Brain Power is a nootropic supplement which promises to support memory and concentration, while reducing stress levels and providing other mental benefits. It’s sold by Aviano Botanicals, located in Carrollton, Texas. Their products appear to be made in United States labs with FDA and GMP certifications, which usually implies that supplements have high quality and purity. Aviano Botanicals is best known for their large amounts of essential oils, but they do sell multiple supplements as well. The company has been around long enough to get a lot of fans and products out there.
Brain Power contains the following ingredients: Ginkgoxine, Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Glutamine, Phosphatidylserine Complex, Bacopa Monnier, Dimethylaminoethanol Bitartrate, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Vinpocetine, Gelatin, Magnesium Stearate, Di-Calcium Phosphate
Brain Power has 8 active ingredients, including ginkgo biloba, St. John’s Wort, and bacopa monnieri. Bacopa monnieri is also known as brahmi, thyme leafed gratiola, and Indian pennywort. The nootropic herb grows best in marshy or damp conditions. Some people even use it as an aquarium decoration. The herb has been used in traditional medicine for epilepsy, asthma, ulcers, tumors, enlarged spleen, inflammations, anemia, gastroenteritis, and more. While not all positive effects have been proven through scientific study, bacopa does have potential to help with a lot of problems.
Side effects from bacopa are rare. But if they do appear, it tends to be nausea more than anything else. Taking supplements with food can offset the risk of side effects, and it’s very much recommended that you use this supplement during mealtimes. Most professionals recommend taking it immediately after meals. Bacopa seems to work in people of all ages, although it’s usually studied in the elderly. The most common dose is 300 mg a day as long the extract is of high quality. The active compound (bacoside content) needs to be more than half of the extract. Aviano Botanicals doesn’t list the amount of each ingredient in its proprietary formula, but does say that the bacopa contains at least 20% bacosides.
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- Capsules reportedly don’t have any strange smell, taste, or side effects.
- Contains common nootropic ingredients, generally accepted as proven to work. There aren’t any filler ingredients or unwanted nonsense to add any risk.
- Capsules are gelatin and therefore not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
- No public information on the ingredient Ginkgoxine, although it appears to simply be a concentrated form of Ginkgo Biloba. It’s a special product of Georgia company Avexyl Pharma. If this wasn’t concentrated, 50 mg ginkgo would be too low to feel effects.
It’s always hard to figure out if a formula is effective when the amounts of ingredients aren’t listed. We know the proprietary blend is 727 mg but there isn’t any more information. Everything should be balanced appropriately to have a decent product, and there isn’t a method of independent evaluation available. Based on reviews and testimonials, though, people agree that Brain Power works. It doesn’t do the same things for everything, but it looks to be safe and effective. If you want anything along the lines of what Aviano Botanicals promises, you’ll probably enjoy Brain Power.