(Last Updated On: March 18, 2019)


Is Sarcosine A Viable Nootropic?

Recently I have come across a few nootropic supplements containing Sarcosine in their formulas. Being honest., I have never head of it before, and always looking to learn, I started to research it, just to see if it really was worth taking in your nootropic stack.

What Is Sarcosine

Sarcosine is a metabolite of Glycine, it shares similar properties with both Glycine and D-serine, although its effects do appear to be weaker.

How Does Sarcosine Work

It works in the body by inhibiting GlyT1, a transporter  that takes both Glycine and D-serine into the cells. This process increases the levels of D-serine and Glysine in the body, increasing their effects

Also Known As

It can appear on supplement labels as Methylglycine or N-methylglycine.

Uses Of Sarcosine

Sarcosine is sometimes used to treat depression and schizophrenia, it is generally absorbed better in the body than D-serine, a more common treatment for these two health issues.

It is also thought to have cognitive promoting effects, although tests have only been carried out on rodents under laboratory conditions with limited results.

Increased levels in the body can also be indicative of the presence of prostate cancer, but it is not linked to any particular stage of the disease.

Safe Doses

The std dose of Sarcosine is in the region of 30mg per kg of bodyweight, as an example a man weighing between 150-200lbs would take between 2045-2727mg per day.

Risks Of Taking Sarcosine

It is still not clear if taking it is harmful, but there are some thoughts that it could act as a co-carginogen –

This means that while it does not cause cancer itself, it could have the potential to increase the effects of other cancer causing compounds

To Sum Up

There are a lot of unknowns surrounding Sarcosine, yes it has its benefits, especially with anybody suffering from depression.

However as a viable nootropic ingredient, its benefits and effects are still untested and to be frank – unknown.

Personally I wouldn’t take anything with Sarcosine until more testing has been carried out.

The information in this website is for advice and guidance only. It is based on my own intensive research into nootropics and my personal experiences with certain products. It is not intended to replace professional medical advice, or to diagnose or treat any health conditions. All rights reserved.