This supplement tries to be both a long-term brain development supporter and a short-term energy booster. However, it does neither of these things convincingly. Other stacks do both of these things more convincingly than this supplement, and a lot more on top too. Jarrow Brain Boost just isn’t in the same league as today’s full-spectrum nootropics.
In terms of what we would improve, we think this stack could use less theobromine and a little more caffeine. We think it should either dose the DHA properly – in the hundreds of milligrams – or not include it at all (many people supplement DHA separately through fish and algae oils). To be competitive and offer good value for money in today’s market, we would need to see some Bacopa monnieri, perhaps some Ginkgo biloba, or some Lion’s Mane Mushroom.
Where To Buy Jarrow Brain Boost
Jarrow have their own independent online store. They are a reputable company; buying from them is the best way to go in our opinion.
Full Jarrow Brain Boost Review
Jarrow is a giant supplement brand. They have a staggering range of products on offer today: multivitamins, protein powders, vision enhancers, cardiovascular support stacks, joint support supplements, fish oils, and multiple different nootropic supplements. These guys have been seriously busy producing supplements! We have already reviewed one of their nootropics, Neuro Optimizer, and one of their vision enhancers, Vision Optimizer.
But this is a rev
iew of Jarrow Brain Boost. So what is this supplement all about?
Who is it designed for, and what does it do?
The bottle states that this product “supports focus, cognition, and memory”. The Jarrow website makes it clear that this supplement is designed to deliver both long and short term benefits. They state this multiple times, so it must be important to the design of the stack.
The merchant page has the following box summarizing what the product is all about:
If we go further down the product merchant page, we see that Jarrow actually list a large number of concrete benefits that users can supposedly expect to get from this stack:
- Faster memory recall
- Better memory function
- Faster reaction times
- Elevated mood
- Improved brain circulation
Now things are getting serious. That is quite a comprehensive list of benefits. Very few nootropic supplements are able to deliver all of these benefits at the same time.
Only the most holistic, comprehensive brain stacks are able to go further than this.
So it looks as though this is going to be a very interesting brain supplement.
The question is, does Jarrow Brain Boost actually work?
Is it safe? What about long-term health risks?
Are there similar products on the market that offer better value for money or more profound effects?
Find out by reading our full Jarrow Brain Boost review below. We answer all of the above questions in as much detail as possible. We conduct a detailed review of the ingredients, looking to see if the formula is in line with the latest scientific studies. We discuss value for money and side effects. In the end, we tell you whether or not we’d recommend this stack to anybody. If you have any experience with Jarrow Brain Boost, or you have any questions, please post in the comments section at the end!
Jarrow Brain Boost Formula Analysis
Let’s take a closer look at the Jarrow Brain Boost ingredients:
That’s not a particularly impressive formula. There are some good ingredients in here, but the actual results are going to be very limited. You certainly won’t feel this stack working beyond a small energy kick.
There are some really good nootropic substances in here. There’s no doubting that.
Yet we really don’t think this is a very good formula overall.
If you’re going to use caffeine, then use it properly. The 40mg you get from this stack isn’t going to do very much.
Theorbromine is just a weaker caffeine – why not just dose the caffeine properly?
Phosphatidylserine and DHA are both vital for long-term brain development. But they don’t have any “kick”; their effects are imperceptible except when viewed over many years. That doesn’t mean we don’t want them in a stack – it just means we want other ingredients too.
Overall, Jarrow Brain Boost is not going to give you the same kind of results as many of the nootropics on the market today will. It just doesn’t pack enough punch.
It is both long and short-term focused, but it doesn’t deliver significant benefit on either time-frame.
What We Like
- Good dose of Phosphatidylserine
- Good dose of Vinpocetine
There are some very good aspects to this formula that we must point out.
Each serving of Jarrow Brain Boost provides a sizable dose of phosphatidylserine.
This is a phospholipid integral for long-term brain health and short-term brain function. It has numerous functions in the brain: it is used to form brain cell membranes, it is used to form neuron myelin sheaths, and it is the primary signal which trigger apoptosis.
The body is able to synthesize its own phosphatidylserine if it needs it, but if you care about optimizing brain function and ensuring long-term mental functionality, then supplementation is a good idea.
Indeed, supplementation has been shown to have significant benefits.
The 100mg of high quality PS-Gold we get from this nootropic is all we need to maximize cognitive function going forward.
What We Don’t Like
- Doesn’t boost memory
- Very limited effects
- A weak energy booster
There are several problems with this formula. None of them are particularly serious; they are more to do with what the stack lacks than what it provides.
