Brainbridge Review Summary
MAN Sports describes this supplement as “formulated for high-level thinkers, gamers and students”. In our opinion, it is a highly effective focus and concentration booster that should work wonders for athletes, serious gamers, and anyone who needs to rapidly improve attention and thinking speed for the short-term. It contains really good ingredients. The serving sizes are great in places too; very generous in fact in the case of Alpha-GPC.
However, there’s a lot we’d change here. This isn’t a long-term nootropic. The caffeine and Huperzine A make it completely unsuitable for regular, consistent use. There’s quite a bit of dead weight too; we don’t necessarily want vision enhancers in a focus supplement. We also don’t have anything in here to promote neuroplasticity or lasting memory enhancement. Ultimately then, it’s quite a one-dimensional stack. If you want a full-spectrum nootropic, look elsewhere. But if you want a short-term focus and clarity boost, Brainbridge might be perfect for you.
Where To Buy Brainbridge
MAN Sports has an independent online store where you can buy all of their products, including Brainbridge. We recommend buying straight form source when you can.
Full MAN Sports Brainbridge Review
MAN Sports is an absolute behemoth in the supplement industry now. A few years ago, they were an ambitious upstart, but today their products are among the most popular bodybuilding supplements on the market. They typically make sports supplements: protein shakes, pre-workouts, EAAs, and so on. However, it looks as though Brainbridge is a proper, standalone nootropic. It isn’t one of the hybrid stacks we often see coming from the big sports supplement manufacturers.
So what is Brainbridge supposed to do exactly?
Who is it designed for?
As you can see on the bottle, Brainbridge is described as “nootropic brain octane”. That doesn’t mean a great deal, but it tells us that they intend this stack to pack a real punch.
Both the website and the bottle itself tell us that this brain supplement is designed purposefully for “students, gamers, entrepreneurs, and high level thinkers”. That is, anybody who could benefit from a rapid increase in energy, focus and motivation.
The merchant page actually gives us lots of detail about what users can expect in terms of benefits:
- Increased focus
- Enhanced memory function
- Increased wakefulness and alertness
- Improved motivation
- Enhanced mood
- More creativity
We don’t actually believe that supplements can directly increase creativity. They can certainly facilitate fluid thinking and foster the kind of environment in which creativity flourishes. But no supplement can make you more creative by itself, just as no supplement can make you more intelligent.
But the other benefits are all the kinds of things we want to get from a natural nootropic.
These would all be of great benefit to entrepreneurs, students, gamers, and athletes.
But is any of this actually true? All manufacturers make these same claims, yet most can’t deliver on them.
Does Brainbridge really work?
How does it compare to other products offering the same things?
Will it cause side effects? Is it safe for the long-term?
Read our full review below to find out! We examine the formula in detail, telling you what we like and what we don’t like. We discuss side effect risks, as well as value for money. At the end, we’ll tell you whether we’d recommend Brainbridge to you guys. Have you tried this stack? Got some questions? Let us know in the comments at the end!
Let’s take a look at the formula and see what’s going on here:
That’s quite a busy formula. We have lots of ingredients here; some good, some not so good.
We notice that the key focus-enhancing ingredients in here are all dosed extremely well. But we also see A LOT of dead weight.
We don’t know why there’s a vision enhancing stack in this formula. At no point has Brainbridge been described as a vision enhancer, and improved eye function is not something we necessarily want from a nootropic.
Some of the ingredients in here also make it unsuitable for long-term or regular use.
This stack is going to require regular cycling if you’re going to avoid side effects.
There’s nothing to promote long-term brain development, brain cell health, or neuroplasticity.
Ultimately then, it’s quite a two-dimensional brain supplement.
However, it looks more than capable of coming through on its core promises. Most users will experience rapid increases in focus, attention, and mental energy. It therefore does what it says on the tin. It might not be great for most students or creative professionals, but for gamers and athletes, it looks perfect.
What We Like
- Very large dose of Alpha-GPC
- Good use of Theanine and Caffeine
- Contains plenty of Tyrosine
There’s actually a lot that we like about this formula.
The one thing that jumps out at us right away is the very large dose of Alpha-GPC.
At 800mg, the Alpha-GPC dose here is probably one of the largest you’ll see on the market. It is about twice as large as the doses found in even the most potent focus-enhancers on sale today. Some of the most effective stacks – designed explicitly for short-term attention and clarity – will use 250mg of this stuff and still get great results. We rarely see more than 500mg of ALpha-GPC being used.
Alpha-GPC is a cholinergic. This means that it confers choline to the brain, where it is turned into acetylcholine; one of the most important neurotransmitters. It is involved in everything from memory formation to muscle contraction – so yeah, quite important!
Alpha-GPC efficiently and effectively donates choline to the brain, more so than most other cholinergics. That’s why you don’t need to use a great deal.
That MAN Sports have taken this powerful nootropic seriously is a great strength of this product. The excessive dose might elevate side effect risks, but not significantly in our opinion.
It’s also great to see a manufacturer dosing Tyrosine properly instead of just throwing in a few hundred milligrams.
Tyrosine is a safe, effective anxiolytic that has been shown time and again to improve cognitive function during times of stress.
Clinical trials have shown that Tyrosine can improve mood and help you maintain focus in stressful environments.
Interestingly, one study showed that Tyrosine supplementation helped people stay focused while an extremely loud noise was played. It seems that this humble amino acid can help you stay concentrated in extremely distracting and demotivating environments. This is no doubt why Tyrosine has remained one of the most popular nootropics used by students.
