There are many nootropic products on the market to support cognitive function, boost neurotransmitter firing, enhance memory, promote word recall and much more. One brand that has caught our attention recently here at the TheHumanBluPrint is called TruBrain. TruBrain was created by UCLA-trained neuroscientists via extensive testing and research lending credibility to their nootropic product line. Let’s explore and dive deep into the science behind their nootropic and also my first hand experience using it.
Before I get into my personal experience of using TruBrain, I want to provide the science behind these nootropics and give you a little baseline as for the “WHY” behind the specific ingredients TruBrain uses in their products. They offer two nootropic blends. I tried the “Original” and “Boost” blend in liquid.
Here is a breakdown of what is contained in the “Original” and “Boost” nootropic.
The “Original” version:
Vitamin C (500 mg) – lessens free radical damage in the body and restores anti-oxidant levels in the body. Can act as an anti-oxidant and pro-oxidant depending on what the body needs
Piracetam (1, 000 mg) – enhances membrane cellular fluidity
Oxiracetam (800 mg) – enhances learning and lessening cognitive decline
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (500 mg) – mitochondrial health in the brain and lessening chronic fatigue
N-Acetyl Tyrosine (250 mg) – boosts the synthesis of dopamine in the brain
CDP- Choline (250 mg) – enhances blood glucose in the brain and and boosts cerebral blood flow
Magnesium Glycinate (200 mg) – a chelated form of magnesium that tends to provide the highest levels of absorption and bioavailability. Activates enzymes needed for muscular contractions, neuromuscular contractions, cardiac functions and acid-alkaline balance in the body
L -Theanine (160 mg) – amino acid found in green tea. Promotes a relaxed yet focused state of mind.
Caffeine (80 mg) – boosts physical strength and endurance levels. Sensitizes neurons in the brain and provides mental stimulation.
The “Boost” version:
Vitamin C (500 mg) - lessens free radical damage in the body and restores anti-oxidant levels in the body. Can even act as an anti-oxidant and/or pro-oxidant depending the bodies needs
Noopept (12 mg) - similar to Piracetam that seems to offer neuro-protective effects after supplementation
Oxiracetam (800 mg) - enhanced learning and lessens cognitive decline
Uridine Monophosphate (100 mg) – boosts synpases and plasticity in the brain
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (500 mg) - mitochondrial health in the brain and lessening chronic fatigue
N-Acetyl Tyrosine (250 mg) - boosts the synthesis of dopamine in the brain
Centrophenoxine (250 mg) – similar to DMAE, but better absorbed by the body and seems to lessen aging in the brain aka plaque build up in the brain.
Magnesium Glycinate (200 mg) - a chelated form of magnesium that tends to provide the highest levels of absorption and bio-availability. Activates enzymes needed for muscular contractions, neuromuscular contractions, cardiac function’s and acid-alkaline balance in the body
L-Theanine (200 mg) - amino acid found in green tea. Promotes a relaxed yet focused state of mind.
Caffeine (100 mg) - boosts physical strength and endurance levels. Sensitizes neurons in the brain and provides mental stimulation.
The main difference between the two TruBrain products is the amount of caffeine and L-theanine present along with a few other switches from Piracetam to Noopept and the addition of Uridine Monophosphate in the “Boost” version. They also swapped out CDP-Choline for Centrophenoxine. The switch to Centrophenoxine is because of its better absorption rate compared to citicholine. Aside from that, the two products are very similar. The Boost might come in handy when you need all the fire power, cognitively speaking. Whereas the “Original” is great for everyday cognitive performance and maintenance.
How did I respond to taking the TruBrain with the Original and Boost versions? For starters, the first day I took the Boost version I vividly remember noticing the effects start to come into full effect within the first 30 minutes. I went about my morning routine and noticed how effortlessly tasks, verbal fluency and “to-do” work seemed to be for me. I was accomplishing things right and left. The overwhelming feeling of decision fatigue settling in never seemed to surface and override my ability to carry out the tasks. Maybe I was in some kind of flow state? This effect lasted for the next 6-8 hours. I was in full productivity mode the whole day and it never seemed to lessen. It is hard to put into words, but when you experience it, you will know what I mean. You could definitely say that the brain was firing on all cylinders!
As for the Original version, the effects are very similar to the Boost. It’s hard to pin-point the difference since they are both very similar. The effect is more subtle and subdued, but still noticeable. I would say that you do feel more of the caffeine effect and the added enhancement of cerebal blood flow to the brain thanks to Centrophenoxine in the Boost version. Keep in mind that we all respond differently to nootropics, but I feel this is a worthy nootropic that not only enhances cognitive performance, but truly feeds the brain and gives it the raw materials to bring you your best.
Thank you to TruBrain for this amazing nootropic product that I feel truly stands out from many of the nootropic products out on the market!