Nootropics For Students

You may be a university student, a college student, a home-study student, a student of a specific craft or profession. Regardless, if you are a student and are in the practise of studying for extended periods of time then you have to be able to do it whilst the rest of your life continues. You may still have a job to attend to, family to care for, friends to see, and other activities or ambitions to attend to.

Students of any kind are far more likely to have higher cognitive demand than the majority of other demographics due to the heavy layer of brain function required on-top of their daily lives. Then the inevitable oncoming of exams presents a whole new intense level of cognitive function & stress.

Should you feel that you fall in to this demographic then natural nootropics are a fantastic resource for you to call upon. The science is solid & proven that these natural supplements can enhance learning cognition and often carry protection from cognitive diseases as well. A win-win scenario.

This is in contrast to the 2 other variants;  first synthetic nootropics which are a mixture of low grade natural ingredients combined with synthetics binders, and fillers. Then what have become known as ‘smart drugs’ that are most often prescription medicine containing genetically modified organisms. Both of which can carry serious side effects.

This blog aims to discuss the best nootropics for students looking to perform at a high level. With the academic benefits & advantages that come from natural nootropics for improved attention, reduced stress & brain fog, enhanced learning, memory, and more. To help you achieve success with your academic endeavours such as our Pro Team Academics.

2 Truths Of Nootropics

Students & ’Smart Drugs’

There has been surge in students using prescription medicines meant for ADHD, ADD, Narcolepsy, and others which are nicknamed ‘smart drugs’. Falsely accessing them over the counter or buying them online has caused much harm as they aggressively alter the chemistry in your brain in a negative way if you are not a host of one of the above symptoms.

For the simple reason of trying to extend focal attention & mental stamina, whilst reducing brain fog and sleep deprived symptoms. Due to these sought after parameters smart drugs have raised a world-wide awareness and many questions are staying at the forefront : is it safe ? is it legal ? is it ethical ?

And this is where Nootropics make their clear difference as they are 100% not ‘smart drugs. From the founder of nootropics himself Dr. Corneliu Giurgea stated “a nootropic is only qualified by the absence of usual pharmacological side effects of neuropsychotropic drugs”

Nootropics should never need to have the word ‘natural’ placed in front of it due to the true meaning of the word. Unfortunately, in a world of miss-information it has become a need to identify the truth that is Nootropics are natural. That ‘Smart Drugs’ or nootropic formulas with synthetics in for that matter have no place alongside real natural nootropics.

Nootropics Do Not Increase IQ

If the Earthly Biotics team were given a penny every time we’ve been asked “will this increase my IQ?”, well we would have an abundance of pennies…

We often reply with our blunt humour of a response “Your IQ will remain at the level that is required to ask this question.” …we get mixed responses.

Quite simply nootropics provide nutrients to your brain on a cellular level that increase the strength of neurones. That is why you get the ‘in the zone’ feeling or ‘flow state’ feeling as is often described. Rather than the ‘high’ & ‘crash’ that comes from central nervous system stimulants like caffeine.

It is then important, especially for students, which nootropic ingredients feed the natural chemicals for the different systems of the brain. This is why nootropics such as L-Theanine & Avena Sativa are very popular due to their ability to increase the brains Alpha Brainwaves. Which is associated with enhanced learning & processing states.

How Do Nootropics Help Students?

Nootropics offer such a wide variety of benefits to the cognitive demands of students that certain benefits may be grouped to suite different students. Nootropics are unique in nature and therefore the more specific benefits can really come down to the wants & needs of the individual. Some benefits though occur throughout and as such are the umbrella of why students benefit so much from nootropics. Such benefits that help the overwhelming majority are:

Improved Attention

The main reason the ‘smart drugs’ drew so much attention. But nootropics can be just as effective at supplying much needed attention to ones studies. This trait is usually the first to come to the forefront due to it’s obvious appearance to one self or a teacher. As learning fundamentally requires you to pay attention. A growing number of students (potentially due to the constant dopamine induced state of social media in our lives. We’ll save that for another blog!) are suffering from reduced attention spans. 

A strong culprit is in the direction of a catecholamine imbalance. These neurotransmitters include :

  • Norepinephrine - controlling of your sleep-wake & attention states

  • Dopamine - the chemical responsible for pleasure, motivation, and reward channels

  • Epinephrine - operates the brain & body under stress
    All of these catecholamine imbalances is an easy way to identify why students may be the highest benefactors of nootropics. Wether that is on a consistent basis throughout the academic year. Or especially in regarding times when preparing or sitting exams.

Memory Retention

Many think of memory as either ‘short term’ or ‘long term’ and in the literal sense. But memory covers for more avenues for far more reasons than is commonly known. Such as long-term, short-term, working-memory, spatial-memory. When it is of academic concern we should really be focusing on a primary brain chemical known as acetylcholine. The neurotransmitter responsible for learning, processing, and recalling new information.

