Satveda loosely define Omega Mind as a brain tonic, but it’s also claimed, amongst other things, to benefit the nervous system, increase confidence, and bring on what they call “a healthy state of mind”. It definitely sounded worth looking into, so how could we resist?
Omega Mind is based strictly on Ayurvedic principles which have been practised in India for centuries. It’s based on the idea of three principal elements: air, fire, and water, and then there are five different forms of each of those three elements.
Omega Mind balances those elements and their forms for proper brain function in conjunction with adopting a healthy lifestyle, which would include yoga and meditation.
There’s no mention of possible side effects for Omega Mind as a whole, but we looked up the side effects of each of the individual ingredients and found potential problems with digestion, breathing, heart rate, skin and menstruation, together with headaches and even symptoms of psychosis.
For $27.95 you get 90 x 800 mg capsules, which, depending on how many you take each day, could either be a two-week or a four-week supply.
Don’t get us wrong – we love the theory of Ayurveda: it’s a healing system that’s worked for thousands of years, but it’s worked for a lifestyle that doesn’t depend on, or even include, rushed schedules and devices which distract us when we should be mindful about other, often much more important things. Things like holding a simple conversation, walking along the sidewalk, or even driving along the freeway.
It’s a slow-paced healing system that’s ideal for a slower-paced life, and since we’re all conditioned to demand what we want and complain when we don’t get it right away, this isn’t the slower-paced life Ayurveda is suitable for.
So it’s with great sadness that until the pace of life slows down enough for us to take our time over things and concentrate on them properly, and for Ayurvedic medicine to feel effective once more, we’re going to have to reject Omega Mind, but that’s not going to stop us being interested in Ayurveda, ever.
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We love the website for three reasons: first it gives us the kind of rundown on Ayurvedic medicine we’ve been looking for, for a while now. Second it offers the chance for a free consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor (“Yes, you have nothing to pay all the way. But however if you think you have been greatly helped and you will like to give some donation we are open to your wishes.”)
And the third reason is the “Select Language” option, which we’ve never seen before and starts at Afrikaans, Albanian, and Amharic (the official language of Ethiopia, and beautiful to look at). It then goes on for close to a hundred other languages before finishing at Xhosa (that African tongue-clicking language) Yiddish, Yorub, and Zulu.
No trace of Wookiee, though.
All in all, the website is a great education.
As for the product, though, Satveda seems a bit unclear as to its main purpose. Omega Mind, we’re told, quote: “acts as a Dietary supplement- Brain tonic”. And then the website goes on to say it’s a “Natural Herbal Memory support Formula”.
Then we’re told it “Helps to neutralize the unhealthy effects of daily fast life stress on mind” as well as supporting sleep, healthy state of mind (whatever that may be), building up a person’s “natural confidence level” and supporting the health of the central nervous system.
Each of those actions in itself is worth buying a single supplement for, but when you’re buying a bottle of Omega Mind for all of them put together it might just leave you wondering which of those benefits you’re going to enjoy first, and how long it’s going to take each of the others to start working.
And this time element is a big problem: Satveda advises us to, “Use for a long period of time for progressive and long lasting results.” How long is long? The recommended dosage is one or two capsules, two or three times a day. So that means one bottle is either a two or a four-week supply. Is that a long enough period of time, or could this be a subtle ploy to keep us buying Omega Mind, and buying Omega Mind, and buying Omega Mind?
It’s so hard to tell.
Serving size: Adults take 1 Capsules 2 or 3 times a day 1 – 2 Hrs after meals with water. Take first dose after breakfast.Children aged 6 to 12 may take half dose. Regular use is beneficial. Adjust the dosage as per your body requirement or as per the advice of your practitioner. Use for a long period of time for progressive and long lasting results.
What does it claim to do? A lot. We’ve copied and pasted the following from the website:
“Primary Benefits as per Ayurveda
Omega Mind acts as a Dietary supplement- Brain tonic.
Natural Herbal Memory support Formula.
Supports natural Memory (Learning + Retention + Recall) and Intelligence.
