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Introduction

Is this 2-step nootropic program the key to a better performing brain? 1st Phorm claim that MasterBrain is a “clinically studied” supplement designed to enhance your memory retention and recall – with far fetched claims like this, we decided to conduct a full MasterBrain review to find out what we believe consumers can really expect.

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What Is MasterBrain

MasterBrain is a Nootropic stack produced by a US-based company named 1st Phorm. Currently, 1st Phorm have an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau and have no outstanding customer complaints filed against them.

MasterBrain can be purchased via the official website (www.1stphorm.com) and via Amazon. We couldn’t find this product in stores or stocked at any other supplement retailer.

A 20 day supply of 1st Phorm’s flagship nootropic MasterBrain costs $79.99 and contains 60 capsules of both AM and PM MasterBrain variants. Unlike the majority of nootropic supplements on the market, MasterBrain comes as two different products – MasterBrain AM (a daytime nootropic) and MasterBrain PM (a pre-sleep nootropic).

This product is targeted towards those who are looking to improve their brain function and performance. 1st Phorm describe the product stack as a “24 hour cognitive brain support system”, stating that the MasterBrain AM product can help reduce brain fog, improve your memory and focus, while the MasterBrain PM helps your cognitive performance by delivering brain-boosting nutrients and allowing for improved sleep.

Does MasterBrain Work?

Based on our research into this product, we do not believe that MasterBrain will perform exactly as described on the website, however we still believe it will be able to produce some decent cognitive enhancement effects.

Firstly, let’s establish a few things – while MasterBrain contains ingredients that can help improve your focus and concentration, we could find no concrete scientific evidence that showed ingredients inside MasterBrain will improve user memory levels/ability to recall information. If you were planning on using MasterBrain for the specific purpose of improving the amount of “information” your brain can store (maybe you’re a student studying for exams?) then we feel that you may have the wrong idea about this product.

As we said earlier, MasterBrain does have useful ingredients for improving your focus and concentration; ingredients like Caffeine and Huperzine A have brain-stimulating effects which can help reduce fatigue and brain fog. Another positive is that the formula contains B Vitamins, which contribute towards normal brain function and energy levels, further adding to the “wake and focused” feeling these pills are likely to produce.

If, like most people, you’re using nootropics for the purposes of learning, the increase in focus and concentration will be somewhat helpful.

The MasterBrain Pros & Cons

Below we’ve compiled a list of the things we like and dislike:

The Pros

  • Stimulant content may help boost energy levels.
  • May help with focus and concentration.
  • Contains vitamins that may contribute towards brain health.
  • Money-back guarantee.

The Cons

  • Product is unlikely to directly and independently “improve your memory”.
  • Contains melatonin which can potentially be addictive.
  • Potentially manipulated Amazon reviews.
  • Potentially negative side effects.

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What Are The MasterBrain Ingredients?

We have found the following supplement facts via the 1st Phorm website.

MasterBrain AM Ingredients:

Three Capsules Contains: Vitamin B6 100mg, Vitamin B12 500mcg, Proprietary Blend 1600mg (Siberian Ginseng, Eulethrosides, L Carnitine, Bacopa Monnieri Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl, A-GPC, Glucuronolactone, PhosphatidylSerine), Proprietary Blend 295mg (Infinergy Di Caffeine Malate, L-Theanine, Caffeine Anhydrous, Huperzia Serrate, Huperzine A) and Proprietary Blend 235mg (Rhodiola Rosea Extract and Vinpocetine).

Non-active Ingredients: Gelatin, silicone dioxide and magnesium stearate.

MasterBrain PM Ingredients:

Three Capsules Contains: Proprietary Blend 1825mg (GABA, Ashwagandha Root Powder, Rhodiola Rosea Extract, Mucuna Puriens, 5-HTP, Alpha GPC) and Proprietary Blend 255mg (Valerian Root, Mugwort Extract and Melatonin)

Non-active Ingredients: Gelatin, silicone dioxide and magnesium stearate.

Is MasterBrain Suitable For Everyone?

While neither Nootropic in the MasterBrain set has allergens, it is not suitable for vegetarians. We also do not believe it is suitable for those with high blood pressure or heart problems. Ingredients inside MasterBrain may worsen symptoms of anxiety and bipolar disorders. This product contains melatonin which can have addictive properties, and may worsen symptoms of depression.

Is MasterBrain Safe?

This product contains no banned or dangerous ingredients – we do not believe it poses any significant risk to an otherwise health user.

What Are The MasterBrain Side Effects?

We’ve compiled the following potential side effects based on the ingredients inside this formula:

  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Increased heart rate[1][2]

Note: these side effects are possible but may not be the typical user experience.

Are There Any MasterBrain Reviews From Customers?

We have found the following MasterBrain review testimonials via customers online:

This product was a huge waste of money! I’m on the third cycle and I have yet to see any effect at all. If anything, this product makes me feel less intelligent for purchasing it in the first place.

I have to say that this product is pretty good nd effective in my case the morning dosis made feel dizzy and with nauseas . The 1st 2 hours, but the level of energy and focus was amazing

The product seemed to have a suspiciously large amount of positive reviews so we ran the Amazon product listing page through the FakeSpot software to look for review manipulation. We found the following results:

Analysis overview

  • Our engine has profiled the reviewer patterns and has determined that there is high deception involved.

Source: FakeSpot

Our Final Verdict On MasterBrain

To conclude our MasterBrain review, it’s a bit of a mixed bag – there are things that we like about it and things that we aren’t too blown away by.

To us, BrainMaster seems to be a little excessive. We may be generalizing, but it’s our opinion that having a nootropic stack that is two different products is simply overkill and just a clever means of selling consumers more supplements they don’t actually need. When it all boils down, we believe that you don’t really need the MasterBrain PM product at all – it’s essentially just a sleep aid with some added vitamins, all the typical nootropic-like ingredients are in the AM formula.

MasterBrain seems to contain some useful ingredients for improving your focus and reducing brain-fog, however the formula is hardly likely to improve you memory or help improve your brain’s “mental recovery times”.

Kath Ross, PhD
Kath Ross, PhD
Health Editor & Fact Checker at DietProbe
Kathryn is a Ph.D Health Editor here at DietProbe. She specializes in diabetes and weight control research and in her spare time she's a professional cat lady and wine connoisseur!
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Massive fan of Masterbrain. It’s been part of my daily supplement stack for the last 6 months now.

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