Well, it stresses me out and puts me in a bad mood!
For one, the awesome ingredients in its formula that might benefit mood, cognition, & focus are hidden within a dosage-masking proprietary blend. For two, that blend is far too under-dosed to work, essentially leaving us with the non-proprietary elements of this supplement: the vitamins & minerals.
The question now is how much of this is the product’s fault vs. just the Nootropic Geek overreacting? Let’s hit the review to find out.
About Relacore Brain Booster
- Basic Research’s Relacore Brain Booster is a self-identified Stress Reducer & Mood Enhancer that doesn’t quite pass as either.
- The upshot of this formula seems to be its non-proprietary stack of vitamins & minerals.
- The actual nootropics are stashed away in Relacore’s poorly dosed proprietary blend, in which I see at least one of my favorites: Bacopa.
Relacore Brain Booster Ingredients
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid)||1000 mg (1667% DV)|
|Thiamin (Vitamin B1)||15 mg (1000% DV)|
|Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)||15 mg (882% DV)|
|Niacin (as Niacinamide)||50 mg (250% DV)|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl)||10 mg (500% DV)|
|Folate (as Folic Acid)||400 mcg (100% DV)|
|Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin)||10 mcg (167% DV)|
|Biotin||150 mcg (50% DV)|
|Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium Pantothenate)||23 mg (230% DV)|
|Calcium (as Calcium Carbonate and Pantothenate)||100 mg (10% DV)|
|Magnesium (as Magnesium Oxide)||100 mg (25% DV)|
|Zinc (as Zinc Oxide)||10 mg (67% DV)|
|A proprietary blend:||305 mg|
|Bacopa monnieri (whole plant) Extract||**|
|Japanese Knotweed (root) Extract||**|
|Ziziphus jujuba (fruit) Extract||**|
Serving Size: 3 Tablets
Servings Per Container: 30
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Stearic Acid, Croscarmellose Sodium, Magnesium Stearate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Hydrated Silica, Polyethylene Glycol, Talc, Riboflavin (for color), FD&C Yellow No. 6 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Silicon Dioxide.
Directions: Adults take 3 tablets in the morning with a full glass of water. Relacore Brian Booster can be taken with or without food. Do not exceed 3 tablets per day. Individual results will vary.
Relacore reads more like a multivitamin supplement than a bona fide nootropic, and the nootropic portion of the formula reads more like an elderly brain care aid than a focus-sharpening cognitive enhancer. All the same, the vitamins & minerals are decent, if not excessive — key items including:
- Vitamin B6 – Enhances cerebral circulation as well as mood, although P-5-P is the superior option over the Pyridoxine HCl here. More on B6.
- Vitamin B12 – Semi-essential nutrient for elderly & vegans, assisting with brain health & a countless number of metabolic pathways. Relacore sides with the cheaper cyanocobalamin over the preferred methylcobalamin. More on B12.
- Vitamin C – Antioxidant vitamin, great for brain & bodily health. Relacore delivers a substantial 1,000 mg dosage.
Strangely, Relacore sets aside more than triple the dosage for vitamin C than the more important ingredients held within the proprietary blend:
Relacore Proprietary Blend
Bacopa Monnieri Extract – Unknown amount of an unknown extract of an awesome Ayurveda nootropic, believed to enhance memory & learning, making it a prime nootropic for the students. More on Bacopa.
Quercetin – Antioxidant bioflavonoid with synergistic potential with health compounds such as resveratrol & green tea catechins. May assist with cognitive impairment, especially when paired with the next ingredient.
Japanese Knotweed Extract – Japanese Knotweed is practically synonymous with resveratrol, which delivers this herb’s primary bio-benefits — although, for nootropic purposes, I recommend pterostilbene, a resveratrol analogue that’s 4x more bioavailable. More on Pterostilbene.
Acetyl L-Carnitine – Carnitine as ALCAR is able to cross the blood-brain barrier, enhancing mitochondrial energy output in the brain for more charged-up cognition …at least for elderly cognition. ALCAR doesn’t do much for the average healthy, younger user. More on ALCAR.
Ziziphus jujuba Extract – Clinical human evidence is limited, yet traditional usage of Ziziphus supports this herb’s anti-anxiety, sedative benefits.
Phosphatidylserine – Another nootropic compound that’s great for elderly cognition, delivering multiple benefits on brain health, including brain toxin clearance, cell-to-cell communication, acetylcholine restoration, & more. More on Phosphatidylserine.
Relacore Brain Booster: Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants
Relacore Brain Booster bills itself as a Stress Reducer & Mood Elevator, yet I’m not seeing too much of either in this formula — unless brain healthy vitamins, minerals, & antioxidants make you feel relaxed & happy, in which case …yeah, sure, I can dig it. (For the record, correcting a vitamin/mineral deficiency may significantly promote mood & cognition.)
Even with Relacore’s brain health support in mind, there are two key drawbacks to this formula that significantly impair this product’s review rating:
- Quality – Relacore could improve several vitamin & mineral forms as well as the junky “Other Ingredient” additives tainting its pills.
- Quantity – 305 mg is nowhere near sufficient in covering the six ingredients in Relacore’s proprietary blend.
What’s worse, I have no idea the allocation of that 305 mg, due to the proprietary status of Relacore’s formula, which obscures the individual ingredient dosages of its nootropics. Typically, a 3 tablet serving size can handle this reasonable number of nootropics, but Relacore overspends on the cheap multivitamin portion of its formula, failing to deliver the brain boosts as promised.
- Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants — healthy, nutritious compounds to fuel, energize, & bolster the brain & body, especially for aged men & women.
- Thankfully, Relacore opts for herbal extracts over just plain powder, which would require much, much higher dosages than their concentrated counterparts.
- Depending on where you buy, Relacore can be relatively affordable & cheap.
- The proprietary shenanigans masks the most important part of Relacore’s formula: the actual nootropic brain boosters.
- 305 mg is far too low, a puzzlingly low number considering Relacore’s hefty 3 tablet serving size.
- Tablets tend to come with junky additives, at least more so than capsules, but Relacore’s tablets seem especially junky with their unnecessary colorants.
- $39.99 for 90 tablets, a 30-day supply
- $1.33 per serving
Who Takes Relacore Brain Booster?
My hunch: older consumers. Men & women aged over 50 will likely notice healthier, rejuvenated thinking more so than younger Relacore users. I’d be curious how the Relacore experience compares to a standard multivitamin, though.
Where to Get It
You can buy Relacore through a number of retailers, including Amazon, GNC, & Walgreens.
Conclusion: Does Relacore Brain Booster Work?
Relacore Brain Booster perhaps works to rejuvenate a vitamin/mineral deficient brain, potentially exceeding that rejuvenation with brain healthy antioxidant support. I’m also hopeful that Bacopa extract, the leading ingredient in Relacore’s proprietary blend, is receiving a decent enough dosage to deliver its memory enhancing effects — this would truly qualify Relacore as a nootropic supplement.
However, personally, I’m not too confident that Relacore does much more for cognition than a quality multivitamin — in fact, there might be better quality multivitamins on the market at a cheaper price than this. Even so, it doesn’t hurt to try Relacore (unless you’re a pregnant-hopeful woman, in which case I’d recommend passing on Relacore’s Ziziphus).