The Best Caffeine-Free Nootropics

How to get the benefits of nootropics without the negative effects of caffeine

I’ve recently been trying to cut down on my caffeine intake to get better sleep, but still wanted to take a daily nootropic. So I started doing some research to find out which popular nootropic products are caffeine free and ended up with the list I’ve written below. 

The products are listed in no particular order, and I’ve included some information about the ingredients in each stack too (head to our guide about the best nootropics to read more about the ingredients). I’ve also included a list of nootropics with caffeine in them below plus the caffeine amount in each just in case you do want a stimulant hit with your daily dose of brain boosters.

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Popular caffeine free nootropics

Most of the popular premade nootropic stacks on the market today do not include caffeine, and in fact seem to use this as a selling point. There are notable exceptions to this, such as the very popular Qualia Mind nootropic which includes 90mg of caffeine.

Mind Lab Pro

Mind Lab Pro is a popular nootropic designed to act on the whole brain to increase mental performance, rather than only one or two pathways. It’s claimed to optimise your memory, attention and mood; reduce brain fog; repair, protect and nourish your brain; and do it all without stimulants. It’s aimed at a large range of users including professionals, competitors, athletes and over 55s.

It has 11 evidence-backed ingredients in it:

  • Citicoline
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Bacopa Monnieri
  • Lion’s Mane Mushroom
  • Maritime Pine Bark Extract
  • L-Tyrosine
  • L-Theanine
  • Rhodiola Rosea
  • B6
  • B9
  • B12

Alpha Brain

Alpha Brain by Onnit is an incredibly popular nootropic due to the big names who have advertised it including Joe Rogan, Michelle Waterson, Lewis Howes and others.

It’s also unique because it was scientifically tested in a 2015 double-blind placebo-controlled study which showed that using it for six weeks “significantly improved recent verbal memory and executive function” compared to controls.

Alpha Brain is claimed to support memory, focus and mental processing speed, and does so using ingredients such as:

  • Bacopa Monnieri
  • Cat’s Claw
  • Huperzine A
  • Oat Straw
  • Vitamin B6
  • L-Tyrosine
  • L-Theanine
  • L-Leucine
  • Vinpocetine
  • Alpha GPC
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Pterostilbene

Neuro-Peak

Neuro-Peak is a simple nootropic by US-based Zhou Nutrition and aims to improve memory, focus and mental clarity without the side effects of stimulants. It also has a 60 day money back guarantee.

It’s made up of only six key ingredients including:

  • Vitamin B12
  • Bacopa Monnieri
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Rhodiola Rosea Extract
  • DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol bitartrate)

Qualia Mind Caffeine Free

Qualia Mind Caffeine Free is a no-caffeine version of the very popular Qualia Mind supplement. It’s designed to reduce brain fog, increase willpower and energy, and give you more mental clarity. 

Similar to Alpha Brain, Qualia Mind (the version containing caffeine) was also scientifically studied by Cambridge Brain Sciences to see the effect of the supplement on 23 individuals. The study found improvements in concentration, reasoning and verbal ability.

Some of its ingredients include:

  • Bacopa monnieri
  • Citicoline
  • Velvet Bean seed extract
  • Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • Uridine-5’ Monophosphate
  • Taurine
  • L-Theanine
  • Rhodiola rosea
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • DHA

Qualia Mind Caffeine Free also has a 100 day money back guarantee.

Noocube

Noocube is a caffeine-free nootropic and claims to improve brain function, memory, concentration, multitasking and communication. Noocube specifically doesn’t include caffeine in the formulation because the creators state that while caffeine is useful for feeling more alert, it’s not useful for getting into a productive state of mind.

Noocube includes seven ingredients which are claimed to be evidence-based and safe to use, including:

  • Alpha GPC
  • Huperzine A
  • Cat’s Claw
  • Bacopa monnieri
  • Oat Straw
  • L-Theanine
  • L-Tyrosine

Awaken and Awaken Gold

Awaken and Awaken Gold are both caffeine-free nootropics sold by Awakened Alchemy. The major difference between Awaken Gold and the regular Awaken is the addition of Noopept, which is claimed to be one of the more potent nootropics available (although Examine.com shows it may not have much of a benefit for those without cognitive ailments).

Regardless, Awaken and Awaken Gold both include the same range of ingredients with the aim of improving memory, accelerating learning, enhancing focus and intensifying drive. Awaken includes 10 ingredients:

  • Phenylethylamine (PEA)
  • PQQ
  • L-Theanine
  • N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine
  • KSM-66 (Ashwagandha Extract)
  • CDP Choline (Citicoline)
  • Uridine 5’-Monophosphate
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Methylcobalamin (B12)
  • Bioperine

Neuro Ignite

Neuro Ignite by Havasu Nutrition is a popular nootropic sold on Amazon. It’s claimed to help support mental performance, improve mood and increase energy without caffeine.

It’s made with seven key ingredients:

  • Bacopa Monnieri
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol bitartrate)
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Acetyl Carnitine
  • Huperzine A

Gorilla Mind Smooth

Gorilla Mind Smooth is the caffeine-free version of Gorilla Mind Rush, and includes nine nootropic ingredients to fulfil its claim of improving your focus, concentration and productivity.

