Maybe you have already heard a few things about so-called "smart drugs". However, plenty of information makes it easy to get lost. The more you read, the more questions appear, but we still believe that the primary question above all of the others is about safety. Are nootropics safe? Are there any of them, which we could call the safest nootropics? As manufacturers, due to the improvement of our products and users satisfaction, we try to deal with the same matter. So, let's try to look into it more closely.

Are Nootropics safe?

The truth is, there are a variety of different supplements that may have very diverse benefits as well as side effects. Some of them even may have serious withdrawal symptoms and can cause severe illness. Before trying to start using a particular nootropic, read as many articles or researches as you can and make sure that the supplement you want to include in your daily diet will not cause harm.

The most common mistakes that evoke unwanted side effects are related to dosage and ignorance. Bear in mind to familiarize with all the possible side effects. Some of the articles might be not fully comprehensive, especially regarding side effects. However, you may find some points near the section about benefits, for instance, L-theanine supplement regulates one's blood pressure by lowering it, which is beneficial for those experiencing high levels of blood pressure. But for people facing too low blood pressure, L-theanine can worsen a health condition. We, therefore, suggest you read a lot and pay attention to the details.

We have also mentioned the importance of the dosage, which can be crucial in some cases. When talking about such supplements as Phenibut, the dosage is more than the primary point. Not following the established daily dosages or making suggested breaks might cause severe withdrawals. Because of this we always recommend you to start with the lowest dosage and then gradually raise it. Some of the supplements demonstrate its potential after a while, so be patient.

If the previous points are not enough for you to make a decision, the official position of such organisations as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) maybe will help to decide. If the FDA considers a particular nootropic as safe, you may find the mark of GRAS (generally recognized as safe). In some cases, nootropics can be not approved for clinical usage, but you can freely purchase it online. Furthermore, a few nootropics are illegal in several countries, which could also be a considerable point.

Traditional medicine usually receives diverse opinions about the safety and effectiveness of its supplements. The alternative nutrition rarely reaches the drugstore, but exceptions are possible. Various opinions do not prove the inefficiency, so we would recommend you to do a profound research and gather experiences to ascertain whether it is what you are looking for.

When you are purchasing online, take a look at clients reviews or descriptions of nootropics. We always put a mark CERTIFICATED near every nootropic, which means that this supplement is laboratory tested and carries a Certificate of Analysis. Moreover, we try to make supplements suitable for as many people as possible, by looking closer you can notice such marks as GMO or GLUTEN FREE, and SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS.

We have selected some of the nootropics that could be considered as safe according to FDA opinion and clinical usage.

1. Alpha-GPC

The FDA marked this supplement as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) if the maximum daily intake is 196.2 mg. However, because some researches show different results, for instance, this one published in 2017, nootropics manufacturers have raised the dosage to 300-600 mg a day.

Alpha-GPC or aGPC is a supplement for your memory maintenance. People often praise it for the beneficial effect on memory decline, especially for the elderly. According to the study, consuming 1200 mg of aGPC per day for a prolonged period improves Alzheimer’s condition, a bit lower dosage - 1000 mg - helps to cope with Dementia. Taking Alpha-GPC after stroke occurrence ensures faster recovery because of cognitive-enhancing properties. And lastly, Alpha-GPC has a beneficial impact on athletic performance as it stimulates levels of choline which leads to increased muscle capacity.

Alpha-GPC capsules by Raw Powders


Alpha-GPC capsules contain Alpha GPC, Magnesium stearate, Silicon dioxide and Rice flour.

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2. Omega-3

Nearly the most common and known supplement, easily found in almost all drugstores. Omega-3 supplement is a fatty acid found in the human body and food. Two types of fish oil - DHA and EPA - are approved by both FDA and EFSA, The World Health Organisation (WHO) even recommends to take Omega-3 regularly.

According to the research, Omega-3 contributes to the heart by helping to cope with coronary dysfunction, maintains your blood and lower its pressure. This supplement is even able to prevent the risk of stroke. By taking Omega-3 for a prolonged period, you may significantly improve your heart health and overall well-being. People call this fatty acid one of the safest nootropics because of rarely appeared side effects, but still if you have an allergy to fish products, consult the doctor first.

OMEGA-3 by Raw Powders

Omega-3 capsules contain 1000 mg fish oil which has 180 mg DHA and 120mg EPA. Fish oil is made from anchovies and mackerel captured in the Atlantic ocean, also Gelatin, Glycerin, Purified water.

3. Caffeine

The third, but even better known . We won't surprise you by saying that Caffeine is one of the best and safest choices to stay in focus. The FDA has marked this supplement as safe (GRAS), but the awareness of possible dependence is widely spread.

Caffeine is a stimulant, which produces an effect by activating the central nervous system. This supplement also has several other benefits, for instance, it may be an effective liver protector or a booster for your long term memory. Caffeine may prevent the risk of certain diseases like stroke, skin cancer and others. Furthermore, the possibility of side effects is very low.

Caffeine tablets by Raw Powders

Caffeine tablets contain Caffeine 200mg, Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Silica.

4. L-Dopa

Also known as Levodopa, this supplement is a precursor to dopamine, adrenaline or noradrenaline, which means it is an essential compound for the synthesis of previous neurotransmitters. In 2018 this supplement was approved by the FDA, but here you can find a list of possible side effects.

People consume L-Dopa because of particular issues related to dopamine deficiency. According to the study made in 2014, L-Dopa might alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, consuming this supplement may even stop the progression of it. Some research claims that L-Dopa enhances the condition of memory and supports the learning process. Another feature of Levodopa is the maintenance of libido and testosterone levels.

L-Dopa capsules by Raw Powders

L-Dopa capsules contain Levodopa (L-Dopa) 99%, Magnesium stearate, Silicon dioxide and Rice flour.

5. Cordyceps

This mushroom came from Chinese traditional medicine and for centuries was used for various purposes. Today more than 400 species of Cordyceps is known but tested as a supplement were two of them Cordyceps Sinensis and Cordyceps Militaris. Studies have shown that Cordyceps is nontoxic, also, maybe you have already noticed, this supplement appears in various drug stores as a dietary supplement for the immune system.

CCordyceps has a few benefits that seem diverse at first. This mushroom enhances athletic performance, boosts energy levels in muscles. Cordyceps takes care of your heart health by regulating heartbeat and protecting your heart from damage. Further, some research made regarding the influence on people experiencing Diabetes, the result showed potential benefits for humans facing Type 2 Diabetes. Antioxidant properties will ensure memory improvement as well as sexual drive. And lastly, Cordyceps maintains the condition of your kidneys.

Cordyceps capsules by Raw Powders

Cordyceps capsules contain 750 mg of Cordyceps Sinensis.