Optimind is a nootropic supplement that is available exclusively online. The manufacturers offer a ‘free trial’ but charge customers at a later date, and the complaints about the company’s poor customer service overshadow the reviews of the actual product.
Below we take an in-depth look at Optimind to see whether it can aid mental clarity, focus and memory, as claimed by the manufacturers.
There are no individual ingredient quantities provided, and the directions for use are very vague. This, combined with the huge list of potential side effects, means that consumers could easily feel no benefits from the product, or over-use the product and instead experience unpleasant side effects.
Each bottle contains 32 capsules, which could last anywhere between 32 days (if taking one capsule per day), 16 days (if taking two) or even four days, if consumers find that they need to take the maximum daily dose of 8 capsules.
The problem here is that customers are automatically signed up to the auto-ship program after ordering a ‘free trial’, which customers are billed for 14 days after the order date.
What could have been a promising nootropic supplement has been ruined by the company’s business practices and unwillingness to provide detailed information about the dosages used in the product. On some regional sales sites, customers are not even given the full ingredients list, with just a selection of the ingredients being detailed, and they are only given the free trial option, with no clear pricing unless visiting the main website.
Optimind is a nootropic supplement that will supposedly provide elevated mental performance, aiding mental clarity, focus and even improving memory. The supplement is manufactured by AlternaScript, LLC, who are based in Houston, Texas.
Customers who want to get in contact with the manufacturers of Optimind can find their contact details on the official website. As the company uses a ‘free trial’ system where customers are charged at a later date, we have decided to add their contact information here; they have a phone number- 1-888-784-9315 or customers can send an email to email@example.com. AlternaScript, LLC Customer Care is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (CST).
How to Take Optimind
For elevated mental performance, start with 1-2 capsules in the morning. Depending upon your body type and individual tolerance, you may take more in the day as needed. Do not exceed 8 capsules per 24 hour period.
- Numerous potential side effects.
- Money back guarantee only applies to FIRST order.
- Unknown caffeine content.
What Does Optimind Claim To Do?
The manufacturers of Optimind state that the product has the following benefits:
- Clear brain fog
- Clean energy
- Longer focus
- Stronger memory
So What Does All This Mean?
Bacopa Monnieri needs to be taken daily for an effect to build up over time, but some of the other ingredients could cause a general improvement in energy levels and mental clarity shortly after taking the supplement.
Bacopa Monnieri reduces anxiety and improves memory, while caffeine increases energy levels and alertness. There are several ingredients that are thought to treat fatigue, but they may not increase energy levels beyond restoring them to more regular levels. These ingredients include sulbutiamine and tyrosine. Vinpocetine could both help to improve mental energy and memory, but the clinical evidence is generally inadequate, as the trials that have been conducted are extremely limited, biased and outdated.
So Does Optimind Work?
Bacopa Monnieri needs to be used continuously for several weeks for the effects to build up, but many of the other ingredients will have a more immediate effect, with noticeable effects within an hour or two of consumption.
The ingredients are a range of nootropics that may help to improve memory, reduce fatigue, increase energy levels (both physically and mentally), and act as a general cognitive enhancer. However, the amount of clinical support behind each ingredient varies hugely, and the list of potential side effects that could be experienced whilst taking the supplement is extensive.
Overall, it appears that Optimind could act well as a nootropic, provided that the ingredients are present in the necessary quantities. This is a big assumption to make, as the daily dosage is vague, with consumers being instructed to start with 1-2 capsules and essentially top up as needed throughout the day, with the maximum dosage per 24 hour period being 8 capsules. This suggests either that the doses of each active ingredient are low per capsule, or that side effects are likely if taking more than the basic dosage per day.
So What Is Optimind and What Are The Ingredients?
The ingredients used in Optimind are listed below. There is a proprietary formula used in Optimind, and so no individual ingredient quantities are provided. The dosage information provided below is per serving of two capsules, but consumers can take as many as 8 capsules in any 24 hour period, according to the directions for use. As this product contains an unknown amount of caffeine, we recommend starting with a low dose, to minimise the chances of side effects occurring.
- Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol) 385 IU (96% RDA)
- Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) 500 mcg (8333% RDA): Vitamin B12 is naturally present in many foods, primarily meat, fish and dairy products. It has several roles, including aiding in releasing energy from consumed food, and keeping the nervous system healthy. It may be that a deficiency hinders weight loss, but taking excess amounts could be, according to the NHS, potentially harmful.
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- L-Tyrosine: An amino acid that is a building block of protein, this ingredient 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.
- Taurine: Used often in energy drinks, some studies suggest that this amino acid may play a role in athletic performance.
- Phosphatidylserine (Serinaid): Serinaid is a branded Phosphatidylserine product; the manufacturers state that it can ‘play a critical role in both maintaining and improving mental performance – name and face recognition, recalling locations of misplaced objects, concentration, and focus’. The FDA has stated that Phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of cognitive dysfunction and dementia in the elderly.
- Bacopa Monnieri (50% Bacosides): 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 diet pill, and effects can take time to achieve a noticeable level, as the effects appear to accumulate with repeated use.
- Gamma-aminobutyric Acid (GABA): 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.
- Caffeine: Numerous studies have shown that caffeine boosts energy levels and alertness, as well as mildly boosting the metabolism. The effects shown in studies are small, and some studies are inconclusive.
- Alpha-Lipoic Acid: Appears to suppress the appetite by inhibiting AMPK in the hypothalamus although little research has been conducted in humans at this point. This fatty acid also appears to boost fat burning slightly, although the effects are not as large as the noted suppression of appetite.
- Vinpocetine: Because it is an entirely synthetic chemical, that requires significant lab-work to produce, there is some debate as to whether this ingredient actually qualifies as a supplement under US and FDA guidelines. Vinpocetine may increase blood flow to the brain, and so may help to treat fatigue and improve memory; despite claims about research being extensive, most research is outdated and uses biased research methods.
- Sulbutiamine: A synthetic molecule that consists of two thiamine molecules bound together chemically. It is thought that Sulbutiamine can treat fatigue, although evidence is still preliminary.
- Huperzine A (from Huperzia Serrata Extract): 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.
Does Optimind Have Any Side Effects?
There are numerous ingredients present in Optimind that can cause a range of side effects, as we detail below.
Although Tyrosine is tolerated generally in very high doses, it can cause some side effects including nausea, headache, fatigue, heartburn, and joint pain.
Studies have shown that Bacopa leaf causes upset stomachs in participants much more than placebos. This has led to the recommendation that this ingredient can 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 cause nausea, cramping, bloating, and diarrhoea.
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.
Side effects of caffeine can include headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness and insomnia.
Vinpocetine can cause some side effects including stomach pain, nausea, sleep disturbances, headache, dizziness, nervousness, and flushing of the face.
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.
Reported side effects of Sulbutiamine include nausea, headache, tiredness, and inability to sleep.
Not intended for persons under the age of 18. Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Consult a health care professional prior to consumption if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are taking any medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter. This product contains caffeine. Do not consume with other stimulants. Use only as directed. Not suitable for anyone who is sensitive to caffeine and other stimulant ingredients.
Any Optimind Reviews From Customers?
Highya, a review site where consumers can also leave independent reviews for products, has numerous customer reviews for Optimind. Some are incredibly positive, but some of these positive reviews do sound a lot like a marketing copy, even stating that there is ‘no harm in trying the free trial’ when others have stated that they have been unable to get refunds on unwanted products. A lot of the negative reviews we located were customers who felt scammed after they struggled to cancel the ‘free trial’, as well as customers who disliked the actual product.
It did what it said it was going to do for me. I felt more focused and energized than I did without taking the pills. I practiced going to bed the same time the night before, waking up the same time and being in the same routine & diet. 15 minutes after taking Optimind, I was completely energized and knocking out the day’s to-dos. The only thing I don’t like about the product is that you cannot just buy a bottle when you need it. They seem to rely on their subscription base as a business model. I would recommend selling the stuff in a case at least rather than charging users a monthly fee without their consent. Other than that, great product.
I tried the trial and there were no noticeable gains. I signed up to try it and tried to cancel immediately. I tried through their website, emailed them directly, and called them. I waited 25 minutes before I was disconnected. The website would not work. Email went but was returned as if no one read it. I received other phone numbers to the company and each one would not take me to the right place to cancel.
