Anxiety.  We all experience it.  And a lot of the time it can be good for us.  But when it prevents us from living the life that we want to, it can become a real problem.

Historically, anxiety was a good thing.  “Oh no, here comes a tiger.  I better do something so I don’t get eaten.”  This kind of anxiety was helpful.

Nearly 1 in 5 adults have an anxiety disorder

Nearly 1 in 5 adults have an anxiety disorder

But in today’s world, where all of our basic survival needs are generally met, anxiety looks a lot different.  “Oh no, I have to prepare for that test, and figure out what to wear to that party. And I need to do laundry.  And go food shopping.  But I can’t spend too much money.  And I need to go to the ATM….”

In our fast paced world, worry is unavoidable.  We all have a million things to get done every day.  Naturally, this creates a great deal of anxiety.  We all stress ourselves out a bit more than we need to.

But a lot of people are using nootropics to reduce stress and anxiety.  One of the biggest benefits that nootropics have over prescription anxiety pills is that they don’t cause the same tiredness and loss of motivation.  In fact, most people report having more motivation and less anxiety with these nootropics.

Another big benefit of nootropics is that they are generally safer and don’t carry the same risk of addiction as many prescription anxiety meds.  Of course, anything can be addictive, so make sure to always use good judgement.

So what are the best nootropics for anxiety?  Let’s look at the top 3:

Aniracetam

Aniracetam is great for anxiety, especially if you are new to nootropics.  With its low side effect profile and ability to reduce anxiety without causing sedation, this supplement is perfect if you have never taken a smart drug before.  Users generally report a reduction in anxiety and stress with a slight increase in focus.

Aniracetam is in the racetam family of nootropics. It is slightly more potent than piracetam. It was created in the 1970’s by the chemist, Hoffman La-Roche.

Like all nootropics, it is not known exactly how aniracetam reduces anxiety. But it is thought to work in the same way as other drugs in the racetam family. Aniracetam has been shown to stimulate the AMPA receptor site. AMPA plays an important role in learning and memory. The anti-anxiety effects of aniracetam are thought to be caused, at least in part, by the activation of the D2 and D3 dopamine receptors. This causes a reduction in anxiety without sedation.

Benefits of Aniracetam:

– Reduced Anxiety
– Improved Memory
– Increased Learning
– Improved Mood
– Heightened Perception

Taking 1-2 grams of Aniracetam can really take the edge off of day-to-day anxiety and help keep you focused.  When taken at these doses, Aniracetam is generally considered to be safe.

L-Theanine

Perhaps you have heard about all of the benefits of drinking tea.  Most of these benefits come from an amino acid found in tea called L-Theanine.  This amino acid promotes a calm, focused feeling.

Unfortunately, you’d have to sit around drinking tea all day to get enough L-Theanine to reap its benefits.  But you can get all of the benefits by supplementing with 150-250mg of L-Theanine.

It is currently thought that L-Theanine works by mimicking the naturally occurring amino acid, glutamate. L-Theanine has also been shown to boost dopamine levels in the brain. This explains why L-Theanine is able to reduce anxiety without causing too much sedation.

Benefits of L-Theanine:

– Reduced Anxiety
– Reduced Mental and Physical Stress
– Enhanced Memory
– Synergetic with Caffeine

A lot of people like to take L-Theanine with their morning cup of coffee.  The caffeine in coffee with the L-Theanine create a very focused, yet relaxed feeling.  If you enjoy coffee but it gives you the jitters, then taking some L-Theanine will allow you to enjoy the stimulating qualities of coffee without the jitters.

Phenibut

Phenibut is used for reducing all kinds of anxiety, but is especially useful for reducing social anxiety.  This compound is a modified GABA molecule.  GABA is the chemical in the brain that plays a large role in relaxation.

Taking 500-1000mg of Phenibut can greatly reduce anxiety.  It takes several hours to take effect, so make sure you do not re-dose within that time.  Users report that it’s effect can last up to 24 hours.

Benefits of Phenibut:

– Reduced Anxiety
– Relaxation
– Reduced Stress
– Sleep
– Improved Mood

This supplement can cause severe side effects if it is used too frequently.  To be safe, it should not be used more than twice a week.


 

We all would like to have a little less anxiety in our lives.  By supplementing with one of these nootropics, you can reduce your anxiety without feeling tired or sluggish.  In fact, all three have been reported to not only feel less stressed, but also more focused and motivated.  Always follow the manufacturers recommendation on how much to take and when to take it.  Before long your life will be a little more enjoyable and a lot less stressful!

You may also want to check out our other “Best Nootropics” posts:

Best Nootropics for Focus

Best Nootropics for Motivation

Best Nootropics For Memory

Best Nootropics For Mood

Best Nootropics For Studying

Best Nootropics For Creativity

Best Nootropics For Anxiety
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