for me, it was okay for everyday

Multivitamin + aniracetam + sulbutiamine + noopept: nice, but excessive


I don’t know if I’m correct with this, but I think aniracetam did something to me while I was taking it that dehydrated me. Because this unwanted side-effect, similar to what creatine did to me, I didn’t adopt it. 

While I took the stacks I listed above ginseng was pretty much of a wild card. Sometimes I took it, but not always. 

The reason was that, I used to not take anything on weekends and, when I still felt the effects of the substances on Saturday and Sunday, when I wasn’t taking them, it felt kind of wrong, and I decided I wasn’t supplementing correctly.

By then I had incorporated finils, and it was too much for me.

From there I searched for an idea on how to rotate them and not become saturated but also not to lose my energy streak.

I copied this stack rotation scheme from someone on Reddit and started to follow it


Finils: 150mg to 200mg three times a week

Sulbutiamine: 200mg to 400mg every day, every other week

Noopept: around five doses per day, but four days off every two months.



In my personal case, I wouldn’t say that I have a problem with self-medicating. I just took medicines or supplements that could help me live with the energy that a poorly-planned vegetarian diet denied me. 

Most of the things I took are OTC and don’t need a prescription. Some of them, one even can’t buy them in a pharmacy. 

But I want to disclaim that this case study only aims at being of subjective use to others. Everyone is different and the effects could be totally different, negative, or even null for others.

So this is just for information purposes only, and not to be imitated. Only you know what’s good for you. Consult your personal physician before taking any of these substances.

For a comprehensive treatment with these remedies, unless you hire the services of a specialist in these substances to guide you, you’re very much on your own and must find out how to configure your solution based on experimentation.


Natural Remedies

mother tincture herbalism

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum): Thanks to this herb, in tincture form, I could cope with depression and melancholia during the first three or four years of the seven years.

Passiflora (Passiflora Indica): I like to call this tonic a benzoid natural sedative because it’s similar, but taking fifteen drops of it was for me a fifth or less of the calming effect of 10mg Valium

Valerian Root (Valeriana Officinalis): I like to call this tincture a benzo-like natural sedative because a dose of 15 drops has an effect very similar to 10mg Valium when I take it. Five drops of this tincture make me feel similar to the effect of taking fifteen of Passiflora. 

Ginseng (Panax Ginseng): natural stimulant. The best way, as I understand it, is buying the root, as fresh as possible, and making a tea with it. But I only took the mother tincture. In the last years of my depression, this was what cured me completely of the depression attacks, and when I stopped taking it, depression and melancholia didn’t return. 

Ashwagandha: I thought of it as an ayurvedic calmant and stress-inhibitor equivalent to Ginseng. It has mild energizing and subtle anxyolytic effects. I took this when I couldn’t secure me a supply of ginseng and it was a surprise. It had the stress-nullifying and energizing effects of ginseng, but with something extra. A very pleasant, if mild, benzo-like sedative effect if what I’m saying makes any sense. It may not make too much sense to those that know ginseng and not ashwagandha, because generally, you take ginseng to have an extra kick like the one the energy drinks give, but milder, longer-lasting, and without the crash, not to be calmed per se. I expected that from Ashvawanda, but to have that, plus a mild sedative effect was totally unexpected.


Nutritional Supplements

spirulina powder

Weight Gainers

I must have taken weight gainers for four to six months when I started training with weights, twelve years ago. I never took them again. They helped me to gain weight, but I wouldn’t recommend this supplement to anyone. Maybe the one I used was low quality, but seeing its ingredients I knew it wasn’t healthy for me. 


I tried this nutritional supplement and it didn’t work for me. It helps you work-out harder. It’s supposed to protect against dehydration, but with me, it had the opposite effect, that’s why I stopped taking it.


This is my nutritional supplement of choice. I can’t function without micronized glutamine. The function of this supplement is improving one's recovery. It is not much about reducing the soreness I feel after a workout. I take it because its effect is canceling I’d say 70-90% of the feeling of tiredness I get the days after I work out. I used to take a lot of this until I realized that maybe I was wasting it. I used to take the recommended daily dosage. First I stopped taking the whole spoon that comes with it. Then I started taking just a coffee spoon of it daily.

