OptiMind is one of the newer pre-formulated nootropic supplements to hit the market. Coming straight outta Austin, OptiMind is a product of AlternaScript, LLC, a Texas-based outfit whose mission statement is to “unleash people for a better world.” While sounding like something out of a Huxley novel isn’t exactly ideal for branding a burgeoning brain booster, it does grab one’s attention. As does the ad slogan for OptiMind itself: “Unleash your mind.” Ooooooooo!!!!
You may have heard about OptiMind before in equally hyperbolic ways. It has been featured on Vice, Elite Daily, The Art of Manliness and other brotastic sites, a fact the people at AlternaScript are all-too-eager to point out in massive fonts on their home page.
OptiMind was originally released as Alleradd, but apparently someone must have pointed out that AlternaScript was barely trying to get creative with their anagram of Adderall and the company decided to rebrand. The original ads for OptiMind nee Alleradd said that the drug was favored by students, entrepeneurs, athletes and business executives.
This is hardly something new or original as virtually every smart drug is marketed towards these demographics. The cognitive boosters contained in these custom-formulated supplements find their target audience among those who wish to cram for finals or sprint to the finish line before anyone else. It’s the need for that competitive edge that is responsible for nootropics’ rise in mainstream or sub-mainstream demand.
So what’s it all about, Alfie? That’s hard to say, so let’s take to the Web to see what the nootroheads have to say about this smart drug.
OptiMind has been discussed, debunked and/or halfheartedly embraced on sites like Reddit where one user posted, “IsItBulls**t: Optimind.” In this user’s post, they lament the “newest annoying ad” that had taken up “full-time residence” on their Facebook feed. The ad was for OptiMind and the user wanted to know what the story was with this purported wonder drug. In this same post, the user questioned whether or not the drug was simply “piggybacking” off the popularity of the movie Limitless, a Hollywood action flick about a nebbish writer who becomes a brain wizard thanks to a translucent smart drug that makes him all sorts of brilliant and uber-energetic.
The aforesaid post appeared two years ago and, at the time, those replying to the post could find no reliable sources to back the drug’s effectiveness as a supplement. In 2015, folks took to Reddit to discuss the drug anew. This time users had experienced the drug firsthand and had more positive things to report. One Redditor said that his productivity in school was “amazing” when taking the drug. Alternately, however, he pondered whether this was a placebo effect.
This is quite possible as studies are still ongoing with regard to some of OptiMind’s ingredients. But effectiveness isn’t always the only primary concern for folks in the nootropic fam. Several people are looking for something which distinguishes itself from the pack. A reviewer for Nootropedia.com bemoaned OptiMind’s lack of singularity, writing, “…the vast majority of these nootropics are relatively similar. Sprinkle a few of these ingredients, drop a few of those ingredients, make all the claims any of these nootropics might help to achieve and then sell it for a tidy profit…OptiMind is no different in their practices and general formula.”
Amazon consumer reviews have been more generous with 35% of buyers offering OptiMind a 5 star rating. The top positive review from a user with the appropriate designation of Hopelessly Caffeinated said, “Definitely worth a try for those trying to improve focus or efficiency.” This same review noted that it is an “interesting” product and one perfectly fit for those with crazy workloads and a need to multitask.
The apparent or perceived advantages of taking OptiMind include:
- Mental Energy
- Increase in Concentration
- A Boost in Productivity
OptiMind is comprised of twelve unique substances. They are as follows:
- Alpha-lipoic acid
- Huperzine A
- Vitamin B-12
- Bacopa Monnieri
- Vitamin D-3
How It Works
GABA works to restore calm, improve sleep and quell stress levels and anxiety. Its place in OptiMind can be explained by its capacity for awakening lucidity and alertness, and broadening energy.
Taurine, of course, is an energy fuel in and of itself. Along with Tyrisone, it produces sensations of motivation, reward and happiness.
Vitamin D3 is an essential element because it shields your overall health, improving mood and cognitive functioning via production of serotonin.
Phosphatidylersine prevents mental degeneration and ameliorates memory. In tandem with Huperzine A, caffeine and Taurine, this substance ensures mental sharpness.
All this in conjunction with Sulbutiamine, a mood and energy stabilizer, makes for more fortified memory storage and an uptake in retention and focus.
Since OptiMind’s contents are natural ingredients, there is no reason to believe that it is anything other than safe for consumption. However, contraindications may exist. Due to the possibility of the pill interacting poorly with other medications, it is best to consult your physician before starting a regimen of OptiMind. It also bears mentioning that users can take OptiMind every other day, instead of taking it daily, and still achieve the desired effects of the drug.
Of those adverse effects which have been reported, most have been relatively mild. They include:
Most of these side effects have presented in persons taking high dosages of the drug. Users are advised to stick to recommended dosage amounts and follow all instructions on your supplement’s bottle. The average recommended dose is 2 capsules in the morning.