Below we take an in-depth look at Psyche to see whether it is an effective cognitive enhancer.
Psyche is a mood and energy boosting supplement manufactured by Antaeus Labs. It has three ingredients, phosphatidylserine, caffeine and ornithine. The supplement is one of Antaeus Labs numerous Greek Mythology themed supplements, but is currently their only nootropic supplement.
The manufacturers state that Psyche offers a clean energy boost, free from side effects such as jitters. However some of the ingredients found in Psyche do appear to cause side effects in some cases.
Because Psyche contains a relatively high dosage of phosphatidylserine, stomach upset and insomnia appear to be the most likely side effects to occur. Consumers should avoid taking the supplement in the evening, to reduce the chances of sleep disturbances caused by phosphatidylserine and caffeine. This product is not suitable for anyone who is sensitive to caffeine; although each capsule contains only 35 mg of caffeine, the recommended daily dosage is five capsules, which will provide a total of 175 mg of caffeine per day.
The price of a single bottle of Psyche varies hugely depending upon the individual retailer, between $29.99 and $41.99 per bottle, plus delivery charges.
A single bottle contains 120 capsules and so at first glance, this does appear to be a very affordable supplement. However, the high recommended dosage of up to five capsules per day does mean that a single bottle will last as little as 24 days. For anyone who finds that they need to use the highest recommended dose to feel the product’s effects, the long term price is obviously higher, but compared to some other nootropic supplements we have seen, it is still affordable! If the consumer finds that they can take the lower recommended dosage of 3 capsules per day and still notice results, then a bottle of Psyche will last for 40 days, making it a relatively cheap option.
The most important factor in Psyche’s price is making sure to shop around for the best deal- at the time of writing this review, the manufacturer offered the cheapest prices, and also offers bulk buy discounts.
We have mixed opinions about Psyche. Phosphatidylserine is the only ingredient that is actually classified as a nootropic, but the other two ingredients, caffeine and ornithine, do have some benefits if used in correct doses. The dose of Ornithine is far lower than the recommended dose of several grams per day, and this makes it unlikely that Psyche will increase lean body mass, improve strength, speed up recovery, and prevent muscle soreness, as claimed by the manufacturers.
There is no money back guarantee on offer, and international customers cannot get a refund at all. Although a single bottle contains 120 capsules, it may last for as little as 24 days of use because of the high recommended daily dosage. The price of the supplement varies hugely between retailers, and it definitely pays off to spend some time shopping around for the best deal.
Reports from customers are mixed; some did notice a cognitive benefit, whilst others have described the cognitive effects as unpredictable, with noticeable results on some days, and no noticeable difference at all on other days. Overall, it appears that there are other nootropics available that have a more dramatic effect upon cognition than Psyche. All of the reviews we could find agreed that there were no improvements in lean muscle mass, recovery from exercise, or increases in strength.
Overall we do not recommend Psyche to our readers.
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According to amazon, Psyche is a mood and energy enhancing supplement. The manufacturers claim that the supplement offers side effect-free energy, with no jitters. The official website lists a much longer set of potential benefits, including improved cognition, increases in strength and lean muscle mass, reduced perception of fatigue, and increased awareness.
Psyche is manufactured by a company called Antaeus Labs. They offer a large range of supplements, from weight loss and pre-workout supplements to a ‘sleep and lucid dream inducer’. All of the company’s supplements follow a Greek mythology theme, with names such as Thunderbolt, Achilles, and Hydra.
Directions for use are not provided on the official sales website or any other sales websites. However, one blogger who tried the product stated that ‘The bottle recommends 2-3 servings morning and 1-2 servings early afternoon’.
The label on the back of the bottle should provide specific dosing instructions.
Antaeus Labs can be contacted at [email protected], or using the generic contact box provided on their official website. The company do not provide their office address, but appear to be based in the USA.
The manufacturers of Psyche, Antaeus Labs, have provided the following description of their supplement and its potential benefits:
Antaeus Labs PSyche is a mood- and energy-enhancement supplement. PSyche uses three truly synergistic ingredients for a stimulatory experience like no other.
PSyche may help to:
- Increase lean body mass
- Improve strength
- Heighten awareness
- Boost cognition
- Reduce the perception of fatigue
- Improve mood
- Speed up recovery
- Combat exercise-induced stress
- Prevent muscle soreness
- Improve well-being
They add that Psyche provides ‘a crash-free, clean-feeling boost to productivity and work capacity’ and acts as ‘a pick-me-up that will boost your energy levels and mood to help you achieve peak physical and mental performance’.
The ingredients used in Psyche are detailed below. The ingredient quantities listed are per serving of a single capsule. Consumers are instructed to take up to five capsules per day, spread out into morning and afternoon doses.