We get 250mg from Brainbridge, which is great. That is more than enough to see reductions in stress and anxiety in the short-term.
What We Don’t Like
- Not suitable for long-term use
- No neuroplasticity support
- Too much dead weight
Despite having such a strong core formula, and such good doses, there are lots of things we’d change about this product. On the whole, we think there are more things we’d change than we’d keep.
The main thing we think you should think about is all the dead weight in this supplement.
There are a lot of ingredients in this formula that have no reason to be here.
They are simply unnecessary.
Take the entire vision enhancer stack for example. Yes, these substances can definitely improve your vision and your overall eye health. They can reduce the risk of developing cataracts, AMD, and other eye conditions. Yet at no point is Brainbridge sold as a vision enhancer. There is no reason to think that anybody buying this stack is looking for a vision enhancer.
To put it another way, you’re basically being forced to buy these extra ingredients – and to influence your vision – when you probably have no desire to do so. If you did, you’d probably buy a vision enhancer!
We hate paying for ingredients that don’t contribute to the benefits listed on the bottle.
Manufacturers often include things they think sound good, or that promote general good health, or that do something else entirely.
But we only want what we’re paying for! All we want are the limited, specific goals the product is supposedly designed to do.
There is some more dead weight in this formula in the way of Carnitine.
This amino acid is highly prevalent in the human diet. We don’t think supplementation has any discernible effect on any aspect of performance. It certainly doesn’t seem to affect cognitive performance in any way.
Yet we have 750mg of the stuff in a stack supposedly designed to enhance focus and memory.
We would have much rather MAN Sports ditch the Carnitine and use the money to include more Bacopa monnieri, some Ginkgo Biloba, or maybe some Vinpoectine.
The formula is far from perfect, so they can’t afford to waste 750mg on something like Carnitine.
Aside from all the dead weight, the major issue here is the relatively serious side effect risks. In our opinion, Brainbridge is not suitable for long-term, consistent, regular use. The reasons why are fairly complicated, so we’re better off discussing this in the side effects section.
Side Effects – Is Brainbridge Safe?
In our opinion, Brainbridge has the potential to cause side effects for quite a lot of users. It can absolutely be used safely and without issue. In order to stay safe while using it though, you need to consider a few things, do some research, and be sensible.
The first thing to consider is the large caffeine dose.
Each serving of Brainbridge contains 122.5mg of caffeine (we appreciate MAN Sports being so thorough with their labeling).
That is the rough equivalent of two shots of espresso.
Now, that may not sound like an awful lot to some of you, but taking that much caffeine in a single hit, in capsule form, can have a dramatic physiological and psychological impact.
The common side effects of consuming this much caffeine include, but are not limited to:
- Inability to focus
- Energy crashes
Too much caffeine can actually be extremely distracting. It can also have adverse health effects if you keep consuming large quantities of caffeine over the long term. Chronic use is linked to increased generalized anxiety, and an elevated risk of heart disease.
You need to carefully consider your baseline caffeine intake and evaluate whether you can realistically afford to add in an extra 122.5mg without experiencing serious side effects.
The other thing to consider is the Huperzine A content.
Huperzine A is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. This means that it prevents the enzyme responsible for breaking down acetylcholine form doing its job. The result is more acetylcholine.
This is a good thing, but only up to a point, and only if it is managed properly.
Excessive levels of acetylcholine in the brain cause a wide range of side effects, including:
- Loss of focus
- Loss of motivation
- Memory impairment
- Brain fog
- Low mood
- Muscle cramps
Huperzine A effectively shuts off the brain’s ability to regulate acetylcholine levels. Using it for long periods will inevitably produce side effects. These adverse effects will just contiue to get worse until you allow the brain to reset acetylcholine levels.
We recommend stopping Huperzine A use for at least 7 days every 3-4 weeks. After a few cycles, you’ll need to take a more prolonged break.
It is vital that you keep the following facts in mind while reading our reviews: We don’t know anything about you or your unique medical history. All we are doing here is highlighting the main dangers that we know of fro our experience and research. To stay safe for the long-term you MUST talk to your regular doctor. They can give you the qualified, tailored advice you need. We can’t.
It is vital that you keep the following facts in mind while reading our reviews:
We don’t know anything about you or your unique medical history. All we are doing here is highlighting the main dangers that we know of fro our experience and research. To stay safe for the long-term you MUST talk to your regular doctor. They can give you the qualified, tailored advice you need. We can’t.
Brainbridge Review Conclusion – Should You Use It?
If you’re looking for a stack to help you stay focused, energized and motivated for the next couple of hours, then Brainbridge is definitely worth a try.
It contains an enormous dose of one of the most effective concentration enhancers there is.
Users will experience improved focus, more mental clarity, and faster information processing from just an hour after taking this stuff (maybe sooner).
However, it is not a full-spectrum nootropic. For people looking for a long-term fix for all-round cognitive function, Brainbridge isn’t the supplement for you.
It isn’t really suitable for frequent use; you need to take regular breaks, and the ingredients don’t make any lasting, deep changes to the way your brain functions.
There’s also a little too much dead weight in here for us, which curtails value for money.
So you really need to consider your goals before you buy this stack. Do you want a daily, comprehensive nootropic to constantly keep you above baseline, or do you need a quick fix for a tired brain?