Attention Link

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Hi-Tech Pharma are a controversial company who seem to delight in aggravating the FDA, featuring banned, controversial, and dangerous ingredients in their supplements, and showing a complete disregard for the health and safety of their customers. They primarily manufacture weight loss and muscle building supplements, but have a few nootropics in their range as well, including Attention Link.

Below we take an in-depth look at Attention Link to see whether this nootropic is really as good as the manufacturers, Hi-Tech Pharma, claim.

Attention Link Pros

  • Some ingredients have preliminary support from studies

Attention Link Cons

  • No individual ingredient quantities listed
  • No money back guarantee
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What You Need To Know About Attention Link

Attention Link is a nootropic supplement that can supposedly improve numerous aspects of cognition, causing improved focus, concentration, learning, organizational acuity, and memory. However, we were able to locate two different formulas for the product, and in some cases it is unclear which one is being sold, and which is the most recent formula.

The product contains several stimulant ingredients that are more typically found in a diet pill than in a nootropic supplement.

What Are The Side Effects Of Attention Link?

There is a long list of ingredients found in Attention Link that could cause a range of side effects.

6-7 Dihydroxybergamottin is extracted from Grapefruit, and increases the absorption of other supplement ingredients, and a variety of medications. This makes accidental overdoses from prescription medication much more likely, and increases the chances of side effects developing. Anyone who is taking any medications at all should avoid this ingredient!

Acacia Rigidula can cause false positives on amphetamines drug tests.

Side effects associated with the use of Bitter Orange extracts include increased heart rate and increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, fainting, and even heart attack and stroke in healthy patients.

Huperzine A can cause some side effects such as nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, sweating, blurred vision, slurred speech, restlessness, loss of appetite, contraction and twitching of muscle fibres, cramping, increased saliva and urine, inability to control urination, high blood pressure, and slowed heart rate.

Side effects that can be caused by DMAE include constipation, itching, headache, drowsiness, insomnia, excitation, vivid dreams, confusion, depression, increased blood pressure, an increase in schizophrenia symptoms, and unwanted movements of the face and mouth.

The full list of side effects that could be caused by Attention Link is available below under the Side Effects tab.

How Much Does Attention Link Cost?

From the official Hi-Tech Pharma website, a single bottle costs $39.95 plus delivery charges.

Attention Link is also available from evitamins.com. Here a single bottle costs $19.99 plus delivery charges.

A1 Supplements charge $18.95 per bottle of 60 capsules.

Our Verdict On Attention Link

Hi-Tech Pharma have a history of using banned and dangerous ingredients in their supplements, claiming that they do this in the customer’s best interests; however, they readily overlook the unpleasant and even life-threatening side effects that can be caused by these ingredients. Attention Link contains Acacia Rigidula, which was recently reclassified by the FDA, as it does not meet the specifications for a “supplement”, making its presence in Attention Link illegal. The use of 6-7 dihydroxybergamottin could cause accidental overdose if the consumer is taking any other medications alongside Attention Link. There is also a huge list of other potential side effects that could be caused by the ingredients used in Attention Link.

Attention Link does also feature several ingredients that have promising preliminary support to suggest that they can boost certain aspects of cognition. However, these ingredients, including Phosphatidylerine and Bacopa Monnieri, are incredibly common across the entire nootropic supplements market. In our opinion, the product is likely to make the consumer feel energetic, but we doubt that other nootropic benefits such as improved memory and focus will be noticeable at all.

The use of strong stimulants that are more commonly used for weight loss may even counteract some of the calming ingredients, and customers are just as likely to be jittery and restless as they are to be calm and focused.

The product is not covered by a money back guarantee, and the manufacturers do not even mention what their returns policy is on their official website.

Overall, we do not recommend Attention Link to our readers.

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Attention Link Review

Attention Link is advertised as a nootropic supplement that will improve numerous aspects of cognition, causing improved focus, concentration, learning, organizational acuity, and memory.

