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TruBrain Review

TruBrain Drinks are a new type of energy drink that according to the advertising helps you achieve true mental focus, enhanced brainpower and increased energy levels. Customers are encouraged to sign up to an auto billing agreement in order to receive fresh supplies each month.

Nootropic supplements are becoming popular but according to the product advertising, the TruBrain range of drinks reinvents the energy drink and turns it into something much more powerful and healthy.

We take an in depth look at TruBrain Drinks to find out more.

TruBrain Pros

  • Should not cause too many adverse effects

TruBrain Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Comes with very little evidence to prove it will work as described
  • No customer feedback available
  • Company is operating auto billing as standard business practice
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What You Need To Know About TruBrain

TruBrain contains many of the same ingredients that are found in other nootropic supplements but many customers will enjoy the fact that this supplement comes as a drink rather than a capsule. You may find that TruBrain does help you feel more alert and mentally sharp but it is important to remember that nootropics are not strictly proven and much of the evidence has been gathered via animal testing.

We would have loved to have seen some independent customer feedback about the effects of taking these drinks but none seems to be available. This combined with the fact that the TruBrain website is rarely visited seems to suggest that TruBrain is not very popular and probably not the market leader and authority as it first appears.

What Are The Side Effects Of TruBrain?

Potential side effects may include irritability, headaches, jitteriness, anxiety, tremors, insomnia, and nervousness.

How Much Does TruBrain Cost?

1 x box of 20 drinks costs $49.00 if you agree to buy it each month. The onetime payment is $55.00.
1 x box of 30 drinks costs $65.00 a month. It costs $70 for a onetime payment.
1 x box of 60 drinks costs $125.00 a month. It costs $135 for a one time payment.

Shipping is free to US addresses. You need to contact the company to find out about shipping details if you are outside the USA.

Our Verdict On TruBrain

There are some good points about TruBrain. We love the idea of a nootropic energy drink and we like some of the ingredients contained in the blends. Although some of these seem in too low quantities to work, there seems to be an efficient blend that may just enhance mental energy levels. As with many supplements on the market, there is no real evidence that this blend of ingredients will work, but all the drinks look pretty safe and should not cause too many side effects.

However, we do have some strong reservations about TruBrain. We don’t like the fact that the company are operating auto shipping without explaining how to cancel the agreement. We don’t like that there is zero customer feedback for any of these supplements.

When it comes down to bare facts TruBrain is very expensive and comes with nothing to back this up or to justify the high price.

In our opinion TruBrain could turn out to be a waste of money and if you sign up for the continuous payment plan you could find it harder to cancel than you bargained for.

This means we have no other option but to reject TruBrain Drinks.

TruBrain Review

We are all used to energy drinks! After all caffeine is the most popular energy drink in the world and drank on a daily basis by just about everyone in either coffee or tea. There are also the numerous drinks on the market such as Red Bull that promise a powerful buzz and a pick me up when needed.

Most energy drinks are based on caffeine which stimulates the central nervous system and also has a mild cognitive enhancing effect mainly because it makes you feel more alert and awake. Unlike energy drinks The TruBrain range of drinks are not based solely on caffeine. Instead they contain a blend of nootropic ingredients – substances that increase the energy and chemicals in the brain to improve mental functioning.

TruBrain Facts

  • TruBrain supplements are made in California
  • Available in 20, 30 and 60 days’ supply
  • No guarantee available

TruBrain also contains amino acids and nutrients, all of which directly affect mental functioning and can boost endurance, mental power, memory and energy levels.
There are three “think drinks” in the range.

The first is Original which comes in dark blue packaging and contains a blend of nootropic ingredients. These include Oxiracetam, Piracetam and Citicoline plus amino acids known for a brain boosting effect. Oxiracetam is a fast acting and powerful racetam that helps increase motivation and memory and is currently being investigated as a treatment for dementia.

Original TruBrain also contains caffeine and vitamin C to increase absorption.

There is also a caffeine free version of this supplement, called simply Caffeine Free. This is identical to Original apart from the caffeine.

The third blend in the range is TruBrain Boost in orange packaging which contains Caffeine and amino acid, L-Theanine which naturally occurs in green tea. The nootropic profile is slightly different too but we will look into the ingredients later in the review.

Other ingredients in the drinks include plant extracts such as Nopal Cactus, Blue Agave, Mangosteen and Monk Fruit. The drinks come in tangy cranberry pomegranate flavor and a sweet strawberry banana flavor.

How to Take TruBrain

According to the product information you can take TruBrain with or without food whenever you need to. Many people take with food. Some people take one first thing in the morning, followed up by a second drink in the afternoon.