It includes the following ingredients:

  • DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol bitartrate)
  • Alpha GPC
  • Bacopa Monnieri
  • L-Theanine
  • L-Tyrosine
  • Bioperine
  • Huperzine A
  • Hordenine
  • Theacrine
  • Phenylethylamine HCL

HVMN Rise

HVMN Rise is a caffeine-free daily nootropic which is claimed to help improve mood, memory and coping with stress.

It’s a simple formula with only three ingredients:

  • Bacopa Monnieri
  • Ashwagandha
  • CDP Choline (Citicoline)

Bulletproof Smart Mode

Bulletproof is best known for its coffee products, but it also sells a range of supplements, including its stimulant-free Smart Mode nootropic formula.

Smart Mode includes 11 ingredients and claims to increase mental performance and productivity and fight mental fatigue. The full list of ingredients include:

  • Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5)
  • Citicoline
  • Theacrine
  • N-acetyl L-tyrosine
  • Brain Octane® oil
  • Artichoke leaf extract
  • Bacopa whole plant extract
  • Fisetin
  • Rosemary leaf extract
  • Apigenin
  • French maritime pine bark extract

Hunter Focus

Hunter Focus is a nootropic formula which aims to help users in three key areas: concentration, memory and mood elevation. The ingredients list is fully transparent and shows the exact amounts included. There are 11 evidence-backed nootropics in total, including:

  • Lion’s mane mushroom
  • Bacopa monnieri
  • Maritime pine bark extract
  • Citicoline
  • N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine
  • L-Theanine
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Ashwagandha
  • Passion flower

Hunter Focus is made in the USA and also has a 90 day money back guarantee.

Other caffeine free nootropics

  • Vital Vitamins Brain Booster
  • Jarrow Formulas Neuro Optimizer 
  • Now Foods Brain Elevate
  • Performance Lab Mind
  • Form Edge

How much caffeine is in popular nootropic products?

Below are some popular nootropics and the caffeine amounts in each, with some reference amounts of caffeine thrown in for comparison’s sake.

Nootropic formula / drinkCaffeine per serve
Qualia MIND90mg
Genius Consciousness100mg per full scoop (5.3 grams)
OptiMind150mg
Gorilla Mind Rush162.5mg per 3 capsule serve, 325mg for 6 capsule serve
HVMN Sprint200mg
True Recovery Brain Boost300mg
Espresso shot (44ml / 1.5 fl. oz)77mg (source)
Americano / Long black (354ml / 12 fl. oz)154mg (source)
Red bull (250ml / 8.46 fl. oz)80mg (source)

What’s the maximum amount of caffeine you should consume per day?

According to the Mayo Clinic, the maximum amount of caffeine you should consume each day is 400mg. If you enjoy drinking coffee and want to take nootropics with caffeine in them, you should be aware that the amount of caffeine in coffee can vary wildly. For example, according to Healthline, the amount of caffeine in coffee can vary from 0 – 500mg!

Which nootropic ingredients usually contain caffeine?

There are a few ingredients containing caffeine which are usually present in nootropic formulas, including:

  • Green tea extract. Green tea extract is just a concentrated form of green tea, which means it also contains caffeine and antioxidants and has a number of evidence-backed health benefits. Some green tea extracts are decaffeinated, such as the type used in Onnit’s Shroom TECH Sport supplement.
  • Coffeeberry extract. As the name suggests, coffeeberry or coffee fruit extract is taken from the fruit which holds the coffee bean. Coffeeberry extract is used in nootropics like Qualia Mind or Bulletproof Neuromaster in order to get the benefit of caffeine with the additional claimed antioxidant benefits of the coffeeberry
  • Yerba mate extract. Yerba mate is a flowering tree used to make tea in many South American countries. It contains slightly more caffeine than regular tea but less than coffee according to Caffeine Informer.
  • Caffeine. There are multiple forms of caffeine which may be included as an ingredient in a nootropic formula. Examples include caffeine anhydrous and caffeine combinations like dicaffeine malate, which claim to have the benefits of regular caffeine without the digestive stress.

Are caffeine-free nootropics still effective?

Few premade nootropic products have conducted scientific tests, with the exception of Alpha Brain (caffeine-free) and Qualia Mind (contains caffeine). 

As mentioned above, Alpha Brain by Onnit is a caffeine free nootropic, and the clinical studies Onnit conducted had found:

  • A 12% increase in verbal recall compared to the placebo
  • 21% faster completion of an executive function assessment versus the baseline

While caffeine is a nootropic and may improve brain function and mood, its primary effect is to make you more alert by blocking adenosine, which is a neurotransmitter responsible for making you feel tired. Depending on your situation, you may or may not care about the added alertness caffeine brings with it.

Most nootropics with or without caffeine still include the same key ingredients such as bacopa monnieri, lion’s mane mushroom, L-Tyrosine, L-Theanine and ginkgo biloba. 


Do you have any experience with the nootropics on this page? Let us know below!

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