Today we are going to be reviewing one of the Internet’s most talked-about nootropic formulas: OptiMind. A couple of things drew us to this supplement. First, mainstream media outlets including Vice and Elite Daily positively reviewed this product before its rebranding from Alleradd to OptiMind, and we were curious to see whether the hype was real. Secondly, the supplement’s formula has a lot in common with one of our favorite supplements, Lumonol, making it worth a try in our book.
Our testers tried out the sample packs of of OptiMind to see if the claims of it being a “surprisingly powerful and beautifully balanced” supplement were true.
Read on to find out what our testers thought of it…
Table of contents
- Active Ingredients: Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol) – 385 IU
- Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin most adults (at least in America and other Western countries) do not get enough of. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to cardiovascular disease, mood disorders and impaired cognition, and the vitamin also plays important roles in general brain function.
- Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) – 500 mcg
- An essential vitamin B nutrient, B12 plays an important role in numerous bodily functions, including neurological function and development. The particular form of B12 contained in OptiMind is a form often used to reduce brain fog and promote mental energy due to its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier.
- Focus Blend – 1330.08 mg
- L-Tyrosine is well-linked to improving cognitive performance under conditions of stress, and the compound has been shown to actually reduce symptoms of stress itself, likely because it is involved in the production of dopamine.
- Bacopa Herb Extract
- Bacopa Monnieri is an herb used in Ayurveda as an antidepressant and a cognitive booster. A noted adaptogen, Bacopa Monnieri has been linked to reduced stress and nootropic effects.
- Taurine is an essential amino acid fundamental in the development and function of the central nervous system. You’ll see it as a main ingredient in many energy drinks for its alertness-boosting effects, especially when paired with caffeine and other stimulants.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory chemical that has been used to treat memory loss and chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Caffeine Anhydrous
- Caffeine is a stimulant acting on the central nervous system. One of the better-researched mental and physical performance enhancers, caffeine is proven to have acute effects on cognitive function and mood.
- GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid)
- This amino acid acts in the central nervous system calming nervous brain activity. It is a neuropsychotropic compound that functions as both a nootropic and as a tranquilizer by stimulating dopamine production. Dopamine plays a part in controlling flow of information in the brain while alleviating stress and anxiety.
- Phosphatidylserine (from Soy Lecithin)
- This chemical has been used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, geriatric mental-function decline, ADHD, and to improve cognitive function.
- Vinpocetine is a chemical derived from the periwinkle plant, linked to increase cerebral blood flow. Doctors in Hungary have been prescribing this compound to treat cerebrovascular disorders for decades.
- This is a synthetic Vitamin B1 derivative, capable of crossing blood and brain barriers more easily than thiamine. There are studies suggesting it has positive effects on memory and central cholinergic activity.
- Huperzine A (from Toothed Clubmoss Aerial Parts Extract)
- Clubmoss is the most common source for Huperzine A, a compound that has been used to improve cognitive performance in patients with Alzheimer’s.
- Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose (HPMC), Dicalcium Phosphate, Rice Flour, Magnesium Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (color). Contains: Soy
For elevated mental performance, start with 1-2 capsules in the morning. Increase the dosage as needed. Depending on your body type and tolerance, you may increase this to a single serving of 2-4 capsules, but do not exceed 8 capsules per 24-hour period.
My OptiMind Experience
As with any new supplement, I am naturally skeptical of initial claims. That is no different when it came to OptiMind. However, after my experience of using it for a full week, I was pleasantly surprised.
The first morning I woke up feeling groggy, with a slight case of “brain fog”. This is because I had a hard time falling asleep the night before. Nevertheless, I got out of bed and made breakfast. During breakfast I read over the OptiMind ingredients and suggested use. Everything seemed pretty standard — Bacopa Monnieri, L-Taurine, Phosphatidylserine, GABA, L-Tyrosine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Caffeine, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Calcium, Magnesium, Vinpocetine, Huperzine A, and Sulbutiamine. I noticed that it contains some of my favorite nootropic ingredients, one of which being Bacopa Monnieri.