Some people take more on important days when they need to be focused or alternatively using it to provide an extra strength boost if they are having a case of the Mondays or its some sort of “crunch time” such as an exam, test, important meeting or presentation.

TruBrain is a US company based in Santa Monica, California. The company was founded by Chris Thompson a business exec and keen sportsman looking to pack more into his day, who saw nootropic supplements as the answer. The lead neuroscientist is Dr Andrew Hill who provides information on the product website.

The TruBrain Company is founded by Los Angeles start up investor Start Engine. Corporate partners include some big names such as JP Morgan Chase and TriNet.

TruBrain Concerns:

  • Why is this supplement so expensive? Could be a total waste of money.
  • Will it be easy to cancel the continuous payment agreement? The terms and conditions do not explain.
  • Why is there no customer feedback? Is anyone buying this supplement?

As well as the TruBrain energy drinks, TruBrain market Brud, chewable sticks that contain caffeine that you chew for enhanced energy and focus. The company also sell a nootropic supplement in capsule form.

TruBrain is operating a monthly billing plan as standard practice. The idea is that you join the site as a member and take the TruBrain supplements long-term.

What Does TruBrain Claim To Do?

According to the product information, the TruBrain drinks were designed by a:

team of UCLA trained neuroscientists who set out to solve the problem that energy drinks do not — genuine focus.

The drinks are “crafted with the perfect amount of active nootropic” and are “loaded with amino acids to fuel the thinking process.”

This “provides direct support for concentration and focus.”

There is no real evidence that any of this is true. However Dr Andrew Hill keeps readers updated with nootropic supplements via his blog that you can read on the website. This provides information and tips about how to maximise your brain power and explains the science behind some of the ingredients.

The drinks are suitable for vegans and are guaranteed Non GMO and gluten free. All TruBrain products are manufactured in California.

Although you are encouraged to sign up to a continuous billing cycle and order fresh supplies of TruBrain each month, you can also buy via a one off payment. We like that this is made clear on the payment page so should not lead to people signing up to auto billing without realising.

Joining the site and doing this does give you a small discount but we cannot find out how easily it is to cancel the agreement.

Does TruBrain Work?

You may find that the TruBrain Drinks work in the way as described. Many people are beginning to take nootropic supplements and this supplement looks like a safe choice. It may cause you to notice enhanced mental focus, increased energy levels and improved memory and attention span but the problem is that there is no real evidence that this blend will work so these effects are not guaranteed.

Much of the research into Nootropics has been carried out using animal testing. Other research has looked at the benefits to the elderly and as a cure or treatment for dementia.

The good news is that Nootropics do seem safe and you are unlikely to notice adverse effects, but some of the ingredients seem a little on the low side to work efficiently. Centrophenoxine for example is usually taken at around 1500mg a day rather than 250 -500mg.

What Are The Ingredients of TruBrain?

TruBrain Drinks are nootropic/energy enhancing supplements in the form of a drink. There are three varieties. Serving size is equal to one small bottle containing 30ml.

Original and Caffeine Free:

  • Piracetam (1000mg): The most commonly used nootropic and the first to be discovered back in 1964. This type of racetam stimulates the acetylcholine receptor in the brain causing more of this vital neurotransmitter to be released so as a result causes increase brain focus, memory recall and metal energy. Some scientists say that Piracetam is safer than coffee thanks to its exceedingly low toxicity level. However it is not approved as a supplement by the FDA in the USA.
    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracetam
  • Oxiracetam (800mg): This mild nootropic stimulant is like Piracetam, a Racetam, and there has been investigations into Oxiracetam as a treatment for dementia and other age related mental disorders. It may help boost mental performance in younger people too, but most research has been into elderly mental decline so it lacks evidence.
    Source: https://examine.com/supplements/oxiracetam/
  • Acetyl L Carnitine (500mg): Amino acid which is produced by the body to help you produce energy as well as being important for muscle development, heart health and more. It might be effective in improving memory problems and as a treatment against fatigue
    Source: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-834-acetyl-l-carnitine.aspx?activeingredientid=834&activeingredientname=acetyl-l-carnitine
  • N Acetyl Tyrosine (350mg): Amino acid which is made in the body and also obtainable by diet. It is present in meat and dairy products, fish and other sources of protein. It is well known for improving alertness (150mg appears to be enough to keep you awake for 3 hours following a missed night’s sleep). It is becoming popular as a nootropic supplement because it enhances mental performance as well as being good for other important health functions.
    Source: http://nootriment.com/n-acetyl-l-tyrosine/
  • CDP Choline (250mg): Nootropic compound that enhances mental cognition and memory. However most clinical investigation has been carried out on rats.
    Source: https://examine.com/supplements/cdp-choline/
  • Magnesium glycinate (200mg): This is a combination of the mineral magnesium with glycinate, an amino acid, and is easily absorbed by the body. Magnesium is an essential mineral that is not always easily absorbed by the body. Low magnesium can cause fatigue, mood swings and more. Some people take magnesium glycinate for depression but no real evidence it works.
    Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/271338-what-are-the-benefits-of-magnesium-glycinate/
  • L Theanine (160mg): Amino acid present in teas, especially green tea. May help promote feelings of relaxation and calm.
    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theanine
  • Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) (300mg): Water soluble vitamin which means that your body cannot store it so you have to ensure you take sufficient vitamin C on a daily basis. Powerful antioxidant vitamin that helps protect health as well as repair and build cells.
    Source: https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-c-ascorbic-acid
  • Caffeine (80mg): Original blend only. The World’s favourite stimulant and here in the equivalent of just under 1 cup of instant coffee. Well known as an energy and cognitive enhancer.
  • Other ingredients: purified water, organic blue agave, xylitiol, cane sugar, citric acid, Nopal, Monkfruit, Nisin, Polylysine.

