So, there has been a downpour of â€œamazingâ€ supplements to boost brain power and how can I miss out on trying the one that has been advertised most as the ultimate brain power supplement. Alpha Brain is produced by the popular supplement manufacturer Onnit that has produced numerous quite successful supplements in the past. Though a reputable company it still doesnâ€™t lack its number of critics in public forums so I am still quite skeptical as to whether their brain supplement really is what they say or just the latest scam on the market. Of course, nootropics have been flooding the supplement industry and many people have been fooled into buying into them, but could this really be the one?
The Onnit website marketing this supplement has taken a different approach than other similar supplements that I have read into. They donâ€™t focus on telling you why you need it with facts about your brain and how you gradually grow stupid with every passing year, but focus on facts and information about the ingredients. This of course, is what led me to this review because it really does stand out among the competition. Although I donâ€™t feel that my brain power is dwindling I do think that a bit more can always be of help. I work long hours and spend my time on the computer researching meaning sometimes I do need a boost in focus and overall brain power and of course a bit of motivation.
What is Alpha Brain?
Well, one thing I did realize after my initial surprise and of course impressed reaction after visiting the official website is the amount of information. Although usually my biggest concern is the lack of information here they have taken it to another level. The worst part is that it is so much that I canâ€™t imagine anyone actually taking the time to read it all, especially considering the way itâ€™s written. I barely got though it and I try and review different supplements regularly. With that said, I canâ€™t complain because it really was informative.
What the official website claims is that this is one of the most powerful Nootropics on the market. It offers optimization of the overall brain health and performance designed to improve memory, focus, flow state, and processing speed.
Containing only earth-grown nutrients the supplement has been researched in 2 human clinical trials which have shown positive results. They even share the results from these studies and when looking over them carefully and reading some reviews from other websites I realized that though there really are 2 clinical studies both are of very small groups of people and the difference between those taking the supplement and the placebo group are so small that it is almost insignificant. Not to mention the length of the studies. It just seems that they actually did an anti-advertisement of their product. Perhaps they were hoping no one would actually read them after getting through their whole page which contains so much information. The good thing is that the studies were done by a reputable center, the Boston Center of Memory, the bad thing is that they were funded by Onnit which kind of makes it somewhat shady.
Although I will discuss the ingredients in more detail what the official website claims is that the formula is a skillful combination of earth grown ingredients with Vitamin B6. This ensures that it targets direct vital areas of neurotransmission ensuring balanced yet potent results.
- Athletes â€“ heightens reaction time and helps them analyze complex patterns quicker
- Performance and Speakers â€“ helps them improve the availability of names, words, and ideas in a verbal flow
- Students and Executives â€“ have increased focus with non-stimulant based mental energy
They do go into further detail about the powerful ingredients in the supplement which are again repeated further down with the full list of ingredients. What I noticed is that this ingredient has a LOT of ingredients in it, so much so that it is kind of frightening. Nowhere do they mention that there are no side effects which I like as I did notice that some could cause some side effects and there have been complaints of such on various forums.
Experience Lucid Dreams
One thing I found interesting that they threw in there is that you will be able to experience deeper REM sleep which results in the possibility of experiencing Lucid Dreams. I have always found this interesting as it has been a while since I experienced such dreams and honestly I would buy the supplement just for this.
The official Alpha Brain website claims that there are studies performed on acetylcholine boosting products which have revealed the interesting side effect of vivid and often lucid dreams. These are dreams that feel almost real as if you are actually living this dream pulled completely into it, full of emotion and feeling. This actually led scientists to study this phenomenon further and found out that acetylcholine is actually the neurotransmitter that is responsible for regulating REM sleep. This means that by taking this supplement you will actually get a very high dose of acetylcholine as it has been proven to contain the most out of all other products on the market. The more acetylcholine the deeper REM sleep you will get, thus the higher the probability of experiencing lucid dreams.
Recommendations from the Pros
I actually found this part to be quite interesting. There is even a video with a pro sportsman discussing how this supplement is the best. The developers of Alpha Brain have taking it to another level to find real people with real titles to promote their product which I am sure has cost them a pretty penny. I actually am not familiar with most of the names, I am not big on names though. So I did research each and found that they are real people but the only time the product is mentioned is in a website that is selling it, no articles, or anything that I can really trust over a promotional website, though this does not make it any less reliable considering nothing online can be trusted these days anyway. I do have to say I was impressed with the list and the videos, they have really taken the time to show it works, the question is does it really?
