Brain Alert is yet another competitor in the booming ‘brain enhancement’ market; developed in 2005 the product claims to help with both long term cognitive health and emotional distress – reducing stress and anxiety, seasonal affective disorder, irritability, etc. With all the claims, it’s easy to question the effectiveness of the supplement. Brain Alert also prides itself on their 24 effective ingredients, not a mere 12 like their competitors, who remain nameless. Now that’s all well and good but the cliché “quality over quantity” springs to mind; I don’t need an elaborate supplement, just an effective one.
Now, you can purchase Brain Alert direct through their website, as well as a handful of other online retailers, and pay around $29.95 per bottle, which contains 60 capsules or a month’s supply on the two a day system. Brain Alert even offers a monthly automated delivery plan, with bottles costing $24.95. The website is basic and user friendly with links to orders, contact, faqs, reviews, and of course ingredients. The ingredients link is detailed and informative, providing [positive] case studies and facts about their ingredients’ benefits.
Unlike traditional supplements, Brain Alert recommends using the product every day for five days with a two day break, presumably the weekend, as to not build up a tolerance to the product. A tolerance to what is basically a vitamin makes no sense – seems like a marketing tool to attempt to link Brain Alert to more powerful drugs than anything else.
What the product lacks is a true mental and physical boost. Unlike other smart drugs there is no noticeable difference in focus, drive, and energy. With all the claims, this should be wunderkind supplement gave me no significant improvement in my concentration or cognitive function. And unlike some other products, Brain Alert contains no caffeine or stimulants. Of course that means to crashing or jitters, but also none of the necessary energy I want and need when I’m using a nootropic supplement.
The only true difference I noticed while taking Brain Alert was with my mood. I did seem more grounded, less irritable throughout regularly stressful situations, but I find similar effects with true Adderall alternatives – products that offer both stress and cognitive control.
- No stimulants
- Good overall mental health supplement
- Cheaper than competitors
- Mood improvement
- Possible health benefits – neuron growth, better nutrient absorption, raised antioxidant levels, nerve regeneration
- No stimulants, low energy
- Limited cognitive improvement
- No enhanced focus – if you want the benefits of Adderall without the prescription, there are better options
Conclusion: With all the vitamins and minerals in Brain Alert, the supplement is a good choice for a consumer looking for daily brain support but not for a consumer looking for significant, and fast, improvement in their concentration and cognitive function. Brain Alert acts more like a multi-vitamin than an alternative to hard to obtain Adderall.