As well known brands in the nootropics space, Alpha Brain and NeuroIgnite are both manufactured in the US and subscribe to FDA-prescribed CGMP standards. Both the brands place special emphasis on presence of Natural nootropics to ensure better cognition with minimal side-effects.
|Vitamin B6||10 mg|
Oat Straw Extract
(Onnit Flow Blend)
|Cat’s Claw||350 mg|
(Onnit Focus Blend)
(Onnit Fuel Blend)
|Bacopa Monnieri||300 mg|
|St.John’s Wort||130 mg|
|Ginkgo Biloba||50 mg|
|Acetyl-L Carnitine||50 mg|
APS = Amount Per Serving, mcg = Micrograms, mg = Miligrams
|Serving Sizes||90 Capsules in a Box||30 Capsules in a Box|
|Per Dose Serving||1-2 Capsules in a day||1-2 Capsules in a day|
Price and Value:
A very crude comparison would price a single Alpha Brain capsule – 0.75$ and a single NeuroIgnite capsule – 0.73$. Lets dive deeper in what do they offer for that pricing.
Recommended Dietary Allowance:
Micronutrients are substances required in extremely miniature quantities. Taking them in adequate quantities becomes a necessity because it ensures an optimized brain function, healthy neurons and adequate antioxidant activities to ensure that byproducts of metabolism are negated.
Further, Vitamins and Minerals like Vitamin B6 – can strengthen nerves and prevent depression and associated neural functions. It is thus necessary to have a chart mentioning values for each of these micronutrients.
This chart is known as the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) and a specific value is assigned for lactating mothers, for elderly, sedentary and active lifestyle adopters.
|Vitamin B-6||1 – 1.7 mg||10 mg||NA|
RDA = Recommended Dietary Allowance, NA = Not Applicable (Not included)
In general, Vitamin B6 has an RDA of approximately 1.3 mg and the 10 mg that Alpha Brain provides matches the recommended daily Intake. Vitamin B can be regarded as the “FACILITY MANAGER” of the Central Nervous System. It nourishes the nerves, prevent oxidative damage and stress and also is responsible for the enzymatic basis of various metabolic processes.
NeuroIgnite, on the other hand has a single-minded focus on providing only nootropics and does not include vitamins in its formulation.
Amino Acids Battle:
|Amino Acid||RDA||Alpha Brain||NeuroIgnite|
|L-Tyrosine||2 – 2.5 g||**less than 650 mg||NA|
|L-Theanine||NA||**less than 650 mg||NA|
|L-Leucine||2.6 – 3 g||**less than 65 mg||NA|
**Alpha Brain does not provide the individual concentration of the above ingredients. A suggestive value of less than the available values has been taken for comparison purposes.
L-Tyrosine is responsible for mental alertness and activity with or without adequate sleep. It also improves cognition and memory and its role in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is being examined. L-Tyrosine also forms an important constituent of the treatment plan for alcoholics, heroin withdrawal, and cocaine dependence. It is an important precursor that helps synthesize other Neurotransmitters and thus improves brain function.
L-Theanine, a constituent commonly found in green tea promotes wakefulness as well as alertness – It is also a very powerful ANTIOXIDANT, that can negate free-radicals and other byproducts of metabolism.
L-Leucine is another amino acid present in Alpha Brain that can increase myofibrillar synthesis and becomes an important component in post-workout stress recovery.
Nootropic Ingredients Battle:
The number of nootropics that each of these supplements provide is relatively numerous. This will make for an interesting competition.
|Ingredient||Alpha Brain||NeuroIgnite||Chief Functions|
|PhosphatidylSerine||YES||YES||Improves memory, alleviate Depression and ADHD|
|Cat’s Claw||YES||/||Leaky Bowel Syndrome, Gastritis,|
|Bacopa Extract||YES||YES||Adaptogen, Improves Neural Communication and Antioxidant properties.|
|L-Alpha GPC||YES||/||Alzheimer’s, Stroke-recovery, Dementia and Cognition Enhancer.|
|Huperzia Serrata||YES||YES||Nerve Protection, Alertness and Treatment-Myasthenia Gravis|
|Vinpocetine||YES||/||Chronic Fatigue Disorder, Seizures and Brain-stroke recovery|
|Pterostilbene||YES||/||Antioxidant, Anti Inflammatory and Anticarcinogenic|
|St.Johns Wort||/||YES||Diabetic Nerve Pain, athletic performance enhancer and Nerve Pain reduction.|
|Ginkgo Biloba||/||YES||Antioxidant and negates the nerve pain associated with Diabetic Neuropathy.|
While both the ingredients share a number of common nootropics between them, its hard for NeuroIgnite to match the all-round solutions that Alpha-Brain provides. The clinical trials backing the use of various nootropics constituting Alpha Brain is well-studied and their side-effects well established.
Pterostilbene, Vinpocetine and Huperzine have favourable side-effect profiles and are based on numerous clinical trials that have already been performed. Further, these nootropics have existed for a long time now and adverse reactions are rare and far apart.
Both the supplement brands provide for a robust nervous system, allowing for neurons to repair and regenerate. Also, certain special nootropics like L-Alpha GPC mimic the chemical structure of Acetylcholine and this allows for increased neural communication between various parts of the brain leading to increased memory, improved cognition and even better verbal abilities in some cases!
Winner is Alpha Brain!
Clearly, Alpha-Brain is the better nootropic of the two. In fact, Alpha Brain is the “MODEL” nootropic supplement that can be the benchmark that newer supplements should start following. The inclusion of natural supplements which have been used as traditional medicines and synthetic nootropics which have been studied in depth, deserves a special mention in this article.
You can read more about Vinpocetine (Alpha brain ingredient) here:
Read more about Phosphatidylserine (Both Alpha Brain And NeuroIgnite ingredient) here:
Read more about Huperzine-A (Both Alpha Brain And NeuroIgnite ingredient) here:
Read more about Bacopa Monnieri (Both Alpha Brain And NeuroIgnite ingredient) here:
Read more about Ginkgo Biloba and St.John’s Wort (NeuroIgnite Ingredients) here: