Focus Boost Review
Focus Boost Review: Unproven Formula with Few Positive Results
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Focus Boost falls victim to a shallow knowledge of the ingredients that the manufacturer is supposedly putting into the supplement. The concept of having mostly natural ingredients like vinpocetine and bacopa in one brain pill is a good one, but the precise formulation of Focus Boost has never been tested, and the scientific evidence for the combination of ingredients that Focus Boost has is circumstantial at best. One of the major issues with Focus Boost is that the quantities of each ingredient are withheld.
The label is not publicly available, even on the Focus Boost website.
*Note: Focus Boost hides its ingredient quantities.
Vinpocetine: Semi-Natural Substance
One of the main active ingredients in Focus Boost is vinpocetine. Vinpocetine is thought of by most as a natural extract from the periwinkle plant, but that is only half the story. Actually, the other half of this substance is man-made, having been synthesized in the 1960‘s and the 1970’s during the rise of the modern nootropics age. Between the 1960’s – 1970’s, several core nootropics were either discovered through natural extracts or made in a lab. The first nootropic, Nootropil, has the active ingredient piracetam. Vinpocetine is part of the periwinkle extract, and this was first sold in Europe at the end of the 1970s. Fast forward to today in 2014, and vinpocetine is still a favorite nootropic substance. This is because of the three main properties of vinpocetine, which are antioxidant properties, neuroprotection, and vasodilation. Vinpocetine’s antioxidant properties help it “scrub” the brain free of free radicals, damaging cells that are linked to cancer.
Focus Boost seems to have copied the ingredient lists of other nootropics producers, because they did include this extract, but without mentioning the quantity. This is troublesome, because taken in small doses, vinpocetine has almost no positive effect on the body or brain. In order to feel the vasodilation effects of vinpocetine, it must be taken in therapeutic amounts. This is not a realistic situation, as Focus Boost does not disclose the amount of vinpocetine it contains.
Bacopa: Proven Memory Booster
What Focus Boost gets right is including bacopa into its formulation. Bacopa is the extract of a plant found in or near water. This species of flowering plant has been used to improve mental function for centuries in places such as India. Despite its ancient connections, bacopa has also received attention in modern times as a proven memory booster. Several studies have shown a direct relation to 12 weeks of bacopa use and memory improvement. The dosage used in this study was 300mg. The problem with Focus Boost is that no formula is given to potential customers, so there is no way to see how much bacopa is in Focus Boost or even the exact species of bacopa included. Certain specimens of bacopa do not contain the helpful substances as high quality bacopa, such as the bacopa monnieri variety.
There have been several studies conducted on bacopa monnieri that show how helpful it really is for memory. One of these studies, found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11498727, shows how well bacopa improved the memories of healthy adults. Bacopa has gotten widespread attention because of these qualities, and high quality bacopa is expensive. Sadly, Focus Boost does not have the effective bacopa monnieri variety, making Focus Boost a weak nootropic.
Besides the vague ingredients, Focus Boost has recommended dosage instructions for 2 – 3 pills per day. There is rarely a need to take a supplement 3 times a day. In order to get a therapeutic effect from Focus Boost, it seems that a dosage of 4 or more is needed.
Other supplements can be effective at 1 pill per day, but Focus Boost comes no where close. Focus Boost costs over $30 for a bottle of 30 pills. Considering the price for a bottle of this supplement, one would have to pay around $100 for a month’s supply. It is suspected that $100 worth of Focus Boost would equal the efficacy of $40 of other supplements. In short, Focus Boost is a waste of money.
The Results: Focus Boost Lacks Basic Nootropic Power
Focus Boost, after being studied and reviewed, has been shown to lack the most basic nootropic qualities. The marketing team behind Focus Boost came up with this product by copying others’ hard work putting together brain supplements. The inclusion of vinpocetine was for the name only. Bacopa was likewise included so it could be used as a marketing tool, but the low grade version of bacopa does little to increase the memories of those who do take this supplement.
While no scientific research has been done on Focus Boost, people who were convinced to buy this supplement have commented on its effectiveness. Due to the lack of biological cofactors, Focus Boost does not increase the levels of helpful substances in the body at all. One person in particular commented that Focus Boost seemed to do the opposite of what it proclaimed to be able to do.
Conclusion: Focus Boost Is Indistinguishable from Placebo
Focus Boost has approximately the same effect as a placebo, making this supplement a disappointing failure in what could have been an effective 6-ingredient powerhouse. It is expected that any tests done on this supplement would yield results indistinguishable from placebo. Several other supplements contain the same ingredients, but in high quality versions as well as in quantities that cause therapeutic effects.