ADHD, or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (sometimes just ADD, or attention deficit disorder) is a condition associated with impaired executive function, working memory, and attention within the brain.
Executive function and working memory allow you to properly regulate your attention span, keep note of and monitor your actions, plan your future and organize yourself, maintain appropriate behavior patterns and thought processes, keep track of time, and regulate your emotions.
If you struggle with any of these, you may have some kind of attention impairment. You may be suffering with ADHD. You should consult with your healthcare provider, who will be able to arrange for the appropriate assessments and treatment plans to be carried out.
ADHD is generally treated with some form of stimulant. Common stimulant-style medicines include the likes of Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, and many more. These will allow you to focus, undoing many of the symptoms you are experiencing.
However, there is another range of drugs that may be able to help you, either in lieu (in mild cases of ADD) or in concert with these stimulants (in middling to severe cases).
I am, of course, talking about nootropics, or smart drugs.
Nootropics are designed to improve cognitive health, energy, and focus, improve working memory, and, in general, boost pretty much all of the factors that make up executive function. They can keep you on track, mentally, cognitively, and emotionally, giving you the tools you need to overcome your ADHD and live your best life.
There are plenty of nootropics out there, however. Some are great. Many aren’t. Some are perfect for most people, some are better geared towards those suffering with ADHD symptoms. I’ve collected some of my favorite nootropics for ADHD below – these are all natural supplements that should help anybody suffering with ADHD to focus and function as they would like to.
[Full disclosure – I don’t personally suffer with ADHD, but a close member of my family does, and I’ve had plenty of long conversations with them about nootropics and what they need out of their supplementation.]
Our Top Nootropics For ADHD
Let’s take a look at some of the best nootropics for ADHD that I have come across from my research over the last 12 months or so…
NooCube is amongst my favorite supplements. It’s generally my go-to nootropic, being both reasonably priced, well thought out, and potently dosed. It is the one I would go in with my own money and buy every time (I’ve generally got a stash in my kitchen cupboard for help meeting hard deadlines!)
It can help you focus and provide clarity quite magnificently, giving you a clearer head, more energy, and often a far more positive outlook on life (which many of us could sorely use). All in all, it can help you to be more productive for less effort, or a lot more productive for the same amount of effort, whilst helping you to stay organized and on top of things.
One of the main concerns with ADHD is an inability to marshal, organize, and control your thoughts. Individual strands of thought are fleeting and elusive. You may feel like you’re being bombarded with stimuli, both internal and external, as your brain struggles to deal with it all. As a result – stress, anxiety, and an inability to perform simple tasks all flourish.
NooCube will help you here. It will give you a bit more control over your thoughts, allowing you to focus where you need or want to, and to relegate lower priority thoughts and tasks until later.
All of NooCube’s ingredients are intelligent inclusions, each with their own roles to play. They are all safe and natural, with no noted side effects associated with them.
NooCube contains bacopa monnieri and Alpha GPC, which are the two real heavy hitters in its recipe. Bacopa monnieri is a botanical known for improving nerve signal reception. This, in turn, leads to enhanced cognition, improved reaction times, and greater working memory. Alpha GPC, meanwhile, enhances the production of acetylcholine within your body. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter involved in memory and learning.
NooCube backs this up with l-theanine and l-tyrosine, both of which should have quite profound effects on your mental health. L-theanine gives your mood a good boost, aiding dopamine and serotonin release in your brain. This will also help to improve your attention span whilst giving you better reaction times. L-tyrosine, meanwhile, diminishes the effects of stress whilst mitigating those of fatigue.
Then there are some more botanicals. We have huperzine A, which improves memory function, and oat straw extract, which should improve your responsiveness, focus and concentration. The common berry polyphenols resveratrol and pterostilbene are superb antioxidants, which should protect your brain from long term oxidative stress, slowing down age-related cognitive decline.
All told, this formula should keep you alert and focussed, in good cognitive health, with enhanced cognitive ability. NooCube’s official website offers a 60-day money back guarantee and they usually have some decent multi-buy discounts going. For anyone looking for a good quality, natural nootropic for ADHD then Noocybe really is a great option.
With the 60 day money back guarantee there is little to lose and quite a significant amount to gain by trying it.
NooCube may be experts at what they do, but they are a long way from dominating the market. There are plenty of heavyweight contenders out there. I also personally really value Hunter Focus, which packs a real punch.
You get a wide, wide range of ingredients with Hunter Focus, all designed to work in concert to give you a fantastic nootropic supplement that should help to mitigate even the worst of ADHD symptoms.
All in all, Hunter Focus contains twenty active ingredients, all split across three distinct complexes: Concentration Activation, a Memory Matrix, and Mood Amplification.
Obviously, the former two will be of great benefit to anybody suffering with ADHD symptoms. The latter is useful too, though, as depression, anxiety and ADHD often go hand in hand.
The Concentration Activation formula relies largely on citicoline, which you will often find in a lot of nootropics. Citicoline is a naturally occurring chemical in the brain. However, we often don’t make as much as we can use, meaning there is usually a slight deficit. Including exogenous citicoline through supplementation plugs this gap, aiding brain function.
Citicoline will split in two when you take it, breaking up into choline and cytidine. Your body will then convert these into acetylcholine and uridine, respectively.
As we have seen, increasing acetylcholine levels will improve memory and learning by optimizing inter-neuron signaling. On the other hand, uridine will aid in the repair and maintenance of brain cells, ring-fencing your cognitive health in the long run.
You also get both l-theanine and l-tyrosine in the Concentration Activation formula, both of whose benefits on mood and cognition we have already seen.
The Memory Complex is just as important to anyone suffering with ADHD. It supports both working and long-term memory.
Lion’s mane mushroom forms the Memory Complex’s cornerstone. I always like to see it in nootropic recipes. It contains erinacines and hericenones, which are known for supporting optimal cognition and long-lasting brain health. Each causes the brain to produce more nerve growth factor (NGF). As you might guess from its name, NGF aids in repair and maintenance of the brain’s nerves and neurological pathways, leading to improved memory function.
The Memory Complex also uses maritime pine bark, another ingredient that it’s always good to see. The maritime pine bark it uses is standardized with 95% proanthocyanidins, which means that it is extremely good quality.
Maritime pine bark is one of the most completely scientifically backed nootropics on the market. It has been shown to improve cognitive ability and brain function, with marked benefits for concentration, by improving blood flow to the brain. This means more glucose and oxygen going where it is needed. Obviously, this makes it a great ally for anybody suffering with ADHD symptoms.
The Memory Matrix also uses bacopa monnieri.
The Mood Amplification, finally, rests on phosphatidylserine (PS) and ashwagandha. Together, they bring about a potent nootropic effect. PS is known for its ability to support the repair and renewal of neurons by boosting levels of NGF. Ashwagandha is one of the best stress busters going, whilst also being responsible for lifting choline levels, and thus mood, recall and motivation.
All in all, Hunter Focus is one of the best nootropics for ADHD that I have come across, in no small part because of the high dosages you get with each serving. This does come at a premium but it’s impact on sufferers of ADHD can be totally worth it.
Opti-Nutra give us our next offering, with the incredibly high-quality Mindlab Pro.
Mindlab Pro is one of the smarter smart drugs on today’s market. Much like Hunter Focus, it takes a three-pronged approach to improving your cognitive wellbeing. It is a kind of ‘whole-brain’ supplement, improving regeneration and protection of the brain itself whilst also optimizing your brain’s waves and chemical balance.
The recipe is impressive, if not quite as diverse as Hunter Focus’. You get a blend of 11 different natural compounds, all designed to work in concert to bring about some fantastic nootropic benefits.