For starters, contrary to what the Jarrow Formulas website says, this stack does not provide anything that will make a significant difference to your memory function.
Things like phosphatidylserine and DHA will help support memory function throughout life, ensuring that your brain can maintain itself properly and build new neurons. But such substances don’t make a noticeable, tangible difference to your day-to-day memory function.
Nor will caffeine, nor theobromine.
Stacks that aim to actually improve memory function – your ability to store, codify and quickly recall information – will usually provide large doses of Bacopa monnieri, CDP-Choline, and so on.
The substances we get from this supplement are not sufficient to bring about the kind of changes in memory function we have come to expect from top quality nootropics today.
Another serious problem is the fact that this is a weak formula compared to other short-term energy boosting supplements.
We don’t like to use stacks which contain caffeine.
That’s because we like to employ a daily, full-spectrum nootropic on a consistent long-term basis. We also prefer to consume caffeine through drinks; that way you get the health benefits of coffee and tea too.
But when a stack does contain caffeine, it should definitely do it properly.
If your stack contains any amount of caffeine, then it is immediately unsuitable for a lot of people (most of our review team included). So there is no point low-dosing the caffeine to try to make it more suitable for more users.
If you’re going to use caffeine at all, use enough to make a difference!
The 40mg of caffeine we get from Jarrow Brain Boost is less than you will get from a small black coffee. It is not going to make a serious difference to your mental energy levels; certainly no more so than just drinking a nice cup of coffee.
Theobromine is a stimulant, but it is inordinately weaker than caffeine – it is weaker by an order of magnitude according to some. It doesn’t cross the blood brain barrier very effectively, and it doesn’t affect the central nervous system like caffeine does. It therefore isn’t that you really have 100mg of stimulant in here; you basically just have 40mg of caffeine.
However, the theobromine can still cause side effects, which brings us to our next section…
Side Effects – Is Jarrow Brain Boost Safe?
Overall, this doesn’t look like a particularly dangerous supplement.
Jarrow Brain Boost is unlikely to cause serious side effects in the vast majority of users, in our opinion at least.
The ingredients in this formula are all widely used in supplements today.
They have each been thoroughly tested in humans, and they are all thought to be generally safe for regular human consumption.
The only problems will come from the stimulants: caffeine & theobromine.
As we said, the caffeine dose in this stack is low (about the same amount that you’ll get from a small black coffee). However, for some of you, this will be enough to cause side effects. In fact, even if you think you have a very high caffeine tolerance, that is still enough to cause side effects.
Typical side effects of caffeine consumption include:
- Shortness of breath
- Light headedness
- Energy crashes
We don’t think that caffeine supplements are suitable for long-term, consistent use. It can cause dependency, addiction, and long-term heart problems.
Acute caffeine overdose can be fatal.
You need to carefully consider your existing caffeine intake BEFORE you add in any more caffeine through supplementation. If you drink a lot of tea and coffee, then you need to properly work out how much caffeine you take in each day and see if you can really afford – or if you really need – and extra 40mg.
It is also important for you to consider the potential side effects of theobromine.
Theobromine is a weak stimulant, but it does act primarily on the body, not the central nervous system. It therefore has limited use in a nootropic stack, but it can still cause side effects.
You must be aware of the following facts when reading our reviews: You absolutely must do your own research before you make any decisions about supplementation. You should consult with a qualified medical doctor; DO NOT just rely on advice you read online.
You must be aware of the following facts when reading our reviews:
You absolutely must do your own research before you make any decisions about supplementation. You should consult with a qualified medical doctor; DO NOT just rely on advice you read online.
Jarrow Brain Boost Review Conclusion – Worth A Try?
This nootropic tries to be both a short-term energy booster and a long-term cognitive enhancer.
But it doesn’t do either of these things properly.
It isn’t that the formula has been pulled too thin by trying to do too much.
No, it’s just that the formula is too thin period.
Phosphatidylserine and DHA supplementation will support long-term brain function. But these substances will not make a noticeable difference to your mental performance. They are great additions to a comprehensive nootropic stack, but if you want to feel some ‘punch’, then you need other things too.
Caffeine is not suitable for long term daily supplementation. But it can be useful when used properly – some people can benefit a great deal from caffeine stacks. Yet Jarrow Brain Boost contains about as much caffeine as you get from a small black coffee.
All in all, a poor nootropic. Value for money wise, it just can’t compete in today’s market.