Of which many nootropics are excellent sources of and help to boost this chemical through different bioavailable avenues:

  • Inhibiting Of Acetylcholinesterase - “It is an enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of acetylcholine and of some other choline esters that function as neurotransmitters. AChE is found at mainly neuromuscular junctions and in chemical synapses of the cholinergic type, where its activity serves to terminate synaptic transmission.”

  • Supplying Choline - “The precursor to acetylcholine (ACh) synthesis, and for membrane health through phosphatidylcholine”

  • ACh Receptor Balance - “to balance the output of ACh through the levels available within the brain”
    By utilising nootropics that feed your brain with the nutrients required to cognitively operate in an improved state is the factual and simple way to understand the real workings of an enhanced memory.

Stress Reduction

Stress is usually given a very one dimensional path of just being an emotional state. But in reality it can come down to some core fundamentals which help us identify why students are subject to the condition often:

  • Oxidative Stress - chemically induced due to reactions & imbalances in the brain & body.

  • Psychological - Anxiety induced and other states of mind such as worrying or being overwhelmed.
    These two are often the main causes of stress for students. To nail down the understanding even more, the hormone released from your kidneys - cortisol, is the physical response and if left unbalanced will effect oneself both mentally and physically.

Thankfully many natural nootropics help to alleviate stress responses and can leave you with a much greater resilience to the onset of stress or the handling of it.

5 Tips For Academic Performance

The Earthly Biotics team are always informing people that the best way to supplement with nootropics is when you are already operating at a good mental & physical state. This allows the beneficial effects to take even greater effect due to an already healthy regulating brain & body.

Regular Sleep

The most common thing we we’re all told by our parents “get some sleep or you wont be any good in school tomorrow!” who knew how right they all were! But when your an academic who has other things going on in your life getting those golden 8 hours in can be tough. Now instead of telling you how important it is to get them, we’re not gonna do that…even though it is literally the best thing you could probably do and has been proven in clinical trials  to peak mental performance again and again and again…

Instead we want to inform you to be consistent with your sleep times. If you are shooting for the stars at university and you can only fit in 5 hours of sleep each day then so be it. But be as regular as possible at waking up at the same time and you will find the cortisol spike that happens upon waking to be much easier to deal with.


Cardio, weights, HIIT, …bulgarian bag oblique workouts…what ever takes your fancy. Exercise has shown on countless occasions to improve cognitive performance & health. However further studies are showing even more promise towards aerobic exercise specifically for working memory improvements, such as this paper published by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Illinois.

High Fats

Diets like the ketogenic diet prioritise high fat intakes with adequate protein and low carbs which puts the body in a state of ketosis: the body burns fat instead of carbohydrates. Polyunsaturated fats (organic fats) are a staples to good brain and body health, best be sure to have them stocked if you want to function at your best. If you have a unbalanced appetite this then folds over into effecting your mood, then your concentration, causing fatigue and stress.

Cold Water Exposure

We’ll just leave this list here then wait for you to go take a freezing cold shower and come back to finish reading this blog:

Cold water benefits : Improves circulation to brain and body, Relieves depression, Better skin & hair, Boosts immune system & testosterone, Increases fertility, Energy shock starter, Helps regulate sleep & melatonin, Vasoconstricts muscles to flush out waste.

The Solution To The “Pre-Exam All Night Panic Studying”

Q : What’s do students love(hate) to do the evening before a big exam ?

A : Stay up all night panicking and studying as they perform the academic ritual “the all-nighter”

Q : What’s the worst thing a student could do the evening before a big exam ?

A : Stay up all night panicking and studying as they perform the academic ritual “the all-nighter”

For literally hundreds of reasons that is best saved for a different blog, being sleep deprived is quite possibly the worst way to prepare for a huge cognitive undertaking such as an academic exam.

Though more often than not many students are constantly operating somewhere on the sleep-deprived scale. Therefore constantly being at a disadvantage with the cognitive inhibitions that manifest. Such as : 

  • Poor memory recall & working memory

  • Poor decision-making

  • Reduced attention
    To name just a few.

If a student is constantly operating in some form of sleep-deprivation it is not just going to effect exams and regular studying. It will effect most aspects of their lives. Their jobs, their hobbies, their health, their relationships, you see where this is going.

As seen in point one, either get your sleep in or get consistent with the sleep time you have available.


Should you think “Earthly Biotics, come on, I am gonna pull this all nighter before my big exam wether you like it or not, help me out.”

We would suggest taking N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, the much more bioavailable variant of L-Tyrosine that crosses blood-brain barrier with ease. As found in our Global Focus Nootropic. Plus, the scientists actually tested it under the exact circumstances that we are talking about. See this research paper.

