This is a brain supplement that aims to address the key factors of cognitive function. We can’t speak of its long-term effectiveness as we’re yet to conduct any long-term studies of it, but we’re definitely curious about whether such a product is worth investing in or not.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush announced the beginning of what he termed as “the decade of the brain.” And even though he said that in reference to the need for more government spending on mental health and neuroscience research, 3 decades down the line the quest for “better brains” is continuing to gather momentum. Who would have thought that by 2019 we’d have companies that put genius in a bottle and sell it to those who want to literally swallow it?
Talking about companies that produce brain pills, Brain Forza stands out as one of the pioneers of the pre-made nootropics market. They are behind a wide range of nootropic stacks among them herbs, extracts, organic mushroom, and advanced formulas. And today, we’d like to specifically talk about one of their advanced formulas known as Brain Forza Brain Lift.
Brain Lift Overview
Brain Lift is designed to target the whole brain. It incorporates a wide variety of nootropic compounds either as standalone ingredients or proprietary blends. And best of all (which is why this product got our interest piqued), a renowned clinical psychiatrist has been quoted on the product’s website with a favorable review.
Its Perceived Benefits
Judging from its list of ingredients, this is a product with the potential to calm you down and get you psyched up to complete tough tasks. It is made up of stimulants i.e. TeaCrine and Caffeine and to counter any negative effects of those two, it also packs up L-theanine.
In other words, this is the kind of product to go for when you need to boost your brainpower without going overboard. It also contains other nootropic ingredients that are believed to be highly potent (more about them later).
Most of those who take it claim to experience the following effects:
- Improved ability to focus for longer stretches of time
- The ability to hold more in working memory
- An improved ability to connect dots while thinking or brainstorming
- Faster thought process with minimal anxiety
However, we cannot zero-in to the specific ingredients which have the most effects here. How do we know if it’s just the caffeine content? The manufacturer has chosen to hide the quantities of the other potent ingredients in a proprietary blend and we’re concerned about not being able to tell how much of which powder is in the pills.
That notwithstanding we like how the quality assurance team at Brain Forza does its thing particularly with their commitment to HPLC Material Testing. HPLC is the gold standard in the world of ingredient testing.
There are a total of 12 active ingredients on the list. Some make a lot of sense to have but there are quite a few others that we happen to think weren’t necessary to add into the formula.
This is a highly bioavailable form of Theacrine. If this is your first time hearing of Theacrine, it’s a much more effective stimulant than caffeine.
2. Rhodiola Rosea
You can’t go wrong with Rhodiola on the menu. It’s a well-known adaptogen i.e. improves your ability to cope with stress.
This is an L-Theanine-rich premium blend. It is obtained from the leaf of green tea. It helps calm down the jitters caused by caffeine and Teacrine intake.
This root extract is yet another adaptogen appearing on this list. It’s still not clear why the manufacturer chose to have it alongside Rhodiola. That said, there’s no harm in stacking the two as they don’t interact.
If you’re a biohacker, this is a pointless ingredient for you. Our research shows that it is mainly used to enhance libido although more human studies need to be conducted on it.
6. Coffee Bean Extract
Yet another strange and pointless ingredient in our view. That said, it contains Chlorogenic Acid which might help in dopamine production. But so far, there isn’t much evidence to support that.
This is a great ingredient as it improves the rate at which all the other ingredients are absorbed in the body. It also has powerful antioxidant effects.
8. Other Ingredients
L-Tyrosine (instead of the more effective NALT), Panax ginseng, B vitamins, and caffeine. Yup, it contains 100mg of caffeine per serving equivalent to 1 cup of rich, brewed coffee.
Who Takes It
At $34, it’s a reasonably priced product and we’d recommend it for students and startup managers alike. That said, if you’re used to the “big boy” nootropics e.g. Modafinil, Noopept, Citicoline, etc, this might not work for you.
Brain Lift from Brain Forza might not be perfect but it isn’t bad either. It has continued to attract mixed reviews and the jury on its effectiveness is out. You might want to give it a shot if you like experimenting with new nootropic stacks. But if you’re after top-notch quality and a high degree of transparency, you might want to look elsewhere.