Optimind is a nootropic supplement that’s touted to improve cognition, memory, verbal fluidity, eliminate brain fog, and in the words of the manufacturers, “unleash your mind.”
But is Optimind really going to be the one supplement to turn your life around?
Some people have been outspoken against what they call the Optimind scam. They think that, much like some other nootropic supplements on the market, Optimind is a nice-sounding mixture of ingredients that really does nothing for your brain.
We’re going to help you figure out whether or not Optimind is legit. Once you’re done reading this article, you’ll know for certain whether or not you should spend your money on Optimind.
Does Optimind work?
Optimind claims that by taking merely two capsules a day, you’ll begin to experience:
- An immediate improvement to energy
- Enhanced cognition
- Improvement and stabilization of mood
- A notable improvement to comprehension and learning ability
Long-term effects attributed to repeated use of the supplement include:
- Improved mental clarity
- Enhanced short-and-long-term memory
- A decrease in stress and related symptoms
Those are some pretty hefty claims, and to identify whether or not Optimind is safe and is actually going to provide any of these benefits, we’re going to have to look at what the supplement actually contains.
What’s in Optimind?
AlternaScript LLC, the geniuses behind the product, initially developed it for their own use. They compiled data from many years of neurological and biological research to identify the supplements that they wanted to combine, and they ultimately ‘tested’ the product on themselves before they decided to market it.
This suggests that Optimind might actually have the right set of ingredients to propel your mental health to the next level.
So what’s in the supplement?
Is Optimind safe?
The ingredients are tested in a GMC certified laboratory. This means that each ingredient is individually tested for safety and potency before making it into the final product.
So what do we get with a dose of Optimind?
- 385 IU of Vitamin D, which is an essential nutrient for many bodily functions. Vitamin D also helps with the absorption of other nutrients, and a deficiency of vitamin D - which is frighteningly common - can cause a huge number of problems indirectly as a result of poor nutrient absorption.
- 500 mcg of Vitamin B, which is quite a hefty dose (most vitamin B supplements provide more than necessary, though this isn’t dangerous because vitamin B is highly water soluble and any excess will be excreted through your urine.) The B vitamins are necessary for helping turn carbohydrates into usable energy for your brain, and can immensely help improve cognition.
- The Focus Blend contains 1.315g of the following ingredients total.
L-tyrosine, an amino acid and a precursor to dopamine, which is the main neurotransmitter related to motivation and focus.
L-taurine, another amino acid that’s related to GABA modulation and is known to prevent anxiety and improve mood
SerinAid Phosphatidylserine, which is renown for improving very particular aspects of memory such as face recognition
Bacopa Monnieri is a herb that’s purported to increase dopamine production and regulate depression
GABA is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. That means it prevents your other neurotransmitters from getting overly excited by making you relaxed and calm.
Caffeine, as you know, is a simple stimulant most often found in coffee and tea
Alpha-lipoic acid is one of the most potent antioxidants known to man and can help to reduce the promotion of free radicals and prevent the onset of mental illness
Vinpocetine is another nootropic which enhances blood flow to the brain, thus improving memory recall and overall cognition
Sulbutiamine is a derivative of thiamine (vitamin B1) which is known to improve focus and to ‘supercharge’ mood and motivation
Huperzine A helps the brain retain more acetylcholine, known as the ‘thinking neurotransmitter’ by inhibiting the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine.
Having personal experience with all of these ingredients in various combinations, I can certainly attest to their efficacy. These compounds interact well with each other and will certainly show you an improvement to cognition, energy, and mood.
One might wonder why Optimind manufacturers don’t tell us the exact amounts of most of the ingredients included in their formula. This is because they are using a proprietary formula - basically, it all boils down to business. If they disclosed their exact formula, then they wouldn’t have any intellectual property to preserve.
Nonetheless, it’s fairly safe to assume that the company has developed a formula that’s suitable for the average individual. They developed the product for their own personal use, and I see little benefit in them testing a product on themselves that they know would be uncomfortable.
