Effectiveness of Piracetam
Piracetam has been used for over 35 years. It was first synthesized in 1964 by a team of scientists led by Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea at UCB (and Belgian pharmaceutical company). The first Piracetam (trade name “Nootropil”) supplement was produced by UCB in the early 1970’s and is currently in use in many countries.
According to CTD Sports, this supplement positively augments cognitive function (thinking, memory, concentration) and cardiovascular function by influencing different areas of the body. The producing company advertises the following beneficial effects of Piracetam: enhances brain metabolism, increases cerebral phospholipids and cellular membrane fluidity, supports cognitive receptors, stimulates the Corpus Callosum, stimulates the Locus Coeruleus, inhibits platelet aggregation, decreases EEG complexity, and acts as a powerful antioxidant.
This brain supplement has been shown to be effective for healthy people and for those who experience deteriorating brain conditions. However, it is important to know that Piracetam is no longer marketed as a dietary supplement in the US, and it cannot be sold in Canada (it can only be imported for personal use). Piracetam is still available for purchase in Europe and other parts of the world.
Unfortunately, just as with many other similar drugs, Piracetam’s mechanism of action is not entirely understood. It is believed to influence neuronal and vascular functions and support cognitive function without acting as a sedative or stimulant.
Piracetam has been associated with several side effects. Most of these side effects fall under the category “mild and transient.” The most common side effects of Piracetam are general excitability, including anxiety, insomnia, irritability, headache, agitation, nervousness, and tremor, which were occasionally reported.
There are testimonials online about Piracetam. What is being stated includes the following:
- It really helps me concentrate;
- No side effects with excellent results for brain performance – memory and thinking clarity;
- Enhanced brain stamina.
One bottle of Piracetam from CTD Labs contains 240 capsules, which should be enough for two months of treatment at a recommended dosage of 3 to 4 capsules per day.
This is a moderately-priced supplement, but the fact that Piracetam is no longer recognized as a dietary supplement in the US makes it difficult to purchase. We advise our readers not to buy this product from questionable retailers.
Does Piracetam Work?
Piracetam is considered a safe product; however, the FDA does not recognize it as a dietary supplement and penalizes manufacturers that market it as such.
At the time of this review, CTD Sports has discontinued production of Piracetam formula for undisclosed reasons. The fact that FDA decided to include Piracetam in the “drugs” or “prescription medicine” class might be one of the main reasons CTD Sports decided to discontinue their production of Piracetam. However, this is merely a presumption, as no official statement has been issued by CTD Sports regarding its discontinuing, the reasons behind this decision, or the date (if it is established) when the formula will be back on the shelves.
While it was available for purchase, the product was associated with an affordable price, which made it a strong competitor for other similar supplements. The product was also manufactured by a company with an excellent reputation.
Overall, this brain supplement may be appealing for those who seek a potent formula to enhance their cognitive function. Still, we recommend asking a professional’s opinion before starting any medication therapy.