A large part of its benefits rests on lion’s mane mushroom, which we’ve already come across. It is amongst the best brain boosting supplements that money can buy, inspiring optimal production of NGF for long lasting neural health and cognition. It will help to keep your brain young and healthy.
Mindlab Pro also uses citicoline, which we saw with Hunter Focus. It aids brain cell regeneration and optimal energy levels.
Mindlab Pro backs this all up with bacopa monnieri, PS, and a fantastically antioxidant rich form of maritime pine bark. This is all as it should be – these are common ingredients in these kinds of high-end nootropic supplement. They will all help to maintain clarity and attention, reduce stress levels and the effects of anxiety, improve cognition and slow cognitive decline, and improve focus.
L-theanine and l-tyrosine are both generously dosed in Mindlab Pro, further boosting attention, focus, and mental wellbeing.
It isn’t a carbon copy of Hunter Focus, however. There are a couple of things that make Mindlab Pro pretty unique.
Firstly, it contains plenty of the potent herbal adaptogenrhodiola rosea. Rhodiola rosea can mitigate the effects of stress, help to improve cognitive energy, and optimise your attention span and mental processing. This will directly lead to benefits in mental processing, learning, long and short term memory, and working memory.
By itself, rhodiola rosea is a perfect supplement for overcoming the effects of ADHD.
Mindlab Pro rounds things out with a very good vitamin B complex. It’s made up of healthy amounts of vitamins B6, B9, and B12, all of which are vital in maintaining peak cognitive processing. They should slow down age related cognitive decline, too, whilst improving short term cognitive performance and keeping your mood steady.
It’s a perfect all-rounder for anybody suffering with ADHD.
Most supplements work as well for men and women alike. Though aggressive marketing campaigns can make them seem more appropriate for one or the other, each can usually benefit.
However, when it comes to supplements like CentraPeak, there is a definite reason for men to take more note. It is a bit of an unusual nootropic, and one that I value hugely: it supports healthy cognition alongside optimal testosterone levels.
Optimizing testosterone is one of the most profoundly beneficial things that any man can do for their physical and mental wellbeing.
In fact, low testosterone levels can result in many of the same symptoms as ADHD. Optimizing your levels will therefore be crucial. High levels can undo many of the symptoms which cause many men to reach for nootropics.
These symptoms include a lack of attention, foggy headedness, low energy, low drive, lethargy, anxiety, stress, and depression.
Spiking testosterone levels to a natural optimum can therefore do all the work you need a nootropic to do.
There are plenty of supplements out there for improving natural testosterone output. However, there are few (if any) that also work as potent nootropics. The combination is not to be sniffed at.
CentraPeak uses many of the same ingredients we have already seen, including plenty of the natural botanicals like PS and rhodiola rosea. These should help to improve focus and clarity, working as fantastic nootropics.
You get ashwaganda in CentraPeak, too, which we have seen can mitigate the effects of stress and anxiety. It has also been linked to healthy testosterone production. This is backed up by Korean ginseng, which should help you to maintain a healthy sex drive with good circulation. Then there is pine bark extract, l-theanine and l-thiamine, which should all play a part in any good quality nootropic supplement.
It introduces us to a couple of new ingredients, too. These are Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) and Mucuna Pruriens, velvet bean. Working together, these should inhibit oestrogen production whilst allowing more free testosterone to remain uninhibited.
CentraPeak also makes use of several vitamins.
The first is vitamin D3. It is a precursor to testosterone, as a secosteroid hormone, which means that adequate levels are fundamental in creating optimal testosterone levels. Plenty of men are vitamin D deficient, so giving us a handy way to get a bit of extra in is always a good idea.
You will also find plenty of vitamin B6 in CentraPeak, included as Pyridoxine HCL. This can help your brain in regulating oestrogen production, which will naturally allow you to raise testosterone levels. It can also stimulate androgen production, which will also boost testosterone levels.
