Mental Clarity To Focus On What Matters – TruBrain Review
A few months ago, I came across a pretty interesting company. They were touting something “designed to give you the mental clarity to focus on what matters.”
Sounds promising right? I’ve heard statements like this before, and more often than not, the statements don’t hold water.
After I posted my review of the holiday biohacker box from Quarterly on my personal site, I was contacted by TruBrain and asked if I would like to review some more of their nootropic stacks. So, loving to experiment with nootropics, and having a good effect from their drinks, I said sure! They sent me a box that had a week’s supply of their morning and afternoon stacks in capsules, a few boost capsules, some jump sticks and focus sticks. Before I get in to the specifics, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the results.
Capsules are one of the standard ways most people take nootropics. The other most common way is to buy the bulk powder and measure it out. Then your choices are to hold it under your tongue for best effect and slowly swallow it over a few minutes, or mix it in a liquid and drink it down. You can probably create your own stacks buying bulk powders for cheaper, but Trubrain takes out the work of weighing and dealing with bulk ingredients.
The morning and afternoon packets from Trubrain have a few different things in them. I have tried all the ingredients in the past, but never in the exact combination that these come in. All of the ingredients in the above photo are included in these except for oxiracetam, which is in the boost pack. Piracetam is the only ingredient in them that is not a naturally occurring compound. That being said, it is the most studied, oldest, and safest synthetic nootropic I know of.
Piracetam was first created in 1964 by a scientists at a Belgian pharmaceutical company led by Corneliu E. Giugea. He is the person responsible for coining the term nootropic. Piracetam first became available in the early 1970s. It works by improving the function of neurotransmitters like acetylcholine, which is critical to memory processing and influences NMDA glutamate receptors which are helpful for learning and memory processes. It is also thought to increase cell membrane permeability. It increases creativity by increasing communication between the left and right side of the brain. Piracetam has also been shown to increase blood flow and oxygen consumption in some parts of the brain. There are few side effects associated with piracetam, and those are considered very mild, and it shows to have a extremely low toxicity. When supplementing with piractetam, I always recommend stacking it with some source of choline. This works synergistically to enhance the effects, and can also reduce the chance of any negative side effects like a racetam headache.
CDP-choline or citicoline is a source of choline that has a very high bioavailability. It aids in the body’s creation of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter associated with the brain’s ability to remember and learn new things. It also increases blood glucose metabolism, ATP and phosphocreatine. Studies suggest that citicoline increases the effectiveness of dopamine receptors in the brain, increases cerebral metabolism, and helps protect the cell membranes of the central nervous system. It helps with the formation of new memories, and can help you to focus better. Another form of choline is Alpha-GPC. Alpha-GPC is touted as the best form of choline, but pure it draws a lot of moisture from the air and can solidify.
L-Theanine is an amino acid analogue found in green tea. Many people use in with caffeine as it offsets some of the potential negative effects of caffeine, like jitters and also works synergistically to enhance cognitive function. L-theanine has been shown to decrease anxiety while also improving mental processing. It also promotes relaxation and can promote healthy blood pressure levels. One thing that I find very interesting is that it has been shown to boost alpha brain wave patterns, which are associated with relaxed attention.
Most people are deficient in magnesium. I consider it one of the most important supplements to improve overall health and recommend it to all of my clients. In relation to the brain, magnesium helps regulate neurotransmitter receptor sites, which in turn helps improve and balance your mood. It has also been shown to increase learning and memory.
Tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid that is responsible for the production of neurotransmitters in the brain. It is a precursor to dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. It can increase your working memory and creativity. There are also some studies to suggest that it can reduce some of the negative cognitive effects associated with sleep deprivation.
Research showing cognitive benefits among healthy adults is slim, but for people with mild cognitive impairment or mild cases of Alzheimers, it has been show to be of benefit. Carnitine does have a wide range of benefits to other systems of the body. It helps transport fatty acids to the mitochondria to be used as a fuel source. Athletes love it because it can increase physical working capacity, and even help lift heavier weight and building lean muscle.
DHA is an omega-3 amino acid commonly found in fish oil. It is great to reduce inflammation throughout your whole body. There is not a lot of scientific proof out there to suggest it does much for cognitive function, but the benefits of it for your heart and rest of your body is substantial.
All the ingredients above are what is in the morning and afternoon daily capsules. They also include some boost capsules. These contain oxiracetam. It is another racetam and has a very similar chemical structure and effect that piracetam does. The major difference is the lower effective dose. It can improve memory and learning while keeping the brain healthy. It is also shown to have mild stimulant properties.
The focus sticks are liquid sticks that look like sticks of honey, in fact they are sticks of agave syrup infused with nootropics. This is a unique way of providing nootropics and looked really intersting to me. They recommend to add a stick to your coffee and the ingredients will work synergistically with the caffeine. Their website says that “the focus sticks harness the alertness of caffeine with nutrients proven for improved steady focus and flow state.” The ingredients in the focus sticks are L-theanine and Alpha-GPC, which is my favorite choline source. When I took the focus sticks, within 30 minutes I started to feel more relaxed and focused. I really enjoyed the effect it had on my concentration and ability to retain the information that I was studying.
The jump sticks were packaged just like the focus sticks, but were much darker in color. The main ingredients in these are phenylpiracetam and Alpha-GPC. The taste of these are much stronger than the focus sticks because of the bitterness of the phenylpiracetam. I did get a noticeable effect much sooner with these. I felt more alert and it even had a positive effect on my mood. Phenylpiracetam has been shown to be 30 to 60 more times effective than piracetam and also work synergistically with piracetam, so some people like to take them together in a stack. It has been found that it can reduce anxiety and uplift your mood while having positive effects on your memory. It can also increase your resistance to cold and increase physical performance, which is one reason that it appears on the Olympics’s list of banned substances.
Below is the review I published on my own blog about the TruBrain Drinks..
After checking out the ingredients and trying them myself, I can now say that they really do work! I also gave them to my wife who has not tried many nootropics or brain supplements and she loved it too. There is an immediate energy surge upon taking them which is from the caffeine. After about 30 minutes, I started to feel the effects from the other ingredients which included alertness, a better ability to focus and a boost in creativity. In particular, I could feel the Oxiracetam and Piracetam which are two very well known and researched nootropics. They taste very good, however you can still taste a slight bitterness from the racetams. Aside from the racetams, the ingredients are all natural.
The only reservation with this drink I have is the natural flavoring agents used. That being said, almost any drink like this has to have some sort of sugar based flavoring agents to mask the taste of the other ingredients.
I really enjoyed trying out these products. I definitely recommend any of them to anyone that is curious about nootropics or looking to increase their cognitive performance. With some of the ingredients like piracetam, it may take a week to start feeling the complete effects because you have to give it time to build up levels in your body. I have tried all of these ingredients before, from other suppliers, and can tell you that the quality of TruBrain’s ingredients is very good. Whether you need a little help studying, focusing at work, or would like an unfair advantage over your peers, this may be for you. I will be ordering more in the near future and plan to try out their coffee as well. If you would like to try them out, here are some discounted links and even a free trial offer for our readers. Check them out!
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