OptiMind Review –
Popular yes, but effective? Let’s put OptiMind under the microscope…
Our OptiMind review shed some light on this popular brain enhancement formula from AlternaScript.
AlternaScript are an American ‘health tech’ company who also make NuCulture for healthy digestion, and RestUp for relaxation and improved sleep among other products.
What is OptiMind?
OptiMind is a brain enhancement formula that promises to help you stay focused, experience increased mental energy, and to boost your basic cognitive skills.
AlternaScript claim OptiMind achieves this by improving neurotransmitter availability, which enables better communication between neurotransmitters.
OptiMind’s tagline is “Unleash Your Mind” – a marketing message put out to attract those looking for more creativity and productivity.
OptiMind Review – What are the ingredients?
OptiMind’s ingredients dosages are hidden behind a proprietary blend, meaning we’re unable to assess whether or not OptiMind can really deliver the benefits it promises – based on the FDA’s recommended daily amounts.
The ingredients appear to be well selected nootropics of reasonable quality, with thought (and capsule space) given to stimulants to have you ‘rushing’ like a coffee nut, a choline source to aid learning, and a memory booster in the form of Bacopa…
But again, no comment can be made without knowing exactly how much of each ingredient is in OptiMind.
The difference between 50 mg of Choline, and 350 mg literally means the difference between it doing what it is supposed to – and not being able to due to lack of power.
Not knowing what your taking has us straight off the bat advising to look elsewhere.
The total proprietary blend is 1,315 g in total, higher than many other proprietary blends – but to know how much of this is caffeine is not known.
The OptiMind formulation:
Our Optimind review uncovered a decent array of nootropics – both natural and lab synthesized. Here’s what OptiMind packs into each capsule:
Huperzine-A – Protects acetylcholine from being broken down by acetylcholinesterase, keeping your brain working better for longer.
Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) – A neurotransmitter which has a calming effect on the brain and body and is used to reduce anxiety and improve mood.
Phosphatidylserine – A chemical present in the body which is reproduced from soy. It’s used to treat ADHD and Alzheimer’s because of its positive effects on thinking skills and cognition.
Alpha Lipoic Acid – An antioxidant which protects brain cells from damage.
It’s usually paired with L-Carnitine, which while found in many other brain supplements, is surprisingly not present in this formula.
Caffeine – Stimulates the central nervous system to make you more alert, energized and productive.
The fine print on the bottle advises that one serving contains 150mg of caffeine, so we can assume that’s 75mg per pill, but it’s still not entirely clear.
L-Tyrosine – Increases production of the neurotransmitter dopamine to improve mood, alertness and memory.
L-Taurine – Activates receptors for GABA, so it makes sense that they’re both included in this blend.
Sulbutiamine – Increases thiamine levels in the brain to mood, learning ability, energy levels and memory.
Vinpocetine – An extract from the Periwinkle plant which facilitates better brain function by increasing blood flow to the brain.
Bacopa Monniera (Synapsa) – Synapsa is the patented and standardized extract of the Ayuervedic herb, Bacopa Monnieri. It’s beneficial for memory and cognitive function, and increases learning speed.
Vitamin D-3 & Vitamin B-12 – Essential vitamins for optimum cognitive function.
There are definitely some good ingredients in here, but it’s impossible for us to know if the dosages are high enough to be effective, so buying OptiMind takes somewhat of a leap of faith.
We do know that the ingredients meet FDA standards and that the blend is manufactured in the USA in a GMP-certified facility, so at least we can be confident in the quality and consistence of the ingredients, even if we are rather clueless about their amounts.
How to take OptiMind
During our OptiMind review period we worked with the recommended dosage of 2 capsules per serving.
You can start with 1 capsule and up your dose later on as you get used to it. Dosage should not exceed 5 capsules a day.
Some stronger nootropic formulas such as Editors’ Choice winner Nitrovit need to be cycled with (usually) 2 days rest a week to allow the body to reset and to avoid building up a tolerance.
This isn’t the case with OptiMind’s formula and you can take this one all year long. They just recommend taking ‘a day off here and there’.
OptiMind should not be taken by those who are sensitive to caffeine, and pregnant or nursing mothers, people already taking other forms of medication or those under the age of 18 are advised to consult a doctor before taking OptiMind.
How to Buy OptiMind
WARNING: OptiMind is sold through a subscription service, which means that when you make a purchase, you’re automatically subscribed to make another one later unless you cancel your account with them within 14 days.
Otherwise, your card will be charged again on the 15th day. This is definitely something to be aware of as it’s all too easy to get stung by operations like this one.
Understand that sometimes, while not familiar with OptiMind’s cancellation policy, these credit card rebillers can be a nightmare to cancel and deal with.
There is a “free trial” available, but you need to provide your credit card details in order to be eligible, after which you’ll be sent a package of 10 pills.
Again, you have 14 days in which to cancel your subscription and avoid getting charged.
Optimind also has a referral program, through which every customer who refers three people to sign up for the free trial receives a free bottle.
To us, it just looks like a way to lure even more people into their credit card sting.
We much prefer manufacturers who sell their products in an honest way, and tricking customers into paying more in this way, while not uncommon, is not something we endorse at all.
OptiMind is currently only available within the US, and delivery takes 1-2 business days.
Their website accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. Prepaid cards can also be used, but at a hefty cost of $8.88.
There are 32 capsules per bottle, totalling 16 servings. If you’re not looking to take it every day, this should be fine, but if you are, you’ll have to pay $69.31 for two bottles.
There’s a 30-day guarantee, so you can get a refund if you’re not satisfied – just act swiftly.
The official Optimind website can be found at: www.getoptimind.com
Verdict – Is OptiMind a good nootropic?
We’re not sold on OptiMind. The ingredients and standard of production look good, and there are lots of positive reviews out there, but we really need more than a proprietary blend to be able to confidently say that it’s a good, effective supplement.
Also, their method of selling is questionable, and with a lot of online reports of people ‘failing to stop the rebills’, this is something that tarnishes their name slightly.
It’s not all bad, but there are definitely better options out there.
OptiMind review rating: 82%