Attention Link Facts

  • Manufactured by Hi-Tech Pharma
  • 60 capsules per bottle
  • Two formulas listed on different sales sites

Attention Link is manufactured by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, a US-based supplement store based in the USA. Hi-Tech Pharma are known mainly for their extraordinary history of litigation, having fought long and protracted legal battles with the FTC, FDA, respected university professors, medical authorities, and rival companies. The company is currently fighting to overturn the FDA’s existing ban on the dangerous stimulant DMAA, and continues to sell DMAA-based products until the legal point is clarified. The company is also associated with its selling of a useless form of ephedra and other products, that attempt to mimic and impersonate illegal steroids. Hi-Tech Pharma can be contacted using the information found on their official website.

How to Take Attention Link

Directions for use are as follows: Take one Attention Link tablet twice daily, preferably in the morning, and again mid-afternoon.

Hi-Tech Pharma offer various sports, weight loss, and sexual enhancement supplements. Their official website is surprisingly poorly written and hard to understand for an English-speaking company, giving an unprofessional appearance that fails to inspire confidence in the quality of the products.

Attention Link Concerns:

  • No money back guarantee
  • Manufacturer has terrible reputation
  • No individual ingredient quantities provided

What Does Attention Link Claim To Do?

The manufacturers provide the following description of the product’s benefits:

  • State-of-the-Art “Smart Nutrient” Ingredient Profile
  • Promotes Enhanced Cognitive Function, Memory, and Learning
  • The “New Kid on the Block” of Nutraceutical Brain Science for Cognitive Function

Does Attention Link Work?

There is a huge list of ingredients found in Attention Link, including several stimulants that are more commonly found in diet pills than in nootropic supplements. The manufacturers have not provided individual ingredient quantities, suggesting to us that many of the ingredients are present in insufficient quantities, compared to the amounts used in successful clinical trials. For example, each capsule contains 525 mg of the entire proprietary formula; trials looking at Bacopa Monnieri have found that daily doses of 300 mg provide positive results. As Bacopa Monnieri is just one of 17 ingredients in this supplement, it seems incredibly unlikely that therapeutic doses are used for all of the ingredients.

Acacia Rigidula and Bitter Orange have never been linked with cognitive benefits. Acacia Rigidula has also recently been banned by the FDA, with warning letters going out to numerous companies in the early months of 2017. 6 7-dihydroxybergamottin, also known as DHB, is likely to increase the absorption rate of the other ingredients in Attention Link, but it can also interfere with other medications, and can be dangerous, leading to accidental overdose and an increased risk of developing side effects.

There are several nootropic ingredients used that are primarily mood boosters, used for anxiety relief and relaxation, including PEA, mucuna pruriens, 5HTP, and Bacopa Monnieri.

Attention Link does also feature several ingredients that have promising preliminary support to suggest that they can boost certain aspects of cognition. However, these ingredients, including Phosphatidylerine and Bacopa Monnieri, are incredibly common across the entire nootropic supplements market. In our opinion, the product is likely to make the consumer feel energetic, but we doubt that other nootropic benefits such as improved memory and focus will be noticeable at all.

The use of strong stimulants that are more commonly used for weight loss may even counteract some of the calming ingredients, and customers are just as likely to be jittery and restless as they are to be calm and focused.

What Are The Ingredients of Attention Link?

The ingredients found in Attention Link are detailed below. The product contains a proprietary formula and so individual ingredient quantities are not listed. Each serving of a single capsule contains 525 mg of the proprietary formula.