I decided to skip my daily morning coffee since OptiMind already has caffeine in it. This is because I didn’t want to double down on my caffeine intake early in the morning and crash by the afternoon. I also didn’t want the caffeine to interfere with the results of the review. So I downed a full dosage with a glass of water and got to work.
After the first 20-minutes, I started to notice a slight increase in energy levels, much like I do when I have a cup of coffee. A little later my focus really started to pick up. My initial experience felt a bit like drinking an energy drink except without feeling jittery or anxious at all and with a ton more focus. I think the reason behind this energy/focus combo comes down to the mixture of caffeine and l-taurine (both of which make up a lot of energy drinks on the market).
As the day went on I realized that I wasn’t as distracted. This meant I could get more done without having to take breaks. In a way, it felt like I could reclaim a few hours of my day — a huge plus!
As the day transitioned into night, I slightly expected a mild crash from the caffeine. However, there was none. This could be because I don’t crash unless I have massive amounts of caffeine or because of the makeup of OptiMind. Regardless, it’s another big plus.
The week that I took OptiMind went very well. The noticeable effects were an increase in energy mixed with higher levels of focus and concentration. This, of course, led to higher levels of productivity too.
By the end of the week, I noticed my to do list was much lighter than it normally was. This was due to the fact that I could get more done during the day than I normally could. As a business owner and as someone who likes to be as efficient with their time as possible, I really liked this aspect of taking OptiMind.
Surprisingly, by the seventh day, I had not built up a tolerance. I usually see a waning effect in the benefits when taking a nootropic by the seventh day. This is because my body tends to get used to the dosage and need more to feel the same effects as a result. I’m sure there would come a time that I would need to cycle off OptiMind but I didn’t need to while reviewing it.
Overall, I was very happy with how OptiMind performed. They kept it simple when it comes to nootropic ingredients and created a supplement that does what it says it will — increase focus and energy.
After reviewing OptiMind I decided to keep some capsules at my desk because I like to use them when I’m on a deadline and really need to focus. They have been lifesavers especially when pulling “all nighters” because of the increase in energy that they give.
What Our Testers Say
“I started out with 2 capsules in the morning with breakfast, and I felt a pretty clear wave of energy and focus. This lasted well into the afternoon… I upped the dosage to 3 capsules to see how that felt.”
“I took the full four-capsule dose as a pre-workout. I felt energized and ready for the workout…”
“I tried out OptiMind with my usual cup of coffee in the morning, starting with 2 capsules on the first day, and then 3 capsules on the second day. I had a quite a ‘wired’ morning after 3 capsules. I felt clear-headed and was able to concentrate on the task at hand… I tried it again with no coffee the next morning, and I felt productive.”
- Our testers felt the positive effects of OptiMind with a dosage of 2 capsules; increasing consumption to 3 or 4 capsules did not increase its perceived effects, but it did produce some jitteriness on some of our testers. There’s a good chance 2 will be plenty, though individual tolerances and reactions will vary.
- Because OptiMind has an unspecified amount of caffeine, we suggest you go easy on coffee consumption when starting.
- As with any supplement or nutritional regimen, you should check with your doctor or medical professional before use.
OptiMind’s formula consists of a number of popular nootropic ingredients paired with energy boosters like caffeine and B vitamins. Our testers experienced a mental and physical boost, but the fact that the amount of caffeine per serving is not listed had some of our testers feeling like Goldilocks: It took awhile to find the right dosage for them.
OptiMind’s manufacturer has some mainstream traction, and their formula is a bit different than others we’ve encountered (for example, it doesn’t contain a direct form of choline, but it does have ingredients involved in choline production). But we weren’t over-the-moon impressed.
Always remember to consult a trusted medical professional before taking any supplement. We are not doctors and our opinions are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Increases energy and focus levels.
Able to feel effects without even taking full dose.