Focus Boost

Last Updated: February 15, 2017

Focus Boost

Background Check

Focus Boost is a brain supplement that’s not seen so much popularity in the industry for the few years that it’s been around… and upon first impressions, we sort of understood why. Focus Boost has apparently gone through a few design changes recently, where they completely switched their color scheme from red to green (an odd choice).

Checking out their website, everything about it looked extremely sketchy. Landing on the homepage, you’ll notice that there isn’t actually a lot of information about Focus Boost… not even a short product description. You’re greeted by a couple of stock images put on a slider and an image of Focus Boost’s bottle. Oh, and there’s also a “Shop Now” button.

It truly is a little disappointing though that a supplement that can affect the brain has a “Shop Now” button, but not even the smallest bit of information describing it, what it does, and how it works. Are we supposed to buy without reading more about it first?

Fortunately, the scarcity of any words on Focus Boost’s website also means that sensationalized marketing hype is far and few.

Journeying deeper into the website, while there appear to be tabs for “How it Works” and “Ingredients”, it everything is very vague and the information very shallow, often slightly grazing on a subject without actually going into detail on anything. On the “How it Works” tab, for example, the only piece of information listed is that “Focus Boost is a high quality supplement that promotes energy, focus, memory, and mental acuity” and that “global research on these natural ingredients demonstrate that they bla, bla, bla.” There’s really no information on how it actually works.

Without any detailed information on the mystery that is Focus Boost, we’re at a loss on whether Focus Boost was created by an actual neuroscientist or not.

“Focus Boost is the leading brain supplement designed to boost alertness,
improve memory, and enhance focus.”

Formula Highlights

Supplement Facts:
Vitamin B12 6 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 6 mg
Focus Boost Proprietary Blend 960 mg
Acetyl L-Carnitine, Caffeine Anhydrous, Citicholine,
Bacopa Monnieri, L-Theanine, Vinpocetine

We have to admit that it was a bit of a hassle looking for Focus Boost’s supplement facts label. While the website talks about Focus Boost’s ingredients, everything is noncommittal and vague… If you want to check the supplement facts out, you’ll find it on Amazon (perhaps due to the stricter regulations they have on supplements sold).

Under first glance, the formula itself looks pretty potent, with only 8 core ingredients being used, including high quality nootropics like Acetyl L-Carnitine, Citicholine (also known as CDP Choline), and Vinpocetine.

We still would love to have seen the ingredients not listed in a proprietary blend, for transparency’s sake. At its current state, it’s very difficult to gauge on the effects of these ingredients (as some nootropics can have different effects under different dosages). We would also like to know how large the dosage of caffeine actually is to prevent overdoing it (generally speaking, the average adult can only take a maximum of 400 mg of caffeine every day).

Aside from this, there isn’t actually a lot to complain about Focus Boost’s formula. While we would have liked a little more transparency, the formula is quite potent, using mostly high quality ingredients (although guarana extract would have been a better choice than caffeine anhydrous).

Key Ingredients:

Bacopa Monniera: An Ayurvedic herb that is believed to help promote clear thinking. Bacopa has a protective role in the brain, aiding the synapses and neurons for better connectivity, while also repairing connections that have been damaged. Bacopa also has antioxidant properties, making it good for preventing age-related brain ailments.

Acetyl L-Carnitine: The “enhanced” version of Carnitine that not only aids in fat burn, but also offers benefits to the brain due to its ability to cross the brain-blood barrier. It aids in the production of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter responsible for improving memory, learning, problem-solving ability, and general cognition.

Vinpocetine: Derived from the periwinkle flower, Vinpocetine is a powerful vasodilator, which helps increase blood flow to the brain. In studies, it has shown very positive effects for people suffering from mental ailments, and has even shown to improve general cognition for people taking it over an extended period. Vinpocetine improves memory and learning as well, most effectively when used in combination with Huperzine A.

One thing to note is that while Focus Boost’s formula is potent, there aren’t actually any ingredients that work directly towards improving memory. A suggestion that we could make would probably be the inclusion of Ginkgo Biloba and some form of Ginseng… While that does bump the formula up to having 10 ingredients, it would still be plenty potent.

Rating: 14/20

Effects and Benefits

We gave Focus Boost around the office for everyone to test for 30 days (or at least tried to), but unfortunately, due to some complications, we had to end the test early… but we’ll get to that in a little bit.

Right off the bat, Focus Boost did exactly what it set out to do. Within 10 minutes of popping the first capsule, we could already feel slightly buzzed. Most of us noted on feeling extremely energized and it would be very easy to get our heads down in the office and actually do some productive work. Distractions were pretty much nonexistent, as many of us didn’t even feel the need to go to the bathroom or to the pantry to make a cup of coffee.

This continued for the next couple of weeks. Everyone was super productive and were able to get a lot of work done before they left the office.

