I’m a big fan of nootropics, so it’s only appropriate that the first product review on the website is one of the most popular nootropic supplements available – Alpha Brain. Like nearly everyone else I first heard of this product on Joe Rogan’s podcast. It sounded overhyped, but eventually I gave in and bought a bottle to see for myself. After about 6 months of testing I’m ready to give my review.
First of all I want to say that I’m naturally a very skeptical person. Unfortunately (and fortunately) I don’t get the benefit of the placebo effect as easily as most people.
For years I thought something was wrong with me when I didn’t feel most of the benefits from sports supplements that my friends claimed to have noticed. However, as we all know now, that’s because most of them don’t actually do anything.
So my expectations weren’t set too high when I first tried Alpha Brain. Surprisingly though, the product is actually pretty good. What I liked best about it was the convenience of not having to mess with mixing powders and all that.
However, the downside is the one-size-fits-all formula that you have to work with. Also, I was very disappointed that they didn’t include any racetams in their formula. I think they just couldn’t make it work while keeping the serving at only 2 capsules with all the ingredients they include.
Addressing the Claims
Onnit, the makers of Alpha Brain, have some bold claims about their flagship product. I’m going to address each claim and share my experience. I’m not trying to prove any claims right or wrong here, I’m just giving my opinion based on my experience. The only way to know how it will affect you is try it for yourself.
Like any nootropic, the website claims Alpha Brain boosts focus, mental drive and memory. From my experience, it does all three of those. The focus and mental drive aren’t as strong as what I experience when mixing my own nootropics or what you would experience with a prescription drug, but it is there nonetheless. The effects on memory are very noticeable for me.
They also heavily promote Alpha Brain’s ability to cause lucid dreams. This one I’m not sure about, because I never intentionally tried to achieve that effect. They suggest taking a serving (2 capsules) of Alpha Brain in the evening to achieve this and I rarely have taken Alpha Brain past 4 pm.
I haven’t experienced any lucid dreams while taking Alpha Brain, but I have experienced lucid dreaming many times before. However, there were a couple of times that I had very vivid dreams after taking Alpha Brain.
I often experience vivid dreams, so it’s hard to say if it was the Alpha Brain that caused this. I will say that these were much more vivid than usual and they happened on days where I took Alpha Brain later than noon, so it’s safe to say there might be a correlation there.
One benefit I don’t see mentioned on their website that I noticed was helping with jet lag. I recently took a trip to Europe with my girlfriend and we couldn’t sleep at all on the overnight flight. When we landed in Amsterdam at 9 am we felt like shit. After taking two Alpha Brain pills and getting some breakfast we felt completely fine. We were able to spend the day exploring and taking in the experience of the city without any noticeable jet lag at all.
So with all that being said, let’s break down the pros and cons of this product.
- Good balance of ingredients
- Alpha Brain actually works
It’s nice not having to mix powders and deal with capsule machines. Alpha Brain is my go-to for traveling or when I’m pressed for time. Although you might have to take more than the recommended dose to get the effectiveness you want, the ingredient profile is solid for the most part.
- No racetams
- Proprietary blends
Onnit sells their 30 count bottle for $35, which is only 15 servings because 1 serving is 2 capsules. That adds up pretty quickly, especially if you are wanting to enjoy the benefits all day.
Also, I like to stack 1500 mg of Aniracetam with Alpha Brain. I’ve found this significantly increases the effects and I really wish they would have included this in their formula.
I don’t like proprietary blends because I want to know exactly what I’m consuming. It’s not always a deal breaker for me, but it’s definitely a con in my opinion.
Alpha Brain is a solid nootropic supplement that works. In fact, I’m on Alpha Brain right now. It’s not cheap and you can actually make a more effective product for cheaper if you buy bulk powders. However, if price isn’t an issue you can’t beat the convenience factor. I’d suggest buying the 90 count bottle from Amazon to get the best deal. If you prefer to make your own nootropic stack like many people you should at least consider keeping Alpha Brain on hand for traveling.
Have you tried Alpha Brain or any similar products? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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