But, of course, it’s not actually.
Well-crafted supplements are designed to supplement a healthy lifestyle and diet. They are supplementary. And less than well-crafted supplements are, well… not worth the supplementation.
Certainly, Vital Brain Booster is a simple, straightforward stack with a decent selection of ingredients. But is this stack worth the investment? Will you notice results with this supplement greater than, say, a cup of coffee? Read my Vital Brain Booster Review to find out!
About Vital Brain Booster
- Vital Brain Booster is a, well… brain booster that promises to boost three cognitive measures: Memory, Focus, and Clarity.
- A sizable 300 mg Bacopa takes up the bulk of this formula, fulfilling the “memory” health claim.
- The remaining ingredients are purdy good, if not under-dosed — however, you’re getting what you’re paying for with this cheaply priced supplement.
Vital Brain Booster Ingredients
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin B-12 (as Methycobalamin [sic.])||500 mcg (8333% DV)|
|Bacopa Monnieri Extract (whole plant)||300 mg|
|Phosphatidylserine (20%)||100 mg|
|Ginkgo Biloba (24% Ginkgo Flavone Glycosides) (leaf)||100 mg|
|Rhodiola Rosea Extract (Salidroside 3%) (root)||50 mg|
|DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol Bitartrate)||50 mg|
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 30
Other Ingredients: Gelatin (capsule), Rice Flour and Vegetable Magnesium Stearate. ALLERGEN WARNING: Contains soy (lecithin)
Directions: Take 1 capsule daily preferably with meals or as directed by a healthcare professional.
Vital Brain Booster may lack creativity in its name, yet the ingredients are fairly spot on… for the most part. First impression. Let’s get the second, third, and forth impressions out of the way before giving my TOTAL formula analysis below. Check it:
Vital Brain Booster Review: Ingredients
Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) – Solid dosage (500 mcg), correct form (methylcobalamin is better than cyanocobalamin). Vital Brain Booster’s B12 isn’t a bad addition, particularly for the B12-deficient older folk and vegans. More on Vitamin B12.
Bacopa Monnieri Extract – As a legendary Ayurvedic adaptogen, Bacopa may assist with stress levels, as well as boost memory and learning. However, you’ll need to supplement this baby daily for a few weeks to achieve peak Bacopa brain benefits. More on Bacopa Monnieri.
Phosphatidylserine (20%) – Soy-derived phosphatidylserine, this key phospholipid plays an important role in brain cell membrane structure and fluidity. Supplementing PS may improve brain cell-to-cell communication and neurotoxin removal. More on Phosphatidylserine.
Ginkgo Biloba Extract (24% Ginkgo Flavone Glycosides) – Ginkgo is an ancient herb, potentially dating back to the dinosaur days. And while Ginkgo bears an association with dinosaur (i.e., elderly) health, the herb seems to also benefit healthy, young nootropic users by enhancing their working memory. More on Ginkgo Biloba.
Rhodiola Rosea Extract (3% Salidrosides) – Arguably* my favorite herbal adaptogen. (*I argue with myself all the time, intensely.) Rhodiola helps bolster the brain and body’s defenses against cortisol stress while reducing the negative effects of fatigue. The result: clearer thinking for longer. More on Rhodiola Rosea.
DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol Bitartrate) – Sort of a strange addition here. Often supplemented as a beauty compound, DMAE holds marginal nootropic value, potentially improving cognition affected by hyperactivity. Not too sure this will do much for the average, healthy user, though. More on DMAE.
Vital Brain Booster Review: Short, Simple, Subtle Stack
The key word here being: subtle. And I get it: “subtle” is often a euphemism for “ineffective” when it comes to nootropic supplements. Yet, even so, though I’m generally a defender of subtlety, especially towards nootropic supplements that promote long-term brain health (as opposed to short-term jolts of cheap stimulation), I’m not sure I want to use Vital Brain Booster as part of my defense for subtlety here.
Because Vital Brain Booster’s effects are too subtle. And I’m familiar with these ingredients, particularly the Ginkgo + Rhodiola combo, which I otherwise notice in other supplements.
Granted, to this stack’s benefit, I do like that Vital Brain Booster stayed away from caffeine. Your usual run-of-the-mill, caffeine-laden, stimulant-heavy boosters often come with negative, jittery side effects that may counter-productively impair cognition and mental performance, if taken in large enough dosages.
Vital Brain Booster, on the other hand, only slightly feels good, in that special “Wait, I think I feel something maybe?” sort of way — as opposed to that of the flushing dopamine rush variety. Yet, this selection of ingredients has the potential to feel even better, and Vital Brain Booster fails to reach that potential due to poor dosages and the questionable addition of DMAE.
At the least, many stimulating supplements claim “no-crash” results, yet Vital Brain Booster actually delivers “no-crash” results.
Again, on that note, Vital Brain Booster is too subtle for my tastes. I suspect that there’s not a whole lot going on under the hood with this one. So, don’t expect too much under-the-hood action under your hood (i.e., your thick skull), if you plan on taking Vital Brain Booster.
- The Bacopa Monnieri is decently dosed.
- This is one of the more affordable supplement stacks.
- Without doubling the dosages, Vital Brain Booster’s effects are, well …ineffective.
- Not too sure why Vital Brain Booster invests in DMAE. Could have used that 50 mg for, say, more Rhodiola Rosea, a more effective nootropic herb.
- The overall quality of the ingredients and capsules isn’t too great.
- $19.99 for 30 capsules, a 30-day supply
- $0.67 per serving
If you buy Vital Brain Booster through Amazon, you may order the Subscribe & Save option, saving you 5% per bottle price — or 15% per bottle, if you’re subscribed to 5 products or more. Not the worst idea, if you’re a frequent Amazon shopper and a frequent Vital Brain Booster user.
Who Takes Vital Brain Booster?
It’s hard to say by the customer reviews, which all generally describe a positive “increased concentration, increased focus” experience. But, then again, Amazon customer reviews aren’t the greatest, especially where nootropic supplements are concerned.
Where to Buy It
You can buy Vital Brain Booster through Amazon and Vital Vitamins online store. Buying through the latter also grants you a Subscribe & Save option to save 15% on each bottle per month.
Conclusion: Does Vital Brain Booster Work?
Not really, unfortunately. Doubling the daily dosage may help with this — but then you’re essentially doubling the price of Vital Brain Booster, which isn’t anywhere near the ballpark of more effective nootropic supplements priced around the $40 range.
It’s not the worst nootropic stack, by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s pretty cheap-O. You’d do better to buy these ingredients individually in bulk, and to properly dose them out yourself.
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