Maven Labs BrainStack Review

Today, I am going to review Maven Lab’s BrainStack. After trying out the different products from Onnit Labs product line such as Alpha Brain, New Mood, and Shroom Tech Sport, I was really curious how nootropic supplements from other companies would compare.

From my research, I noticed that Maven Lab’s BrainStack has some pretty glowing reviews, and after looking at the list of ingredients myself, I just had to try it out. The ingredients seemed like a spectacular blend that would lend themselves to an overall cognitive boost, primarily geared towards memory enhancement.

BrainStack seemed to have the makings of a worthwhile product, with an honest ingredients list.

It seemed to me that I was actually paying for the product and ingredients, rather than marketing, packaging, and the brand name. That is a good sign to me.

I talked to the owner of Maven Lab’s to see if it was alright if I put this review up, and warned that I will be giving it an honest review. He was truly an awesome guy, and I could tell he believed in his product and its effects.

So with an impressive list of ingredients, along with an owner and company who cares considerably about the product they make, Maven Lab’s BrainStack looked like it would be worth trying.

So here’s my BrainStack review…

BrainStack Ingredients

The ingredients for in BrainStack are top notch. Quite honestly, they are very similar to the ingredients from Onnit’s Alpha Brain, however in different qualities. The main difference in their ingredients is that BrainStack has a lot more Huperzine, which is a neurovasodilator and a very effective nootropic.

Here is the list of ingredients (updated in 2017 for version 3.0) in BrainStack:

  • 15 mg Vitamin B6
  • 100 mcg Vitamin B12
  • 300 mg Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • 300 mg Lion’s Mane
  • 200 mg Bacopa Monnieri
  • 200 mg Mucuna Pruriens
  • 200 mg GABA
  • 200 mg Magnesium Glycinate
  • 175 mg Alpha GPC
  • 120 mg L-Theanine
  • 60 mg Caffeine Anhydrous
  • 50 mg Plerostibiline
  • 150 mcg Huperzine A

Memory Enhancement Ingredients

For memory enhancement, Maven Lab’s BrainStack ingredients include Huperzine A, Alpha GPC, Bacopa Monnieri, and Acetyl-L-Carnitine. These are all very effective memory enhancers and the effects are extremely noticeable after dosing. Alpha GPC even prevents the loss of memory as you age. Good mix right here. Bacopa especially is shown to promote increased learning in humans.

One outstanding ingredient found in BrainStack is Hericium Erinaceus extract, also known as Lion’s Mane Mushroom, which is a powerful neuroprotectant with the ability to increase the amount of Nerve Growth Factor in the brain which is believed to enable the creation of new neurons when dosed for extended periods of time.

Focus Ingredients

To enhance your focus, Maven Lab’s BrainStack ingredients include Alpha-GPC, Mucuna Pruriens, and Caffeine. All three have been shown in studies to show an increase in concentration, mental alertness, mental clarity, and especially focus. They are all great nootropics for this purpose and are dosed pretty adequately for nice effects without any negative side effects. The addition of L-theanine complements the stimulative effects of the caffeine by eliminating any jitteriness that is often associated with its consumption, leaving you with a cool sharp focus.

Neurovasodilator Ingredients

BrainStack also includes several nootropics that enhance cognitive ability because they are neurovasodilators. This was my favorite part of Maven Lab’s BrainStack nootropic supplement because they are extremely effective and noticeable in increasing memory in the brain and brainpower. They are truly effective and you can feel them working. Vinpocetine, Huperzine-A, Alpha GPC, and Bacopa all work together to create a neurovasodilation effect that is simply amazing for increasing memory in the brain. They help to increase it by increasing your blood flow within your brain, which is an extremely effective for maximizing your memory over short and long term.

Ingredient Synergy

Many of these ingredients also work together to help create mental stamina and decrease brain fatigue, so you can keep thinking harder, faster, and longer. This is definitely one of the best nootropic supplements I’ve tried.

BrainStack is an all-natural formula. If you want to maximize BrainStack’s effects and are open to synthetic nootropics, you may want to consider stacking it with a racetam. BrainStack could easily be integrated with the Beginner Nootropic Stack or Photographic Memory Stack for maximum results.

BrainStack Review of Effects

Okay, so to start off, I would just like to say the overall effects of this nootropic stack is designed to “help individuals reach their fullest potential.”

Does Maven Lab’s BrainStack reach this? Does it really help enough to help someone reach their fullest potential?

From my experience, I would say it comes pretty damn close.

Cognitive Enhancement

The biggest thing you’ll note from this nootropic stack is the awesome feeling you get in the front of your head. You can literally feel the increased blood flow in your head, it’s like your brain becomes a liquid molten hot slushie of smartness. I apologize if that doesn’t sound as delightful to you as it does to me, but trust me, once you try it, you’ll understand how great this nootropic supplement is. You can just feel every neuron being optimized and made to work at its maximum potential. It’s truly a unique feeling of cognitive superiority.

Focus and mental stamina were improved almost exponentially. Maven Lab’s BrainStack made me extremely motivated and focused. It made work and motivation flow easily. I normally have to battle with myself to begin a project, and after about 45 minutes, battle myself again to keep my focus at its peak.

Increases Focus

With BrainStack, keeping my focus was easy, and motivation was even easier. Instead of 45 minutes of focus, I was easily able to complete about 4 hours worth of intense work without stopping. I would have most likely had more, but I finished everything I needed to do and went to sleep!

Enhanced Dreams and Sleep

Sleep was another interesting side effect. My dreams were intensely vivid and enjoyable. They were just like they were happening in front of me in real life, and extremely intense. Lucid dreaming was definitely possible with ease. Taken with On It’s New Mood supplement, they were intensified even further. These two make for a great dream and sleep enhancement stack.