Helps to support for healthy function of brain.
Helps to support the memory of school going children.
Helps to support for maintaining the focus and attention.
Helps to support the mind for concentration on work.
Helps to support for healthy blood circulation to brain.
Other Benefits as per Ayurveda
Helps to neutralize the unhealthy effects of daily fast life stress on mind.
Helps to support for healthy blissful sleep pattern.
Helps to support sattvic property of mind [healthy state of mind].
Support to build up the natural confidence level of person.
Support for healthy function of central nervous system.
A combination of ayurvedic herbs which has been used in ayurveda since time immemorial.”
Does that help?
That’s a good question. Obviously Ayurveda works, otherwise it wouldn’t have been practised for the past few thousand years. But does it work in this modern, frenetic world?
Let’s rephrase that question, and ask does it work fast enough for this modern, frenetic world?
We’re sold a lot of over-the-counter medications which have been advertised as giving us instant results, with the emphasis on “instant”.
Ayurveda is not instant, and instant is what we’ve been conditioned to expect. So the best answer has to be yes, Omega Mind does work if you’re prepared to wait but if you want instant results, no it doesn’t.
Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri) Leaves
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) Root
Kaunch (Mucuna Pruriens) Seed
Shankhpushpi (Evolvulus Alsinoides) Plant
Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum) Leaves and Seeds
Jyotishmati(Celastrus Paniculata) Seed
Pipali (Piper Longum) Fruit
Mandukaparni (Centella Asiatica) Seed
in quantities “as per the Ayurvedic classical references”.
These are contained in vegetarian capsules which contain no animal matter – as in no gelatin.
We couldn’t find anything in the way of a list of general side effects for the combination of ingredients, so we checked each of them out for potential problems, and this is what we found:
Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri) Leaves – digestion problems, fatigue.
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) Root – digestion problems.
Kaunch (Mucuna Pruriens) Seed – headache, increased heart rate, confusion, agitation, hallucinations, and delusions.
Shankhpushpi (Evolvulus Alsinoides) Plant – lowered blood pressure.
Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum) Leaves and Seeds – breathing problems, blood when coughing, blood in the urine.
Jyotishmati (Celastrus Paniculata) Seed – said to be “a very potent intestinal relaxing agent”, affects the liver and, after a 45-day course seems to have caused “reductions in testicular weight”. In rats. Make of that what you will.
Pipali (Piper Longum) Fruit – can cause liver problems and skin rashes. Very high doses can cause balance problems, tremors, and nausea.
Mandukaparni (Centella Asiatica) Seed – can cause skin irritation headache, intoxication, hallucination, giddiness, and affect the menstrual cycle. It can also interact with medications for blood pressure, cholesterol problems, and depression.
Pregnant/Lactating women children or any with known pre existing condition one should take under the advice of health care provider. Use regularly for optimum results. Keep away from the reach of children. Store in a cool & dry place to avoid moisture. Do not refrigerate.
(Oh, and color, aroma, and taste “may vary from batch to batch”.)
The web page proudly tells us there are two reviews, but the link to them simply doesn’t work. And that’s a shame, because we really want to know how well Omega Mind works and perhaps more importantly how long it takes to work.
So we went back to our go-to source of biased and not-so-biased reviews, Amazon, to see what we could find there. There, we found over 23,000 results for anything involving the word “Omega”, including just the one product which was marketed as Herbsforever Omega Mind. Since HerbsForever is the distributor for Satveda, that should come as no surprise, but what did come as a surprise was the invitation we’ve seen so often before to “Be the first to review this item”.
And that’s the best we can do for you. Sorry about that.
Sort of. You’ve got to return any unopened and unused Omega Mind within thirty days of receipt, and be prepared for a 15% deduction as a re-stocking charge.
HerbsForever accept orders by fax, email, or via the website. They deliver to many countries (as they should if they’ve got translation facilities for over a hundred languages), but if you want to pay a couple of dollars more for Omega Mind there’s the All India Store on Amazon who’d be happy to sell it to you.