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.

 

Nootropics and Tolerance

Tolerance when closely examined is baked into the very fabric of life in this universe. Simply put, it is the bodies way of stabilizing back to normalcy when introduced to a new chemical, substance or process.

You see, the body is always trying to reach a state of homeostasis….

And it only makes sense.

If you live in a chaotic environment (earth) it helps to have processes that can deal with the constant barrage of new and novel things. In this way, the body can maintain the core fundamental elements for the proper functioning for life.

Over time the body has adapted and figured out what chemicals and processes support life. It has the game cracked. It knows all the elements required for survival and doesn’t feel the need to take a risk on anything new.

Let’s say you’re playing a video game. If a particular method of beating the game works every time why would you risk trying something new? Well, maybe you would for the sake of fun. The body doesn’t take these risks because the result could be DEATH. Not exactly a whole lot of fun in that.

Because of this, your body is constantly adjusting based on what you put in it. It is constantly trying to balance itself out to reach this state of homeostasis. As you take nootropics, you might begin to notice the results aren’t as powerful over time.

This is called tolerance.

Even in your own life you can see the results of tolerance clear as day. Let’s say you get a new car. How long before the excitement wears off? How long before it becomes just like your last car? A week? Two Weeks?

Let’s say you get a new job. How long before you settle into the grind and the appreciative feeling you once had is gone?

How long before that new relationship loses it’s original magic?

Nootropics and tolerance

When taking nootropics, it’s important to take breaks from supplementation. If you take a nootropic everyday you will eventually become numb to the effects and require more of the nootropic to get the same result.

A popular method of ensuring the nootropics always retain their power is to cycle.

For example, taking them one day and then skipping the next 2 days. Certain nootropics like Phenibut require longer periods of abstinence because of their long duration of effect in the body.

If you’re using nootropics for anxiety or depression, having an alternative stack you can use on your off days is smart. Exercise can speed up the process of elimination. On your off days, consider doing some type of cardio, crossfit, or weightlifting. This will speed up the process of elimination and deliver powerful nootropic benefits.

Conclusion

In a perfect world, we could take nootropics and the effect on day 10 would be the same as the effect on day 1.

In a perfect world, our relationships would feel brand new every single day.

Until then, it’s important to take breaks from the things you love so they can return with the fullness of their magic.

 

Are Nootropics Legit?

Are you about to drop some serious cash on nootropics? Of course, you’d like to know if nootropics are legit before you do so. Who wants to waste their hard earned cash on snake oil?

I had my concerns when I first started using nootropics. In fact, I scoured the internet looking for even a SCRAP of evidence to suggest that nootropics were pure marketing. Indeed, I found many people who were very jaded about nootropics. They were crying from the high heavens and eager to tell the world the “truth” about the “scam.”

I certainly gravitated towards these types of conversations. I didn’t want to be fooled by someone who was selling bunk product. However, I continued to do my research as objectively as possible, without getting sucked into the opinions of a handful of whiners.

I continued to dig deeper into the subject of nootropics to figure out if they were indeed, As the cowboys used to say…

All hat and no cattle.

After experimentation with a few common nootropics I have come to my own conclusion…

Nootropics are legit.

Sure, certain nootropics have had little effect on me mentally. However, some nootropics like Piracetam and Phenibut have been nothing short of game changers for my life. I went from experiencing debilitating brain fog to firing on all cylinders. I went from stumbling around with words to speaking fluid rivers of coherent thoughts with anyone I met. With Phenibut I gave the most epic speech of my life at my best friends funeral. Without nootropics there would be very little acceleration in my life.

Without nootropics there is only brain fog and darkness. With them I am born into a brand new world where everything is clear and effortless.

Much of the positive things you hear about nootroics are true.

For example, L-Theanine really DOES synergize perfectly with caffeine, leveling out all the negative effects and amping up the positives. L-Theanine by itself is extremely calming. The studies will even tell you that.

I’ve also had great experiences with Aniracetam, Pramiracetam, and Phenylpiracetam – the latter nootropic turning me into the incredible hulk on the physical energy level. There’s a reason it’s banned by most competitive sports (it actually works.)

