Smart Pill UK 2019 Review - Which Ones To Try and Which To Avoid.

Smart Pill UK 2019 Review - Which Ones To Try and Which To Avoid [UPDATED JANUARY 2019]


- Introduction: Smart Pills & Nootropics In The UK

- Review Table

- Type 1: Synthetic Smart Pills

- Type 2: Natural Smart Pills

- What Smart Pills Are Used For: Concentration Pills For Studying

- Our Favourite Smart Pill

Introduction: Smart Pills & Nootropics In The UK

We attempt to survey the entire market online and in British stores, for smart pills, smart drugs, study drugs and nootropics in the UK: we'll examine which are legal, which ones work, which ones to try and which ones to avoid.

All done honestly, carefully and without judgement.

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We summarise the legal and illegal products and 'smart drugs'/'study drugs' that are sold in the UK today (in stores or online), including pharmaceutical options, such as the aforementioned 'smart drugs' to natural sourced cognitive enhancers (Natural Nootropics).

At the end of this Blog Article, we summarise and share our favourite smart pill.


Smart pills/Nootropics UK 2019 Review
Name Editor's Note: Does it work? Value For Money? UK Legal? Safe?
BrainZyme Try: Over 91% of customers rated 4 stars or higher.
Excellent value and effective.
Minimal Side Effects.
£9.95-£25.95 for 30 capsules.
Modafinil* (with prescription) Only try if prescribed by a Doctor. Designed for the brain disorder narcolepsy, it has become the 'headline' smart drug in the UK through off-label use as a study drug.
Some severe side effects possible.
Online Modafinil
Avoid: Anyone in the UK selling prescription-only medicines on the black market faces up to two years in jail.
£59.95 for 30 capsules.
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Nootrobox Kado-3 Try: It's an Omega-3 supplement derived from fish and krill oils, designed for daily protection for brain and body.
$17.48 for 30 capsules.
Nootrobox Sprint Avoid: Recently having changed their formula to comply with UK law, the new formula is lacking the strength that other supplements on this list have. $12.48 for 30 capsules. ?
Online Ritalin
Avoid: Ritalin is a Class B drug sometimes used as a 'study drug'. Possession without a prescription can lead to a five-year prison sentence or an unlimited fine according to laws in the UK.
Side effects possible.
£30-£60 for 30 capsules.
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Online Adderall
Avoid: Anyone in the UK selling prescription-only medicines on the black market faces up to two years in jail.
Side effects likely.
£20-£40 for 30 capsules.
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Online Noopept Avoid: The new Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 makes it an offence to possess or sell this drug, with sentences up to 7 years.
£7.28 for 30 capsules.
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Alpha Brain Avoid: A popular supplement in the U.S., popularised by Joe Rogan. Despite being an effective product, it is illegal in the UK due to the ingredient vinpocetine. It's also quite expensive at $34.95 for 30 capsules.
NootroStim Try: A newcomer to the UK market, and uses some good ingredients. However, it is possible that this stack would not be strong enough for seasoned smart drug users. £6.50 for 30 capsules. ?
Optimind Avoid: Although popular in the U.S, Optimind contains vinpocetine making it illegal in the UK. It is also very expensive at $56.25 for 30 capsules. ? ?

There are two types of cognitive enhancers/smart drugs/smart pills/nootropics available in the UK as of 2019.

Type 1: Synthetic Smart Pills

  • Made from synthetic substances.
  • Usually designed as medicines but used off-brand as smart pills. This makes most of them illegal under the 2016 Psychoactive Substances Act.
  • Examples include modafinil, Adderall, Ritalin and Noopept.
  • Most users report that their productivity decreases after using these substances long-term due to the onset of serious side-effects.

Type 2: Natural Smart Pills

  • Made from naturally-sourced ingredients such as superfoods, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
  • Mostly legal.
  • Depending on which formula you use, these can be as effective as synthetic smart pills.
  • Usually better long-term due to fewer side-effects.

Please carry on reading for more information about these two types.

Type 1: Synthetic Smart Pills

Smart Pills UK 2018 Review - which ones to try and which to avoid

These are synthetic/ pharmaceutical products, such as Modafinil, Adderall or Noopept** that are available in the UK. They may be used off-label as smart drugs or study drugs to help focus and concentration. This isn’t their intended purpose, and could potentially be dangerous for numerous reasons.

They can cause severe side effects, and their long-term effects aren’t well-researched. They’re also illegal to sell, so they must be made outside of the UK and imported. That means their manufacture isn’t regulated, and they could contain anything. And, as 'smart drugs' in 2019 are still illegal, you might run into legal issues from possessing some ‘smart drugs’ without a prescription.

However, pharmaceuticals such as Modafinil are perfectly legal if prescribed, and we recommend their use if prescribed for you by a doctor.

