Alpha Brain is the flagship product of Onnit, a company that manufactures supplements, food products and fitness equipment designed to help people achieve what they call ‘Total Human Optimization.’ Alpha Brain is one of the leading supplements available in the nootropic category.
Today’s market certainly embraces the unconventional, and Onnit provides that in spades, with a selection of innovative food products, supplements, training gear and philosophies. I find it difficult to resist the urge to order everything on their product line immediately. I’ll restrain myself and stick to talking about Alpha Brain to begin with.
A (Brief) Intro to Nootropic Supplements
Call it increased cognitive function, sharper mental acuity, enhanced working memory, some people might even refer to it as expansion of the mind. Whatever terminology you use, they all mean roughly the same thing: being smarter.
Nootropic supplements have been developed to help you achieve that goal, that’s why they’re often referred to as ‘smart drugs.’ Students, academics, athletes, office workers, number crunchers, code writers, stand-up comedians, soldiers…you name it, everyone has a reason to use nootropics…and are.
There are several different types of these supplements and they work in different ways – often complimenting each other synergistically – to enhance your cognitive function and give you a mental edge. It might be alertness, memory retention, concentration, fact-absorption and the mechanism could be anything from increased blood flow to faster synapse signalling.
Alpha Brain’s Edge
The nootropic supplement industry is quite young, relatively speaking. It’s sort of in an expansion wave at the moment where new compounds and their associated brainy benefits are being discovered all the time.
Companies have mostly gone for a bulk-sale approach, leaving the customer to figure out the combinations and what works and what doesn’t at their own expense.
Onnit, with the development of Alpha Brain, have done the hard work already and produced a ready-to-go, fully balanced nootropic that gives the prospective user a safe and guaranteed supplement in a tidy bottle.
The Recipe For Success
The advantage of the capsule-based system is obvious; you can chuck the bottle of pills in your bag and away you go. There’s no tormenting period of dividing up the ingredients and figuring out how much of each to take.
Alpha Brain has 12 ingredients crammed into every daily dose. I don’t mind admitting that I’m really pleased they’ve taken no short-cuts with the blend either. The most potent and current top nootropic ingredients are all present and correct. Here’s a look at them
Alpha Brain Ingredients:
The Onnit Flow Blend – L-Tyrosine, L-Theanine, Avena Sativa, Phosphatidylserine:
Stress-melting-energy-boosting-alertness is the best way to describe what the Flow Blend is included for. The ingredients are synergistic with one another and provide a real focused zone-like brain activity that cuts out the noise of stress and distraction.
AC-11 (Uncaria tomentosa):
This is a trademarked derivative of a plant compound extract sourced from the South American rainforests. It may have the power to repair even our DNA, and Alpha Brain is the only nootropic containing it.
The Focus Blend – Alpha-GPC, Bacopa Monniera, Huperzia serrata:
This is my favourite part of the recipe. The Cholinergics boost the production of acetylcholine in our brains, which is a vital neurotransmitter responsible for optimal cognitive function. The Bacopa reliably improves working memory – essentially your learning ability.
The Fuel Blend – Vinpocetine, Pterostilbene:
Here’s the power plant of the supplement. While Vinpocetine increases blood flow, providing more oxygen and nutrient fuel to the brain, Pterostilbene – the extract from blueberries that’s fast out-pacing resveratrol – assists neuron growth and beats those evil free-radicals about the head with a stick until they are no more.
Of course there’s the boost of B6 in there as well, which is essential (amongst many things) to the maintenance of neurotransmitters.
My Take On the Recipe
Honestly, if you spend any time researching nootropics, you’ll understand why this is one of the best, if not the best, smart drugs out there.
The important thing to be aware of is that Bacopa becomes very effective after about a month of solid use, so I would definitely take it for at least that long before anything like an exam, if that’s what you are looking into nootropics for. Otherwise, for general use, this will just be an added bonus after a few weeks supplementation.
Any Negative Side Effects to Mention?
There’s nothing to be concerned about in Alpha Brain. They have the regular cautionary advice like every other supplement should: pregnant/nursing mothers and people with medical conditions or taking medication should consult their doctor before taking this or anything else.
Onnit are big on the lucidity of dreams, which the acetylcholine boost from Alpha Brain can increase. A lucid dream is one in which you know you are dreaming, and to a certain extent you can control what happens in them.
This may not be the main selling point, but it certainly adds to the adventure value of a night’s sleep.
So It’s Recommended?
Highly recommended from me, for sure. I’d use this product no matter what my profession was, but considering I train a lot, write a lot and study a lot, it really augments my busy schedule.
Some of the strength athletes that read this will notice a few of the ingredients from other training supplements. If you’re unsure whether a nootropic like this one will help you in the gym then just think how much of a difference it is when you’re in the zone compared to when you’re not fully feeling it. Other training supps might dabble in nootropics but this one is the real deal.
There are currently 3 options to choose from based on the quantity of capsules per order:
30 caps = $34.95 (£22)
60 caps = $59.41 (£38)
90 caps = $79.95 (£51)
So, the 90 caps is the best for long-term savings because it’s a saving of $25 on the price of 3 individual orders of 30 caps.
There’s also a 30 day refund policy in place for every purchase.