Brain Elixir Review Summary
We strongly dislike proprietary blends at the best of times, but the Brain Elixir blends are something else – truly terrible, even by prop blend standards. The formula is split into three big, bloated blends. They are all full of obvious ‘filler’ ingredients – substances used to bulk out the formula, thereby allowing the manufacturer to cut back on the expensive stuff.
There’s no legitimate reason why a manufacturer would use a proprietary blend. Most stacks today don’t bother with them. The best nootropics, quite understandably, use their serving sizes as a major selling point! So either we’re being ripped off, or Amazing Grass just can’t compete. Either way, we’re going to pass on Brain Elixir: a poor quality, over-priced brain supplement.
Where To Buy Brain Elixir
We believe GNC stocks this stuff. You can buy it from their online store at the time of writing.
Full Brain Elixir Review
Brain Elixir is a natural nootropic supplement from a company called Amazing Grass. These guys specialize in health food powders; they currently offer things like wheat grass powder, “super food” supplements, and so on. Brain Elixir is described as “greens and adaptogens”. It is a powder which you make into a shake. As such, it is far more similar to a dietary supplement than a nootropic stack.
So, what is Brain Elixir supposed to do?
Who is it designed for?
Brain Elixir actually promises to do a very broad range of things for you. Amazing Grass seems to take a holistic approach to health and wellness, which we always appreciate. Each product in their Elixir range has its own specific properties, but they all claim to promote good general health.
Check out some of their ad material:
Much of their advertising material talks about generally reducing stress, supporting the immune system, and putting the body in a state of healthy homeostasis.
We are also given a more specific range of benefits that we can expect from Brain Elixir:
That’s an ambitious range of benefits. Every aspects of cognitive function is dealt with; learning, memory, concentration, energy, mood, and better brain health more generally.
If this supplement can really do half of the things it says it can, then it will definitely be worth a try!
Hundreds of products claim to these things, but in our experience, less than 10% actually come anywhere near doing what they say they will. An even smaller number match our expectations.
So does it work or not?
Is Brain Elixir safe? What are the main side effect risks?
Are there similar products offering better value for money?
Find out by reading our detailed, impartial Brain Elixir review below. We begin with a comprehensive analysis of the formula. We discuss side effects, and whether the price is justified. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments section at the end.
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Brain Elixir Ingredients
Let’s take a look at the Brain Elixir formula:
That is NOT what we wanted to see here. This does not look like a high quality nootropic formula to us.
We have 3 proprietary blends with enormous total serving sizes.
The blends contain far too many ingredients – some of these ingredients are obvious ‘fillers’. Filler ingredients are those substances used to bulk out the formula, thereby allowing the manufacturer to cut back on the more expensive ingredients (while still listing them on the ingredients list).
There are some ingredients in Brain Elixir that have no known nootropic properties. We can’t think why they would be here if they weren’t being used as filler!
We hate proprietary blends at the best of times. These ones are awful.
Overall, this a low quality brain supplement. We can’t see why anybody would use Brain Elixir when so many other supplements offer total transparency with regards to ingredients and dosing.
Main Problem – Use Of Proprietary Blends
We’ve said this hundreds of times now, but we feel that we need to explain ourselves at least briefly every time it comes up.
In our opinion, there is absolutely no justification for the use of a proprietary blend in this day and age.
Today, every serious brain supplement shows the full ingredient dosing data on the label. Ten years ago, it was a different story. But nowadays, all of the best selling, most popular nootropic supplements show each ingredient’s serving size on the website.
Look at all of the most popular products on the market right now – we guarantee that all of them show you full formula specifications on the website.
You’ll probably see it highlighted on the website’s homepage; after all, if you’re proud of your formula, wouldn’t you want to shout about it?
Shouldn’t the formula be the major selling point?!
If some manufacturers can reveal their full formula specs and still make millions of dollars a year – without anybody ever ripping off their formula – then so can everyone.
Everybody has to be held to the same standard.
We fundamentally value transparency, not least when it comes to supplements.
So if some products offer us transparency, then we see no reason to settle for anything less. We don’t care why some manufacturers claim to be using a prop blend. We don’t care if they think they really need to, or how hard they work to justify it to us.