Some of the ingredients found in Psyche could potentially cause a range of side effects.
Side effects of Phosphatidylserine can include insomnia and stomach upset, particularly at doses over 300 mg. It can be made from either plant or animal sources, and so may not be suitable for vegetarians. Each capsule contains 300 mg of Phosphatidylserine, but as it is a 50% extract, the actual dose is 150 mg per capsule. This means that if consumers are taking the maximum recommended daily dose of five capsules, they are consuming a huge 750 mg of Phosphatidylserine per day, making the chances of developing these side effects significant.
Side effects of caffeine can include headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness and insomnia. Each capsule contains only 35 mg of caffeine, a very low dose, but the total caffeine from five capsules is 175 mg. Although this amount should not cause many side effects, especially as it is spread out over two doses, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, consumers should regulate their caffeine intake from other sources such as coffee, tea and energy drinks, to minimize the chances of side effects developing.
Very high doses of ornithine could cause diarrhoea, but this is incredibly unlikely as doses of 4 or more grams per day are generally well-tolerated in trials, and each capsule contains only 100 mg of ornithine.
Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. Not suitable for anyone who is taking any medications, whether prescription or over the counter. If you are unsure about the suitability of this nootropic supplement, or any other supplement, consult your doctor before purchase. Not suitable for anyone who has any heart related health issues, including but not limited to high blood pressure.
We could not locate many customer reviews for Psyche.
One blogger noted the following:
when I would take 3 pills about 20 minutes before class, I noticed a few good improvements.
I would think “quicker” and my general mood was more upbeat and positive. Although I was quicker to think and come up with an answer, if I did not know something Psyche couldn’t do much for me. YET.. since my attitude improved, instead of saying “foo, I don’t know this” my quick thought would be “well let’s read and find out”. It’s a very good feeling to be so upbeat especially about something that could put you under plenty of stress.
Another reviewer went through the claims made by the manufacturers about the product’s benefits, assessing whether or not they notice a difference:
Increase lean body mass: Um? I did not notice a big difference in LBM, however there are so many factors that can play into this it is nearly impossible to talk on.
Improve strength: Strength is relatively the same throughout my entire supplementation of this and I did take this consistently everyday.
Heighten awareness: Again did not notice this claimed benefit a whole lot; however I would argue that it is somewhat hard to notice a heightened sense of awareness until you really need it in certain situations that take up all of your ability to focus on your surroundings.
Boost cognition: Okay now this is where Psyche really stands out. My ability to work at a faster more focused rate went up when I took Psyche. I noticed the best results when I took two capsules with my coffee. Normal coffee works okay for me, but Psyche and coffee together meant I was going to get a lot done, and done right. Taking this combination before work or schoolwork did wonders for me.
Reduce the perception of fatigue: Another claim I simply did not noticed at all.
Improve mood: Yes, yes and yes. When I would supplement Psyche into my daily grind I would noticed an improved mood from the get good. At 4 capsules I got a similar feeling to that euphoria that AfterGlow provided, after 5 capsules I found that the caffeine would actually start to make me somewhat jittery even though it was only 175mg of caffeine with no other caffeine being taken that same day.
Speed up recovery: My recovery stayed the same, so I would say this claim is fruitless.
Combat exercise-induced stress: This did seem to minize stress to a certain degree, would mostly say that is due to mood improvement. It just seems to make the outlook on life more positive.
Prevent muscle soreness: As sore as I normally was, so I did not noticed this claim either.
Improve well-being: I mean, I think they could just combine “Improved Mood, Combat exercise-induced stress & Improve well-being” claims into one “improve Overall Well-Being by reducing perceived stress and improving your mood”
Antaeus Labs, the manufacturers of Psyche, do not offer a money back guarantee.
Our policy lasts 30 days. If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.
To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.
We do not refund or accept returns on any international orders.
To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase.
The company do not provide their address on their official website, and so customers will have to contact them to arrange a refund and get the returns address.
The returns policies of third party retailers may vary.
Psyche is available from the manufacturer’s official website, with discounts being offered for bulk purchases. A single bottle costs $29.99, whilst two bottles cost $55.00. Three bottles cost $79.99. Delivery charges may apply.
Psyche is also available from amazon, where a single bottle costs $39.95 plus delivery charges. Customers who have Amazon Prime can get free shipping. Each bottle contains 120 capsules.
A website called Evas Supplements also sells Psyche. A single bottle costs $41.99, plus delivery charges.
Predator Nutrition, a UK based supplement website, sell Psyche for £49.98 per bottle, plus delivery charges.