Proprietary Blend 525mg

  • Phenylethylamine HCL: More commonly known as PEA, this ingredient is derived from the amino acid phenylalanine. It is thought to increase alertness, aid in concentration and focus, and may also enhance mood, which are all arguably traits that dieters need help with in succeeding with their weight loss attempts. Source
  • Acacia Rigidula 70% Extract (leaves): There is little to no published information about Acacia Rigidula, including a lack of trials that look into the effects of Acacia Rigidula upon weight loss, cognitive function or any other health benefits. The FDA has recently concluded that Acacia Rigidula falls outside of the definitions of what can be used in a supplement, and has cautioned several companies against using it in their formulas. Acacia Rigidula can also cause a false positive on an amphetamine drug test. Source
  • DMAE Bitartrate: This ingredient is marketed as a memory and mood enhancer. There is currently little clinical evidence to support this. Source
  • L-Tyrosine Ethyl Ester HCI: An amino acid that is a building block of protein, Tyrosine is found naturally in many foods including meat and dairy products. Some people use it as an appetite suppressant, but there is little evidence that it is effective for this use. Large doses of tyrosine may be useful for increasing alertness, especially in people who are sleep deprived. Source
  • Gamma Amino Butyric Acid: A chemical that is produced in the brain naturally and acts as a neurotransmitter, it is also available in supplement form. It is thought to reduce anxiety, improve mood, and could also reduce symptoms of PMS. It is sometimes used as a non-prescription treatment of ADHD, as it is thought to induce calm and aid mental focus. However, research shows that GABA supplements cannot cross the blood-brain barrier, and so it is possible that any mental benefits are the result of a placebo effect. Source
  • Vitamin B-6 [5 mg yielding 250% RDA]
  • Theobroma Cocoa Extract (seeds): Theobromine, extracted from Theobroma Cocoa, is a mild stimulant. Thought to be a much milder stimulant than caffeine, and is unlikely to have any significant impact upon weight loss. Source
  • Citrus Aurantium Extract (fruit): More commonly known as Bitter orange peel, it has been proven to raise the metabolism and aid weight loss. However, there are concerns about its safety. As a stimulant, it is also likely to increase energy levels. Source
  • Gingko Biloba Extract (leaves): Appears to improve circulation, and may help to kill bacteria in the body that could cause infections, although it is used as an herbal remedy to treat a range of ailments. Source
  • Bacopa Monnieri Extract (whole plant): Used to reduce anxiety, improve memory, and seems to have a minor ability to treat depression, making it a general mild mood booster. Doses are typically larger than used in this supplement, and effects can take time to achieve a noticeable level, as the effects appear to accumulate with repeated use. Source
  • L-Huperazine-A (5% Extract): Huperzine-A is found in Huperzia serrata. Huperzine-A is thought to be a cognitive enhancer. Because of the relatively long half-life of this compound, its use should be cycled, with breaks in usage every few weeks. Source
  • Phosphatidylerine 70%: Several studies with phosphatidylserine indicate improved cognitive abilities and behaviours, but the studies focused on Alzheimer’s patients; it is possible that these effects could also benefit consumers in general, but there is no real clinical support to support this. The FDA has stated that Phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of cognitive dysfunction and dementia in the elderly. Source
  • Mucuna Pruriens: A bean like plant that has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is used for treating anxiety, amongst other things. However, there is little clinical evidence to support its use: the active ingredient is levodopa (l-dopa), which can affect the levels of dopamine in the brain. However, most L-dopa is broken down in the body before it can reach the brain, unless combined with specific chemicals that are not present in Mucuna Pruriens. Source
  • Naringin (Fruit): A compound found in grapefruits that accounts for its bitter taste, it is known to extend the amount of time that caffeine remains in the body. This would make the effects of caffeine also last longer. Research also suggests that Naringin enhances lipid (fat) metabolism in the body. There is no evidence that Naringin acts as a nootropic at all. Source
  • 6-7 dihydroxybergamottin (fruit): Thought to be one of the active components in Grapefruits that interfere with the absorption of medicines. This mechanism is unpredictable, and consumption of 6-7 dihydroxybergamottin can easily lead to accidental overdose and an increased rate of side effects! It will increase the absorption rate of some of the other ingredients found in this nootropic, which could increase the product’s potency, and could increase the chances of side effects. Source
  • L-5-Hydroxytryptophan: More commonly referred to as 5HTP. 5HTP is used by the body to make serotonin, which primarily plays a role in regulating mood. Some studies, primarily in animals, have shown that 5HTP reduces the appetite, as well as boosting mood. Source
  • Co_Enzyme B-12 (Dibencozide)

There is also a second formula quoted on some third party sales websites. Many of the ingredients overlap, but there are some significant differences, with this formula being much shorter. This formula is being advertised currently on evitamins.com, but it is unclear which formula customers would receive when ordering.

Proprietary Blend 525mg

  • Phenylethylamine HCL: See above
  • Acacia Rigidula 70% Extract (leaves): See above
  • DMAE Bitartrate: See above
  • L-Tyrosine: See above
  • Gamma Amino Butyric Acid: See above
  • L-Threonine: See above
  • Inositol: Appears to treat anxiety when used in high doses. Source
  • Theobroma Cocoa Extract (seeds): See above
  • Citrus Aurantium Extract (fruit): See above
  • Naringin (fruit): See above
  • 6-7 duhydroxybergmottin (fruit): See above
  • L-5-Hydroxytryptophan: See above
  • Co_Enzyme B-12 (Dibencozide): See above

Does Attention Link Have Any Side Effects?

