Here it is, what you’ve all been waiting for: the Nootropic Geek‘s RediMind review.
No doubt, as we age, our memory starts to slip — which is incredibly annoying. But, fortunately, there are natural cognitive enhancers we can take that can help restore our memory capacity while also enhancing other measures of cognition.
But is RediMind really the nootropic formula for the job?
I’m not exactly convinced, though the company behind this formula seems to have subjected it to clinical research. This is genuinely a big deal in the world of supplements and nootropics… or it’s usually a big deal. Again, I’m not 100% convinced here.
But to understand my trepidation, you’ll need to read my RediMind review. So, let’s get to it!
- RediMind is a “clinically proven” natural cognitive enhancer designed to improve memory via the promotion of acetylcholine, the key neurotransmitter involved in memory, recall, and learning.
- Bacopa, Ginkgo, Alpha-GPC, Lion’s Mane, Hup-A — these are all smart ingredient choices for boosting and protecting acetylcholine, though RediMind delivers them in weak forms and poor dosages.
- Okay, so RediMind says it’s been “clinically proven,” but has it actually? In fact, the formula has been clinically studied… but I’m just not buying it.
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|RediMind Proprietary Blend||350mg|
|Bacopa Monnieri Powder, Ginkgo Biloba Powder, Alpha GPC 50%, Lion’s Mane Powder, Huperzine A|
Serving Size: 1 Vegetable Capsule
Servings Per Container: 30
Other Ingredients: Vegetable Capsule, Dicalcium Phosphate, and Magnesium Stearate
Directions: Take one (1) capsule once or twice daily or as directed by a physician. Read warnings and use only as directed.
Despite being a fairly bog-standard formula, RediMind hides its ingredient dosages beneath a “proprietary blend” label. This is presumably to help protect the product’s “proprietary secrets” from competitive supplement manufacturers (but we all know its to hide the ingredients’ poor dosages).
All the same, let’s dissect the formula ingredient-by-ingredient:
RediMind Review: Ingredients
Bacopa Monnieri Powder: Like most nootropic nerds, I’m a big fan of Bacopa monnieri. As one of the more multipurpose herbal cognitive enhancers, Bacopa does a lot: boosts memory, enhances high-order cognitive function, manages stress, etc. etc. However, RediMind’s Bacopa is both poor quality (extract is better than plain powder) and poorly dosed (this blend’s 350mg is not enough here for Bacopa to fully work). More on Bacopa Monnieri.
Ginkgo Biloba Powder: Unlike with Bacopa, I tend to get decent results from plain powder Ginkgo, as opposed to taking a potent standardized extract. Thoroughly researched, Ginkgo is viewed by many as an all-around health enhancer — one that benefits both cognitive clarity and physical health, thanks to the herb’s promotion of healthier circulation. I’m skeptical of RediMind’s Ginkgo dosage, yet I sense there’s a somewhat serviceable amount here. More on Ginkgo Biloba.
Read my Best Pre-Made Nootropic Stack to Buy in 2021 list here.
Alpha GPC 50%: There is, however, a non-serviceable amount of Alpha-GPC. With only 350mg to share among these ingredients, and with Alpha-GPC prioritized as the third listed ingredient, it’s unlikely there’s enough here to work. Otherwise, Alpha-GPC is a great cholinergic noot (though it’s no citicoline) that provides raw material for synthesis of acetylcholine, a key neurotransmitter primarily associated with memory, learning, and high-order cognitive processes. More on Alpha GPC.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom: That Lion’s Mane Mushroom is soo hot right now, you guys. Uniquely boosting NGF (nerve growth factor), Lion’s Mane mushroom is a fungal nootropic with research-backed neuroregenerative properties. Plus, this fungus tastes pretty good, like on tacos and stuff… but that’s not important here. What’s important is that RediMind likely doesn’t supply enough of it. (Noticing a theme here?) More on Lion’s Mane Mushroom.
Huperzine A: Fortunately, unlike the ingredients up to this point, huperzine-A has a tiny dosage requirement. Sourced from Chinese clubmoss, huperzine-A is a brain-boosting alkaloid that’s believed to work by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine (and we don’t want that now do we!). More on Huperzine-A.
RediMind Review: My Thoughts
Initially looking at the RediMind formula, I wasn’t exactly impressed. In fact, I would’ve likely skipped over this product entirely if it weren’t for this supplement’s claims to have been legitimately “clinically studied.” Though many supplement manufacturers deceptively add “clinically studied” to their formulas via legal marketing loopholes, RediMind seems to have actually underwent a clinical trial.
And, despite this, I’m still unimpressed by RediMind.
The first red flag with RediMind is that its marketing focuses on elderly cognition, which is typical of shady cheap “brain health” formulas. The second red flag (for me, at least) is the word “powder” in the Supplement Facts. Some herbal nootropics work fine as powder, especially when dosed sufficiently (this may certainly be the case with RediMind’s Ginkgo). However, with only 350mg overall here to cover all RediMind’s ingredients, it’s unlikely that these ingredients are properly dosed.
Ideally, for both Bacopa and Ginkgo, you want standardized extracts — not plain powder. It’s all about potency, which I’m not quite seeing here.
What then are we to make of RediMind’s clinical study? A placebo-controlled study using the International Shopping List Test on 50 participants, men and women, who demonstrated a memory performance increase of 45% after 2 weeks of RediMind supplementation. I’ll tell you what I think: I don’t buy it.
The quality of this stack is too low and too poorly dosed. Which isn’t to say that Bacopa, Ginkgo, Alpha-GPC, Lion’s Mane, and Huperzine-A are bad ingredients — they’re great — but you can easily find a better formula that supplies these ingredients with better quality at better dosages. Not to mention at a better value, too!
- Bacopa, Ginkgo, Alpha-GPC, Lion’s Mane Mushroom, and Huperzine-A are good nootropics that do work and are safe and typically have zero side effects.
- If anything works in this formula, it’s likely Ginkgo and Huperzine-A.
- The overall quality of this formula from the ingredients’ quality to the “Other Ingredients” is pretty poor.
- Proprietary blend for these ingredients? This formula isn’t exactly pushing the envelope lol which means it’s likely that RediMind is using it to hide its weak ingredient dosages.
- The “elderly brain health” marketing feels shady and predatory. I’m bummed that manufacturers still pull this crap.
- $39.95 for 30 capsules, a 30-day supply
- $1.33 per serving
Who Takes RediMind?
Again, the marketing is clearly geared towards the “age-related cognitive decline” class of citizen. And, to be fair, ingredients like huperzine-A and ginkgo do help on this front. But my advice to my elderly friends: look for something better than RediMind. Here’s a review of my preferred daily brain health supplement: Mind Lab Pro review.
Where to Buy It
You can buy RediMind directly through the manufacturer’s website or through Amazon.
Conclusion: Does RediMind Work?
Not really. Whatever does work in this formula likely only has a marginally beneficial effect. Which, again, isn’t to say that these are bad ingredient choices, just bad ingredient quality and quantity (i.e., dosages).
If you’re looking to boost memory, focus, attention, mood, motivation, or what-have-you, there are plenty better nootropic supplement options available to you. To enhance and recover overall brainpower, we’re going to need much more than RediMind’s formula — which is suspiciously overpriced.
Don’t sell yourself (or your brain) short. If you like RediMind’s particular selection of ingredients, odds are you’ll like my picks for my Best Nootropic Supplements list. Check them out:
Read my Best Nootropic Supplements to Buy in 2021 list here.
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