So we thought something that sounded so bizarre could either be a complete con trick … or a stroke of genius. We looked into ‘Doctor-recommended’ Brainō to find out which it was.
You should feel a slight energy boost when first starting a course of Brainō, but it’s more formulated for long-term effects so it’s a case of taking the capsules for a long time before feeling the maximum effect. And that’s going to be expensive. We’d feel more comfortable with that idea if there was a discount for buying in bulk, but we couldn’t find one anywhere.
In general, we discovered digestion problems like stomach cramps, more trips to the bathroom and looser stools. Looking a bit closer at some of the ingredients, though, we’ve found other potential side effects like dryness of the mouth, fatigue, rashes and a body odour that smells suspiciously of fish.
One month’s supply – that’s 120 capsules, four to be taken each day – costs $78.00. Add $7.00 if you’re buying direct from amazonnutrition.com for shipping and handling, but if you’re buying through Amazon itself, there’s always free(ish) delivery with Amazon Prime.
We have to admit to being a bit puzzled by Amazon Nutrition’s website telling us the manufacturers suggested retail price is $129.00 before knocking the actual price down to $78.00. After all, they appear to be the manufacturers. That’s marketing for you.
Because the only indication of where anything to do with Amazon Nutrition is located just happens to be a phone number with a Las Vegas area code, we’d love to say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
But we have no idea what goes on with Amazon Nutrition in the first place – whether they’re in Vegas or not – because they’re just far too coy about telling us about themselves.
As for Brainō itself, it would be reassuring to have some indication of how the combination of ingredients works, like, say, a clinical study or two showing some sort of improvement in mental function, but we couldn’t find anything like that. Anywhere.
And as for the identity of which doctor recommends Brainō in the first place, as we’re told on their very sparse website, we couldn’t find that anywhere, either.
There’s also some concern over the effectiveness of some of the ingredients, whether it’s the dosage, the effectiveness or even the potential side effects … so because of all these reasons we’re going to have to reject it. (We didn’t like the name much either.)
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Brainō is marketed as a professional-strength brain supplement formula with multiple benefits on brain structure and function. The manufacturer is a company called Island Nutrition, but it’s sold online through amazonnutrition.com.
Apparently it’s been ’trusted and continually improved since 1997, but here’s the problem: we looked through the first 20 pages of Google results for “Island Nutrition” in the hopes of finding out a bit more about the company and its product, but there was nothing in the way of solid information.
You need to take 4 capsules daily, on an empty stomach, and then avoid protein for half an hour.
However, there’s always Brainō.com – a single-page website with one illustration and two not-so-obvious links. One goes to the Amazon sales page … and the other takes you amazonnutrition.com which, according to their phone number’s area code, is based in Las Vegas. And that’s all we know about the company.
The Amazon sales page urges readers to “Wipe Out Brain Fog and Supercharge Your Brain with Ultra-Premium Brain Support”, and that would be a very good reason for buying Brainō. Unfortunately, a few lines below that we also read “Premium ingredients work together to attack brain health from many angles”, which isn’t so confidence inspiring!
Brainō is claimed to give you more energy without the kind of jitters you get with caffeine. As well as that, you should enjoy better focus, memory, clarity of thinking, creativity, mental alertness, healthy eyesight and hearing, together with a positive mood and overall well-being.
Brainō works by supporting oxygen supply to the brain, cerebral circulation, neurotransmitter quantity and activity, brain nerve structure and brain-cell regeneration.
But even though some of Brainō’s effects will be felt immediately, it will take weeks before users get the full benefit of this supplement.
Most of the ingredients in Brainō go some way to providing the effects claimed by the manufacturers, but there are exceptions.
Other ingredients improve blood and oxygen flow to the brain and cause an improvement in neurotransmitter quality.
Some of those effects are noticeable straight away, while users will only notice other effects over the long term – it takes about a month to feel the full benefit of taking Brainō.
Brainō capsules are suitable for vegetarians.
We couldn’t find any listed on Amazon or Amazon Nutrition’s website, so we looked a little deeper into the individual ingredients themselves to see what we could find out about them, and this is what we discovered:
Choline can bring on headaches.
Tyrosine can cause digestive issues such as bloat, nausea, gas and heartburn.
DLPA can bring on anxiety, restlessness, rapid heartbeat, raised blood pressure and potential heart palpitations.
DMAE can cause constipation, urticaria, headaches, confusion, insomnia, depression and raised blood pressure. It could also make conditions like epilepsy, convulsions or bipolar disorder worse, too. It’s also linked, we’re told, with birth defects.
Acetyl-l-Carnitine can cause digestive problems, headaches, sleep problems, higher blood pressure, low blood sugar and can give your sweat and breath a fishy odour.
Taurine is a major ingredient of energy drinks, but little is really known about how taurine affects the brain. Energy drinks containing taurine has been seen to cause high blood pressure, strokes, seizures and heart disease.
Ginkgo thins the blood, and there’s the possibility of allergic reactions, headaches, dizziness and digestive problems.
Bacopa can bring on gastric problems including stomach cramp, nausea, more frequent visits to the bathroom and fatigue.
Chinese club moss contains chemicals which could affect the nervous system, and it’s possible it can have an adverse effect on people already suffering from asthma, blockages in the intestinal and urogenital tracts and those with heart, lung and digestive problems and diseases.
Vinpocetine can cause digestion problems, sleep disturbances, headaches, dizziness, nervousness and flushing of the face. It’s also known to slow down blood clotting.
If you are pregnant, nursing, using MAO inhibitors, have chronic high blood pressure or have a medical condition, consult a health professional before using this or any brain supplement.
Keep out of reach of children.
It was pointless looking for reviews on braino.com, and fruitless looking for them on amazonnutrition.com. On Amazon itself, though, we found a whole 13 reviews, including:
I’m sorry they did not work for me at all in fact the only thing I noticed is a mild headache all day. I will continue to look for products that work if anybody has any suggestion please let me know.
The first day I took this product, I felt like my brain woke up, however, by the third day everything was back to normal.
Apparently so – on their Amazon sales page they do say, “we guarantee results”! But how to follow up on that guarantee is something we haven’t managed to find yet, on Amazon, at least.
But there is a return policy in place on amazonnutrition.com: they accept returns within 30 days of purchase and refund 100% of the purchase price less S&H, but you need to contact them first. Since 1999, they say, there have only been a “handful” of returns.
It’s available through Amazon, and many websites give details about the product and then give you a link straight to the Amazon sales page.
And, of course, you could always order through the amazonnutrition.com website.