If they can’t offer what other manufacturers can, they lose.
It really is as simple as that.
Major Problem – Use Of Obvious ‘Filler’ Ingredients
Proprietary blends are fundamentally of lower value than formulas which offer transparency.
There’s no good reason for the use of a prop blend. Formula theft just doesn’t happen; there is nothing to ‘steal’! We know how the best natural nootropics work; we know how they should be dosed for maximum effect; we know how they interact with one another. What is there to steal?!
We therefore don’t buy the reasons offered to us by manufacturers for why they’ve used a proprietary blend.
We think the real reason is almost always that they want to dose the best ingredients very low, and the cheapest, least effective ingredients very high, without the customer realizing.
A sure sign that this is the case is the presence of ingredients that offer no benefits to users.
When we see ingredients that seem to serve little to no purpose in a formula – but which can be bought in bulk very cheaply – then we can be pretty confident that those ingredients are being used as ‘fillers’.
Unfortunately, we see plenty of ‘filer’ ingredients in Brain Elixir.
Let’s run through some of the prime examples.
The Brain Elixir Cognitive Blend contains an unknown amount of Coconut Water Powder.
This is literally just coconut water, but in powder form.
We have no reason to think that you are going to enjoy any kind of cognitive enhancement whatsoever from consuming coconut water powder.
We have no idea why it is in Brain Elixir. It has not been added for its proven cognitive enhancing abilities.
For all we know, there could be as much as 2500mg of Coconut Water Powder in each serving of Brain Elixir.
That is a real problem.
We could go on and on about the filler ingredients in Brain Elixir.
The Cognitive Blend in particular is replete with substances that are not usually associated with cognitive enhancement. Many of these substances are commonplace, readily available, and cheap.
In places, the Brain Elixir Cognitive Blend reads like a recipe for a curry or stew: ginger, cinnamon, tumeric, sage, allspice. These are NOT potent nootropics worth paying good money for.
We have no idea how much of these ingredients we’re getting from each serving of this nootropic. For all we know, any one of these ingredients – or indeed a combination of them – could make up 99% of the Cognitive Blend.
Hardly good value for money!
Brain Elixir Side Effects – Is It Safe?
It’s always hard to talk about side effects with any certainty when we don’t know how any of the ingredients are dosed.
This is one of the main problems with proprietary blends.
Dose is always linked intimately to health risks. One substance may be perfectly safe at 200mg, but pretty dangerous at 2g. We need to know the doses to accurately gauge the health risks!
All we can do is point out some of the most obvious danger points as we see them.
On the whole, there aren’t any ingredients in Brain Elixir that we know to be serious side effect or long-term health risks.
All of the ingredients used here have been thoroughly tested in clinical trials (on humans) and are thought to be generally safe for human consumption.
If the dose of Bacopa monnieri is very large – say over 500mg – then digestive discomfort is likely.
Apart from that, we can’t see anything we deem particularly dangerous or even likely to cause mild side effects.
HOWEVER, as we said, that is just going on the ingredients alone, NOT THE DOSES.
WE DON’T KNOW THE DOSES!
It is absolutely vital that you do your own research before buying any supplements whatsoever. You also need to keep the following points in mind while reading our reviews:
- We are not doctors or medical professionals of any kind
- This is not medical advice
We don’t know you or your medical history. We therefore can’t guarantee that any supplement is safe – not at all. Our assessment of the side effect risks isn’t exhaustive, and is very general. It is based on our research and our own experiences.
It is absolutely crucial that you talk to a qualified health professional before you use any supplements you buy online. Nootropics do not treat cognitive decline; they are designed to enhance cognitive function, not cure age-related cognitive decline.
Brain Elixir Review Conclusion – Not A Premium Nootropic
We’re no impressed with Brain Elixir.
It is just a couple of very large prop blends which contain obvious filler ingredients.
Other supplements offer total transparency, and far better value for money. We don’t see why anybody would opt for a mysterious prob blend that might be 99% coconut water powder when they can find a high quality nootropic stack, with all serving sizes revealed, for the same price.
Not a good stack at all in our opinion!