What is BrainReference and when did you launch?
BrainReference, founded in 2012, is an online trusted reference source for brain supplement reviews aimed at helping readers find detailed information not currently available with other informational resources.
Where is BrainReference located?
BrainReference is located in Shreveport, Louisiana.
How do I contact BrainReference?
There are several means of contacting the BrainReference team. Hours of operation are from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, EST.
How does BrainReference make money?
BrainReference.com nutritional team has dedicated years in education to research and conduct each and every editor review on our site.
Our research is solely funded only through our affiliateships with thousands of different products sold on Amazon [We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites] and other platforms for the best deals and prices and NEVER by accepting paid advertisers or even upfront incentive packages from companies.
Thus, we ensure the integrity of our research and its funding no matter the product you choose (so please continue to use our links and support us).
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What guidelines do you use to create reviews?
There are several steps in our review process. Behind each step are hours of research and a review board of medical and health professionals who ensure said research is accurate and trustworthy. These steps include:
- Place of manufacture;
- Method of manufacture;
- Side Effects;
- Track Record;
- Speed of Results;
- Success Rate;
You can read about our processes in more detail. BrainReference Review Guidelines
Do you edit or moderate user-generated content?
Yes, if the user-generated content contains words or phrases that are inappropriate or medical, we reserve the right to delete these from the content.
Do you receive incentives or any form of compensation from the products you review?
No. We NEVER accept paid advertisers or even upfront incentive packages from companies. Thus, we ensure the integrity of our research and its funding no matter the product you choose. As for compensation, we do utilize affiliate links to websites like Amazon to help cover the costs of maintaining BrainReference.com.
How can someone submit supplements for review?
We have our own team of researchers who continuously browse for the latest brain supplements for us to review. However, we accept review requests from companies. Please use our Contact Form to submit a new review request and provide us with a valid link to an official product page, as well as at much information on that product as possible: a clear product image, full list of ingredients, benefits, supporting studies, etc.
Do you have a medical disclaimer?
Yes. No one on the BrainReference team is qualified to give medical advice. We also refrain from the use of medical jargon and claims in our reviews. Read the full Medical Disclaimer here.
How do I reach out to BrainReference to suggest a correction or edit?
You can suggest a correction or edit through our Contact Form by selecting “Request For Changes To A Review” option under “Reason for contacting BrainReference”. We will do our best to reply within 48 business hours.
What if I see content that infringes upon copyright?
Copyright infringement is not something we take lightly. Please, if you believe your rights or the rights of others, have been infringed upon, use our Contact Form or any other contact method available and contact us immediately.
Please include the URL to the BrainReference review where you believe the infringement occurred, a detailed description (copy and paste the section into the body of your email), and proof you own the copyright.
BrainReference’s View on Brain Health
What is your view on brain health?
We believe the foods we eat and the supplements we take can have a big impact on the structure and health of our brains. Enhancing a balanced diet with potent amino acid based supplements can support both short- and long-term brain function.
What are the 6 pillars of brain health?
There are many things influencing your daily brain health. However, there are 6 pillars we believe to have a major impact on your brain’s chemistry:
- Physical Exercise
- Food & Nutrition
- Medical Health
- Sleep & Relaxation
- Mental Fitness
- Social Interaction
Why amino acids are so important to brain health?
Amino acids are often described as the building blocks for protein-based tissues and compounds in your body such as muscles fiber, skin, hair and enzymes.
However, amino acids are also needed to make neurotransmitters, which are chemicals in the brain that either excite or inhibit neurons. Amino acids that are able to cross the blood-brain barrier stimulate the synthesis of most neurotransmitters, which affects brain chemistry and impacts mood.
What is the difference between essential amino acids and non-essential amino acids?
The 20 amino acids that your body needs can be divided into two distinct categories: essential amino acids and non-essential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the body, That means you must get them from food sources to help meet your needs.
What do you believe are supplement industry “best practices”?
We are delighted that there is an emerging new set of industry standards. These are increasing the quality of brain supplements on the market. We will always need to investigate each product as it arrives, but the new standards we are seeing are gradually raising the game for our industry.
The new industry standards and best practices include:
- Effectiveness – how the body absorbs supplements and the choice of the active ingredient;
- Quality of Ingredients – a supplement is only as good as the quality of its ingredients;
- Validation – independent third-party validation by external companies that can test the product with neutrality;
- Transparency – lets consumers know exactly what they are choosing to ingest;
- Environmental Responsibility – using recyclable material and BPA free bottles, finding creative methods of using fewer materials, choosing Sustainable Forestry Initiative providers, etc.
You can read more about the new supplement industry standards here.
Products Sold Through BrainReference
What are the names of the products you sell?
BrainReference doesn’t sell any products directly.
How can I return/refund a product purchased through one of your affiliate links?
To return a product purchased through one of our affiliate links, you would have to contact the seller first. Manufacturer’s contact details can usually be found within the supplement review.