Study Buddy by Brainiac Supplements is one of the newest brain supplements on the market. It’s basically the new kid on the block, and due to that, there’s not a lot of information about it up on the web. The website itself was created and launched early in 2014, so Study Buddy is actually just about to turn one year old today online.
Our first impressions with Study Buddy was that it seemed a little too generic. In an industry where so many pharmaceutical companies are trying to differentiate themselves with either edgy design or trying to look more like a ‘big pharma’ product, Study Buddy looks really tame, using an all-white bottle with just the words Study Buddy printed on it. It looks so generic that we think that if that were ever on a shelf in a supplement store, you’re definitely going to walk pass by it at least a couple time – even if you’re actually looking for it.
Taking matters online, it seems like this sort of branding is also matched by their website, which is really just a generic white page with a logo on the top left corner and a picture of a bottle and a short product description. There are also page menus that don’t really make a lot of sense. We know they’re trying to be smart with the B-Empowered, B-Equipped, B-Educated, and B-Helped menu tabs, but they’re all just really vague and make looking for information on the website a little confusing.
While there isn’t a lot of sensationalized marketing hype here, you’ll also be hard pressed to find any information about the product that’s actually useful. There isn’t a lot of talk about the ingredients in Study Buddy, nor is there a supplement facts label on their website. Again, everything is just so vague and generic.
Vitamin D3 5000 IU
Thiamine 25 mg
Riboflavin 10 mg
Niacin 30 mg
Folic Acid 400 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 40 mg
Zinc 15 mg
Copper 1 mcg
Selenium 300 mcg
Manganese 5 mg
Study Buddy Cognitive Blend 998 mg
Choline Bitartrate, Bacopa Leaf Powder,
Acetyl L-Carnitine, Ginkgo Leaf Powder,
Caffeine, Alpha GPC, Gotu Kola Herb Powder,
Vinpocetine, Boron, Huperzine Serrata Extract
Right off the bat, we can already see that Study Buddy suffers from many of the problems that most other supplements also have. While we can say that there are a few good nootropic ingredients, the formula itself is rather impotent due to the sheer number of ingredients they’ve decided to include.
Furthermore, the fact that they go to such lengths just to hide Study Buddy’s supplement facts label on their website is beyond us. Perhaps they get nervous when a panel of experts critique their choices of ingredients and their dosages?
The formula is good, but we believe that it could be better… and at this stage, it’s easier to do so since they’ve only just begun selling. They aren’t in any way major
First off, the choline source they’ve selected is rather low in quality. A better choice would have been CDP Choline, or at the very least, they could have added more Alpha GPC. Both are great and have better bioavailability, which means that they are more readily absorbed by the body. Guarana would have also been a better choice for an energy enhancer than caffeine. It’s a herbal alternative that is much more potent, not only on its effects on energy, but also with brain enhancing properties.
While not many will agree with us, we would have swapped out Huperzine A for a different nootropic simply because of the fact that you can’t take it every day (as opposed to what their website suggests). Huperzine A is very potent, but unfortunately, builds up tolerance really quickly. To get the maximum use out of it, you almost most definitely have to cycle it off for a couple of days a week from your regimen.
Finally, we would also lose all the other filler ingredients. Although vitamins and minerals are great for the body, most people already get adequate amounts from their diet. Most people also still take multivitamins, so there shouldn’t be a need for the extra filler.
Alpha GPC: One of the most high-quality sources of choline, second only to Citicholine, Alpha GPC aids in the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It is a very potent memory enhancer that also has positive long-term benefits for the brain. It promotes connectivity in the brain as well, creating new connections while also repairing damaged brain cells.
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.
Ginkgo Biloba: America’s best-selling herbal supplement that helps benefit the brain in two ways: improved blood flow to tissues and organs, and as an antioxidant preventing oxidative damage to cells. Ginkgo is believed to greatly help with memory and concentration, while also working on reducing brain fog. In studies, Ginkgo has also shown to prevent age-related decline and similar brain illnesses.
Overall, Study Buddy has got some things wrong in its formula, but it also has some good points. Keep in mind that it’s still a relatively new brain supplement, so newer iterations will definitely iron out any creases. For a newcomer, it isn’t doing too bad, and definitely has enough time to reformulate.