Fat Burners

This might sound biased, but I think fat burners are snake oil. I think that eating in the wrong way and expecting a pill to burn the fat is wishful thinking. I took for a while, but it didn’t work as expected.


Spirulina is an alga that provides many of the essential amino acids required for building muscle. I recommend this supplement to vegetarians that aren’t getting their daily intake of micro-nutrients. Even more so if the vegetarian in question happens to be a weight trainer, like me. In my personal case, supplementing spirulina makes all the difference. It makes all the difference between being able to reach a weight objective, and be able to maintain it or not. I’d suggest that those that have a hard time gaining weight try this supplement before resorting to any kind of weight gaining powder.

Fish Oil

Many persons that train with weights adore taking some kind of supplemental oil, it can be cannabis oil, canola or something along those lines. I took fish oil capsules for a few months, but in my case, it was to support my intake of noopept.



prebuilt nootropics stack

I wasn’t totally new to stacking supplements, though.

Somewhere around 2005 or 2006, I was given as a present one month of an American-made pre-built stack. It was like ten different pills per day, but it was so long ago that I can’t remember what it featured, its brand or anything. Just that a month of doses came in a ginormous box.





Sulbutiamine is a vitamin B analog that crosses the blood-brain barrier. It was discovered by the Japanese when trying to develop a better type of thiamine. I read somewhere that the Japanese used it during WWII, as an alternative to amphetamines.

This nootropic can do away with tiredness, fatigue, and stress. Pertaining stress, for me, it was way more potent than the other remedies I used to adapt to stress. Like Ginseng or Ashwagandha.




Noopept is a peptide analog to Piracetam synthesized in Russia in 1996. It’s a neuroprotective, and a cognitive enhancer. It’s 1500 times more potent than Aniracetam and Piracetam. Because of that, it’s taken in micro-doses of 10mg, at least three times a day. Personally, I find Noopept great for postprandial sleep, the sluggishness one feels after eating a big meal. I used to take a dose after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s supposed to aid with memory, and it did help me in that sense. The cool thing about Noopept for me is that after nine months I stopped taking it. Yet, I still have an agility of the memory and recalling that before taking it I didn’t have.

Somewhere on the web, I think it was Reddit, I read someone saying that taking a dose of noopept feels like changing a computer monitor’s resolution from 640x480 to 1080x1050. And I concur.

It’s recommended to accompany it with some source of choline. When I took fish oil capsules, I did it for the noopept. One can help the noopept with synthetic choline, but for someone like me, who eats a lot of eggs (at least 28 egg whites a week), not even the fish oil pills are required to have enough choline.




I was interested in Aniracetam as soon as I read about it. When I learned that it’s a cognitive enhancer and memory enhancer, and, on top of that, an anxiolytic, I knew I had to try it. For me, it’s difficult to describe Aniracetam’s effect. I’d say that it was something halfway between sulbutiamine and noopept in intensity and capacity to ignite motivation and productivity for me. Still, after one month taking it I discontinued it because it had an unwanted dehydration side-effect in me, similar to the one I got when taking creatine.





I have let the finils for the outro because they didn’t fall into any of the other categories of this case study. They are prescription drugs, for those that have narcolepsy and a handful of other sleep disorders. Today, many persons are confused about classifying finils as a nootropic or not. I, personally, wouldn’t classify them as nootropics. They’re psychotropics, actually.

I think that taking a finil puts into question the building and use of a nootropics stack. The effect is of such an intensity, and so much different to the effect of any of the nootropics I tried, that for me it was obvious that they’re something else. 

The takeaway for me, from what I learned so far is this. If I take either 100mg of Modafinil or 75mg of Armodafinil, I don’t need to take anything else (except for ginseng, read below) to feel many times more energized, motivated and focused than with any of the other nootropics stacks I named in this study.

While taking one of these two doses of finils I wrote in the previous paragraph, the only thing I have to add is fifteen drops of ginseng, three times a day, and I can work 10, 12 and even 16 hours shifts without any kind of fatigue.

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