Despite marketing claims that the product was made in California, SmarterVitamins don’t appear to have a business address although they do have a telephone number and email service.
Activate Brain Support is a daily use brain function supplement to promote optimal brain support and brain health. The supplement uses plant-based vegan capsules made from plant fiber. Activate Brain Support contains no fillers, magnesium stearates, dioxides, silica, carrageen, soy, milk, egg, corn, tree nuts, artificial colors, or preservatives.
Serving sizes of active ingredients seem stronger compared to similar looking supplements on the market. Despite these benefits, this supplement does not seem very popular with customers judging by the lack of feedback on Amazon.
Potential side effects may include gastrointestinal upset, drowsiness, agitation, changes to blood pressure, changes to thyroid hormone production, hyperventilation, reduced spontaneous motor activity, and bad dreams.
You get what you pay for they say and Activate Brain Support is aimed at the upper end of the price range. The cost for a bottle of 75 capsules, or 25 servings, is $39.99 direct from the SmarterVitamins website. Savings of 25% on this price can be made by ordering 3 at a time.
It is the same price on Amazon US, but you have to order through a subscription system offering various delivery times from a bottle a month to a bottle every 6 months.
Although the internet presence is very strong for SmarterVitamins supplements, they are currently only available in the United States.
We quite like Activate Brain Support. It contains some good ingredients and there is a decent serving size per capsule, and many people will go for the no added BS claims of this company. Although side effects will probably not affect most users, there are some health concerns about some of the ingredients so you will need to check out these before you buy.
SmarterVitamins have a large range of products featuring their organically sourced ingredients and with a strong Internet presence, supplements are easily available to customers.
However in our opinion, this supplement is expensive and we never like products that you have to bulk buy or sign up for in order to obtain an affordable price as here. We also would have liked to have seen a real, physical address for SmarterVitamins. After all, anyone can claim to be based in sunny California and all that implies but without providing any details, it is fairly meaningless. Overall, although this supplement looks OK, we do not recommend Activate Brain Support to our readers.
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SmarterVitamins, the company behind Activate Brain Support, sell a range of nootropics and health supplements. According to the “about us” information, the company focuses on sourcing their own ingredients because they have found that not all vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other ingredients are created equal.
The problem with the “other ingredients” labels on most supplements is that they are added to help manufacture the capsules on machines. These excipients (fillers, flow agents, etc) can contain magnesium stearates, stearic acids, carrageenans, titanium dioxides, silicon dioxides, and so on.
So SmarterVitamins decided to create a range of supplements with more organically sourced ingredients, including NU FLOW by Ribus, a plant based capsule made from plant fibers and rice to improve the quality.
The SmarterVitamins Activate Brain Support supplement is categorized as a brain booster, and is taken to enhance cognitive power. Unfortunately as with all brain boosters, this will not make you a into a genius because it is designed as an enhancement, in a similar way that body builder’s use supplements to tone up their exercise routines. It is advertised as useful for brain health, but it will not make you smarter than you already are!
Activate Brain Support has a well-dosed selection of ingredients that have been used in many other supplements of this type. The ingredients are marked clearly on the label in per serving values rather than per capsule, so it is easy to work out the Daily Value.
SmarterVitamins Activate Brain Support is slightly more expensive than its competitors at $39.99 per jar of 75 capsules containing 25 daily servings and this is possibly to reflect the sourcing of better ingredients.
The product although highly visible on the internet is only available in the USA via the smarter vitamins website, this is also true for Amazon and eBay sales. Contacting the company is by telephone or email.
SmarterVitamins Activate Brain Support is a daily use brain function supplement.
The supplement promotes optimal brain support and brain health.
The plant-based vegan capsules are made from plant fibers with Nu-FLOW® from RIBUS an organically sourced ingredient.
The capsules contain no fillers, magnesium stearates, dioxides, or silica. Not manufactured with milk, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nut, peanut, wheat ingredients, artificial colors, fillers, dyes, or preservatives.
Activate Brain Support contains some well-dosed ingredients that have become a standard set of compounds used in Brain Boost supplements, so you may find it works.
It is important to remember that we all react differently to supplements so what works for one person, may not work in the same way for another. However, we feel that most people will notice “something” by taking this supplement such as changes to mood and focus.
Vitamin B6 does help the body to produce hormones such as serotonin and melatonin, as well as norepinephrine. These hormones alter our mood and energy levels.
L – Tyrosine is an amino acid that is metabolized to produce neurotransmitters that is helpful in making dopamine and adrenaline.
Acetyl – L – Carnitine is useful to alleviate the effects of aging and disease on mitochondria. Also known as ALCAR it is often used as a brain booster, due to its ability to increase alertness and mitochondrial capacity while providing support for the neurons.
Alpha – GPC reduces the breakdown of Acetylcholine that causes an increase in Huperzine A that may help increase acetylcholine levels. The ingredient Huperzine A is also included within the supplement.
L-Theanine helps to lower levels of the stress hormone corticosterone, and helps to avoid interference with memory and learning. It is commonly found in tea.
The addition of Mucuna pruriens whose active ingredient is l-Dopa can affect the levels of dopamine in the brain. However, most of the L-dopa ingested is broken down before it can reach the brain unless combined with specific chemicals that are not present in Mucuna Pruriens. This ingredient is a little unusual in this type of supplement because there is little evidence to support its usefulness.
Serving size is equal to three capsules, taken daily.
Activate Brain Support is likely safe, although it should be stated that it has higher doses than most off the shelf Nootropics we usually review. Although they represent more accurate amounts carried out in scientific studies, a few cautions should be examined before taking.
L – Tyrosine may cause:
Bacopa appears to be able to cause an upset stomach at commonly consumed dosages, but nothing more significant has been noted aside from the adverse taste.
Some caution is advised with Mucuna Pruriens. For those people who are narrow-eye glaucoma sufferers or using pharmaceutical MAO inhibitors, it may be wiser to avoid it. People who have a history of melanoma or suspicious and undiagnosed skin lesions should also consult their medical practitioner before use. Doses of 32mg/kg or above, as present here are associated with adverse side effects. These include:
Side effects usually occur about an hour after ingestion. There is quite a high dose of Mucuna Pruriens in Activate Brain Support, so this may be an issue for some users.
One customer mentioned that this supplement caused bad dreams.
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Speak to your doctor before use if you have any underlying medical conditions or are taking prescription medication. Cease use if you experience side effects.
There are not many customer reviews for SmarterVitamins Activate Brain Support at the time of writing. The Activate website reviews are understandably glowing, but independent user reviews are thin on the ground. The two independent comments that are available are at opposite ends of the feedback spectrum!
A Great product from what I read but I think it’s better to wait for a while to see the result!
Gave me some pretty terrible nightmares. Energy feeling wasn’t great either. Returned. Their other products seem great.
There is no regular money-back guarantee for SmarterVitamins Activate Brain Support.
SmarterVitamins Activate Brain Support has a high internet presence, and is widely marketed on Amazon, eBay, and the company’s website.