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BriteSMART is advertised as a clinically tested proprietary formulation efficient in optimizing brain function, improving memory, enhancing mental focus, and increasing brain energy. The company behind the formula is called BriteFocus (as seen on the label), although when we accessed the “About” section we noticed that the presentation refers to the BriteSmart company, with no reference to BriteFocus. BriteSmart is a producer of nutritional supplements specifically designed to support cognitive function and brain health.
They offer a program that addresses the problem of mental acuity decline as result of aging. Their formulations are promoted as clinically validated and manufactured in FDA compliant facilities following current quality standards.
Although marketed as a “clinically tested formulation” there is no indication of the specific clinical trials involving this particular formula. In fact, looking at the label, the proprietary blend to which the manufacturer refers is a patent pending formula, meaning it is not yet patented (much less proven effective).
BriteSMART contains the following ingredients: BriteSMART contains the following ingredients: Biotin, Ceretrophin (proprietary blend, patent pending): Acetyl-L-Carnitine (as Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCI), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Rhodiola Rosea extract (3% Rosavins) (root), Vinpocetine (Vinca minor) (entire plant), Huperzine A (from Toothed clubmoss) (entire plant), Silicon Dioxide, Shellac, vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Calcium Carbonate, Croscarmellose Sodium, vegetable Stearic Acid, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Tricalcium Phosphate, Dextrin, Dextrose Monohydrate, FD&C Blue #2 Aluminum Lake, Hydroxpropyl Methylcellulose, Soy Lecithin, Polyethylene Glycol, and Titanium Dioxide (color).
The synergistic blend in the supplement is a combination of brain nutrients and herbal extracts researched for their antioxidant and memory enhancing benefits in a large number of clinical studies.
Biotin, the first listed ingredient, is one of the B complex of vitamins. Also known as Vitamin H, the nutrient has been linked to the maintenance of proper fat and carbohydrate metabolism as well as that of the nervous system. In fact, the entire B complex of vitamins is known to promote optimal nervous system and brain function. Besides these highly important benefits, Biotin was studied and proven essential for maintaining and lowering cholesterol levels, regulating blood sugar, and promoting healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine, one of the several forms of the naturally occurring amino-acid Carnitine, is particularly known for its antioxidant qualities which make it a reliable support against free radicals. However, ALCAR’s main benefit comes from its ability to facilitate Acetylcholine synthesis, a key neurotransmitter in the brain shown to support memory, mood, and overall cognitive ability if present in adequate amounts.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is another potent antioxidant also produced by the human body. The chemical is involved in the processes of energy production from glucose. As an antioxidant, ALA has the ability to destroy the free radicals that result from the metabolic processes of energy production. ALA is soluble in both water and fats, making it superior to other antioxidants which are only soluble in one or the other environment (vitamin C-water soluble, Vitamin E- fat soluble). ALA also supports production and regeneration of other antioxidants which increases the body’s defense against oxidative stress and its damage on various organs and tissues.
The other active substances in BriteSMART are herbal extracts clinically studied for their potential benefits in the cognitive area. Results have shown positive results for all these herbs, although there is still some controversy regarding the long-term benefits of herbal extracts.
- BriteSMART is based on a patented pending blend of ingredients individually tested for potency and safety in humans.
- Although the formula is claimed as free of preservatives and artificial flavor, there’s a long list of inactive ingredients which indicates this is not a natural product. Some of these substances are known to be low-grade ingredients with no added value, present strictly for the purpose of increasing shelf-life.
- Although the formula is claimed as clinically tested, the manufacturer doesn’t mention the name of at least one study involving the proprietary blend featured in BriteSMART.
- Consumer testimonials are in limited number at the time of this review.
Although the supplement contains popular nutrients and herbal remedies used on a large scale in brain supplements due to their proven benefits on cognition, we don’t see any evidence that this is a clinically tested product itself. To claim that a product contains “a proprietary and clinically tested formulation” of ingredients without even bothering to justify that statement shows a lack of respect towards the customer. More so, there are no testimonials available, the only other possible way of proving the formula’s effectiveness at this time.