How Fast can you See Results
So, as it turns out with just one dose of Alpha Brain you will be able to experience results as per the official website. They did a research of electrical activity of the brains of subjects after a single dose and it showed that those who took the dose demonstrated shorter response times with higher amplitude electrical activity when responding to questions and performing tasks than those who did not. They repeated the test 45 days later and they continued to outperform the placebo group.
How to Take
Take 1-2 capsules early in the morning or early afternoon with meal or if you are over 200 lbs take up to 3 capsules. Make sure that you donâ€™t take more than 3 capsules in a 24 hr period. Also, they mention that you can take 1-2 capsules 4-6 hours before going to bed to experience deeper REM sleep cycles.
Ingredients in Alpha Brain
Here it gets interesting. I was very impressed with the amount of information provided about each ingredient as well as the image of the supplement facts which gives me a lot of confidence. This supplement actually contains a lot more ingredients than I initially expected. It actually has 3 proprietary blends with 3-4 ingredients each, the AC-11, and Vitamin B6 meaning that there are, well, a lot of ingredients. I have done some basic research on each and though they are deemed safe most do have a possibility of minimal side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, disorientation, etc.
Onnit Flow Blend â€“ contains L-Tyrosine which is an amino acid precursor that has been known to support brain function. L-Theanine is closely related to GABA and easily absorbed maintaining clean sense of balance while not interfering with the stimulating buzz of the active neurotransmitters. Oatstraw or Avena Sativa helps manage stress and a healthy mental state and is what make Alpha Brain such a balanced nootropics as it is 20:1 concentration. Phosphatidylserine is an essential lipid compound that helps mental and physical performance by helping your body boost exercise capacity and relieve daily stress.
Onnit Fuel Blend â€“ consists of AC-11 which is a proprietary compound and is available only in Alpha Brain. Vinpocetine A is derived from the periwinkle plant and helps your body deliver oxygen to the brain. Pterostilbene is one of the most popular extracts for nootropics and helps eliminate free radicals which have been known to contribute to â€œmental fogâ€.
Onnit Focus Blend â€“ is a combination of L-Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine (Alpha GCP) which is derived from lecithin. Easily absorbed crossing the blood to brain barrier and helps support the learning process and brain function linked closely to REM sleep states, mental drive, focus, and memory. Bacopa monniera is a herb in the marshlands of India that is believed to help improve clear thinking. With strong antioxidant properties it is known to help maintain mental function and body maintain optimal cognitive performance. Huperzia Serrata is extracted from cubmoss (Huperzia serrata).
Vitamin B6 â€“ is one of the busiest vitamins and most important as it aids in over 101 chemical reactions. One of its many tasks is to help maintain the proper function of neurotransmitters and amino acids.
Website Reviews from Real Customers
Or at least thatâ€™s what I think. Of course you can never be sure but it looks as if there are some genuine reviews on there. Some of the negative reviews are obviously copied and pasted on there because I did see them on other pages as well so I am guessing they threw in several for colour and to make it look more reliable. But honestly I donâ€™t think they actually allow negative reviews. I attempted to write a review and though it did go through it did not show up. They also have a Q and A part of the website where â€œgenuineâ€ questions are asked but I am far from impressed.
How and Where to Buy
From the looks of it the place to buy this product is the official website and they also have an Amazon store as well. You have 3 options to purchase:
- 1 Bottle – $34.95
- 2 Bottles – $59.41
- 90 ct Bottle – $79.95
Honestly, the prices are a bit steep if you ask me but they do claim to have a 3 month money back guarantee and if you are not happy you do not have to return the first 30 day supply. This seems shady though because it just doesnâ€™t make sense and I donâ€™t see them risking it as many of the negative reviews do not mention anything about actually returning their bottles or getting their money back.
My Experience and Opinion
So, I did some added research online to see if I can find some real information about the product. Reviews were certainly not hard to find. Many of which looked obviously paid but there were some genuine reviews out there. I tried the supplement for a full month and honestly I cannot say I experienced anything out of the ordinary. I do admit that I did experience better sleep and in turn though not completely lucid, somewhat more vivid dreams. With that said, I canâ€™t say I felt more concentrated, focused, smarter, or in any way with better memory or cognitive function. Perhaps I need to take the supplement longer or perhaps I am not noticing the slight improvement but I am far from impressed especially for the price at which the bottle comes. I do think that Alpha Brain is a functional nootropic but I do not think that it has such a major improvement in brain function for it to cost so much.