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Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Attention/Focus, Featured, Memory, Nootropics | 4 comments

Alpha Brain Review

Alpha Brain Review

Alpha Brain Review Pros

  • Natural Ingredients that are actually effective, unlike many other "natural" supplements
  • Cheaper than Maven Lab's BrainStack
  • Lasts 6-8 hours on average for me
  • Calm, Meditative Focus instead of jittery, stimulating energy, very good for doing creative tasks where you need visualization.
  • Suprisingly good for sports, especially in combination with Shroom Tech Sport
  • Increase in mind and dream vividity, lucid dreaming would be easy on Alpha Brain
  • Helps improve memory a great deal
  • Feels great, mood improved and effect was potentiated by Onnit's New Mood
  • Fast shipping, good customer service, easy payment
  • Website is very professional with lots of helpful resources and information


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Alpha Brain Review Cons

  • I enjoyed the more energetic, stimulatory feel of BrainStack better as it allowed me to work on one thing for the whole duration without my ADD tendencies.
  • Despite it being cheaper than Brainstack, natural ingredients do mean you get less bang for your buck.
  • Does not give me a complete nootropic experience in one pill, still need to supplement racetams, etc. (Though there is no complete experience premade on the market yet).
  • Testimonials on website feel like they were paid for, I felt like I was paying for the packaging and marketing moreso than the actual ingredients.
  • I enjoyed the effects, but wish I would have bought the large bottle so I could fully experience the effects (some say Alpha Brain kicks up after a month or two, which I can believe as the effects got stronger it seemed.)
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The best place to get Alpha Brain is from Onnit's website. They agreed to let me give my readers a 10% discount since I was doing a review. To get the discount, simply go to their site through the banner below, and at checkout, enter code "Braintropic" to recieve 10% off your total purchase.

Alpha BRAIN by Onnit

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Review of Effects

As I said before, when I first took Alpha Brain, I was feeling pretty foggy and slow in the head. I took two caps after breakfast, and about 30 minutes later could feel it kicking in. It was like clarity and wakefulness slowly crept into my head, and replaced the sleepy cobwebs. I could easily focus on my work at the office, and not to mention I felt great.

Memory Improvement

I noticed my memory was better too, even after just one dose. For example, normally when looking at file numbers for our clients, I’m pretty forgetful and need to look them up every single time. On Alpha Brain, I was easily able to picture the numbers I had looked at earlier in my head and remember them, which saved me a hell of a lot of time at work. This is most likely because the increase in acetylcholine and further potentiation of it caused by the Alpha Brain stack.

 Mood Enhancement

I also felt great. It was an effect almost like Adderall, with tons of focus on the task at hand while boosting my mood to something great. I could tell it definitely had a positive effect on my motivation as well, as I was taking on tasks immediately instead of putting them off for easier things. I would attribute this to the increase in dopamine caused by Alpha Brain.

Sleep and Dream Clarity

I also noticed an increase in sleep quality and clarity of my dreams, most likely again from all that extra acetylcholine being created. Taking it before bed is a great way to enhance your dreams to even lucid dream levels.


The neuro-specific anti-oxidants in it are definitely effective, I believe that is one reason why I was able to feel so awake and great after having some a mentally demanding day before my first day taking it. I feel healthier for sure, Alpha Brain is really enhancing and protecting my brain.

And Overall?

Overall, I felt awesome. Alpha Brain put me at the peak of my mental abilities, and after taking it for a few weeks, the effects only got stronger. I felt calm, task focused, unstressed, healthy, and productive always after taking it.

I would recommend Alpha Brain to anyone who needs to work or study harder and more efficiently while not stressing themselves out. Also, anyone who just wants to protect their brain and health would benefit greatly from this supplement.

There’s really not anyone out there who wouldn’t benefit from a quality nootropic stack like On It’s Alpha Brain. There are a lot of nootropic stacks out there, and a lot of crappy ones. If you are going with a premade stack, please pick a good one like On It’s Alpha Brain, and save yourself a headache by wasting your money on a stack without quality ingredients and decent prices like this one.

Again, the only thing I would recommend to add on to this stack would be a quality racetam. My personal choice would be Pramiracetam due to its insane memory increasing and improving effects.

View my comparison of Aniracetam, Oxiracetam, and Pramiracetam.

