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Attention, Concentration, Memory and Spatial orientation
Oxiracetam, often referred to as "Oxi," like Aniracetam and Piracetam, is a supplement that belongs to the racetam family of nootropics. Recent studies reveal that oxiracetam is a potent cognitive enhancer that can positively affect several cognitive processes and hence improve the clarity of thought, boost concentration, improve focus while enhancing memory, and improve learning. Though oxiracetam is similar to piracetam, scientific studies indicate that oxiracetam is more potent and long-lasting than its “older cousin" piracetam.
Oxiracetam has also been known to act as a stimulant, improving alertness, mental awareness, energy, and motivation since it is also a water-soluble ampakine. Ampakines are compounds that interact with AMDA and glutamatergic receptors. Though oxiracetam is a stimulant it lacks a majority of the common side effects associated with other stimulants, such as lack of sleep, anxiety, and mood swings. However, while many nootropics are known to act as mood and cognitive enhancers, oxiracetam cannot be used to treat depression.
Like other family members of racetam, oxiracetam is a synthetic molecule not found in nature or food sources. Despite the fact that oxiracetam’s functioning is somewhat similar to that of other racetams, it has some distinct properties. Oxiracetam works by affecting the glutamatergic and cholinergic systems. Therefore, it can stimulate and modulate the release of glutamate and acetylcholine which are vital neurotransmitters in overall cognitive functioning and memory. Also, due to its bioavailability, it is quickly and efficiently absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.
Oxiracetam has also been known to affect the hippocampal cells in the hippocampus, hence also stimulating the release of d-aspartic acid, increasing lipid metabolism in neuronal cells, and enhancing neural signalling. Though rudimentary at this stage, there is also some evidence that oxiracetam has the potential to treat, protect and reverse brain diseases and disorders, as well as improve the quality of life of individuals who have ADHD.