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3 Best Nootropics For Men Trying to CRUSH Life

I recall the first time that I started experimenting with nootropics—I was 18 years old and was looking to get an edge in trading the stock market. I heard that execs from silicon valley and Harvard Law students were popping smart pills to get the best of their competitors.

It wasn’t long until I realize that not all nootropics are created equal, however. As I embarked on my endless quest to find the best nootropics out there, I invariably encountered some of the worst.

I spent literally thousands of dollars trying out different supplements claiming to increase my intelligence, and I’ve compiled a list of the best nootropics (in my experience) for you down below. I hope you enjoy.


Nootropics Introduction

First, I would like to say that you should always check with your doctor before you consume any of these supplements (don’t sue me). Another thing to keep in mind is that everyone’s biology is different, so what works really well for me might not work really well for you.

Any internet marketer out there who promises that not a single person has had bad results from their drug is lying through his teeth. Not all of our brains were created equal; some of us have different levels of different neurotransmitters, and consequently different drugs work better for us.

That being said, 97% of people that I’ve talked to have had killer results with the following smart drugs, and they are, in my opinion, the best nootropics in existence.


1. Modafinil

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Perhaps the crown-jewel of smart drugs, this little white pill was originally made to treat narcolepsy. It was created as a “wakefulness enhancer,” as a way to prevent narcoleptics from falling asleep on the job.

Little did its creators know that it would become one of the most potent smart drugs of all time. Just half of one pill, and you’re set for the entire day.

After reading that modafinil is one of the best nootropics of all time, I decided to get my hands on some. After executing my well-thought-out plan, I had successfully convinced my psychiatrist that I needed modafinil to focus. I had gotten a prescription to take 200mg daily for the next month, and I was hyped.

I rushed to the pharmacy and gave them my prescription. “That’ll be a 30 minute wait, Mr. Anthony.” Are you fucking kidding me? I wanted it then, and I wanted it there.

“Whatever,” I said. I sat down on a bench nearby and scrolled through underground online forums talking about the effects and what to expect. I heard all kinds of crazy shit:

  • “It’s like your brain is on fire, dude. Your focus is just on a whole different level.”
  • “It’ll slowly kick in over the course of 4 hours—but once it kicks in, you’ll feel it.”
  • “I don’t even know what it feels like. I end up taking 200mg and then I look back 12 hours later and realize how much work I’ve gotten done.”
  • “It’s easily one of the best nootropics out there.”
  • “Ever seen the movie limitless?”

It was pretty clear from what I read that modafinil was one of the best nootropics to ever be created. I was shaking in my chair when I finally heard the pharmacist shout out: “Mr. Anthony? Your prescription is ready!”

FINALLY! I popped 200mg as soon as I got my hands on it, and rushed home. It was about noon, and I had a couple trades set to go off if the market dipped below a certain level. I got home to my multi-screen set-up and set a timer. I wanted to see how long it took to kick in.

An hour later, I felt nothing. 2 hours later, nothing. 3 hours later, nothing. What the fuck? Had I been scammed? I decided to call it quits and take a cold shower—and when I emerged, what I saw was glorious.

Colors were a little bit brighter—it was like I was seeing my own house for the very first time. I noticed the textures all around me on various items; it almost felt like I was high on weed, but without the mental fogginess. I walked into my office and looked at my computer screen. “I have to learn more,” I said to myself.

I then literally spent the next 14 hours absorbing information like a fucking sponge. It was 5AM, and I couldn’t stop—I felt like my brain was running on all cylinders for the first time in my entire life.

I was literally watching two videos at once on my dual-monitor set-up. One was on the gold market and the other was on analyzing for supports and resistances (stock market terms). I was scouring through blogs, watching YouTube videos, and analyzing the market…at the same time.

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I then went on to have one of the most successful trades of my life. After hours of scanning through endless data, I placed an order for KORS. It went up 25% in two months. I went from having $4,000 in the market to having $5,000 in the market in just 60 days. Compared to the average Wall Street trader, who only makes a 10% increase per year, that’s a fucking ton.

I still use modafinil to this day. I’ve built up a bit of a tolerance, but it’s one of my favorite smart drugs. I still get a huge boost in cognition from it; it helps me write and get shit done at a blisteringly fast pace. I’ll be writing a lot more about it in the future, but for now let’s focus on the big two questions:


“Where Do I Get It?”

If you can, get a prescription. It’s much safer and less sketchy than ordering it online—I wrote about how to do this here.

If you can’t get a prescription, however, or if you just don’t want to bother with the hassle, you can order it online. My favorite source is Modafinil XL, because they give you 10 free samples of modafinil. It’s also 100% legit and feels exactly like my prescription modafinil.

Order ASAP, though—legit pharmacies like this have a habit of getting shut down (like happened with Modafinilcat). It’s only a matter of time before this one gets blacklisted.


“How Do I Take It?”

