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Introduction

Does this “clinically studied” nootropic stack really have what it takes to optimize your brain and boost your memory levels? In this Alpha Brain review, we’re taking a look at this products formula and are establishing what we believe consumers can really expect from it.

Readers please note that statements on this page are fair comment based on observation. This content is produced on a matter of public interest. Statements on this page are our honest opinion.

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What Is Alpha Brain?

Alpha Brain is a nootropic pill produced by a US-based company named Onnit Labs LLC (trading as ONNIT). The product comes in two different version – the original capsule-based version and the Alpha Brain Instant powdered drink version.

This product is available via the official website (www.onnit.com), as well as Amazon. We are unsure if Alpha Brain is available in stores.

Alpha Brain costs between $50 – $79 depending on whether you pick the capsule or drink version (the capsule version is slightly more expensive) and will last you for exactly one month provided you follow the directions of usage correctly.

Alpha Brain, as the product name suggests, is targeted towards those who are looking to improve their brainpower and cognition. Onnit claim that Alpha Brain is clinically studied and state that it is “shown to help support memory and focus” by “stimulating neurotransmitters”. The brand push the product as an alternative to coffee for starting your day.

Does Alpha Brain Work?

Based on our research into this product, we do not believe that it will function exactly as described by Onnit, however the product may still be able to produce cognitive enhancement effects for certain users (though the consistency of the effects is totally dependent on the individual).

When criticizing this product, we originally looked at what Onnit had to say about their flagship nootropic:

Alpha BRAIN may help you remember names and places, focus on complex tasks, and improve your mental speed in response to stimuli.

The keyword in the product write-up above is “may”.

We have found studies on the ingredients inside Alpha Brain that demonstrate that some of them may help improve brain function slightly, but it’s by no means a guaranteed effect for everyone who uses the product – You shouldn’t set your expectations too high, just incase the ingredients do not produce the effects you desire.

On a more positive side, Alpha Brain contains ingredients which have supporting scientific research showing they are useful for improving cognitive function. For example, the B vitamins inside Alpha Brain can help contribute towards normal brain function. There are also herbal extracts like Huperzine and Bacopa Monnieri which can also help improve focus, alertness and concentration levels in certain users.

A big target audience for this product is students and scholars – the formula that goes into Alpha Brain may be able to help you focus on your studies better, but it’s not going to allow you to easily “retain more information” as you may have thought.

We personally believe that as long as you’re realistic about what you expect from this product, you’ll probably see decent cognitive enhancement, though the product certainly isn’t going to improve your memory levels or “speed up your brain activity” in any way.

The Pros & Cons Of Alpha Brain

Let’s take a look at the top level pros and cons of this product:

The Pros

  • Product may help improve your focus and concentration.
  • Contains useful ingredients for brain health.
  • Money-back guarantee.

The Cons

  • Product is unlikely to improve your memory or ability to learn and recall.
  • Potentially negative side effects are possible.
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What Are The Alpha Brain Ingredients?

We have found the following supplement facts via the Onnit website:

A Two Capsule Serving Contains: Vitamin B6 10mg, Onnit Flow Blend 650mg (L-Tyrosine, L-Theanine, Oat Straw Extract and Phosphatidylserine), Cats Claw Extract 350mg, Onnit Focus Blend 240mg (L-Alpha GPC, Bacopa Extract and Huperzia Serrala Extract) and Onnit Fuel Blend 65mg (L-Leucine, Vinpocetine and Pterostilbene).

Non-active Ingredients: Vegetarian Capsule, Maltodextrin, Dicalcium Phosphate and Nu-Flow.

Is Alpha Brain Suitable For Everyone?

Alpha Brain is free from allergens and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, or persons under the age of 18.

Is Alpha Brain Safe?

The formula is free from any banned or dangerous ingredients, it’s also free from research chemicals too. We believe this product is very safe provided users do not exceed the recommended daily serving amounts.

What Are The Alpha Brain Side Effects?

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

  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Skin rash
  • Confusion [1]

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

Are There Any Alpha Brain Reviews From Customers?

We have found the following Alpha Brain review testimonials via customers online:

I really feel this product is helping me. Ever since I’ve had my baby I feel like I have constant “Mom brain” and things are a little fuzzy. I am now on my 3rd week taking Alphabrain and I feel like the cobwebs have been cleared out of my brain. I can now wake up and remember what I needed to do from the night before without crawling to kitchen for my cup of joe first. It feels good, I feel like “I’m back” and my husband said he’s really noticed a difference in me. My husband is also taking it with me and he says it really has helped him too. I will definitely recommend this product.

Sadly, this product did not work for me. Caused a fog that took 2 days to get over and I really felt bad. Headaches, major pressure behind the eyes and increase blood pressure to name a few. Not going to say it does not work. But will say it does not work for me. Was really hoping this would offer the benefits the marketing info and many of the users seem to have experienced. No such luck. So, on the shelf it goes. Am a little hesitant to try other nootropics as I really felt bad after this one. Hopefully different ingredients will eliminate the side effects suffered here.

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Our Final Verdict On Alpha Brain

To conclude our Alpha Brain 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. By no means is this the worst nootropic we’ve ever seen, we’re just not convinced it’s the “smart pill” it has been made out to be.

While the formula does contain some very useful ingredients for cognitive enhancement, the high price tag is a little off-putting.

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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