Brain Fit formula is a Nootropic supplement advertised to increase overall wellbeing by supporting mental clarity, brain function, and emotional balance. The company behind this supplement is called 50-Fit, but we couldn’t find an official site or information about its activity or other products.
Besides the huge problem with not having an official web-site, the formula’s list of ingredients is very similar to at least 5 supplements reviewed on this site lately. Who knows how many such products are sold under different names? Although we’re not sure which product was copied after the other, we must say the lack of originality and scientific proof of the claimed benefits is very disappointing. To us it looks this is just one of the many manufacturers of dietary supplements who’s in just for the profit.
This being said, we’ll analyze the ingredients of Brain Fit in the sections below to see if they are clinically tested and what are their benefits in the cognitive area, the associated side-effects, and the science behind their claimed properties.
Brain Fit contains the following ingredients: Brain Fit contains the following ingredients: Ginkgo Biloba (as 24% extract), Phosphatidylserine Complex, N-Acetyl-L Carnitine, St John’s Wort (as 3% extract), L-Glutamine, Dimethylaminoethanol Bitartrate (DMAE), Bacopa Monnieri (20% bacosides), Vinpocetine, Huperzine A, gelatin, vegetable Magnesium Stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and Silicon Dioxide.
Several herbal extracts have been included in the formula for the purpose of supporting memory function, protecting the brain, and restoring and maintaining emotional balance. These herbs are very popular remedies used for centuries in traditional medicine for purposes not necessarily related to the brain’s activity. However, as the science evolved, they were discovered to possess important antioxidant or antidepressive properties which made them excellent candidates for supporting healthy brain functions.
Ginkgo Biloba, for example is advertised as one of the most potent natural antioxidants of herbal origin. It is why it is a worldwide recommended supplement against age related memory impairment. Its abilities to improve blood flow and prevent platelet aggregation make it a popular remedy for circulatory system problems.
Vinpocetine also acts as a powerful antioxidant with neuroprotective qualities. The plant extract facilitates synthesis of essential chemicals for the brain called neurotransmitters. Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Acetylcholine, or Serotonin production are all stimulated by Vinpocetine, each of these substances playing key roles in certain areas. For example, Acetylcholine is involved in neural communication. Without adequate concentrations of this neurotransmitter we experience memory lapses, retention problems, or poor thinking. Serotonin is also called the “mood neurotransmitter” because it regulates mood, and sleep-awake cycles. Serotonin deficiency has been associated with depression and anxiety symptoms, and sleeping and weight problems.
Huperzine A is also a cognitive enhancer. It was shown to act as an acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor, meaning it can delay Acetylcholine absorption. As said before AC helps maintain optimal concentration, learning, and memory. Huperzine A has also the ability to fight against oxidative stress, due to its antioxidant properties.
St John’s Wort is a very popular natural antidepressant recommended by doctors as an alternative with fewer side effects than prescription medication. So far the results of scientific trials support the plant’s effectiveness, but research is far from being over.
And the last herbal extract in this formula Bacopa Monnieri is also researched for its brain boosting and anti-anxiety benefits.
- The formula contains clinically studied ingredients (already used on a large scale as brain boosters)
- The product is available on various online stores for a relatively low price (approximately $20 for a month’s supply)
- There’s no official site of the manufacturer.
- The formula as a whole is not clinically researched.
Brain Fit is promoted as a Nootropic but lacks the originality. At this time there are at least five or six other nutraceuticals with the same list of ingredients. We cannot find any reason why a certain manufacturer would use identical ingredients besides the obvious reason of not investing any money in research and development.
Still, the formula looks safe and most consumers are satisfied with the results. However, it’s important to be aware of the potential unwanted side effects that can be associated with the use of some of the ingredients in the formula. For example Ginkgo Biloba may increase the risk of bleeding, and St John’s Wort can cause photo-sensitivity as well as interact with various chemicals from other medication. The other ingredients can also cause specific side effects, so it you experience any kind of problem, please inform your doctor and discontinue use immediately.