Last Updated on August 26, 2020 by Josh Desair
You may have heard about Onnit supplements and are interested in finding out more about them. They are popular but is it only because of being endorsed by Joe Rogan on his popular podcast, or are they really worth your hard-earned dollars. We will be trying out their Alpha Brain supplement for a week (and giving an update at two weeks of taking as well, which is one bottle’s worth of the supplement [30 capsules]) and giving a full review on it, breaking down the pros, cons, ingredients, what we like, what we dislike, and our overall thoughts on the product below.
In essence, the stack and blend of ingredients should enhance overall cognitive ability although not all are scientifically tested and proven to provide benefits in such areas. Also, keep in mind the supplement is not made to provide an energy boost and is purely nootropic, meaning benefits should be looked at from the perspective of mental ability, focus, and memory being the key points.
The first thought while receiving this product is that it is nicely packaged and properly labeled with what you need to know about the product, it’s ingredients, and what to expect from it. Packaging and package text is not the most important aspect of a product, though, and shouldn’t be the sole reason a product is purchased. However, we do appreciate it when a product such as a health supplement is labeled correctly with information easy to read.
The supplements come in capsule form and are relatively small which will make them easy to swallow. That’s a plus considering some supplements are the size of grapes and don’t go down well at all.
Taking the supplement for the first time you will notice that there is not much of a taste to it at all. This is great for those who don’t tolerate or take well to capsules that have an overpowering or strong after-taste which unfortunately is very common. Everything else was pretty typical of a capsule supplement. As mentioned previously, the capsule was not overly-sized and it went down without much effort. All it took was a sip of water after intake of the supplement and the job was done.
The serving size or daily recommended dose is two capsules. The packaging doesn’t specify whether to take them both at once or at separate times so I took them both in the morning. As expected there were no immediate effects as with such supplements it typically takes longer than one dose or serving to feel the benefits. I expect to feel a tangible effect after maybe a week or two of taking but no harm in monitoring and paying attention to any immediate effects, right? I’m not too familiar with all of the active ingredients in this supplement and am curious as to how I react to them.
Considering the placebo effect that many such products may induce, I’m going to give an overview of how I feel after the first “dose”. No, I did not feel a big change in memory or overall brain functionality as the package suggests (keep in mind this is only the first dose) but I did feel slightly more clear-minded and slightly more focused. This could have been because of coffee I consumed during my morning routine or some external factors so take that statement with a grain of salt.
Maybe it’s worth considering interactions with people during the day, after the supplement was taken. Well, I felt a bit more focused as mentioned previously, for about eight hours approximately, and then back to normal. It was sort of like a coffee effect but for a longer stretch of time so in a nutshell, I felt as if I consumed caffeine and an amount of sugar that gave me a more consistent longer-lasting effect without a crash and burn. Rather than a sudden crash when coming down I felt normal instead of burnt out. So, in essence, it gave the opposite come down that a sugar rush would or something like an energy drink would.
Interactions with people (just to be clear, this was during my work shift) were more or less normal. I’m assuming nobody noticed any significant difference in my attitude or ability to interact effectively or perform certain duties. I may have interacted with more people than I usually do, perhaps due to feeling slightly more aware and focused. Maybe it was just a good day for me? This was the same case for days two and three.
Although there are some effects that I could possibly attribute to taking the supplement in the short term, there was nothing significant enough to warrant attributing to it. Because of this, I would not expect any short term effects for everybody, but perhaps they are too minimal at the beginning to even notice. Given enough time and focusing on the long run with these supplements could be where the most significant effects on cognitive ability are.
Day five of taking the supplement has shown slight effects that I can very likely attribute to it. For example, I typically do computer work on my days off and today being one of those days I have time to write reviews, edit articles, and do such miscellaneous tasks. I have been feeling much more accurate and precise when performing such tasks for the past couple of days.
Things that I need done are usually jotted down on a to-do list and these past couple days I’ve been more compelled to take care of mostly everything I had to do, and have actually gotten everything that I started done. I don’t seem to have heightened memory so that’s yet to be determined if it’s an actual effect or just a claim used to sell the product, but, that does not go to say that the product doesn’t have even a minimal effect on productivity, which isn’t even labeled on the packaging sticker but does go hand-in-hand with focus.
Again, it could be a placebo effect but the only way to find out is to finish the bottle, which is approximately two weeks (15 days) worth. Does this supplement have any long term effects? Perhaps it does, even if just minimally. Will I be buying this supplement again? Probably or probably not, but that conclusion will be made perhaps after looking more into nootropics and weighing out other options.
The big question is, would I purchase this supplement again? The simple answer is, probably. But, probably not before trying out more similar nootropic supplements and comparing to each other to see which actually has the most effective outcome and which one’s arent worth paying for at all. It’s safe to say that the popularity of Onnit products and Alpha Brain, in particular, is warranted, although if you’re expecting an extreme turnaround or improvement in cognitive ability, memory or focus then you’re in for a disappointment because the effects, although there, are minimal (at least for most people from what I’ve heard when inquiring with others about how they reacted to the supplement).
A supplement can only complement what you already have, I always say. However, if what you want is a slight edge, even if it isn’t life-changing, then Onnit’s Alpha Brain supplement might be for you. Try it out. If you don’t like it, ditch it. It’s worth at least giving a shot. It won’t hurt.