Improves Memory

My memory was improved just like with Onnit’s Alpha Brain and in some ways even more. For the duration of my work and several days afterwards, my memory was at its sharpest. My recall was enhanced to be more vivid and thorough, especially with logical and literal concepts. My recall speed was enhanced greatly as well.

Overall, Maven Lab’s BrainStack is an awesome brain enhancing nootropic supplement. I would rate it one of the top supplements in its class, maybe even higher than Onnit’s Alpha Brain. It does exactly what its supposed to and feels awesome.

Summary of its Effects

  • Actually effective, unlike many preformulated “brain” supplements.
  • Increased my productivity and focus, completely eliminated my ADD tendencies.
  • 1-2 capsules is enough for a good 6-8 hours.
  • Feels great, almost euphoric, and HIGHLY motivating.
  • Gave me “inspired” ideas and motivation that normally do not occur to me.
  • Excellent customer service and shipping.
  • I spoke to the owner and can truly see he cares about his product and believes it is a good product.
  • Ingredients that work.
  • Label shows exactly what is in it and what quantities. No BS proprietary blends.
  • Easy to order on their site, no hassle with payment and shipping was quick.

The Verdict

Would I recommend BrainStack? Absolutely.

Maven Lab’s BrainStack is a winner. It is one of the best preformulated supplements you can get for increasing memory in the brain.

I give it a 5 out 5 rating.

The packaging and service was certainly top tier, very professional and speedy. The product was my favorite nootropic supplement I’ve ever tried because it feels like a nootropic should. I would even rate it better than Alpha Brain, though I liked that one too.

Personally, I save BrainStack for important times like exam days to give me the edge I need.

Visit to get BrainStack and experience its brain boosting effects for yourself.

Planning to start a new supplementation regimen? See our medical disclaimer.

  • CharlesNeblett

    Is this something that, as a student, I should take daily (such as an Omega-3 supplemental pill)? Will this last throughout the duration of the day? I am looking for something to improve my day-to-day life as I must maintain focus for a long part of the day.

    • Braintropic

      The ingredients in BrainStack are considered to be safe for daily supplementation. Visit their “Ingredients” page for a full breakdown. They do however suggest taking a couple of days off per week, such as weekends off, to avoid building a tolerance.

      As for how long each dose will last, this can vary from person to person but their FAQ page says to start with one capsule in the morning to a maximum serving of 3-4 capsules at a time and not to take more than 8 capsules per 24 hour period.

  • Bad Luck Bryan

    I’ve noticed between this and the Alpha Brain articles (which both seem like great products thanks to your reviews), that both of them seem very pro-based, and lacking of any cons, other than the small mention of the lack of racetams (which I will probably heed and add it to the mix). Although a lack of cons is definitely a good thing and I’m excited to try BrainStack, were there any shortcomings at all that you noticed in the experience? Maybe something that could be aided with other supplements or at least something to keep in mind in comparison to other supplement options?
    Thank you very much!

    • Braintropic

      There’s simply not much negative to speak of aside from possibly the fact that it doesn’t have a racetam in it (which can be taken individually on it’s own) and that by opting to take a preformulated nootropic, you can’t really tweak individual components or dosages.

      That said, BrainStack is an excellent product for its category: preformulated nootropic blends.

  • Existential Crisis

    Here’s how I know you’re not entirely sure what you’re talking about:

    There is no synergy in this stack. You’re taking L-Hup, ALC, AND GPC. Your choline intake is too high for a normal person AND you’re supping in Hup? Wrong. Not in just opinion, but you’re actually taking in too much choline source and not enough is being used. You don’t have any racetam usage…so where’s that extra choline gonna go? And I’ll assume you’re not a vegetarian either, which means your excess of choline is now wayyyy excess in addition to that from your diet.

    Do your research before you publish a bogus article like this misinforming new stackers. All you had to do was to to /r/Nootropics and read their beginner’s article. But apparently that’s not enough for journalism these days.

    • Existential Crisis

      Oh, I should probably add that if you’re going to be talking about these compounds, dosages are an appropriate talking point, which you have failed to elucidate. Because a newbie is totally going to know how to dose these/what to expect…

  • Eileen Hernandez

    I am a full-time college medical student , mom and going to take brain stack daily. However, I want to add stimulants n mood enhancers. I was thinking of slowing adding in phenylethyamine, noopet, and aniracetam for mood enhancing and social anxiety when it comes to my clinical days (3X a week ). On exam days only add vinocetine. What do you think? And what would be a good dosage starting point being that I’ll be taking brain stack along with it ?

  • Eileen Hernandez

    am a full-time college medical student , mom and going to take brain stack daily. However, I want to add stimulants n mood enhancers. I was thinking of slowing adding in phenylethyamine, noopet, and aniracetam for mood enhancing and social anxiety when it comes to my clinical days (3X a week ). On exam days only add vinocetine. What do you think? And what would be a good dosage starting point being that I’ll be taking brain stack along with it ? Below are the ingredients in my brain stack.

    • Braintropic

      BrainStack offers an effective and convenient base stack. The components you like to add sound like worthy additions based on your goals. It’s always a good idea to start at the minimum effective dosages and to add one component at a time and then adjust from there.

  • Christopherson

    Thinking of doing this with an additional lion’s mane tea (I have already purchased). I believe the tea is about 1500mg per dosage and overall am looking to not only improve upon current focus/productivity/cognitive function but also sustain what I am learning now (computer science, math, stats) which is kind of a 180 degree turn from what I pursued throughout school. would this be a good combo?

    also, with Onnit’s new mood supplement, were you talking about their ‘Unwind’?