Brain Awake is yet another brain-boosting supplement produced by the US manufacturer Irwin Naturals. Although it promises similar benefits as another Irwin Naturals supplement – Ginkgo Smart – Brain Awake has a significantly different ingredient profile, most important being the inclusion of MCT oil in place of fish oil.
According to the manufacturer, Brain Awake was specially formulated to increase function in the brain as well as mental performance. It is also claimed to increase energy as well as the ability to perform various cognitive tasks.
Brain Awake contains the following ingredients: Brain Awake contains the following ingredients: Folate 200 mcg, Vitamin B12 500 mcg, Vitamin B6 10 mg, Rosemary Extract 30 mg, Lemon Balm extract 30 mg, Bacopa Extract 300 mg, Acetyl-L-Carnitine 500 mg, InnovaTea Natural Extract 52 mg, Alpha Wave L-Theanine 100 mg, Silicon Dioxide, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Beeswax, St. John’s Bread, Holy Basil (Tulsi) 200 mg, Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) Oil 1000 mg, Soy Lecithin, Gelatin, Flaxseed Oil, Purified Water, and BioPerine Complex (Combination of extracts of ginger and black pepper) 6 mg.
Brain Awake by Irwin Naturals is advertised as a powerful brain supplement that can improve mental performance in several key areas. The company claims that all used ingredients are natural so there is no worry about dangerous side effects, although some consumers have reported some mild side effects.
The problem we have with Brain Awake is the high concentration of caffeine, which may lead to sleep being affected. Another downside to this brain supplement is the fact that there is no clearly stated guarantee for customers and there are no easily found reviews of the product to assist potential customers in making a decision about whether to purchase Brain Awake.
However, the formula includes several well-known and proven ingredients. Bacopa Monnieri, for instance, is an herb used as an antidepressant and a cognitive booster. While performing stressful cognitive tests, subjects taking Bacopa Monnieri experienced the herb’s nootropic effects and reduced both stress and cortisol levels. Brain Awake contains the highest concentration of bacosides we’ve seen in a nootropic product.
Brain Awake also contains AlphaWave L-Theanine (100 mg). L-Theanine is an amino-acid known to support a calm mood without inducing sleepiness. L-Theanine is a very common ingredient in brain supplements, especially associated with another common ingredient – caffeine. When used in conjunction with caffeine, it has been observed to reduce error rates while performing tasks.
BioPerine is a common ingredient in many Irwin Naturals products, as well as products from other general supplement manufacturers. Research suggests BioPerine/black pepper extract in the form of piperine allows a better absorption of a variety of nutrients through the digestive tract. If the available research is accurate, it’s a good compliment to this supplement’s stack of nootropic ingredients.
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- Brain Awake contains many high quality and proven ingredients
- Affordable price
- Brain Awake is produced by Irwin Naturals, a reputable manufacturer
- Some positive reviews available online
- All-natural formulation
- The formula contains several key amino-acids for brain supplementation
- The formula contains caffeine
- The official website lacks some important information
- No free trial available
- Unclear money back guarantee policy
The inclusion of Holy Basil extract as the adaptogen of choice also has us scratching our heads a little bit, as there are similarly effective choices in existence without the same potential side effects.
Nevertheless, Brain Awake may be a good choice for those looking for an affordable brain supplement. Its relatively low price can make Brain Awake a good short to medium-term solution.