Some examples of these 'smart drugs' include:


Modafinil is a eugeroic, or ‘wakefulness promoting agent’, intended to help people with narcolepsy. It was invented in the 1970s, but was first approved by the American FDA in 1998 for medical use. Recent years have seen its off-label use as a ‘smart drug’ grow. It’s not known exactly how Modafinil works, but scientists believe it may increase levels of histamines in the brain, which can keep you awake. It might also inhibit the dissipation of dopamine, again helping wakefulness, and it may help alertness by boosting norepinephrine levels, contributing to its reputation as a drug to help focus and concentration.

Ultimately, more research needs to be undertaken to determine its exact method of action. Modafinil is legal to supply to people when prescribed by a doctor, but its unsanctioned sale in the UK is punishable by up to two years in prison. (See this review of Modafinil.) Please note: Side Effects Possible.

Methylphenidate, commonly known as Ritalin, is a stimulant first synthesised in the 1940s. More accurately, it’s a psychostimulant - often prescribed for ADHD - that is intended as a drug to help focus and concentration. It also reduces fatigue and (potentially) enhances cognition. Similar to Modafinil, Ritalin is believed to reduce dissipation of dopamine to help focus. Ritalin is a Class B drug in the UK, and possession without a prescription can result in a 5 year prison sentence. Please note: Side Effects Possible. See this article for more on Ritalin.

Adderall is an amphetamine, used as a drug to help focus and concentration in people with ADHD, and promote wakefulness for sufferers of narcolepsy. Adderall increases levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, along with a few other chemicals and neurotransmitters. It’s used off-label as a study drug, because, as mentioned, it is believed to increase focus and concentration, improve cognition and help users stay awake. Please note: Side Effects Possible. See this article on Adderall.

Historically used to help people with epilepsy, piracetam is used in some cases of myoclonus, or muscle twitching. Its actual mechanism of action is unclear: It doesn’t act exactly as a sedative or stimulant, but still influences cognitive function, and is believed to act on receptors for acetylcholine in the brain. Piracetam is used off-label as a 'smart drug' to help focus and concentration or sometimes as a way to allegedly boost your mood. Again, piracetam is a prescription-only drug - any supply to people without a prescription is illegal, and supplying it may result in a fine or prison sentence.

Noopept was developed in Russia in the 90s, and is alleged to improve learning. This drug modifies acetylcholine and AMPA receptors, increasing the levels of these neurotransmitters in the brain. This is believed to account for reports of its efficacy as a 'study drug'. Noopept in the UK is illegal, as the 2016 Psychoactive Substances Act made it an offence to sell this drug in the UK - selling it could even lead to 7 years in prison. To enhance its nootropic effects, some users have been known to snort Noopept.

Click here for more information about Noopept.

Vinpocetine walks a line between herbal and pharmaceutical product. It’s a synthetic derivative of a chemical from the periwinkle plant, and due to its synthetic nature we feel it’s more appropriate as a ‘smart drug’. Plus, it’s illegal in the UK. Vinpocetine is purported to improve cognitive function by improving blood flow to the brain, which is why it's used in some 'study drugs' or 'smart pills'.

Do note that this isn’t an extensive list by any means, there are plenty more ‘smart drugs’ out there purported to help focus and concentration. Most (if not all) are restricted under the Psychoactive Substances Act, meaning they’re largely illegal to sell. We strongly recommend against using these products off-label, as they can be dangerous both due to side effects and their lack of regulation on the grey/black market.

Type 2: Natural Smart Pills

Smart Pills UK 2018 Review - which ones to try and which to avoid

Natural-sourced ingredients can also help to enhance your brain. Superfood, herbal or Amino A ingredient cognitive enhancers are more natural and are largely directly derived from food or plants. Panax ginseng, matcha tea and choline (found in foods like broccoli) are included under this umbrella. There are dozens of different natural ingredients /herbs purported to help cognition, many of which have been used medicinally for hundreds of years.

There are also premade ‘stacks’ (or formulas) of cognitive enhancing superfoods, herbals or proteins, which pre-package several beneficial extracts for a greater impact. These types of cognitive enhancers are more ‘subtle’ than the pharmaceutical alternative with regards to effects, but they work all the same. In fact, for many people, they work better than smart drugs as they are gentler on the brain and produce fewer side-effects.

 Typical Natural Nootropic Ingredients

Products like these frequently contain some of the following ingredients:

Matcha Green Tea
Matcha Green Tea Powder, made from specially selected whole green tea leaves ground down to a superfine powder, contains a number of nootropic components which can help the brain such as L-Theanine.

Guarana Fruit Seeds from a plant native to the Amazon, can positively affect the brain and central nervous system, making you feel less tired and more alert.

Choline (which can be found in broccoli) is required to produce acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in regulating cognitive processes, mood and intelligence.

Smart Pills UK 2018 Review - which ones to try and which to avoid

L-Tyrosine (which can be found in avocado) is an amino acid that’s required for the development of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that influences mood, motivation and performance.

Panax Ginseng
Panax Ginseng is a herbal remedy from China, has a reputation for stimulating brain function and increasing energy.

Acetyl L-Carnitine
Acetyl L-Carnitine (which can be found in asparagus) is a mitochondrial energy optimizer, supporting energy production at the cellular level.

