Optimind is a relatively newer brain supplement in the market, but one that has already undergone a number of changes in the 18 months it’s been around.
Optimind first got our attention with its pretty website and the amount of interest it has gathered recently on Reddit’s nootropic category. Optimind does bring some interesting things to the table – and for that, it seems to have gathered a following in a very short amount of time. Perhaps a challenger to our Editors’ Choice award winner Lumonol?
The “GetOptimind” website is well enough put together with a copy of the supplement facts label available if you click the link on “The formula” page. There are plenty of testimonials (no pictures) on the site and a pretty extensive FAQ section. Diving deeper however there isn’t a lot of information regarding the product itself. Optimind don’t really do too much of a good job at explaining how Optimind works aside from the use of some vague marketing terms. We also found the description of the ingredients in Optimind’s formula lacked any sources to back up their claims.
“OptiMind™ is designed to restore a focused mind”
Reformulated version Highlights
Vitamin D 385 IU
Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) 500 mcg
Focus Blend 1,315 mg: L-Tyrosine, Taurine, Phosphatidylserine (Serinaid), Bacopa Extract (50% Bacosides), GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric Acid, Caffeine, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Vinpocetine, Sulbutiamine, Huperzine A (from Huperzia Serrata Extract).
The formula itself has some nice inclusions with L-Tyrosine, Sulbutiamine, and Phosphatidylserine.
An improvement in the caffeine would have scored Optimind better. B6 in a large enough quantity to have the same energizing effects as caffeine would be one option. We would like to see more manufacturers using the more expensive Guarana Extract over Caffeine Anhydrous too. Guarana delivers a far smoother energy rush than its cheaper counterpart.
Phosphatidylserine: A nootropic that aids in the production of neurotransmitters in the brain. It plays a role improving connectivity between neurons and brain cells, while also protecting the brain against aging and aged-related ailments. It’s shown positive effects for improving memory, reaction times, and clarity of thought.
Bacopa Monniera: An Ayurvedic herb 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.
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 have even shown improved 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.
Overall, Optimind has a good formula that features a few key highlight ingredients, but is nonetheless let down by one too many low quality ingredients that sadly leaves Optimind not meeting its optimum potential.
Effects and Benefits
We tested Optimind extensively for a duration of 30 days, and we were initially surprised with the results we got. Firstly, we noticed increases in focus pretty soon after taking the first dose of 2 capsules. It was very easy to get your head into something, and distractions were literally nonexistent for a time. A mix of caffeine, Taurine, and Phosphatidylserine will do that to you.
Over the next few days, we kind of yearned for Optimind to give us more. Sadly, Optimind failed to respond to the call… Adding a 20 mg dose of Noopept and 150 mg Alpha GPC become a regular addition after week 2 just so that I personally could get stuff done. A great initial start where we would feel a little excited and giddy after taking it, but tolerance built very quickly and in one case brain fog made things worse.
Optimind contains caffeine so potential side effects experienced could include anxiety, heart palpitations, diarrhea, and dehydration. Beyond week three there were no signs of improvements in energy, motivation, mood, or memory.
Potential Side Effects
Although there are no side effects directly tied with Optimind, there are a few ingredients in the formula that could potentially cause a few complications. As mentioned above, caffeine is definitely one to look out for if you are sensitive to caffeine. Make sure to stay hydrated to prevent any jitters, heart palpatations and hyperactivity.
While we don’t get too many emails regarding Optimind, those that came in mentioning side effects were few and far between with minor elements ranging from dry mouth to searing headaches.
If you experience any adverse effects or allergies, please stop taking Optimind immediately.
Due to the inclusion of Huperzine A in the formula, you should not take Optimind daily. For best results, we advise you to cycle it off for two days every week.
Optimind comes in one-bottle and two-bottle offerings, but please note that a single bottle only includes 32 capsules, meaning that you’ll be running out of your supply by the middle of the month. For a month’s supply, you’ll need to get the double bottle option. The single bottle costs $43.31 and the double bottle costs $63.65.
The price of Optimind isn’t all too expensive, but it does seem a little sneaky, especially for those purchasing who don’t realize that they’ve ordered a half a month’s worth of product. So while the price is attractive, the value on the other hand doesn’t quite make the cut.
Opinions online regarding Optimind are rather mixed. For every negative comment we’ve seen, there is an equally positive one. This one’s pretty much a toss-up.
Expert Review by Supplementcritique.com
“In an increasingly competitive marketplace for Nootropic supplements, I personally think that OptiMind is one of the best formulas I’ve tested to date. Their well optimized ingredient list, competitive price point, well designed packaging, and the supplements very effectiveness alludes to the fact that this is really a company that is looking to develop an award winning product. I would highly recommend OptiMind to anyone looking to gain an edge in the classroom, boardroom, or playing field.”
Expert Review by Supplementhq.com
“Our personal results from using the product were positive in the sense that we did feel more mental clarity and focus. However, no one on the supplementHQ team noticed any changes in sleep or waking up as advertised on the home page. Although the effects were not as intense as for other brain supplements, they were noticeable. This is a great product to order if you are new to brain supplements and you’re simply looking for a cheap way to try a product like this out. For other cognitive enhancers, like Optimind, click to see how it ranks on our Top 10 cognitive enhancers post.”
- Good as an energy and focus booster
- Great for last-minute study sessions
- Very pretty website and nice graphics
- Ingredients used are low quality
- Inclusion of Huperzine A means it needs to be cycled
- Not as well-rounded as we’d like (no effects to memory or mood)
- No useful or clear information actually given on website
- Poor value at $63.65 for a month’s supply
Our Verdict 83%
Optimind seems like it is all show and no substance. It’s like walking through Versace doors and finding yourself inside Walmart. It looks good, but beyond that, it has its flaws. They do deliver in terms of results, but only in the short-term, which would not benefit anyone looking for long-term effects. Coming in If you’re looking for a product that really shines through in terms of results, we recommend checking out some of our Editors’ Top Choices, such as Lumonol.