I've recently begun investigating nootropics and found this forum; there's a great wealth of info here and what looks like a lot of noot users, so I thought I'd share this info. I want to begin a regimen of aniracetam (plus choline citrate) and have been struggling for the past few days to find a vendor who will readily share 3rd party CoAs for their products. So far I have contacted SmartPowders and "Build Your Own Supplements" (BYOS), a seller who seems to operate solely on Amazon.
BYOS promptly sent me THIS when I asked for a CoA (to be fair I did not specify third party in my request).
Nice, but not all that convincing as it seems to be a manufacturer CoA. I told them as much and said that if they could show me a 3rd party analysis by a reputable lab in the States, I would be happy to buy from them. No reply yet. SmartPowders, however, pulled an even weirder move, sending me a .docx file with their own header image:
SmartPowders' "Third Party CoA" (too large for in-line display)
A little weird. Also weird is that it took him 3 more minutes to email me the choline one, separately (was he making these on the fly or what? even so, why not send both at once?) In my initial email to them I mentioned that I had seen a topic on this forum where a Mike M of SmartPowders was originally persuaded to post the CoAs for all SP products, but that I can't find any on their site now. In fact, I accidentally found the old CoAs posted on what looks like an old unused version of the SmartPowders site. I included that link in my email, so it's not like Dennis didn't know what a legitimate 3rd party CoA looks like.
What do you all think? Has anyone here tested these substances on their own for peace of mind? A redditor tested Cerebral Health's piracetam on his own and found it to be pretty pure, but I've seen people on here groaning about their business practices. I'm almost to the point of giving up on this nootropics thing because the risk of heavy metal toxicity over time could outweigh the cognitive benefits. Has anyone found a manufacturer who is actually reliable in this regard?