Brain Alert is not the most famous of supplement brands out there, but interestingly we have gotten a few customer requests on this product. Right as you look at the bottle and packaging, you can tell that the manufacturers are simple, straight to the point, and aren’t keen on coming up with ‘clever’ marketing practices. I personally would consider this a pretty good first impression, since a lot of new products these days are just playing around too much with their cool branding and their eye-catching colors. Brain supplements are meant to be cognitive supporters, so let’s just keep it that way.
In this review, we will go past the cover of the book by actually evaluating Brain Alert’s ingredients, benefits, side effects, and pricing options. We hope that by the end of this review you will be able to make an informed decision of whether Brain Alert is the right product for you. But before we begin, what is Brain Alert and what does it claim to do? Well, Brain Alert is a cognitive enhancement supplement manufactured by Health Center For Better Living. It contains a propriety blend of nearly 25 nootropic ingredients and claims to support mental energy, memory and concentration. Although their formula may seem impressive, we wonder whether the blend can synergize and achieve their goals.
Here is a screen capture of the official supplement facts sheet:
That’s a whopping formula with 24 ingredients…all in one tiny pill! This reminds me of the saying “quantity doesn’t necessarily mean quality”. Before jumping into conclusions, however, let’s go over the key ingredients to evaluate the potency of the formula.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine: Helps with the formation of the learning neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.
DMAE: Substance banned by the FDA in the U.S., Canada and Australia for its potentially damaging properties. Long-term use may result in nerve cell deterioration.
Huperzine A: Stimulates Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) and helps to improve memory formation and recall. Also works as a cholinesterase inhibitor, leading to an increase of acetylcholine levels in the brain. Huperzine A is also capable of providing higher amounts of blood flow through the brain and body. As a result, concentration and focus are improved.
Bacopa Monniera: An Ayurvedic herb that can get rid of brain fog and promote better memory function.
Ginkgo Biloba: Helps to enhance memory in the long-term without any negative side effects.
Vinpocetine: Boosts blood circulation in the brain and works similarly to Huperzine A.
Brain Alert’s formula is not bad, particularly because it does contain some very esteemed nootropic ingredients. Compounds such as Vinpocetine, Ginkgo and Huperzine A have all been tested substantially to show that they are capable of bringing benefits effectively. At the same time, however, the blend does contain some red flags such as DMAE. This substance has been banned and should not be included in an over-the-counter supplement. Overall, we feel as though Brain Alert has attempted to fit in as many ingredients possible, just for the sake of beating all the other competitors in the market. The only way to tell whether their formula actually works is by taking a look at what other customers’ experiences have been like. This is available further down in the review.
Effects and Benefits
Before conducting the experiment I went around the office to find which one of our workers would like to volunteer and try this product out. Fascinatingly enough, a few members of our team (4 to be specific) had already tried it and were familiar with the product. Instead of creating a hassle and starting the experiment from scratch, I decided to simply ask them about their experience and whether they could share their thoughts about the product.
Reports ranged from very good feedback to mediocre to negative ones. One tester has been so pleased with her experience that she continues to use the product until this day after 2 years. She said that the product really helps her stay on track and focused throughout the day. Without it, she says, “it would be way too difficult to fight my lazy urges”. Another 2 users said that they’ve been trying it for 4-5 weeks and would not mind ordering another bottle. Although results “haven’t been super impressive”, they realize that the effects are stacking and they hope to see significant changes with further use. Another tester completely stopped taking the product after only 3 days because it gave him headaches and nausea.
Potential Side Effects
As mentioned above, side effects that have been seen through use of this product are headaches and nausea. Please be aware that this is not as fatal as it sounds. These types of side effects are quite common with nootropic supplements as they affect the brain. For some people, the substances can be too strong thus leading to reactions such as pain and inflammation. If you are concerned then please meet with your physician before taking the product.
One bottle contains 60 capsules and retails for $35. Since the recommended dose is 2 capsules a day, one bottle can last an entire month. At only a bit over $1 per day, we say that this product is definitely worth a shot.
“I have been taking Brain Alert an cannot see to much change. I don’t loose my keys as much an stopped taking it for a month that is were I experience a vast change not taking it. My wife even notice the down dude in my memory an energy. Now I am taking it again an in one week notice a vast improvement in energy an memory mostly. I was hoping that I would not have to take it anymore . It proved to me anyway it works. Money is tight but j will find a way to pay for it because without it no fun.”
- Sy Levin on SupplementCritique.com
“I simply don’t trust supplements like this one, that have 1000 ingredients in them. I’ve tried a few and none of them have worked HALF as well as single-ingredient ones.”
- Gabriella on BrainOpinions.com
“I have always thought that the lack of concentration and memory are signs of aging, but now I believe that these symptoms may be kept under control. Luckily I have found my methods and I additionally use BrainAlert, which is the best remedy I have tried so far!”
- Marta N. on BrainOpinions.com
“I take BrainAlert as they say with 2 day pauses every week in order to prevent tolerance development. But after 3 months treatment I am not noticing any positive results. So, I guess that this works only for some people and definitely not for me…”
- Ingram on BrainOpinions.com
“I’m a healthcare specialist and I’ve recommended BrainAlert to many of my patients. It really is a good supplement, but for healthy persons only in my opinion. I mean if you feel like your energy levels are low because of chemotherapy or a medical condition you know you have, than BrainAlert is not the best option for you.”
- Arlene P. on BrainOpinions.com
RECAP: Pro’s vs Con’s
- Price is inexpensive
- Has been very beneficial for some in improving memory and focus
- Contains some very good nootropic ingredients
- Too many ingredients, potency is low
- May not work for everyone
- May cause minor side effects such as headaches and nausea
The pro’s and con’s for this product essentially balance each other out. Although there are some very good ingredients included in Brain Alert’s formula, we feel as though there are far too many substances stacked into each pill. When this is the case, what typically happens is a lack of effectiveness because the ingredients cancel each other out. The reviews on this product also vary from very positive to very negative. In conclusion, we must say that there is no guarantee that this product will work for you. Depending on your age, diet, medical history, this product could do you wonders or simply throw your money down the drain. If you are curious to try the product, however, we advise that you consult with your physician beforehand.