In 2012, the nootropic market was worth $1.4 billion but as of today, this niche market is projected to exceed $11.6 billion by 2024. Unfortunately, with this sporadic growth comes the desire for many different new players to launch all manner of products hoping to get a piece of the pie. This is probably the reason why everyone who can put a bunch of nootropic herbs together in a branded bottle claims to have invented the “holy grail” or “brain buster” supplement.
So, is the product going by the name Optimind any different? Well, the answer to this question may vary depending on who you ask. And for that reason, we decided to compile a review that brings the facts out – and that way, you can choose to make a decision based on facts rather than chitter-chatter.
To begin with, this is a product made by a company known as Alternascript LLC. They are based in Austin, Texas and are behind a few other health supplements – Naurethin, Nuculture, and Restup.
The Texas-based firm claims to have set up shop in May 2013 and got a BBB accreditation some 3 years later. They have a total of 27 employees which means they’re a relatively small company benefitting largely on internet marketing to serve a global clientele.
A spot-check at their profile on Better Business Bureau (BBB) reveals that they have been in business over the last 5-years. What’s more? They have an A+ rating meaning that they have a really good reputation over there.
What Is Optimind?
Optimind is a nootropic stack that brings together 12 supplements. It is allegedly made in a cGMP lab which means that it meets the highest manufacturing and handling standards possible. Within its list of ingredients are some well-known herbs with rich brain-boosting benefits. And on top of that, they’ve thrown in a bunch of vitamins to the mix.
We thought it’s important to start out with this ingredient because it’s rather controversial. Caffeine has its fair share of merits and demerits. The good thing is that it generates some pretty quick results – and so if you’re looking to make some quick wins, and aren’t sensitive to it, this would be a good ingredient to have.
Optimind contains 12 ounces of caffeine per serving which is equivalent to what you’d get by taking 1-1/2 cups of coffee per day.
This can be a bit of a big deal for anyone who is sensitive to caffeine. And in fact, overdosing e.g. by exceeding the recommend Optimind dosage, you’d most likely experience a crash.
The good thing is that caffeine is just one out of the many nutritious ingredients provided here. And, therefore, if you have no major issues with caffeine, chances are that you won’t face any notable side effects from taking it.
On a more positive note, caffeine is an awesome ingredient when you want to secure some quick wins! Other ingredients tend to take longer to work but caffeine gets the job done fast.
Caffeine effects are usually felt within minutes of taking this noot. However, they also wear off fast and this is where other slow acting and long-term ingredients like GABA come in handy. Now GABA is a neurotransmitter that’s found in the brain.
Low levels of it can lead to anxiety, epilepsy, and even chronic pain. So, by replenishing your GABA supplies, Optimind effectively helps you dodge all those negative effects.
Commonly referred to with its acronym, PS, this is a memory sharpener that also helps prevent cognitive decline. PS, further, slows down the progression of memory loss besides enhancing mental clarity and socialization.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
This is an antioxidant which is naturally found in potatoes, broccoli, yeast, the kidney, and liver. It can also be made in the labs for medicinal use. One of its main benefits is that it helps prevent the premature degeneration of brain cells which would otherwise lead to memory loss.
Huperzine – A
This nootropic compound is commonly used to treat age-related complications. It also contains memory enhancement benefits. That’s in addition to it increasing energy and promoting alertness.
Studies done on human subjects have indicated that Bacopa can significantly help in preventing the advancement of the degeneration of nerve cells. Ultimately, this can help optimize the speed at which information is transferred and that’s in addition to enhancing memory performance.
This is a highly important ingredient especially for folks who are constantly involved in professions that involve multitasking. Also, if you work under stress and constantly have to put up with sleep deprivation, Tyrosine would help retain your brain efficiency for longer.
This is commonly found in energy drinks. It’s actually an amino-sulfonic acid which is a fancy way of saying that it’s an amino acid that provides essential building blocks for brain (and body) development. It’s no wonder Taurine is one of the key supplements recommended for treating ADHD.
This root extract is a dynamite of sorts as far as strengthening mental stress resistance is concerned. Just a bit of it every day is what it’d take to enhance your mental processing and work capacity.
This ingredient is renowned for its rapid uptake capacity into the brain. It is a memory booster and pundits laud it for having the ability to show memory benefits within 2 days of use.
The key vitamins included within the Optimind formula include Vitamin D-3 which is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps enhance your body energy and help prevent mood swings. Then there is the Vitamin B12 which helps restore the desired levels of long-term brain function.
That said, quite a few Optimind complaints have been filed with people complaining that they were automatically subscribed to a monthly supply of the product without knowing it. The company has, however, come out to defend itself saying that although they have a free trial period in place, they normally require the user to provide their credit card details.
Now, if the user uses the product within the trial period and doesn’t like it, they are supposed to cancel their subscription through a clearly laid-down process.
Unfortunately, a vast majority of those who register for the free-trial seem to forget to cancel their subscriptions which means that the system automatically surcharges them for a monthly supply of the product against their wishes.
Please Note: The trial period is usually 14-days long. You need to cancel your subscription within that period of time if you want to avoid getting a fresh supply of the pills and paying for them.
So, in our view, this is a gray area that the company may need to address. They probably need to do a better job of sensitizing their clients on this e.g. by sending email reminders before automatically subscribing to a monthly supply after the trial period elapses.
Whew! What a mouthful! But now that we have understood the company we’re dealing and some gray areas, it makes perfect sense to focus on the product itself.
How To Take It – Dosage
The company recommends a 2-pill per day dosage. The pills should be taken the first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. This, however, can be a pretty limiting dosage for advanced nootropic users.
Luckily, you can always increase your daily consumption of it to 5 capsules in a 24-hour period. But no matter what, and to prevent a potential crash, don’t take than 1 serving in less than 4 hours.
Unlike most other nootropic companies, Alternascript provides a conditional 14-day free trial. Yup, you’ll get 10 pills for free although you’ll need to pay a $10 shipping fee and leave your credit card details behind.
If you like the product, you won’t need to do anything as your subscription will be automatically initiated after the 14-day period elapses. A single bottle order will cost you $43.31 and a double bottle one goes for $73.32. Free shipping is provided or those.
While we honestly think that there are better noots out there, Optimind still dazzles us with its benefits. So if you’re studying its effects, these are some of the things you need to keep in mind.
- Focus – It enhances focus enabling you to be more effective even when working under pressure.
- Energy – The nootropic enhances your brain energy enabling you to take on complicated tasks with ease.
- Mood – If taken within the recommended dosage, it may help prevent bad mood.
As we have already mentioned, this product is far from being perfect. For instance, the fact that it contains caffeine means that it may not work augur well with folks who are sensitive to this ingredient.
Pros & Cons
We’d recommend Optimind to anyone who is just getting started with ready-made nootropic stacks and are afraid of trying a highly advanced formulation. This particular product seems largely safe for all. It, however, has a pretty limited dosage which makes it quite limiting for advanced noot users.
Other than that, it’s a perfect product, made by a genuine company. You can try it for free – but be sure to cancel your subscription within the first 14-day if at all you don’t like the product.
Verdict: We’d give a 3.5 out of 5-star rating to Optimind.