However, the next obvious question is: is Optimind safe for me?
Is Optimind safe?
While Optimind itself has not been clinically proven as a whole product, each of the individual ingredients have been clinically proven to be quite effective at their intended function, with the exception of GABA which isn’t absorbed very well by the body.
What’s important to note here is that while the ingredients don’t necessarily have any interactions among each other, they may not be entirely safe if you have certain medical conditions. The supplement has also not been directly approved by the FDA, though its constituents seem to be fairly safe under most conditions.
- Obviously, people with heart conditions or blood circulation problems should avoid caffeine, which is known for increasing heart rate and constricting blood flow, leading to heightened blood pressure.
- People taking lithium supplements will not want to use Optimind because lithium interacts with taurine, making it harder for the body to absorb lithium.
- If you are taking any medication that affects the rate of blood clotting, you won’t want to take this product. Vinpocetine can have an adverse effect on people who are already taking blood clotting medication, leading to potentially dangerous interactions.
- Tyrosine is known to interact with medications that affect your thyroid glands, and should also be avoided if taking other supplements or medications that affect the production of dopamine.
- Do not take this supplement if you’re taking medication that affects your cholinergic system. These can include medications for glaucoma, Alzheimer’s, or dementia, as well as a number of nootropics.
Most of these conditions aren’t overly common, so you should be fine. It’s always a good idea to check with your doctor regardless of whether or not you’re comfortable taking the supplement.
Side effects of Optimind
While the ratio of ingredients in Optimind seems to be fairly stable, it’s still possible that taking this supplement could cause side effects, particularly to sensitive people.
Tyrosine is known to cause high blood pressure and nausea, but only in high doses in most cases. The amount found in a couple capsules of Optimind shouldn’t cause any side effects.
Caffeine raises blood pressure and heart rate, and can leave a person feeling jittery and anxious.
Alpha-lipoic acid will make your pee smell funny, but this is fine. This is the same nutrient present in asparagus that makes your pee smell funny after eating a bunch of it for dinner.
If you’re still not sure what to think about Optimind, your best bet is to get some reviews of the product online. However, be cautious - most products available online have had dozens of reviews left by people who were paid to positive praise the product despite never having tried it themselves. Discerning real reviews from fake ones can be quite difficult
The creators of Optimind, however, suggest that you take a look at the reviews left on their own site. It looks like they’ve developed a relationship with their customers and those customers who have developed these relationships enjoy supporting Optimind. If anything’s indicative of a good company, it’s a harmonious relationship between customer and client.
It’s also important to note that you can make your own mix of Optimind, especially if you think one of the ingredients won’t agree with you or if you’re taking medication that contraindicated with it.
All the ingredients can easily be purchased online in bulk format, and you can make a mixture that’s better suited to your own individual body makeup. You’ll be able to make your own version for significantly cheaper, however, it’ll take you a fair amount of time to locate appropriate sources for high-quality versions of the ingredients included.
Optimind is a good supplement because it does the work for you. Sure, it might cost a bit more than finding all the ingredients yourself, but then you don’t have to do all the mixing, matching, and weighing yourself.
If you want to go the easy rate, stick with Optimind. If you’re more of a DIY person, then you can build your own nootropic stack with a little research and a lot of patience.
Honestly, you’re going to be safer building your own stack. Taking a supplement with a dozen ingredients that you’ve never taken before will make it impossible to discern which ingredients are working for you and which are not.
Generally, people taking nootropics like to start their stacks by trying out individual nootropics.
However, if you’ve tried these ingredients on their own before, and are confident that they wouldn’t leave you with an unpleasant reaction, then by all means, support Optimind - they look like a company that really cares about their customers.
Optimind, like any supplement, should be well-researched before being consumed.
However, it looks like the makers of Optimind have carefully assessed the ingredients and developed a formula that’s appropriate for the average individual.
Make sure you won’t have any interactions with any of the ingredients prior to taking it, and you should be able to see some serious benefit from taking this product.
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