It cannot be denied that the nutraceutical industry just keeps on growing. This fact is both good news and bad news for people seeking alternatives to the synthetic pharmaceutical medications. Since there are more alternative products coming out, there are more options but at the same time, it can be confusing to find a reliable one since nutraceuticals do not require approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Alpha Brain has risen in popularity through the years compared to other all natural mood enhancers and brain supplements. It is endorsed by trainers, beauty queens, poker players and it has garnered quite a variety of reviews on the internet. But the wise consumer knows better than to take popular notion as fact. This is why it is a good thing that Alpha Brain was subjected to two different new clinical trials by The Boston Center for Memory, an independent research organization. The first one was in 2013 and the second one was in 2014.
The Alpha Brain clinical study on trial cases had the following important method details:
- The Onnit Alpha Brain study were both double blind in method, meaning the procedure is guarded against experimenter and participant bias
- The participants are aged 18 to 35 (first trial was 20 people, 2nd trial was 60 people)
- The participants did not have any diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), depression or learning disabilities
- The participants are not taking psychoactive medications or nootropics within a 6 month period
- Participants underwent a 2-week placebo run-in phase then took a battery of neuropsychological tests. Then they received either an Alpha Brain or a new placebo which they took for 6 weeks
- After 6 weeks the participants took the battery of tests again.
- In addition to the battery of neurocognitive tests, the participants for the 2nd trial underwent electroencephalogram (ECG) to check their brain wave frequencies.
Here are the results of the Alpha Brain double blind study results:
- There is a difference between the two scores of the two groups in Logical Memory
- After 6 weeks, there were significant improvements in the performance of the participants who took Alpha Brain while the placebo group neither deteriorated nor improved.
- There was no measured difference in terms of sleep.
- Product was well tolerated by the participants.
- Alpha Brain group showed significant improvement in being able to recall memorized words compared to placebo group, even after 20 minutes since the words were read
- ECG data showed Alpha Brain group to have high peak frequencies indicating better memory function, attentiveness and inhibition control.
What the outcomes of the Alpha Brain research imply?
The significant difference in the placebo and treatment group (Alpha Brain group) indicates that taking Alpha Brain does contribute to the improvement in cognitive functioning when it comes to standardized assessment procedures.
The results also imply that the formulation of Alpha Brain is of good quality and that the combination of its active natural ingredients do contribute to improvements in brain functioning. Some of the ingredients in Alpha Brain include AC-11, Alpha GPC, Bacopa Monniera, Oatstraw, Huperzia Serrata, L-Theanine and Vinpocetine.
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The Boston Center for Memory has submitted the results of the clinical study for presentation to the American Academy of Neurology Conference which will be held this coming April. The study is considered very successful and is a pioneering effort in the study of nootropics. However, before we get ahead of ourselves, it has to be remembered that:
- The sample size of 80 (total participants for the two trials) is still small and not representative of the population
- The study only had findings for boosting learning and memory, it says nothing about enhancing mood, mitigating stress and helping achieve lucid dreams—which are all claims of Alpha Brain.
- There is still a lot of potential to expand the study in the future to include a wider age group, to test other cognitive skills and to look at effects of extended use
- It does not support the claims of other people that Alpha Brain can be used as an alternative to ADHD medication or that is also a performance booster
If you’re looking for actual customer experiences or what people have to say about Alpha Brain, visit the Onnit Labs Alpha Brain review page here.
Perhaps the most important take away from the Alpha Brain clinical trials is that it is possible for nootropics and nutraceuticals to undergo similar rigorous testing as other medications. Moreover, that people would be wiser to look at products that are actually proven to be useful and effective through such experimental tests. Imagine how big of a help it would be to consumers if other supplements and nutraceuticals also underwent clinical trials?