TruBrain is a brain supplement that really stands out. For one, when billed annually, the capsules come to a hefty $85 a month. When bought monthly, you’re looking at $125 monthly. Expensive? Yes, but very much worth it if their claims are true.
The product claims to help you achieve a more focused mind, help you think more clearly and concentrate easier; all while reducing stress. That sounds great, but I’m surprised not everyone is jumping up and down and popping these capsules!
While this trubrain review is for the capsules, the product also comes in drink format and they also sell something called Brud. This is a coffee enhancement, to help you focus and reduce stress.
The drink form, isn’t much cheaper than the capsules. The drinks go for around $2.08 per drink when you buy 60 (or $2.45 per drink when you buy 20 drinks in one go). The performance coffee costs $29 every month.
So not surprisingly, truBrain is all about quality. It’s suitable for vegans, it is gluten free, non GMO and made in the USA.
But a cool looking website and a team of UCLA-trained neuroscientists is impressive, but not enough to convince me that this is worth all that money. Even though there is a claim that the results are validated with wearable technology, I still wasn’t so sure whether it really works (and whether it’s actually safe). So I decided to do a review of trubrain, and see whether it actually works. The key to it working are the ingredients, so let’s take a closer look at what makes this a real brain bill.
So what makes truBrain work? Well, the ingredient list is full of nootropics and important brain boosting nutrients. So let’s take a look at some of the truBrain ingredients that help you focus and concentrate (and whether science backs their claims).
Piracetam is a form of Racetam, which is one of the better known Nootropic supplements.
Most scientific evidence has been done on the elderly, where it has been shown to reduce the decline in cognitive decline. The reason that Piracetam works is that it enhances cellular membrane fluidity. However, for those of us that are healthy, there isn’t much evidence that it actually makes us smarter. However, this doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. The overall consensus is that it provides a mild brain boosting effect.
There is some research which suggests that Citicoline helps increase memery function and treat attention deficit-hyperactive disorder (ADHD).
The real key according to the official website is the combination of Piracetam and Citicoline, which should provide a boost in focus and concentration. Piracetam is said to be the key to getting more focus, but Citicoline will fuel the neurons to make this effect more sustainable.
L-Theanine (300 mg)
Theanine is said to help relax without sedation (you won’t feel sleepy), and research suggests it’s effective at reducing stress. This in itself will help you concentrate, but will also give you a sense of calm and mindfulness.
L-Theanine is derived from green tea leaves, and it’s classified as a Nootropic
This is an ingredient in Boost packets. Oxiracetam is a form of Racetam, but structurally different from Piracetam (mentioned above). It has been shown to help improve memory formation, but more research is really needed to really understand this Nootropic.
Oxiracetam also has psychostimulatory effects, which means it increases mental awareness and altertness, helping you to focus more.
According to Psychology Today, magnesium is the original chill pill, as it can help reduce stress. It’s also a very important nutrient that is deficient in lots of modern diets. Supplementing this nutrient is not the worst idea for many, since the current recommended daily intake is around 400 mg a day, while the average American only takes 250 mg a day. Without going into too much boring science, magnesium is vital for many biochemical reactions in your body, so a deficiency is a real problem.
So your options are either to start eating more magnesium-rich foods or star taking a magnesium supplement.
Tyrosine is an amino acid (basically, the building blocks of protein) and has been shown to be great at increasing mental performance under stressful conditions. It’s also suggested that it can help with memory, and increasing alertness.
L-carnitine is another amino acid, and is often used to boost performance when exercising. There isn’t much research to prove this, but athletes claim it works. There isn’t much evidence however on its effects on improving memory.
DHA (200 mg)
DHA (also known as docosahexaenoic acid) is a fatty acid found in fish such as mackerel and tuna. Research suggests its a good treatment for ADHD and can help with boosting mental performance.
TruBrain Review – Verdict
So does truBrain actually work? It does, but so do a few cheaper alternatives such as OptiMind or Alpha Brain. However, the ingredient list is impressive and most of the customer TruBrain reviews are positive. Many users experience some kind of boost in alertness and mood, and there is very little mention of side effects.
An alternative too any Nootropic stack is buying the ingredients separately. For example, the key ingredient is Piracetam, which you can buy much more cheaply as a separate powder elsewhere. However, it get’s a major inconvenience mixing separate products, and you’ll have to do your research to make sure each brand is providing you with a high quality product.
For all these reasons, we think truBrain is a great product. This truBrain review might not be the best Nootropic we’ve seen, but it certainly deserves a spot in the top brain pills.