The problem with Focus Boost wasn’t so evident in the beginning, but became more so as the test progressed. Mostly, at the end of the day, some felt exhausted and fatigued. At first, we thought this was just due to the fact that we got so much work done, so naturally, we’d be pretty tired. However, we soon realized that this was not the case. This period of fatigue only grew longer and longer as the test went on, and towards the third week, on some days, the mornings after would have us feeling like zombies… unmotivated, and at times, with splitting migraines.

Of course, this only occurred to some of us. A couple did not have these problems at all and they were able to continue to the end of the thirty days. They said that Focus Boost also had positive effects on mood. They felt generally great, stress-free, and always had a fresh start every morning.

We didn’t notice Focus Boost to have any effects on our memory, but going online, some have reported that Focus Boost seemed to work very positively for them in that regard.

Rating: 13/20

Potential Side Effects

While Focus Boost was a success for the most part, there were undoubtedly also some stutters in the duration of our tests. While it was great for focus, we believe that some of us were perhaps just a little too intolerant to the effects of caffeine, which explains the zombie-like mornings and the few headaches here and there. While this doesn’t happen to everyone, some might be more susceptible than others. To be safe, please discontinue taking Focus Boost if any complications arise.

Since Focus Boost also contains caffeine, which can act as a diuretic, your body will lose water faster, and so you should remember to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

Rating: 12/20

Pricing Options

Focus Boost has numerous pricing options, starting from $39.95 for a single 30-capsule bottle, $67.92 for two 30-capsule bottles, and $89.90 for a single 90-capsule bottle. With the recommended daily dosage being 2 capsules, the single bottle should only last you half a month, so the price for a month’s supply should be $67.92.

We’re going to have to warn you though that the SSL Certificate for Focus Boost’s shop has expired already for around half a year now, according to Google, so it may not be such a good idea to order directly from their website. We weren’t able to get to the Shop without going around Google’s protection services, so please keep that in mind for your own safety.

If you would still like to order, a better option would be to go through Amazon as they have better customer protection.

For the price, Focus Boost seems to be of poor value. Its effects are mainly only to Focus, with some minor improvements to mood (although not all of us noticed this). There isn’t actually anything wrong with this… seeing that it does primarily what it says it’s going to do. However, the price just isn’t right. For the amount you’re paying for Focus Boost, there are definitely other options out there that can do the job better, while also being more rounded and affecting memory and mood greatly as well.

Rating: 15/20

Online Reviews

The online reviews on Focus Boost seem a bit mixed, but there are still substantially more positive reviews than negative ones. While some positive reviews do note on Focus Boost also improving on their memory, negative reviews mostly say that Focus Boost is no more effective than just a cup of coffee.

Some have noted that some of Focus Boost’s reviews are fake, though. Try looking for other reviews if all seem very positive.

User Review by Tizzy-Licious on Amazon.com

I got this in exchange for an honest review. I like the easy to swallow gel caps. The color makes it easier to remember to take them daily. Like, “oops where is the red one?” when I look at the handful of supplements I take daily. I only started a few days ago, and I am not real sure it is helping me focus, but I have a lot more energy. Since caffeine is in this in some form, I am thankful to not have the jitters from taking it. Most products with caffeine in them make me really jittery. As far as it making me more focused…. things like this may take time to metabolize in the system and I have really, really bad ADD. So, it could be a while before I notice any real improvements on that part. My energy level is really great and there is no crash stage either.

User Review by Paul on Amazon.com

I decided to do a little investigation myself. To my surprise ! most of the 5 star reviews might be or are possibly fake, because the same people giving 5 stars for this product were also giving 5 stars for Doxiderol. If you think I am making this up, check it yourself. Also, coffee is way better than this product. This is nothing but pure hype. It only took me 2 days to dispose the whole supply because all I felt was nothing, it only kept me awake. No I regret purchasing this product. Remember, check the other 5 star reviewers first.

Rating: 16/20

RECAP:

Positives

  • Great as a focus and energy enhancer
  • Potent formula and mostly high-quality ingredients
  • Has a few great ingredients

Negatives

  • Website lacking any clear information and sources
  • SSL Certificate on website expired for half a year now
  • Little to no effects on memory
  • Not as well rounded as most true nootropics
  • Poor value as just a focus booster at $67.92 for a month’s supply
  • Some side effects are present (mostly caffeine-related)

Our Verdict

At the end of the day, Focus Boost actually excels at what it sets out to do: boost focus. The improvements to focus are actually substantial, and they are more than helpful whenever you need some extra energy to finish a big project, or if as a student, you just have a night to study for an exam.

Beyond this, however, Focus Boost isn’t able to do much else. While there are increases to mood, they are only minor, and during our tests, we did not notice any improvements to memory at all. While the formula is indeed potent, most of the ingredients included only have focus and energy boosting properties. There can be side effects too, if you are intolerant to the effects of caffeine. We can’t say for a fact how much caffeine is in there, but it’s a lot. So please do not try going over the recommended daily dosages, just to be safe from the off chance of negative reactions.

For the price of $67.92, Focus Boost is pretty expensive, considering it doesn’t do much aside from improving your focus states. We recommend that you try out some other nootropics that are better-rounded in effects for a better bang for your buck.

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