My Personal Review of ONNITS Alpha Brain Stack

I remember when I first started taking nootropics. I remember getting frustrated that nothing I ever bought actually worked. Piles of powder and supplements lay strewn across my cabinet and I struggled to find a stack which worked well for me.

It was at this time I purchased my first bottle of Alpha Brain. I wanted something that took all the work out of finding the right stack.

I had heard of Alpha Brain before but I steered clear largely because of the marketing hype and the price tag. However, after researching the ingrediants I decided what the hell, let’s give Alpha Brain a shot and see what happens.

My Review of Alpha Brain

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I got to give it to Joe Rogan and company – the marketing behind Alpha Brain is absolutely gorgeous. The bottle has a sleek design and you get the feeling you’re about to tumble down a rabbit hole when you pop the pills.

Joe Rogan appears to be a smart guy and stands behind his products. But can Alpha Brain truly deliver the potency Joe speaks about?

First, lets discuss the unique ingredients in Alpha Brain before I dive straight into my personal review of the product.

Alpha Brain Ingredients

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Vitamin B6 – Okay, nothing crazy so far. Vitamin B6 is a crucial nutrient for cognitive perfomance and required for over 100 metabolic processes within the brain. B vitamins are the signature brain boosters so seeing one of them on this list is comforting.

L-Tyrosine – Again, very good stuff. I’ve discussed L-Tyrosine in many of my videos and include the supplement in most of my personal stacks. By itself, L-Tyrosine gives me laser sharp focus. It’s a strong precursor to dopamine which is well known for giving you those feelings of calm cerebral focus and energy.

L-Theanine – Another one of my favorites. Lots of studies to back this one up too. L-Theanine is present in green tea and has been shown to produce alpha brain waves in the mind (is this where they got the name??) L-Theanine is extremely calming at the right dose.

Oat Straw Extract – Oat straw has a lot of benefits for the body but the one we are most interested in is its effects on cognitive functioning. A study conducted by the Journal of Alternative Medicine revealed oat straw changes the EEG spectral frequencies of the brain, leading to increased cognitive performance. It’s also loaded with vitamins and minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Phosphatidylserine – Try to say this one 10 times fast. ONNIT has appeared to have done their research. This is another great amino acid which contributes heavily to cognitive functioning. Low amounts of this critical nutrient can lead to brain fog and cognitive decline. Studies have proven that Phosphatidylserine has considerable effects on the cognition of the elderly and dramatically improves ADHD symptoms.

Cats Claw Extract – Cats Claw is an herb native to the peruvian rainforests and reported to have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects on the body. How much of this contributes to cognitive functioning? Who knows, I couldn’t find any studies to prove this stuff boosts cognition. It’s definitely not harmful however.

Alpha-GPC – The good stuff. Alpha GPC is a highly bio available version of Choline and a precursor to Acetycholine – perhaps the greatest neurotransmitter responsible for memory and mental performance. Alpha-GPC is a great nootropic in of itself and stacks well with most nootropics out there.

Bacopa – Bacopa is a well researched herb and has seen long term use in ayurvedic medicine as a potent memory and cognitive booster. Bacopa is an adaptogen meaning it balances out systems within the mind and body. I always recommend including atleast one adaptogen in any nootropic stack so it’s good to see this here. Bacopa has been proven to increase memory recall and performance when used over the long term.

Huperzia Serrata – A species of club moss with an active compound known as Huperzina A. This compound is reported to have potent cognitive effects on the brain. It’s benefits are largely due to the compounds effects on Acetycholine. As mentioned, low levels of Acetycholine are a root cause of brain fog and memory deficit.

L-Leucine – I had previously never heard of this one before. It’s the main component in branch chain amino acids which are required for the rebuilding of muscle and protein synthesis. Why is it included in Alpha Brain? No idea!

Vinpocetine – This was a nootropic I experimented with on its own even before Alpha Brain (thanks Vitamin Shoppe.) It’s touted as a neuroprotective agent and may increase blood flow in the brain. I didn’t notice any significant effects from supplementing with Vinpocetine. I imagine it’s a great supplement for decreasing damage to nerves and cells but may not do anything to enhance your existing functioning.

Pterostilbene – Examine.com says it best

Low doses of pterostilbene (for a human, 10mg or less usually) seem to hold some benefit for cognition, and are thought to be one of the bioactive components of blueberries (alongside the anthocyanin content). Higher doses may not have said neurological effects, but higher supplemental dosages of pterostilbene (in the 250-500mg range usually) seem to have benefit for reducing cholesterol and glucose in research animals. The reduction in blood glucose and improvement in insulin sensitivity is quite potent, with a few studies noting that it is comparable to metformin as the reference drug.

Again, I can see some benefit of this but not a whole lot.

