With data and information bombarding our laptops, phones and televisions, we need to use our memories more than ever. You must memorize names, dates, PINs, passwords, appointments and so on. The list is endless when talking about the information we need to remember and keep track of.
It’s practically impossible for a person to remember everything all of the time with accuracy. However, there are people out there with above-average memories.
When discussing memory in most cases, whether someone has poor memory or good memory, boils down to the chemistry in the brain. Some people’s minds are wired to remember things with ease. However, many of us are not so lucky.
Fortunately, there are nootropics and other supplements that have been shown to increase the levels of particular chemicals in the brain which results in improved memory. Below is a list of nootropics that can potentially enhance memory.
1. Alpha GPC
Alpha GPC (L-Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine) is a choline supplement extracted from soy lecithin. It is an exceptional source of choline and a powerful memory booster.
Choline is essential in the production acetylcholine (choline is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine). Acetylcholine as a neurotransmitter plays a crucial role in memory and learning.
Alpha GPC is a potent memory booster and is seen as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s, and other cognitive diseases.
Piracetam was the first ever created racetam. It is not entirely clear how piracetam (and other racetams) causes its nootropic effect. It is believed to increase memory by affecting NMDA and AMPA receptor sites. It also affects acetylcholine and Ach receptor sites. Acetylcholine plays a vital role in memory as well as learning.
As much as Piracetam is useful independently, it usually works better when stacked with a choline source, such as Alpha GPC or Citicoline.
Citicoline is yet another precursor of Acetylcholine. Citicoline (commonly, CDP Choline) has users in more than 70 different countries using it to enhance cognitive functions.
Numerous studies show that CDP Choline increases mental performance as well as energy; at the same time, it protects the brain from oxidative stress. CDP Choline and Alpha GPC work differently but with similar results in the body. CDP Choline works best when used alongside another nootropic like Piracetam.
CDP Choline is the intermediate of Phosphatidylcholine and Choline. In the intestine, it is converted into choline then back to citicoline once it crosses the blood-brain-barrier. Afterward, it’s used as a precursor to Acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an essential role in memory and learning.
Oxiracetam is another popular nootropic and belongs to the racetam family. Oxiracetam is slightly more potent than Piracetam.
Oxiracetam in most cases is used independently, but works best when stacked with a source of choline like Alpha GPC or CDP Choline. It improves memory and focus.
Like all nootropics, the working mechanism of Oxiracetam is not precise. However, it’s thought to work like racetams which influence the cholinergic and acetylcholine systems. Oxiracetam also stimulates the NDMA and AMPA receptors as well as the cholinergic system including their pathways. This is how Oxiracetam facilitates its memory-boosting effect.
You must not use Oxiracetam if you are taking anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizer carbamazepine. They interact negatively together. As much as the interaction is not life-threatening, it could cause headaches, dizziness nausea, dizziness, insomnia, irritability, and gastrointestinal distress.