Study Juice Review

It’s no secret that college students have been using and abusing study drugs like Adderall for years now. With side effects like addiction picking up and becoming much more common, students have been turning to safer, cheaper and legal alternatives like nootropics, various supplements and a lot of good old coffee.

Many companies have also been marketing their products as supplements for studying. Some supplement companies have chosen to more directly target students with their nootropics, and Brain Forza’s Study Juice is one of those products.

Study Juice appears to be a potent nootropic featuring 2 clinically proven ingredients, KSM-66 and TeaCrine, as well as many more natural herbs touted to support focus, concentration, processing speed, memory and energy.

Study Juice has actually been around for a while. I got the scoop, it came out some years back as a stick pack product, with two different versions of the formula previously released. The second contained a powerful new ingredient called Sceletium. That formula, v2.0, which I also got to try, seemed to be their original fan favorite, and other then complaints about the taste, got excellent reviews.

Sceletium however was not favored by major retailers, the market Brain Forza is after, so they now switched to TeaCrine as their key stimulatory ingredient.

Brain Forza sent me a nice package with their best products so I could leave a review here for you guys. The company looks good and they don’t make any excessive marketing claims either which I like. It all seems very reasonable with clean ingredients to back up what claims they do make.

I got to try the new Study Juice, Work Juice and for fun, their v2.0 Stick Packs. This review is for the new Study Juice formula with TeaCrine. Here’s the breakdown.

Study Juice Ingredients

First off, we should mention that the company let us know the Study Juice formula focused on trying to support the neurotransmitter Dopamine. Which is unique, because most nootropics focus on increasing Acetylcholine. Which seems to be an easier feat using ingredients like CDP-Choline and Huperzine A.

Also, they did mention they don’t use ingredients like Aniracetam or Noopept because they cannot be sold as dietary supplements and Brain Forza is going for the mass retail approach.

Study Juice contains quite a unique blend of nootropic ingredients. Some familiar, some new. Here is the breakdown of ingredients with the amounts we know based on the higher, 6 capsule serving size (my preference):

  • Vitamin B6 as P5P – 10 mg (the active form)
  • Vitamin B12 as Methylcobalamin – 0.4 mg (the active form)
  • Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract 3/2 – 450 mg
  • Natural Caffeine from Green Tea – 170 mg
  • Guarana (contributing to total caffeine above)
  • Schissandra as XandraPure 5/1 Extract
  • Catuaba Bark Extract (imported from Brazil)
  • Natural L-Theanine from Green Tea – 400 mg
  • TeaCrine – 125 mg
  • Red Panax Ginseng Blend
  • KSM-66 Ashwagandha Root – 600 mg
  • N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine
  • Betaine Anhydrous
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine
  • American Ginseng Root Extract 5%
  • Vinpocetine
  • Bioperine

Let’s go over a few key ingredients.

TeaCrine

TeaCrine (a patent-pending compound containing pure theacrine) is a newer ingredient made by a company called Compound solutions. Other products carry it in ranges of 20 mg – 60 mg. The ingredient is said to readily help increase the amount of dopamine available in the brain and lower adenosine, therefore increasing focus, motivation, energy and more. There is a clinical trial that has been run on the ingredient at 200 mg with positive effect on energy, fatigue and concentration. Looking in forums and reviews, user experience seems to be varied at different dosage levels with most people, and the company claiming, TeaCrine works better paired with caffeine as it potentiates the effects, smoothing out absorption and making it last longer with less of an easy-come-easy-go effect.

KSM-66 Ashwagandha Root Extract

KSM-66 at this point in time has basically become a bulletproof staple ingredient. It is the strongest root-only extract in the world, with 11 clinical trials supporting it, and governmental health organizations acknowledging and accepting its claims to cognition, stress, testosterone and fertility improvements. The ingredient is USDA certified organic and made with a special “green” extraction process using water and milk. Clinical trials support the use of 500 mg/day and upward being functional. Study Juice at the 6 capsule dosage contains 600 mg, which is a functional serving.

Catuaba Bark Extract (as Trichilia catigua)

This is one of the more interesting and unique ingredients in the formula. I can’t say I have ever seen this in any other nootropic. Brain Forza’s rep said it’s in the formula because in the animal model, Catuaba seems to promote an increase in mood and energy by acting as a natural dopamine reuptake inhibitor. The study can be found here. This ingredient may have previously been under looked by the community, some more interesting animal studies here: Cognitive impairment prevention in Mice. Against brain damaged rats. Additional study on anti depressive results. Antioxidation for cognitive improvement. Dopaminergic system activation.

The rest of the ingredients are fairly common in the marketplace. Again, we do not see any typical Acetylcholine enhancers like Alpha-GPC, Huperzine A or CDP Choline. So I was very interested to try the product out.

Study Juice Review of Effects

I was excited to try this nootropic after seeing the unique blend of ingredients and its focus on promoting dopamine. The packaging and presentation is also great.

The company directed me to start with 3 capsules, preferably on an empty stomach, and work up-to 6 if I wanted a stronger, more stimulatory effect in the short term. They said when it comes to stimulatory effects, there is no one size fits all, some are more sensitive than others so they wanted a sliding scale of use from 3-6 caps.

At 3 Capsules

Known Key Ingredient Dosages at 3 Caps:

  • Vitamin B6 as P5P – 5 mg (the active form)
  • Vitamin B12 as Methylcobalamin – 0.2 mg (the active form)
  • Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract 3/2 – 225 mg
  • Natural Caffeine from Green Tea – 85 mg
  • Natural L-Theanine from Green Tea – 200 mg
  • TeaCrine – 62.5 mg
  • KSM-66 Ashwagandha Root – 300 mg

I took 3 capsules on an empty stomach while getting ready to sit down and focus on some work I needed to get done. It took a bit of time, but within about 50-60 minutes I did feel more alert, a little sharper and my brain felt more activated. I could think a little clearer and definitely felt less distracted.

This dose would most likely be better with daily use over time. The effect was light and functional but not at all overwhelming. I definitely could handle a stronger dose, I also drink a lot of coffee so my tolerance is strong.

At 6 Capsules

Known Key Ingredient Dosages at 6 Caps:

  • Vitamin B6 as P5P – 10 mg (the active form)
  • Vitamin B12 as Methylcobalamin – 0.4 mg (the active form)
  • Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract 3/2 – 450 mg
  • Natural Caffeine from Green Tea – 170 mg
  • Natural L-Theanine from Green Tea – 400 mg
  • TeaCrine – 125 mg
  • KSM-66 Ashwagandha Root – 600 mg

At 6 caps, we are seeing some pretty excellent serving sizes of these ingredients.

I took 6 capsules on an empty stomach under the same circumstances, while working. This time, it was a lot different. Again, it took about one hour to kick in. Suddenly my vision started getting a little sharper, colors starts getting a little brighter, I was up, awake, I felt fairly vivid. Nothing scary or euphoric, but I did feel enlightened. My brain felt activated and my body a little warm. Thoughts were a bit speedier but still controllable.

The interesting thing was it was easier to get inside, and stay inside my head. When trying to focus, I had a sense of tunnel vision. Interestingly enough, I had absolutely no jittery effect from the caffeine, which was equivalent to a large coffee. This was likely because of the 400 mg of L-Theanine and 600 mg of KSM-66.

The effect of 6 capsules also comes in waves. You feel it start to work at one point. I was sharper, my vision a little more detailed, but then I would get these waves of focus and concentration hitting over the next few hours.

The 6 caps worked great for me. I tried this a bunch more times and shared it with friends who had similar results. One of the times I tried it, I actually did get closer to a more euphoric effect. I am not sure if it was from Rhodiola, which is known to be a favorite but sometimes inconsistent in terms of stimulation, or if something was going on with my body chemistry that enabled some pathways to activate more.

At 6 Capsules Emptied into Orange Juice – Liquid Form

This method is also recommended on their website and I wanted to try it. They warn it tastes terrible, because of the TeaCrine and American Ginseng and sour options were better.

I emptied 6 capsules into Orange Juice and sipped down half pretty quick. There definitely was a nasty aftertaste, but this was fun and felt experimental.

This time, I noticed an effect immediately, as soon as I drank some of the liquid, I felt something change with my perception. Likely this is due to effective sublingual absorption of the ingredients. As I sipped on the rest of the drink over the next 20 or so minutes, I did get a very noticeable head buzz and huge improvement in mood. The only downside to this method is it seemed a little more easy-come-easy-go, the effects did not last as long, however it did feel really great!

Brain Forza’s Study Juice Review: The Verdict

Overall I am very happy with this product, especially seeing as it comes from the natural supplement side. It is loaded with great herbal and amino acid ingredients and is an effective nootropic.

The effects are well balanced and the ingredients complimentary to one another. If you are looking for a safe, effective supplement for studying that is not too overwhelmingly energizing, Study Juice is for you.

RATING: 4.6/5

PROS

  • Excellent ingredient profile
  • Clean and effective, not overwhelming
  • Natural and non-habituating
  • Competitively priced
  • Low to medium caffeine (3-6 caps)

CONS

  • The “kick” could be stronger (v2.0 kick almost scary strong)
  • Strong kick when caps emptied into liquid but taste bad

Recommend? Yes!

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