My personal experience using Alpha Brain

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I used Alpha brain for a total of 15 continuous days. There are 30 pills in the bottle but 2 are a single serving. Kind of shady if you ask me but whatever.

What I liked about the Alpha Brain were the immediate effects. I could definitely tell there was L-Tyrosine in this stuff but the experience was much different. I had a sharp sense of focus and my clarity was on point.

Sitting down and doing a task was a whole lot easier. Without nootropics I’m fidgety and exhibit all the classic signs of someone with ADHD – wandering eyes, inability to concentrate, and fidgety.

These are of course the hallmark signs of someone who is bored. If you have to do something boring I think Alpha Brain is a great nootropic stack for sitting down and doing something you really don’t want to be doing. For me that’s paperwork and filling out forms.

Over the course of the 15 days I noticed my memory recall steadily improved. I was able to recall bits of information from days back with great ease (thanks Bacopa.) My standard memory is at a great deficit – I often times have a hard time remembering what happened even the previous day.

I can say subjectively that Alpha Brain boosted my overall mental performance.

Does Alpha Brain work?

I think if you’re at a cognitive deficit Alpha Brain will do wonders for your mental functioning. However, if you’re already a “high mental achiever” Alpha Brain will do very little for you. If you are excercising, eating right, and taking care of yourself you might not notice the effects of Alpha Brain. However, if these areas of your life are lacking I have no doubt you will feel a significant boost in brain function and performance.

It’s a great all in one stack for those that just want something that works.

My concerns with Alpha Brain

The problem with Alpha Brain and all other pre made pill stacks for that matter is not getting a high enough dose of each nootropic. I also don’t like how the bottle does not reveal how much of each nootropic is in the pill. For certain nootropics to be effective they need to be delivered in a large enough dose. L-Theanine for example is best dosed at the 100 – 200mg range. I doubt the dose even comes close to that in Alpha Brain.

In order for them to cram all these ingredients in an easy to swallow pill they have to reduce the amount of each nootropic.

However, I still think Alpha Brain is a great stack for someone who wants a “pop and go” solution to their mental performance.

Final thoughts about Alpha Brain

Looking at the ingredients there’s a lot of solid stuff in Alpha Brain. There’s also a handful of things that lack studies or don’t have any real effect on brain cognition.

With that said, I think Alpha Brain is not the perfect solution but a decent one for individuals looking to experiment with cognitive enhancers. Certainly better than anything you will find at the front of your local gas station!

Pick some up today and experiment for yourself and be sure to check out my post breaking town the entire contents of Alpha Brains ingredients.

 

Phenibut Review – Should You Avoid At All Costs?

Phenibut is one of the more “hardcore” nootropics out on the market. It’s touted as the best nootropic for crushing anxiety and calming even the most frayed nerves.

And I must say, these accusations about Phenibut are true. The right dose of Phenibut will chill you right out and melt away all stress.

Recreationally, Phenibut finds itself being used by people with social anxiety so they can go out to bars, clubs, and meet people without being racked by devastating levels of anxiety.

Something this good can’t be without it’s downsides right?

My experience using Phenibut

I’m a lot like you. I read as many reviews about Phenibut as I could before I made the decision to purchase some and try it out for myself. Some people had great things to say about this nootropic while others talked about it like it was spawned from the 7th circle of hell.

I started off with a gram of Phenibut. In about 2 hours I began to feel the sedative properties of the Phenibut take hold. I was much more relaxed and found myself talking freely with my friends. I was excited to engage in conversation, play music, and have jolly good time with everyone around me.

It was amazing stuff. Almost like taking a Xanax but without the mental dullness associated with hardcore benzos. There seemed to be a certain energy level with taking Phenibut. I was sedated but still mentally alert and sharp. This is a significant quality of the nootropic.

The effects lasted well into the day with an after glow the next morning. Unlike others, I did not experience a Phenibut hangover. I’ve read some reports of people experiencing excruciating hangovers on Phenibut. Some people can’t tolerate GABA type drugs I guess.

Phenibut and GABA

Phenibut effects the neurotransmitter GABA in your brain. This neurotransmitter is responsible for feeling calm. It inhibits the easily excitable neurons from firing too quickly. Anxious people have a deficit of GABA activity and so they always feel nervous and on edge.

Medications like Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan work to regulate these neurotransmitters and block them from firing off too fast. The result is a feeling of extreme calmness.

Phenibut acts in a similar way, modulating the GABA in your brain and inducing a sedating and calming effect.

My Hallmark Phenibut Experience

I always say nootropics and substances, especially the “hardcore” varieties, should only be used for specific situations and never abused. Recently my best friend passed away and I knew I was going to give a speech at his funeral. His death combined with the thought of getting up in front of a large gathering of people induced massive amounts of anxiety in myself.