I recommend taking 100mg your first time—unless you want to be up for the next 48 hours reading Shakespeare and learning a new language. If you’re sensitive to stimulants, try taking it with some food, WITHOUT caffeine.

I personally take 100mg first thing in the morning with my coffee, and then another 100mg four hours later. I find that this keeps the effects much more stable, rather than a peak and a crash, but you’ll just have to experiment with what works for you.


2. L-Theanine + Bulletproof Coffee

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Something magical happens when you  mix L-Theanine, an amino acid derived from green tea, with coffee, one of the world’s oldest and best nootropics.

L-Theanine has a synergistic effect with coffee, for reasons unknown, and enhances the focus and clarity that coffee gives you. It also makes you calm and collected by minimizing the cortisol spike that comes with coffee.

In short, it makes you calm, collected, and laser focused. Coffee in and of itself is great, but when you mix it with L-Theanine, it’s like you’re Neo in the Matrix.

But let’s not stop there—I’ve found bulletproof coffee has given me tremendous success in the past. I do what’s called bulletproof intermittent fasting, which helps you get lean and shredded, while staying focused all day long.

Basically, the idea is that you have bulletproof coffee (a combination of coffee, butter, and MCT oil) first thing in the morning and don’t eat for another 8 hours. Sounds weird, right? Well, here are some of the benefits:

  • A better hormone profile (lower cortisol, higher testosterone, higher insulin sensitivity)
  • Razor sharp clarity and focus
  • You feel full and satisfied, so you can focus on working for hours on end.
  • Puts your body into a state of ketosis, where you burn tons of fat and activate mTor (good for building muscle)

If you’re going to drink bulletproof coffee, I recommend doing the bulletproof diet. It’s by far the best diet for overall health and wellness.

If you don’t want to do the bulletproof diet, that’s fine. Simply have regular coffee with L-Theanine. Just having a simple cup of black coffee with around 200mg of L-Theanine will have a profound effect, as well.


“Where Do I Get L-Theanine?”

Fortunately, L-Theanine is completely legal in the United States. I prefer to get it in powder form. This way, I can personally tweak the dosage to see how much works for me—I’ve found that a 1:1 ratio is great. For every cup of coffee (which has 120mg caffeine) I have around 120mg of L-Theanine.

But, they sell pill form too, which is certainly more convenient. Just have a cup of coffee, pop a pill or two, and let the ride begin. You can play around with the dose, but too much will make you too relaxed, which makes it hard to get work done.


“How Do I Take It?”

The recommended dosage is to take 200mg of L-Theanine per cup of coffee. So if you’re drinking 16 ounces of coffee, you’d take 400mg of L-Theanine, and so on. Personally, when I use the powder form, I just mix it in with the coffee, because it doesn’t add any taste.

But if you like, you can just use the “plug and chug,” method where you scoop it into your mouth, swish some water around, and swallow it. If you use the pill form, just have a pill or two with each cup.


3. Alpha Brain

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I first started taking Alpha Brain when I was about 18 years old. I had heard about it through Joe Rogan’s podcast and wanted to learn more. He’d given it pretty good reviews himself, and everyone seemed to like it, so I decided to buy a 30 day supply and try it out.

The results were astounding. Sounds were more crisp, I was a lot more focused, and best of all, I felt like it helped me string together eloquent sentences without really trying. I actually kept a 2 week journal of my experience with it, to see if it was placebo or not…and it definitely wasn’t placebo.

In addition to this, Onnit (the company that makes Alpha Brain) has recently released several double blind, placebo studies, proving without a doubt, that Alpha Brain does in fact have a statistically significant affect on the following:

  • Overall cognitive function
  • Word-recall and language skills
  • Focus and perception

Another great thing about Alpha Brain is that it technically isn’t a nootropic, but rather a “cognitive enhancer.” What this means is that it gives you brain the nutrients it needs to be better, so in other words, it’s safe to combine with some of the best nootropics out there.

Combine it with kratom, combine it with bulletproof coffee and L-Theanine, combine it with modafinil…you can combine with pretty much any nootropic out there. Remember though, always consult with your doctor before you take anything (I’m serious, don’t sue me).


“Where Do I Get It?”

You can order it online from either Amazon or Onnit. Personally, I prefer to order it from Onnit, because I don’t want some weird third party Chinese merchant scamming me (this actually happened to my friend). But, if you’re willing to take the risk, I guess you can get it from Amazon.


“How Do I Take It?”

To get the full effect, I recommend taking 2 capsules first thing in the morning—you’ll start to feel the effects almost immediately, and they’ll peak after a week of regular use. If you want to get the crazy lucid dreams that people talk about, take 2 before going to bed.

Don’t take more than 2 per day, though. I prefer to take 1 in the morning and 1 at night, to get a little bit of the cognitive benefits, as well as the dream-enhancing effects.


Final Thoughts

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In general, modafinil is the strongest, but has the biggest potential for side effects. Alpha Brain and the Coffee/L-Theanine combo are safer, but are still incredibly effective.

