Alpha Brain Review

So, I kept hearing about this supplement called “Alpha Brain” which is sold by the company ONNIT. Now, I couldn’t find this anywhere in stores, not sure if Onnit products are even available in stores, so I ordered it from their website. 30 capsules costs $34.95 USD plus about $20 in shipping. I also purchased two pre-workout supplements “Shroom Tech Sport” for myself and “T+” for my hunky husband.

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Sadly, I had to pay duty on this shipment (a $29.99 extra charge on top of my order), which I have never ever had to do in all my years of online shopping. I don’t really understand why this particular purchase elicited duty fees from Canadian customs, but I wasn’t there when FEDEX dropped it off to argue with them about it, and FEDEX is the one who paid the duty. Additionally, my shiny package from ONNIT was clearly opened and re-sealed by Canadian customs. Nothing I can do about any of that, but those extra fees will probably stop me from ordering from the site again. I would probably use amazon.com or bodybuilding.com for a future order and see if I ended up with the same additional fees.

So, back to Alpha Brain. It is a “nootropic,” which according to the gods of google is:

Nootropics (/noʊ.əˈtrɒpɨks/ noh-ə-trop-iks), also referred to as smart drugs, memory enhancers, neuro enhancers, cognitive enhancers, and intelligence enhancers {…} that purportedly improve mental functions such as cognition, memory, intelligence, motivation, attention, and concentration.

Awesome.

The website claims that using Alpha Brain will result in an: extraordinary combination of lucid dreams, mental drive, focus, and mental acuity.”

Double Awesome. Who doesn’t want an extraordinary combination of lucid dreams, mental focus and mental acuity? I sure do.

It’s ingredients are listed as:

  • Alpha GPC: Raw source of acetylcholine, associated with sharpness, mental speed.✝
  • Huperzine A: Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, extracted from club moss.✝
  • Vinpocetine: Helps bring oxygen and nutrients to the brain via vasodilation.✝
  • AC-11®: Powerful DNA repair antioxidant.✝
  • Phosphatidylserine: Essential lipid compound highly abundant within brain cell membranes.✝
  • Bacopa: Traditional Ayurvedic brain-enhancing nutrient.✝
  • Pterostilbene: From blueberries, powerful micronutrient / antioxidant.✝
  • L-Tyrosine: Amino acid important to the production of Dopamine.✝
  • L-Theanine: Amino acid with chemical similarities to GABA.✝
  • Oat Straw (20:1): Natural anti-stress nutrient, helps balance formula and create calm focus.✝
  • Vitamin B-6: Catalyst in effective utilization of many nutrients.✝

 

I’ve been taking Alpha brain daily for about two weeks. Here’s what I’ve noticed: they ARE NOT kidding about lucid dreams. From my first dose, I experienced stronger, brighter, lucid dreams that stuck with me upon waking. Cool. Other that that, the effects are more subtle. I’ve noticed I have more energy lately, am sleeping more soundly and I’m not having that terrible afternoon slump I normally have. I have more energy at night. Is this due to the Alpha Brain? Maybe. However, the main selling feauture of Alpha Brain was its increase in mental drive, focus and acuity. I haven’t noticed anything like that. Maybe my brain is already so fine tuned that I don’t need the boost?

I like the product, and I would continue to use it after my bottle is done, just based on my sleep quality lately alone, but the price is prohibitive for me. Not the $34.95, but when you factor in the product price, shipping ($20) and duty ($30 on my last order) it is a bit extreme. If I were totally-over-the-moon in love with this product, I’d probably pay it, but the somewhat pleasant effects aren’t really worth it when I factor in shipping and duty costs. I am curious to see if my better sleep quality lately is in fact due to the product. If so, that could sway my decision and make me a regular purchaser, if I could find it in a local store, or purchase from a provider who has their duty ducks in a row (like I said, have never paid this before with online shopping).

Have you tried any Onnit products?

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