Smart pills UK 2017 Review - which to try and which to avoid
We attempt to survey the entire market online and in British stores, for smart pills/smart drugs/study drugs/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.
We summarise the legal and illegal products and 'smart drugs'/'study drugs' that are sold in the UK today (in stores or online), including both 'natural sourced' cognitive enhancers to pharmaceutical options, such as the aforementioned 'smart drugs'.
If you are interested in the topic of smart pills, we suggest you consider checking out our 'The Best Over The Counter Concentration & Motivation Pill For Studying and Work?' article.
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, Concentration Pills, 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 that not all of the following products are marketed as 'smart pills’, cognitive enhancers or smart drugs in the UK.
Please see the disclaimer below for more information.
This blog post is offered as guidance to help guide consumers through the complicated world of cognitive enhancers in Britain.
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|Modafinil* (with a prescription)||
|US: Excelerol /Neurolon||
*All trademarks are acknowledged.
*Modafinil is not marketed as a smart pill/cognitive enhancer, in the UK the website for Provigil (Teva) states in a patient leaflet PDF that, "Modafinil can be taken by adults who suffer from narcolepsy to help them stay awake".
**Modafinil, Ritalin or Adderall are all fully legal prescription-only pharmaceutical drugs when prescribed by a Doctor who has the medical authority to do so in your country, and when dispensed by a registered pharmacy.
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Our Favourites Compared.
The three best and most popular smart pills for the brain on the market today are Modafinil, Adderall and BrainZyme®.
These are the three that are being used most by students across the UK.
But the main reason you're here is to find out which is the best.
We will do a more direct comparison below.
First of all, safety, as this should be a big concern for anyone who takes nootropics or smart drugs.
By safety, we mean the risk of side-effects and the number of side-effects reported by users.
Safety (Side-Effects) Of Popular Smart Pills/Smart Drugs Table
Reports of side effects for BrainZyme are very limited. It is quite common to feel more thirsty after taken BrainZyme capsules, and a very small amount of customers report experiencing a slight headache when taking large doses.
Both are usually fixed by drinking more water.
Adderall and Modafinil are different stories.
Due to the pharmaceutical nature of these pills, it is fair to assume that side-effects will be more prevalent.
The manufacturer of Adderall list 26 potential side-effects, and the manufacturers of modafinil list 43. A big difference!
It is often reported that the chance of experiencing side-effects with Adderall and modafinil increases over time - meaning the longer you take it for, the more side effects you are going to experience.
This does not happen with BrainZyme which relies on naturally-sourced ingredients.
We have decided to measure effectiveness by looking at the level of productivity after taking each pill (productivity being measured by effectiveness + motivation + energy + attention or focus).
Productivity Increase From Popular Smart pills/Smart drugs
Again, you will see that all three are fairly effective at increasing productivity.
However, what you will notice is that your productivity when taking pharmaceuticals such as Adderall or modafinil spikes quickly and then crashes.
Users usually experience this crash in the form of fatigue or severe irritability.
These crashes get worse the longer you take these substances for.
However, BrainZyme, with its safer ingredients allows for a more consistent experience with a significantly less chance of crashing.
Taking BrainZyme long term will continue to increase your productivity, whereas taking modafinil or Adderall long term would ultimately cause you to be less productive due to the severe side effects.
Value for Money
Another important factor to consider is price.
Many people who use smart pills are students, and so budgeting is extremely important.
Even if you are not a student, I assume you will still be concerned about value for money.
Price Per Capsule (Value for Money) of Popular Smart Pills/Smart Drugs
As you can see, Modafinil, on average, costs around £2 a pill, Adderall around 86p and BrainZyme Professional about 53p, making it the best value.
BrainZyme Professional was used for this comparison as customers report the sensation of Professional to be closest with the sensation that users get from Modafinil or Adderall.
Based on the criteria detailed above (value for money, effectiveness and safety), we have concluded that BrainZyme is one of the best smart pills currently available, and recommend you use this over pharmaceuticals.
It's a smart pill available over the counter that you can buy today.
You can learn more about why BrainZyme makes a great smart pill here.
This review was based on my own personal opinions.
I highly recommend that you do your own research into these substances as different supplements inevitability affect people differently.
I found there to be too many issues with pharmaceutical smart drugs (e.g. Modafinil Adderall, Ritalin and noopept).
The risk of severe side-effects means that it is likely they will make you less productive in the long run.
They are also expensive and illegal, with some of them carrying a penalty of up to 5 years in prison (unless you are prescribed them legally by a qualified Doctor).
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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.