As a side note, I also experiment a lot with “stacks,” or combinations of smart drugs. I wouldn’t do this at first, because you want to figure out how your body responds to each one individually, but here’s an example of one stack that I use:

  • Morning: 1 cup bulletproof coffee, 1 Alpha Brain, 75mg of Modafinil
  • Noon: 1 cup bulletproof coffee, 75mg Modafinil
  • Afternoon: Hit the gym after an incredibly productive morning
  • Evening: Start winding down, read a book or something
  • Night: Consume 1 Alpha Brain (it helps with lucid dreaming) and a cup of tea to calm down.

The thing to remember is that everyone is different, so what works well for me may not work well for you. That being said, I can almost guarantee that my top three best nootropics will work for you. I know that my mind feels clean and crisp when I use them, and it’s been a huge help in getting shit done. I hope that you get the same results that I have.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, let me know—I also love hearing about new nootropics recommendations, so if you have one, leave a comment down below. And, as always, I’ll see you next time.

About the Author Jon Anthony

After learning to successfully trade the market, build a six pack, start a social circle from scratch, and increase his IQ by 15 points, Jon Anthony has decided to teach others how they can, too. He plans to move to Las Vegas next year to invest in real estate and live it up.

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  • Thank you, for sharing and for the effort you make to present information in such a useful way.

  • Mike

    What’s your eating schedule like? Also, when do you take kratom, and what’s your favorite strain? I didn’t like Happy Hippos, MoodandMind has some good stuff though.

    • Jon Anthony

      It depends entirely on my goal, man. If I’m bulking I eat first thing in the morning and every 2 hours after that. If I’m maintaining I do bulletproof intermittent fasting.

      Personally I liked Hyper Hippo, it takes a while to find your favorite, though. When I use Kratom I don’t take bulletproof coffee – I use it first thing in the morning and fast for the next 6-8 hours.

  • Sonoran

    I have legit Modafinil and dont feel (200 mg) the amazing effects that everyone talks about. I tried various nooptropics such as the racetams ( bought from Powder city) and they dont seem to do the amazing things others feel. Even phenibut ( Powdercity) only made me feel tired and sleepy.

    Do you recommend an increase in dosage or a combination of various drugs listed above?

    • Jon Anthony

      Interesting. It sounds like you might have adrenal fatigue. This is caused by too many stimulants and/or too little sleep for an extended period of time.

      Also – Modafinil is safe to combine with the racetams and with Alpha Brain, but do NOT combine it with Kratom or Phenibut.

      You should use modafinil when you’re not using kratom/phenibut, and vice versa.

      I’ll talk more about this in a later article.

      • Sonoran

        Its funny cause I dont use any stimulants and I get 7-9 hours of sleep but still feel tired in the morning. For this reason I started drinking green tea in the morning which gives me a little kick to wake up.

        Maybe the adrenal fatigue is due to stress? I should meditate then right?

        In regards to meditation I tried the sitting position for meditation and I just cant do it. My mind is contstantly wandering. If im lying down and doing deep breathing/ meditation with eyes closed it feels more natural.

        Do you only do the sitting position?

        • Jon Anthony

          Interesting. There could be one other cause. I believe there’s some rare gene that like 10% of people with roots in Eastern Europe have where for some reason modafinil doesn’t work on them that well, but I’m not entirely sure about this.

          It could be due to stress, or working out a lot, or just a lot of mental stimulation without a break.

          I’d recommend meditating, yes! Start off with what is comfortable with you. If you can’t meditate sitting then do it lying down.

          Check out my article on meditation if you haven’t already:

          • Sonoran_

            So like I mentioned above, phenibut didnt work on me b itself. Yesterday night I took 1 g of it ( 4 hours before starting to drink) and then through out the night I had 3 beers and 2 shots. I tried to space it out well and only took an additional drink if I felt more sober than before cause I knew the bad things that could happen by mixing these things too much.

            Im quite dissapointed that it still didnt cure my approach anxiety. It did allow me to get to a feeling of “drunkeness” with less alcohol. But I just couldnt beat the anxiety to approach girls. I approached a total of 2 girls on the dance floor LOL.

          • Jon Anthony

            Hmm that’s interesting. I actually played around with phenibut doses yesterday and took 500mg in the morning, in the afternoon, and then 1g around 5PM and it seemed to work great for me.

            I’ve heard that for some people alcohol actually cancels out the phenibut.

            I’d try 1g again without alcohol, and then if that doesn’t work, try 500mg around 3pm and then another 1g around 6.

            A lot of this stuff isn’t 100% set in stone, because you have to play around and find what works for your body.

            For example, when I don’t have a modafinil tolerance, I find that 200mg is WAY too fucking strong for me and that 100mg is actually more effective.

            You just have to get to know your body and discover what works for it. I’ll probably make an entire post on approach anxiety soon, so stay tuned 🙂