I took Phenibut the day of his service and delivered the best speech of my life. In fact, I actually enjoyed being up there, telling stories, and expressing my emotions. I don’t think I could have done this without Phenibut. There is no way that the speech would have came out as fluid as it did. The whole thing flowed perfectly.

Phenibut vs benzodiazepines

Phenibut in my experience is similar to drugs like Xanax and Valium. However, Phenibut differs in one major way – it does not effect your mental functioning and in fact, actually enhances your thinking and the flow of ideas. The russians knew what they were doing when they synthesized this drug for their cosmonauts. That’s why I consider Phenibut to be one of the greatest nootropics of all time.

Final Thoughts

Yes, Phenibut has the potential for addiction. Yes, it should NOT be taken everyday. But used in specific situations I believe Phenibut is a safe and outstanding nootropic to have in your regiment. It’s gotten me through a few rough patches of my life and if you deal with anxiety it’s a very effective calming agent to keep around for times when you need a little extra help.

Where to buy Phenibut

Phenibut can be purchased by the great people over at Peak Nootropics.

Oxiracetam Review – The Speedy Git’r’Done Nootropic

Oxiracetam was one of the last nootropics I experimented with. I had been hearing mixed reviews about this particular racetam and had some reservation about experimenting.

Only after I tried all the other racetams did I give Oxiracetam a shot. Out of all the racetams I would say it’s the most unique. It’s effects are immediate and come in powerful bursts of mental energy. This was a surprise as I wasn’t expecting any kind of effect all.

While other racetams like Piracetam compound over time, Oxiractetam seemed to go into effect immediately.

While other racetams also have significant effects on memory, I didn’t notice any of these same qualities in Oxiracetam.

Why use Oxiracetam?

This nootropic is great for short bursts of mental energy. Stacked with a cup of strong coffee, this is a powerful nootropic for smashing through work and getting stuff down.

Out of all the racetams, this particular variety was the only kind to get me off my ass and clean my room. In fact, I was happy to do so and even had leftover mental reserves to make a few calls I had been putting off.

For me, making calls and sending emails are the last things I want to do with my time. Talking to people on the phone is mentally draining and after a few long phone sessions, I’m nearly drained of life completely.

This racetam allowed me to power through the tedious tasks that I usually dread with ease.

Stacks well with….

Caffeine. Like I mentioned, caffeine and Oxiracetam seem to go hand in hand. Both are stimulatory in nature and provide the mental groundwork required to hammer through your projects and get stuff done.

Choline is another great supplement to stack with this nootropic. In fact, all racetam types benefit from a quality choline source. These racetams ramp up the amount of Acetycholine usage in the brain – the neurotransmitter responsible for nootropic effects. Choline is the primary precursor to making Acetycholine so give your brain what it needs.

Where to buy Oxiracetam

Peak Nootropics has stocked Oxiracetam for a long time and consistently provides the best quality year after year. While other nootropic companies come and go, Peak Nootropics has stood strong in a shaky market.

Pramiracetam Review – The Nootropic That Just Works

Do you experience daily brain fog? Like your brain is not firing on all cylinders? For me, a fuzzy and clouded brain was part of my daily experience until I discovered these racetam type compounds. Racetams have unique properties that clean out the cobwebs of your brain and organize your thoughts into coherent trains of consciousness.

Pramiracetam is another racetam derived compound and one of the most powerful. In fact, I rarely take Pramiracetam unless I need to go into a state of complete manic focus for days at a time. It’s the strongest racetam on the market and delivers potent memory enhancements. For me, it throws me into a state of complete manic euphoria. I can work for hours at a time with a single focus.

Boring tasks become interesting and I can recall bits of information that were encoded years ago in memory. That’s one thing about the racetams – they tend to make you remember random events or pieces of information well in the past. You’ll find yourself walking one day and all of the sudden a memory will pop out of nowhere.

“Wow, I completely forgot about that.”

Great stuff for bringing all those repressed memories to the surface for examination. For this reason, Pramiracetam is great for change work. I was cursed (or blessed depending on how you look at it) with a terrible memory. Without supplementation it’s difficult to recall what I did even 3 days ago. Short of something extraordinary happening to me, the days seem to blend themselves together in an incoherent stream of life.

Maybe you struggle with memory and focus as well? If not, I’m not sure if Pramiracetam is the right nootropic for you. In fact, if you’re already “firing on all cylinders” you might not get a lot out of using Pramiracetam, or any nootropic for that matter.

This stuff is for the individual with cognitive deficits. You’ll turn from a dull dusty Windows 3.1 box into a powerhouse data crunching super computer.

Yes, this stuff is great.

But what about the mania? Yes, Pramiracetam seems to throw me into the grips of a full blown manic episode. Being bipolar I’m very familiar with this state of being, and also very familiar with the subsequent depression that follows these types of experiences. For this reason, I avoid using Pramiracetam for long periods of time, usually only dosing a few times a month when I have to cram or get a lot of work done.