Effects and Benefits
A few of us here at the office decided to give Study Buddy a little go for 30 days, and we have to say that it was a little underwhelming. The effects were immediate even upon first use, but they were very subtle.
The first thing we noticed was an increase in focus. We believe this is mostly due to the caffeine in Study Buddy, but we generally felt more alert and energized. Doing undistracted work was very easy, and Study Buddy even made a great coffee replacement as some of us noted losing the urge to go to the pantry to top up a mug of Joe.
Study Buddy also helped with memory as over the course of our experience, we noticed learning and remembering things becoming much easier. There would absolutely be no forgotten names or phone numbers, thanks to Study Buddy.
Mood also generally improved. Everyone taking Study Buddy was generally more positive and less stressed for the majority of the test, although the effects again were just a little subtle.
Potential Side Effects
Some of us experienced a few side effects while on Study Buddy, however, fortunately, there wasn’t anything too severe. Experiences included slight headaches (possibly due to dehydration), diarrhea (could also be due to dehydration), and stimulant crashes – although few.
We believe that the caffeine may have something to do with these side effects, so if you are intolerant to its effects or have had any problems with caffeine in the past, stay away. We also advise you to drink plenty of water while on Study Buddy, as it is a little easy to get dehydrated when focused.
If you experience any adverse effects or allergies, please stop taking Study Buddy immediately.
Due to the inclusion of Huperzine in the formula, you should not take Study Buddy daily. For best results, we advise you to cycle it off for two days every week.
A bottle of Study Buddy costs $47.99, which includes 56 capsules, or 28 servings (recommended daily dose at 2 capsules). This means that you might actually be out before the end of the month, but if you’re following our advice on cycling it off for a couple days every week, you should be perfectly fine.
Brainiac Supplements also offers 2 bottles or 3 bottles as a bundle, at $79.99 and $99.99. We believe that you should order a single bottle first though to test yourself and the effects it has on you, before going immediately for the 2 or 3 month supply.
Customer testimonials on Study Buddy are rather few at the moment, with mostly expert review sites having reviewed them. The public opinion is generally positive though, but we believe this is due to the fact that Study Buddy is still relatively new.
Expert Review by Brainreference.com
Study Buddy is advertised as the number 1 doctor recommended study aid, although no evidence is brought to support this claim. The formula is a blend of scientifically proven ingredients approved by the FDA as dietary supplements in accordance with the Dietary Supplement Health Act, according to the manufacturer. Consumer reviews claim the product works and actually accomplishes its benefit claims at full potential. However, we should not dismiss consumer reviews which claim no effectiveness whatsoever for the formula.
Although there are many study aid formulas on the market Study Buddy actually has the credentials for working. The product is however a little pricey and there are definitely cheaper alternatives out there.
As for all dietary supplements, we recommend caution and advise you to get a healthcare provider’s opinion before use.
User Review by Shelby on Brainreference.com
This stuff is awful! It smells terrible and tastes terrible. It made me so sick just hours after taking it. It made me vomit, gave me a headache, made me irritable. The next morning I was still sick to my stomach and dizzy with a headache. Twice this has happened to me. Never again.
- Slightly above average all-around nootropic
- Not too many negative reviews online
- Has a few great ingredients
- Website lacking clear information and sources
- Effects are too subtle to make much difference
- Formula not potent (too much filler)
- Inclusion of Huperzine means it needs to be cycled
- Poor value even at $47.99 for a month’s supply
- Side effects are present (mostly caffeine-related)
Brainac Supplements’ Study Buddy isn’t something that we’d easily recommend… even to people looking to study. Although there are some good ingredients in its formula, it still suffers due to the fact that it has too many ingredients, which further dilutes the potency of the good ingredients. The problems Study Buddy has here are pretty minor though, and can be easily rectified with some tweaks to the formula. They’re almost there.
The effects themselves are rather too subtle for our liking. While Study Buddy takes effect almost immediately after popping your first capsules, the effects aren’t anything to be raving about. There’s a substantial increase in focus, followed by memory over the next few days. You’ll also feel generally better, but then again, that could probably be attributed to a number of things.
For the price of $47.99, Study Buddy isn’t that expensive, but considering that the effects aren’t that noticeable either, it’s of pretty bad value, even at that price point.