At this point it’s not a matter of asking the question “do nootropics work.”

Now, it’s more a matter of experimenting with what is out there and finding the nootropics that work well for you and your situation. It’s a question of finding the right nootropics stack to allow yourself to break through to the next cognitive level.

Whether you want to crush your anxiety or crush an exam, nootropics have a lot to offer you.

Don’t be afraid to grab some powder or capsules and start dosing. You might find yourself tumbling down a very interesting rabbit hole indeed…

Nootropics That Actually Work

As a member of the nootropics community I hear the far off cries of new users shouting:

“Is there a nootropic that ACTUALLY works around here?”

These newbies have purchased hundreds of dollars worth of nootropics and are FED UP with buying supplements that deliver no bang.

In this post I break the pattern. In this post I’m delivering the HARD HITTING nootropics you can actually feel.

Why aren’t these nootropics working?

There’s a number of reasons why the nootropics you are taking aren’t working. The most common reason is you aren’t sensitive enough to notice the effects. Keep in mind, taking nootropics is not like popping ecstasy at a rave. You aren’t going to start “tripping” and you aren’t going to experience anything like a fully blown LSD trip.

Many nootropics have a compounding effect (Piracetam.) You won’t feel these types of nootropics instantly like you would popping an adderall.

With that said, this post is for the less patient among you. This is a post chocked full of nootropics that deliver serious effects the day you dose, rather than weeks down the road.

Phenylpiracetam

Want a speedy nootropic that will have you grinding your teeth down to the tap roots? Do you want to feel like the incredible hulk, surging with powerful physical energy? There’s a reason this stuff is banned by most competitive sports – it just works. You can’t have players using this stuff because there’d be a significant disadvantage to the other team. I’ve got a video on Phenylpiracetam where I call it the best body building supplement. Too good to be true you say? Order some powder and test for yourself. Don’t come crying to me when you start going green.

Phenibut

Yes, the classic anti anxiety staple used and abused by both the average joe and FIENDS alike. There’s a reason nobody abuses broccoli. It doesn’t do anything. Phenibut on the other hand has thousands of reports touting the compounds significant anti anxiety effects and reported “dangers” and potential for addiction. Is Phenibut all that dangerous though? Read my post on that matter right here. Just know that Phenibut is one of these nootropics that actually works – for better or worse.

Nicotine

Nicotine is a naturally occurring pesticide produced by the tobacco plant to ward off evil buggers. In small doses it is lethal for any bug who comes into contact. For humans, it ignites the pleasure centers of the brain by flooding the system with dopamine and epinephrine. These neurotransmitters are directly responsible for focus, pleasure, and your ability to get things done while feeling good about life. Small doses of nicotine have profound nootropic effects on the mind and enhance both short term memory and psychomotor functioning. It’s been studied extensively and proven to be relatively safe in lower doses.

My administration route of choice? Nicorette Gum.

Caffeine

I bet you’re not surprised to see this one. Caffeine is the signature staple in most everyone’s morning routine. It’s the fuel that transforms one from a drooling unproductive zombie to a bright and cheery human ready and willing to shovel themselves into a cubicle and slave for hours. The best conversations have probably taken place in coffee shops among people high as hell off of caffeine’s potent effects. Indeed, just because caffeine is legal doesn’t mean it’s not a fully blown drug. It’s a powerful stimulant with significant nootropic effects. I take these caffeine capsules with 200mg of L-theanine on days I need a turbo boost.

Notable Mentions

To a certain extent, nootropics like Semax, Selank, and Tianeptine also appear to have an effect on most individuals who have experimented with these compounds. Tieneptine is an effective anti-depressant and has garnered a lot of praise in the nootropics community.

Final Thoughts

There you have it. Nootropics that ACTUALLY work. There is, of course, always the chance that even these powerful nootropics will not produce the effects you desire. If that’s the case, I suggest meditation to calm your mind. You are probably over stimulated and require A LOT of a particular substance to feel any effects. For the overstimulated, meditation can work wonders to calm the mind. From a place of calmness, nootropics can then be reintroduced and felt for their true power.

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.