I wouldn’t worry about it too much unless you’re prone to the same type of mental disposition.

Is Pramiracetam worth experimenting with?

I’ve got to say yes. It’s one of those nootropics that appear to have an effect on many different types of individuals across the board. You might have noticed many nootropics are hit or miss.

Pramiracetam is a refreshing change from this inconsistency and a great choice for someone looking for a nootropic that “just works.”

What is Pramiracetam used for?

Pramiracetam is used by the student or career professional who wants to accelerate the process of  learning and retaining information. It induces the perfect environment for absorbing information and encoding it in a way the brain can recall.

Brain fog? Pramiracetam blasts straight through the cobwebs leaving the mind as a clean slate for absorbing new information.

Pramiracetam does not make you smarter. It puts your brain into a receptive state for learning. You still have to feed it the right stuff. Take Pramiracetam and do something to further your knowledge. Learn a language, learn to program, write a book, etc.

These are the tasks Pramiracetam is best suited for. It’s the silicon valley wonder supplement with many startup companies using it to put in long hours at the computer.

Stimulating

Pramiracetam has a stimulating quality to it. Not physically but mentally. It’s almost like a long lasting espresso shot. Really, it feels like the curtains of the mind are opened to allow in the light of clarity.

I like to take Pramiracetam first thing in the morning as the stimulatory properties of this nootropic are well suited to waking you up.

Where to buy Pramiracetam

A lot of nootropics vendors have stopped stocking their Pramiracetam or have otherwise gone out of business. Only Peak Nootropics has been consistently delivering the goods and it’s where I get all of my product.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Hit me up with all of your questions below in the comments section.

 

 

Peak Nootropics Review

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Peak Nootropics

I get emails and comments on my Youtube channel from readers who want to know where to buy nootropics. These days, finding a reputable vendor is hit or miss unless you’ve walked through as many fires as I have. Having bought my fair share of bunk nootropics, I know which vendors are trustworthy and which ones aren’t.

Peak Nootropics is a vendor I’ve been buying from for over a year. Time and time again their nootropics have been consistent and they’ve always arrived on time. I’ve seen many vendors pop out of nowhere and everyone gets excited. Months later you go to their site and they’re out of stock, you can’t get in contact with anybody, and the next day they’re gone.

Nootropics vendors come and go but Peak Nootropics has seemed to stand the test of time. In this review I’ll explain why I choose Peak Nootropics as my primary vendor and why you should strongly consider purchasing product from them.

Lab tested analysis

Peak Nootropics subjects all of their powders to independent third party testing to ensure quality and purity. This is the most important criteria when selecting a nootropics vendor. The last thing you want is to ingest a strange research chemical. It happens more than you think. As a member of the nootropics community I’ve read stories of customers ordering product from a vendor and getting something completely different. Not good.

Peak Nootropics has their certificate of analysis posted directly on their site and continually tests their product.

Fast Shipping

Peak nootropics is based out of Houston Texas and nootropics generally arrive withing 2 – 3 days in the U.S. Expedited shipping is available if you need your nootropics faster. Shipments come securely packaged.

Customer Service

I’ve only had to call them once to change an order but they made the switch right away. Maybe I got lucky but I was able to get them on the phone the first try. This is pretty rare as far as customer service is concerned. Usually you have to wait through a series of “special messages” and terrible elevator music.

Being a small company in a small niche allows them to deliver much better customer service than larger companies.

Selection

Their selection of nootropics is impressive. Before I found them I was forced to order what I needed through multiple vendors. Some vendors had certain nootropics I wanted but not a single one stocked all of my favorites. As you know, I’m a big fan of Piracetam, Aniracetam, Sulbutiamine, L-Theanine, and a number of other nootropics.

I don’t have to hop around between vendors to get the nootropics I need. Peak Nootropics has all of them and I can order in one fell swoop.

Bulk Powder Nootropics

Hands down, Peak Nootropics sets the standard for bulk powder nootropics. While they are lacking in capsuled nootropics, once you start getting serious you don’t want the capsules anymore. Bulk powder nootropics save you a ton of money and you can dial in your doses with the help of a scale.

A sack of nootropics lasts me months. A bottle of capsules is expensive and they don’t last nearly as long. Bulk is where it’s at and Peak Nootropics has plenty of raw powder to go around.

Money back guarantee

If for whatever reason you are not satisfied Peak Nootropics offers a 100% money back guarantee on your order.

Final Thoughts

Peak Nootropics is a great vendor and they get the Gonootropics seal of approval. I have a ton of their powders sealed up and sitting in my cabinet as you read this. I’m both a user and a big fan of their powders and do not hesitate recommending them to by readers.

Check out their site for more info and happy dosing! Thanks for reading this review.