I’ve never done a review. However, I was so excited to test these things out. The day I got them I took one at 8:00 AM. One hour later I was even sleepier than I was before I took one. After about three hours my body was drained, I had the biggest headache and felt like I was going throw up. I decided to wait a few days before I took it again. I took another one but before I took it I opened one to take a glance at it. It looked like it was full of oregano and it smelt horrible. Anyways, after taking it, it made absolutely no difference and of course I feel sick again!
I’ve been trying OptiMind for about a week and I have noticed a marked difference in my frustration and aggression. I’m typically a kind person but I’ve been pretty rude to many people and I don’t even think about it until it’s too late.However, there is a noticeable difference in my energy levels that even my peers have noticed and work is just less taxing (it’s still work and it’s still hard but it’s not as tiring and I have higher energy).I’ve recommended OptiMind to several people but it is very expensive!! I don’t think I’ll be able to buy more.
I ordered my sample of OptiMind back in August just to try it out. After reading numerous articles on it, I decided it was more than likely a scam. I had not received my sample yet, so I went ahead and canceled my order on September 3. Well they sent my sample anyway and charged my account $43 for it. I contacted them via email to get the charge refunded. They said when the product comes, just write Return to Sender on it and send it back. I wrote on it and handed it to the postman.
That was in early September. I have since contacted them numerous times for my refund and they keep saying when it arrives in their mailroom, I will get my refund. It’s now October 14 and still no refund. This company has a scam going on and unfortunately, it seems I’m a victim of it. I don’t have the sample anymore, nor my money. Don’t waste your time with this company. They will keep your money too. I would have rated it zero stars, but I need to put something there in order to post my review.
What About A Guarantee
There is apparently a money back guarantee for this product. However, this only applies to the first product ever ordered from the company. No returns are accepted after 30 days, and it appears that no returns are accepted on any subsequent orders.
The returns policy is as follows:
Price of product, shipping, and processing fees are fully refundable if first-time bottle(s) get sent back within 30 days of purchase. Proof of shipment is required. All sales after the first 30 days from shipment of the first bottle(s) are final. To request a return processing number, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name in the email used when purchasing your product.
Where Can I Buy Optimind?
Optimind is available direct from the official website, Get Optimind. A single bottle costs $43.31, and an order of two bottles costs $63.65. Both options activate an auto-ship program, and so the order will be reshipped monthly until cancelled. There is also a ‘free trial’ option; consumers pay for delivery, and will receive a 10 capsule sample of the product. However, 14 days after the initial order date, consumers will be billed for another bottle, as they are automatically signed up for an autoship program. Some regional landing sites for the page, such as the UK website, do not show any option to purchase the product without a free trial, and without looking at the terms and conditions, no clear pricing is provided.
When placing an order for a free trial of AlternaScript, LLC products, the purchaser must pay the ‘Order Total’ amount for AlternaScript, LLC to send the trial supply. Just prior to purchase, a pre-authorization of $1 will be made to verify your card. The $1 authorization will be immediately voided (cancelled) and both the authorization, and the void will simply disappear off your credit card statement within 1-3 business days. Please allow up to 3–5 business days for you to receive the trial capsules. AlternaScript, LLC considers the end date for your trial period to be 14 days after you place your order. If you like how AlternaScript, LLC products helps you, no action is necessary – you’ll be enrolled in a recurring subscription service.
At the end of the trial period, you’ll be charged the discounted price of $43.31 for one bottle or $63.65 for two bottles plus any recurring shipping costs at the end of your trial period. Any recurring orders of OptiMind® will be shipped to the same address as specified for the trial. If for any reason you decide OptiMind® is not for you, email email@example.com anytime during your 14-day trial period to cancel with the word “Cancel” or “Cancelation” inside the email. If you decide to keep the product, you will receive a fresh supply of the OptiMind® approximately every 30 days at the same low price of $43.31 for one bottle or $63.65 for two bottles plus any recurring shipping costs.?By entering your account information and clicking the Submit (also titled ‘Place your order’ or ‘Rush My Order’) button, you agree to the offer terms and conditions, and authorize AlternaScript, LLC to charge your credit card at the end of the 14-day trial as well as each monthly shipment on the terms described above.