SuperBrain is a supplement that claims it will unlock 100% of your brain’s potential, allowing you to maintain focus, boost brain performance, as well as give you more energy. SuperBrain says it uses the power of nootropics to improve thinking and concentration, allowing you to stay alert and keep your competitive edge.
What exactly is a nootropic?
Nootropic is basically a fancy way to say “smart drugs” – the term was coined in the 1970s by Corneliu E. Giurgea who used it to describe a class of chemicals specifically designed to interact with the brain that: a) would enhance learning and memory b) disrupt bad behaviors c) protect the brain d) enhance cognitive functioning and e) have few side effects and no “high”.
Whether or not nootropics have been successful in achieving these feats is up to much debate. These compounds are considered safe, but because they are sold as a supplement and not a pharmaceutical drug, they are not subject to rigorous (and expensive) clinical studies that prove they actually work. Instead, scientists have done only small-scale studies of individual ingredients, primarily done with rats or in test tubes.
What’s in SuperBrain that they claim makes it such a great nootropic?
SuperBrain lists several ingredients common in many nootropic supplements, but the actual amount of each is not listed.
L-Tyrosene: They claim it helps you create neurotransmitters that promote mental alertness. Some early research has found L-Tyrosene to help people stay alert in extremely stressful situations, but this has little use outside of the military and its long-term effects have not been studied.
GABA: Said to prevent over-excitement and maintain focus. We could only find one study of 13 people that showed it helped with anxiety and WebMD states there is still insufficient evidence for these claims.
Bacopa Monneri: They insist this ingredient increases blood flow and cognitive function simultaneously. While the scientific evidence shows promise, research is still in its infancy. (We like bacopa primarily because it makes us think of bacon… mmmmm… bacon…)
Alpha GPC: They claim it helps with proper neurotransmitter functioning. WebMD says that Alpha GPC does appear to increase acetylcholine, which is important for memory function, but there is insufficient evidence taking it in pill form will help you if you have a healthy brain. An Italian study seemed to show it may help those with memory problems related to Alzheimer’s or a stroke.
Vinpocetine: They tout this man-made compound increases the brain’s utilization of glucose and ATP production, but there is insufficient evidence it helps with memory.
Huperzine A: They promise this helps prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, and some early studies show it may help prevent the brain from getting Alzheimer’s, but it’s long term safety has not been studied.
Conclusion: A few of these ingredients have had limited study in lab environments, but overall there is very little proof it will enhance cognition in a healthy brain. Some of the side effects of these ingredients include nausea, vomiting, headache, or weakened immune system. SuperBrain itself has not been tested for safety or effectiveness.
What do they want to charge me for a supply of SuperBrain smart pills?
SuperBrain offers 3 ways to purchase:
- 1 bottle SuperBrain (1 month supply) $49.85
- 3 bottles SuperBrain $113.82
- 5 bottles SuperBrain $154.90
Shipping is free, but the default option adds a $4.95 shipping protection fee to each order.
Can I get my money back for SuperBrain brain supplement if it doesn’t make me smarter?
Some of it. SuperBrain says you can return your product within 30 days for a refund, minus any shipping charges and “applicable fees”; they note you will be charged $9.95 for any open products.
SuperBrain customer support number is listed as 855-404-0005
Bottom Line: Is SuperBrain smart pill really going to help my brain function better?
No. We say this because, as we mentioned earlier, nootropics are still unproven. Scientists still don’t know enough about how the brain works, let alone how a supplement may interact with it, to make buying any pill truly worth your while.
In addition, there is no guarantee what SuperBrain says on the bottle is really what’s inside, as the supplement industry is rife with fraud.
But we know what you are saying right now: “Aw, jeez BrightReviews – I’ve read so much cool stuff about how these smart drugs can really work. Are there ANY pills you recommend?”
Not really. But, if you are interested in learning more about nootropics, we suggest checking out our Smart Guide to Smart Drugs, where we tell you exactly what to look for when buying any supplement.
One of the most important things is the US Pharmacopeia (USP) Seal, which at least verifies the purity of ingredients. You can read more about why we love USP so much here.
If you do decide to be a “human guinea pig” and try a nootropic, you might want to visit the Reddit Nootropic forum, which also has a beginner’s guide as well as postings from people who have tried the various substances and report on their experiences. Like most things on Reddit (or any forum with commenters) most posts should be taken with a grain of salt.
We hope this helps you understand a little more about SuperBrain and nootropics in general. Guess what? We just made you a little smarter than you were 5 minutes ago without taking any pill!
Let us know what you think below!