Global Focus Nootropic® Ingredients For Students

Let’s be realistic, the only real way to get awesome grades is to do some awesome studying. No shortcuts. But there is a way to make sure you do DO awesome studying. That is done by what we have discussed in the blog, by supplementing with nootropics that cross the blood-brain barrier with ease and help you with your cholinergic status, cortisol regulation, stress resilience, and balancing catecholamine levels.

Here are the ingredients that we include to do just that :

N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine

Once absorbed into the body, NALT reverts to L-Tyrosine and then part changes again into the neurotransmitter dopamine [source:1]. Dopamine controls the body’s movements and is essential for certain cognitive functions, such as memory, problem-solving and attention. Any unused dopamine can then modify and become norepinephrine (noradrenaline) or epinephrine (adrenaline). L-Tyrosine is therefore crucial for the healthy function of the brain, flooding it with neurotransmitters.

  • Boosts Neurotransmitters For Fight or Flight Response

  • Enhanced Cognitive Speed & Flexibility

  • Improved Performance Under Stress

  • Combats ADHD
    Learn more about N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine

L-Alpha GPC

As a neurotransmitter acetylcholine - a product of Alpha-GPC - improves the communication process between neurones, cognitive processing speed & mental clarity.

  • Improves Focus & Cognitive Processing Speed

  • Boosts Learning & Memory

  • Boosts Dopamine
    Learn more about L-Alpha GPC


A study conducted in 2008 showed the at even at differing values, L-Theanine produced significant alpha brain wave oscillations in people. The study reviewed that at multiple inputs of L-Theanine, the person benefits from alertness, focused attention, and accuracy. Going further they understood that it is likely to reflect higher level cognitive activity. 

  • Increasing Alpha-brain Waves

  • Boosting Neurotransmitters

  • Improving Theta-brain Waves

  • Reducing The Impact of Stress

  • Improving Quality of Sleep
    Learn more about L-Theanine

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola helps anyone struggling with fatigue, whether you are an athlete, a parent or a business executive. It combats not just physical, but also mental tiredness. Brain fog, lack of concentration, sleep deprivation, post-exercise fatigue – all can be improved via Rhodiola supplementation.

  • Increases Concentration

  • Boosts Performance & Energy

  • Directly Fights Fatigue & Tiredness

  • Improves Cognitive Function & Mental Health
    Learn more about Rhodiola Rosea

French Maritime Pine Bark Extract

A study on university students in Italy compared a test group of 53 participants against a control group. It found that the test group, who took Pycnogenol for 8 weeks, ranked higher for cognitive function and improvement in sustained attention & mental performance.

  • Improved Cognitive Performance & Brain Function

  • Increasing Mental Stamina & Blood Flow Circulation
    Learn more about Maritime Pine Bark


Users of ginseng consistently report feeling more alert and countless studies support this assertion. Much of the research done into properties of ginseng have found improvements in mental arithmetic, concentration, and learning in the test subjects.

  • Improved Mental Performance

  • Enhancing Concentration & Learning

  • Boost Physical & Mental Energy

  • Increasing Cognitive Function Abilities

  • Reduces Stress & Adrenal Fatigue
    Learn more about Ginseng


The results are profound and conclusive, with this clinical trial citing;

“PS supplementation significantly reduced the time needed for a correct calculation on the SST by 20%, and reduced the total amount of errors by 39%, and increased the amount of correct calculations by 13%, prior to or in response to exercise compared to placebo.”

  • Enabling Relaxation

  • Improving Memory

  • Reducing Stress

  • Combating ADHD
    Learn more about Phosphatidylserine

Oat Straw (Avena Sativa)

Alpha brain waves are created when you are in a state of focused calm, and are associated with enhanced flow states & learning. Colloquially referred to as being ‘in the zone’. 

  • Increases Alpha-Brain Waves

  • Improves Cognition

  • Boosts Cerebral Circulation
    Learn more about Avena Sativa

Vitamin B6

Alertness, concentration, memory, anxiety and mood are all affected by the role Vitamin B6 plays on neurotransmitters. [source:2] Indeed, any nootropic which is taken with the intention of boosting neurotransmitters will require adequate Vitamin B6 levels to be at all effective.

  • Neurotransmitter Synthesis

  • Improved Concentration & Reduced Stress

  • Vivid Dreams & Deep Sleep

  • Beats Panic Attacks
    Learn more about Vitamin B6


Earthly Biotics provide only the very best natural nootropics for students to excel in their academic endeavours. Be rid of the days where you struggle to focus, to meet deadlines, to be confident in your preparation. Take control and take action by using earth grown ingredients & natural nutrients to ensure that you are operating at 100% efficiency so that your life in and around studying is being efficient and most importantly, enjoyed.


The Earthly Biotics Team




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