Boost:

  • Piracetam 1600mg): First nootropic substance to be discovered and still the most commonly used of all the racetam drugs.
    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracetam
  • Oxiracetam (800mg): Mild nootropic supplement with evidence it can help dementia sufferers. See above.
    Source: https://examine.com/supplements/oxiracetam/
  • Uridine Monophosphate (500mg): Commonly known as UMP this compound is naturally found in beer, breast milk and infant formulas. It seems to increase the levels of synaptic proteins and brain phosphatides – important brain chemicals that are important in cognitive functioning. It seems to increase Choline levels too so may have an important nootropic effect. Animal testing on gerbils showed that UMP helped the small animals navigate their way through a maze.
    Source: http://www.nootropicmind.com/uridine-monophosphate/
  • Acetyl Carnitine (500mg): Vital amino acid. See above.
  • N Acetyl Tyrosine (350mg): Important amino acid involved with many important health functions.
  • Centrophenoxine (250mg): Stimulant that raises the brain’s acetylcholine levels – an important neurotransmitter that is involved in memory function, attention span and learning. Most nootropic advice is to take between 1000mg – 1500mg per day to benefit from this chemical.
    Source: http://www.smartnootropics.co.uk/centrophenoxine/
  • Magnesium glycinate (200mg): As above.
  • L Theanine (200mg): As above.
  • Caffeine (100mg): Slightly higher levels of caffeine in Boost than in the Original formula. Here the equivalent of one cup of instant coffee.
  • Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) (300mg): Water soluble vitamin which means that your body cannot store it so you have to ensure you intake sufficient vitamin C on a daily basis. Powerful antioxidant vitamin that helps protect health as well as repair and build cells.
    Source: https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-c-ascorbic-acid
  • Other ingredients: purified water, organic blue agave, xylitiol, cane sugar, citric acid, Nopal, Monkfruit, Nisin, Polylysine

Does TruBrain Have Any Side Effects?

For all the scary stuff about the “brain enhancing” effects of nootropic drugs, most of the ingredients contained in the TruBrain Drinks seem pretty safe and should be well tolerated by most people.

That said potential side effects may include:

  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Jitteriness
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness

Caution:
Warning:
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

Speak to your doctor first if you have an underlying health condition or are taking prescription medication.

Are There Any Customer Reviews For TruBrain?

We have been unable to find any customer reviews for TruBrain supplements.

Does TruBrain Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?

TruBrain does not come with a money back guarantee.

Where Can I Buy TruBrain?

You can only buy TruBrain direct from the official website. It is not available in the shops or stores. You cannot buy it from third party retailers such as Amazon or GNC.

Although there are three different varieties of TruBrain, prices are the same. You can choose the box size on the Sales page.

TruBrain operate auto shipping/auto billing. This is where the company sends you fresh supplies each month and bills you accordingly.

Worryingly we cannot find out any details in the terms and conditions about how to cancel this legally binding agreement. Although we like that TruBrain are upfront about operating an auto billing plan we would have liked to have seen the full legal details about how to go about cancelling. These types of ingredients can often be very easy to sign up to yet incredibly difficult to cancel. Stay safe and don’t sign up for this.

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.





1 thought on “TruBrain”

  1. Dave says:

    I have been a Trubrain user for 18 months now. I found this review very shallow and formulated from very little data. Before trying trubrain I was making my own nootropics stack primarily of supplements found in Capsule form. I was impressed that the product was designed and formulated by known neuro scientists – this was not even mentioned by the reviewer. The reviewer als focused on the cost of Trubrain. For me the cost of buying all ingredients separately was far more expensive and difficult than buying Trubrain.

    In short, I like the product and largely disagree with the review.

    Dave

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