Mastermind from Apex Vitality is a supplement that they claim will unlock your brain’s potential, increasing your energy while maintaining your focus and boosting your cognitive performance day and night. This is because Apex Mastermind is said to be full of acetylcholine-boosting drugs that they boast not only work to improve memory and clear “brain fog” but they’ll also give you more lucid dreams, which will enrich your life.

What’s in Apex Mastermind that they claim is so great for my brain?

Mastermind lists 5 main ingredients that they state are 100% organic:

Bacopa Monneri: They claim it improves visual information processing speed, learning, and memory. While bacopa has shown promise in animal studies that it enhances memory and learning, a double-blind study of adults taking 300 mg found no enhanced cognitive benefits. Side effects: cramps, nausea, fatigue.

Alpha GPC: It is said to significantly reduce fatigue and improve test scores. Our research finds it may help improve mental functioning in people with dementia or stroke, but there is no evidence it will help a healthy adult. Side effects: headache, dizziness, insomnia.

Huperzine A: Mastermind says that it has potential to increase brain activity and performance. Hupezine A does have the potential to help prevent Alzheimer’s but all studies have been for a very short term and show no improvement for a healthy individual. Side effects: diarrhea, nausea, vivid dreams.

Vinpocetine: Touted as helping increase focus and concentration. While vinpocetine may increase blood flow to the brain, there is no evidence it helps improve your mind in any way.  Side effects: nausea, nervousness, sleep disturbances.

L-Tyrosine: “Promotes mental alertness and reduces stress” is what it says on their web page. There is some evidence Tyrosine helps people concentrate under extreme stress, but researchers state this has little use outside of the military. Side effects: May be dangerous for people taking MAO inhibitor depressants.

Conclusion: There is very little evidence any ingredient will help an otherwise healthy adult, although you may have some strange dreams (if you can get to sleep)…

What do they charge me for Apex Vitality Mastermind brain supplement?

Mastermind has a few different offers to choose from on their order page:

  • 5 bottles/months supply of Mastermind for $86.97 (this is the default order, pitched as “buy 3 get 2 free”)
  • 3 bottles Mastermind $69.98 (“buy 2 get 1 free”)
  • 1 bottle Mastermind $53.98 (but if you refresh the page they’ll give you a 2nd bottle free)

Standard shipping (5-10 days) is free, but if you’d like to be smarter faster they say you can pay $9.99 for express 3-5 day shipping.

Is there a money back guarantee for Apex Mastermind smart pills?

Sort of. Apex Vitality states in their terms and conditions that you can return Mastermind supplements for a refund so long as you do it within 14 days of receiving it. However, they will charge you a restocking fee of $10 as well as shipping and handling costs of $5. (You also have to pay to ship Mastermind back to them.)

You may NOT return opened bottles of Mastermind for a refund.

Apex Mastermind customer service can be reached at 844-273-9848.

Bottom Line: Will Mastermind from Apex Vitality make me smarter and help me with lucid dreaming?

No. We are so certain about this for a number of reasons. First, as we noted above, there is very little proof any of the ingredients will help a healthy adult become a super genius. Second, there are no refunds for open bottles so you can’t even try it and see if it works without losing money.

We’d also like to point out that Apex Vitality doesn’t have such a great reputation. They currently have a C- from the Better Business Bureau for 23 complaints and accusations of signing up people for auto-shipments without their knowledge. Similar complaints were reported for Apex Serum of Youth on our website.

While Apex Mastermind doesn’t seem to have an auto-shipment feature, we still do not recommend buying any supplement that doesn’t carry the US Pharmacopeia (USP) symbol on its label. This is because with so much fraud in the supplement industry, it’s important to have an outside laboratory verify the ingredients, otherwise you’re likely to get rice filler. (USP is a non-profit lab that has been around for over a hundred years, learn more about why we love them here.)

Generally speaking, we have yet to find a “smart drug” that really delivers on its promises and our readers agree. A product called Adderin with almost the exact same ingredients gets just 1-star from those who have tried it. “This drug does only one thing. It only takes money out of my account. It doesn't do anything but give you physical problems,” said Joe from Long Beach, CA.

If you are interested in exploring the world of nootropics (that’s the fancy term for smart drugs) we strongly urge you to do your research first and not take the claims of any supplement maker at face value. First, start by reading our Smart Guide to Smart Drugs.

Then, if you would like more information as well as chat with other nootropic users, visit the Nootropics forum on Reddit. They have a beginner’s guide that attempts to keep up with the latest research, as well as offer first-hand experience from people who have tried them along with their recommendations.

If you’d like the ability to control your dreams, otherwise known as lucid dreaming, this is quite possible with a little practice. While some supplements and pills promise to enhance your dreams, this is more likely due to the placebo effect than any particular ingredient. Read the Lucid Dreaming FAQ here.

And let us know your experience with Apex Mastermind below!