Curcumin has been the subject of a recent BBC documentary and a groundbreaking clinical study linking it to beneficial effects on brain function.

Natural Smart Pill (Pre-Made 'Stacks')

Most people feel benefits from these natural-sourced ingredients, and most of them are legal to buy, sell and possess in the UK.

Some examples of these are:

This is the UK's first natural 'smart pill' cognitive enhancer with Matcha, Guarana, Choline, Ginkgo, Panax Ginseng, Tyrosine, Theanine, Carnitine, Curcumin, and vitamins/ minerals. It is also known as a 'natural nootropic' that can help concentration and motivation.

BrainZyme is a nootropic that's made in the UK, fully compliant with British regulations, and provides a definite brain enhancing effect. BrainZyme's reviews from customers and leading print and online media are also great. It has minimal side effects.

Smart Pills UK 2018 Review - which ones to try and which to avoid.

See this article for more on natural nootropics, and biohacking with natural nootropics.

 What Smart Pills Are Used For: Concentration Pills For Studying

It's recently been reported that rates of nootropic use in the UK have been on the rise - with Nature publishing an article in July 2018 saying that smart drug use has risen from 5% in 2015 to 23% in 2017.

This staggering rise begs the question: What are cognitive enhancers being used for by the British public?

We would suggest that the number one use of nootropics is to serve as concentration pills for studying. Students are frequently less averse to drug use, and in an increasingly competitive world, it's understandable that people want the best return possible on the significant investment that is education. This is also suggested by high rates of smart drug use as reported by The Tab.

These sorts of 'concentration pills' may also be used by people in demanding fields of work, where they must be alert or concentrate for long periods. Pilots, surgeons, or people in intense professions like finance may also use nootropics to improve their performance. Until the advent of natural nootropics such as BrainZyme, this would be done with illicitly-sold medication.

Our Favourite Smart Pill

It is our belief that BrainZyme® is the best smart pill/nootropic currently on the market anywhere in the world in 2019.

Watch: Reasons to Choose BrainZyme®.

There are four main reasons why we think this. BrainZyme is: effective, safe, legal and great value for money.

BrainZyme is Effective

Watch: BrainZyme® Customer Review Compilation Video

BrainZyme was featured in Forbes Magazine "[BrainZyme is] aimed at helping people who want to think more clearly and be more focused and less distracted, including students, sportspeople, and working professionals. "
BrainZyme was featured by The Times. “BrainZyme, a “natural nootropic” … The most noticeable effect, even on the first day of taking [BrainZyme], was the alleviation of my mid-afternoon slump …"
BrainZyme was featured in Health and Fitness Magazine "... a new raft of natural brain enhancers aimed at providing optimum nutrition to the brain, while giving an immediate lift in cognitive function, has arrived.”

BrainZyme is Safe

  • Only uses naturally-sourced and vegan ingredients that have had a long history of scientific study.
  • Excellent customer support team on hand to guide you through the right dosage, and how to make the most out of BrainZyme®.
  • Our testing is also safe - we do not test on animals and are completely cruelty-free.

    BrainZyme is Completely Legal

    • All of BrainZyme's products are completely legal around the world.
    • Completely safe for competitors. BrainZyme offers Informed Sport batch testing (the most intense lab testing available anywhere in the world: guaranteed 100% safe for high-performance World Anti-Doping Agency use).

    BrainZyme is Great Value for Money

    • Starting at 33p per capsule - much cheaper and more effective than a daily cup of coffee, other supplements or pharmaceutical study drugs.
    • Save money - with our value packs you can save extra money.
    • 100% satisfaction guarantee - if you are not happy with BrainZyme for whatever reason, you can return them to us for a full refund.


    You might also want to take a look at our "Smart pills UK 2017 Review" or "Smart Pills UK 2018 Review".

    Please note: Smart Pills, Smart Drugs or Brain Food Supplements are also known as: Brain Smart Vitamins, Brain Tablets, Brain Vitamins, Brain Booster Supplements, Brain Enhancing Supplements, Cognitive Enhancers, Focus Enhancers, Concentration Supplements, Mental Focus Supplements, Mind Supplements, Neuro Enhancers, Neuro Focusers, Vitamins for Brain Function,Vitamins for Brain Health, Smart Brain Supplements, Nootropics, or "Natural Nootropics"
    Please note, this is a blog post is for educational and informational purposes. It does not constitute medical advice. You should always speak to your Doctor first if you have any medical concerns.
    * = Anecdotally, the improved concentration from BrainZyme enables increased motivation.
    ** = Important note - whilst BrainZyme is scientifically proven to support concentration and mental performance, it is not a replacement for a good diet, moderate exercise or sleep. BrainZyme is also not a drug, medicine or pharmaceutical. It is a natural-sourced, vegan food supplement with ingredients that are scientifically proven to support cognition, concentration, mental performance and reduction of tiredness. You should always consult with your Doctor if you require medical attention.

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