However, anything similar to Aniracetam, Oxiracetam, or Pramiracetam (View my comparison here) would go great and improve the effects even more. For more information on making your own nootropic stack or to get an idea of what you can do to make a stack like On It Alpha Brain even better, view my Beginner's Guide to Nootropics.

Don’t be deluded though, the ingredients stand STRONG on their own. I really liked this supplement.

Alpha Brain Review: The Verdict

I give Onnit's Alpha Brain Review, A 4 out of 5!

Onnit's Alpha Brain gets a slightly lower rating than Maven Lab's Brainstack simply because of the effects of Brainstack are stronger.

That's not to say Alpha Brain doesn't work, no, it merely means I much prefer the more stimulating, pure focus and cerebral flow of Brainstack to the more calm, meditative, and vivid memory that Alpha Brain gives.


Does it have a premium blend of ingredients that are effective? Yes. All the ingredients are effective, and the fact that the ingredients are natural are an added bonus. Natural ingredients that are effective seem to be all too rare nowadays, this is one company who gives you the effects you want without stiffing you on the natural part.

Does it work? OH YES. It does. Like I said above, Alpha Brain gives a calm, meditative focus with extremely vivid memory and ability to visualize. It is one of the top performing premade nootropic stacks. For many people it is #1, but I prefer BrainStack.
Would I use it again? Yes, it is highly effective, and slightly more cost effective than Brainstack, so I will probably by another bottle for my next stack.
Was the service and packaging quality?  Top quality shipping speed, with well designed packaging. Their website is well designed, with excellent resources and easy to use, fast, payment methods. I recommend buying through their site using the banner below, because if you use the code "Braintropic", you can get an extra 10% off.

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Alpha BRAIN by Onnit

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Review of Ingredients

Alpha Brain boasts an outstanding arsenal of NATURAL ingredients. Yes, this is a natural product. Normally, I tend to denounce products that are natural because I feel like usually they are weaker. On Its Alpha Brain is NOT one of these weaker products, probably because it contains high quality ingredients to keep its potency up to scale.

Onit Alpha Brain contains Alpha-GPC Choline, Huperzia Serrata, Vinpocetine, AC-11, Bacopa, Pterostilbene, Mucuna Pruriens, Gaba, Oat Straws, Vitamin B6.

Acetylcholine Enhancement

Alpha-GPC and Huperzia Serrata both boast outstanding effects on increasing and potentiating the brain’s own neurotransmitter, Acetylcholine that is required for memory increases to occur in the brain. They also have several other less known nootropic effects, but that is the main mechanism for their brain boosting effects.


Vinpocetine is a neuro-vasodilator that increases blood flow in the brain, thus increasing cognition. It too boasts other nootropic effects.

Brain Protectors

Pterostilbene is a nootropic and neuro antioxidant derived from Blueberries. This site shows how it is an extremely potent brain protectant, and can protect against even cancer. Not only that, but it also has positive effects on keeping dopamine active in the brain, which can cause increased learning and an increase in mood to almost euphoric like happiness.

Mood Boosters

Mucuna Pruriens is another interesting ingredient. It boasts a profile of enhancing just about everything in a person. It is said to contain “steroid like” performance enhancement, as well as containing L-Dopa, a precursor to dopamine, which like I said above, causes increased learning abilities and a euphoric sensation and mood. It also causes increases in dream clarity and depth, which makes it excellent for lucid dreaming.

Sleep and Stress Aid

GABA is useful for reducing stress and anxiety in a person. It also helps the quality of one’s sleep and has some brain increasing effects as well.

Ingredients Enhancing Ingredients

Vitamin B6 is included because it increases the effects of almost all of these supplements, not to mention causes a whole host of brain benefits. Plus it gives a good clean energy, it’s the perfect thing to top off the Alpha Brain nootropic stack.

And overall?

Overall, On It’s Alpha Brain stack contains a great blend of ingredients to protect your brain, reduce stress and anxiety, increase focus and productivity, and help increase your ability to lucid dream. These ingredients are well suited to studying and test taking in my opinion. I would recommend Onit Alpha Brain before a test, especially because of the Huperzine and Vinpocetine. It’s just a great, well researched blend of ingredients.

Anything missing?

The only thing I wish this stack had would be a quality racetam to synergize with all the good ingredients. I would recommend you pick up Oxiracetam from Amazon if you plan on picking up this stack to increase its effects even further.


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