There is a long list of ingredients found in Attention Link that could cause a range of side effects. As we do not know the individual ingredient quantities used, thanks to the presence of a proprietary formula, it is impossible to establish the likelihood of any side effects occurring.

6-7 Dihydroxybergamottin is extracted from Grapefruit, and increases the absorption of other supplement ingredients, and a variety of medications. This makes accidental overdoses from prescription medication much more likely, and increases the chances of side effects developing. Anyone who is taking any medications at all should avoid this ingredient! The presence of this ingredient in Attention Link also increases the chances of side effects being caused by other ingredients in the nootropic.

Acacia Rigidula contains numerous compounds, some of which appear to act as stimulants. There has been no detailed safety testing of Acacia Rigidula, and so detailed information about its safety and potential side effects is unavailable. As a stimulant, it can cause increases in blood pressure and heart rate and heart palpitations. It can also cause false positives on amphetamines drug tests.

Side effects associated with the use of Bitter Orange extracts include increased heart rate and increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, fainting, and even heart attack and stroke in healthy patients. The Mayo Clinic has recommended avoiding use of synephrine and other Bitter Orange extracts because in their opinion, the risk of using the product is not worth the pay-off of any potential weight loss. The effects of synephrine and other bitter orange extracts are enhanced when combined with caffeine.

Theobromine is a stimulant that is incredibly similar to caffeine, but much milder – it could potentially cause the same side effects as caffeine.

Huperzine A can cause some side effects such as nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, sweating, blurred vision, slurred speech, restlessness, loss of appetite, contraction and twitching of muscle fibres, cramping, increased saliva and urine, inability to control urination, high blood pressure, and slowed heart rate.

Studies have shown that Bacopa leaf causes upset stomachs in participants much more than placebos. This has led to the recommendation that this ingredient be taken with a meal, rather than on an empty stomach, as this will minimise the chances of getting an upset stomach. It may also may cause nausea, cramping, bloating, and diarrhoea.

Although Tyrosine is tolerated generally in very high doses, it can cause some side effects including nausea, headache, fatigue, heartburn, and joint pain.

Side effects that can be caused by DMAE include constipation, itching, headache, drowsiness, insomnia, excitation, vivid dreams, confusion, depression, increased blood pressure, an increase in schizophrenia symptoms, and unwanted movements of the face and mouth.

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.

Caution:
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 with high blood pressure, or who is being treated for any cardiac related medical issue. Use cautiously in patients with history of seizure, based on reports of seizure due to Ginkgo seed ingestion. Do not use if you are using a MAOI, prescription drug, or over-the-counter drug.

If you are a competing athlete or could be subject to random drug testing, avoid this supplement; Acacia Rigidula can cause false positives on an Amphetamine drug test.

Are There Any Customer Reviews For Attention Link?

We were only able to locate two customer reviews for Attention Link, both of which are negative, one-star reviews.

I bought two bottles of this to give it a fair shot, but it had absolutely no effect on me whatsoever. Complete waste of money.

Surprisingly, during the first few days taking this product, I became very sleepy for up to an hour immediately after taking the recommended dose. In fact, the first two days I fell asleep right after taking it. Unfortunately, I haven’t noticed any benefits from Attention Link as of yet. It’s been about 3 weeks since I first started taking it.

Does Attention Link Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?

Hi-Tech Pharma, the manufacturer of Attention Link, do not provide details of their returns policy on their official website. It is likely that the do not offer a money back guarantee.

Where Can I Buy Attention Link?

From the official Hi-Tech Pharma website, a single bottle costs $ 39.95 plus delivery charges.

Attention Link is also available from evitamins.com. Here a single bottle costs $19.99 plus delivery charges.

A1 Supplements charge $18.95 per bottle of 60 capsules.

Lucky Vitamin no longer stock Attention Link.

Hi-Tech Attention Link

1 out of 5
Attention Link Rating

The Nootropic Watchdog does not recommend Attention Link.

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Find out why people are choosing OmniMind to achieve advanced brain performance, and why it's our editor's top pick.

Read the Nootropic Watchdog OmniMind review here.

Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.

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