Then there is vitamin K2. It is known to aid men’s health quite generally, playing crucial roles in testosterone output and bone health. It also aids cognition in its own right, maintaining long term cognitive health against dementia and cognitive decline.
The superstars are the minerals included in CentraPeak’s formula, however.
Zinc citrate is chief amongst these. It is vital for building and sustaining optimal testosterone levels. Boron is important, too, as it can boost levels of free testosterone whilst also aiding athleticism and physical performance. It can also improve memory, both long term and working, as well as aiding cognitive function, focus, and attention.
Finally, CentraPeak comes with a healthy dose of magnesium citrate. This too should aid in testosterone production, boosting levels of both free and total testosterone, and inhibiting testosterone binding by SHBG.
Everything is very bioavailable in CentraPeak due to its use of BioPerine®, standardized to minimum of 95% piperine. Piperine works as something of a catalyst, allowing your body to more efficiently absorb all of the ingredients contained in the CentraPeak formula.
Though it’s perhaps better where testosterone levels are a joint concern with ADHD, as a high-quality nootropic, anybody suffering with ADHD can benefit from taking CentraPeak. Where testosterone levels are in question, it is something of a must.
Prescription Drugs Over Nootropics for ADHD Treatment
I went into this a little at the beginning. However, I would like to underline where I stand on both prescription drugs and nootropics in treating ADHD symptoms.
If you suffer from some symptoms, but not enough, or not severely enough, for a diagnosis, you won’t be offered prescription drugs. However, you will likely still need some form of cognitive support. If you’re reading this article without a diagnosis, you probably still have some form of difficulty with attention or focus.
Nootropics are a very good option in this case. They will help you to build and maintain the cognitive ability you want.
However, if you have a diagnosis, a nootropic’s role will change slightly. It should play far more of a support role.
If your ADHD is mild, you may be able to overcome it through changes to lifestyle and diet, including supplementation. Nootropics may be enough for you.
If your ADHD is more than mild, you should be on prescription medication. Your healthcare provider will handle this. Listen to them. If they tell you to take Adderall, Ritalin, or anything similar, do so. They will monitor you to make sure that you are safe and that it is working.
However, you should consider using nootropics as a supplement to this medical regime. Talk to your doctor before taking any. They shouldn’t have any concerns, though. Nootropics will then act for you much like they act for anyone else: they will give you that last boost you need, built on top of a solid medical foundation, to perform at your best.
Nootropics and prescription drugs together will mean that, instead of simply overcoming the problem, you will be outthinking the average person by quite some way.
I personally like Hunter Focus and NooCube a great deal – especially when looking to battle the effects of ADHD.
Hunter Focus might look a little better on paper. The three separate complexes are obviously very appealing. They are made from fantastic ingredients, all of which work together seemingly to give you all the support you could ever need.
However, the three complexes are proprietary. This means that you can see what is in each, but not how much of anything. The total complexes together are also a little lacking – some mixtures of several ingredients fall short of what you might expect of any single ingredient. This leads me to think that, clever as it is, it is dosed somewhat sub-optimally.
There is no such concern with NooCube. Everything is dosed as you need it to be, evidenced through its open, clear formula.
NooCube has always been one of the most effective, most potent, most elegantly put together nootropics out there. It will support healthy cognition without breaking the bank. It includes everything it needs and nothing it shouldn’t. For the sake of just a couple of capsules per day, you will be on your way to cognitive excellence.
I think it represents a fantastic addition to any ADHD treatment plan.
This article was written by: James Dixon – SOMA Analytics PT, Nutritionalist & Published Author
James Dixon is one of the key players in the SOMA Analytics’ team. He is a personal trainer and is educated to Masters level. He is a published author and is a keen advocate of high quality nootropic supplements. James enjoys helping others to reach their peak both physically and mentally and believes that expressing his knowledge through his writing is an effective way to positively impact the wellbeing of others on a larger scale.