As newer players in the nootropic industry, both of these supplements are allergen free, gluten free and manufactured under strict GMP regulations ensuring high quality of production. Both of the supplements are vegan-friendly and free from use of banned substances. They also don’t use GMO products. Optimind and Neuroignite are rich in natural nootropics and their side-effects profiles are quite positive. In this article, we will place the two nootropics head-to-head and evaluate them under various topics.
|Vitamin D||9.6 mcg|
|Vitamin B12||500 mcg|
Huperzine A Complex
|Bacopa Monneri||300 mg|
|St. John’s Wort||130 mg|
|DMAE Bitartrate||50 mg|
|Ginkgo Biloba||50 mg|
|Phosphatidylserine 20%||50 mg|
|Acetyl L-Carnitine HCL||50 mg|
|Huperzine A||10 mcg|
APS = Amount Per Serving, mcg = Micrograms, mg = Miligrams
Right from the start we can see that Optimind offers a wider choice of ingredients than its opponent NeuroIGNITE. They both feature Bacopa Monneri, Phosphatidylserine and Huperzine A as their chosen nootropics, but Optimind further included three vitamins and calcium which makes their formula sound and look richer than NeuroIGNITES. Optimind left us in vague about their nootropic quantities with only providing us the weight of all the nootropics together. That can be troublesome because we don’t know for sure what are the doses of each ingredient and are they high enough to do some effect.
|Serving Sizes||32 capsules||30 capsules|
|Per Dose Serving||2 capsules in a day||1 capsule in a day|
|How much do you need for a month||2 bottles||1 bottle|
NeuroIGNITE has the upper hand with its 22$ price and the fact that it can last you a full month. Optimind, on the other hand, being the pricier opposer will not last you a full month, and you’ll probably need to resupply if you take the recommended doses, which is 2 capsules per day. But let’s not judge just yet, lets see if Optimind can justify its higher price and smaller months’ worth.
Price and Value:
When making a rough comparison of the price for a single capsule, NeuroIGNITE would be – 0.73$ and a single Optimind capsule – 0.93$.
Recommended Dietary Allowance:
Micronutrients are required in very small amounts and the amount of each nutrient required by members of each of the sexes, and based on a sedentary or active lifestyle can be measured using a uniform (globally accepted) value called Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). RDA is measured on a “per-day” basis.
|Vitamin B1||1.2 mg||1.5 mg||NA|
|Vitamin B12||2.4 mcg||500 mcg||NA|
|Vitamin D||20 mcg||9.6 mcg||NA|
Optimind is rich in vitamins and contains Vitamin B1, B12 as well as Vitamin D. NeuroIGNITE on the other hand doesn’t believe in the vitamin supplementation ideology at all, they decided to stick just with nootropics.
Vitamin B12, is a water-soluble vitamin that is responsible for the synthesis of red blood cells (anemia prevention and cure) and also for the proper maintenance of neurons in the brain and spinal cord. It also acts as an enzyme in the metabolism of various substances in the body. Vitamin B1 or Thiamin has an important role in energy production and is a neuroprotectant like Vit. B12. With the accent on neuro protection and wellness, Optimind did a good job including these specific vitamins, further improving their nootropic score. Although not a vitamin, Optimind included calcium in their formula alongside Vitamin D. Now, Vitamin D and calcium is a good combination because vitamin D’s main role is the proper calcium utilization in the body, but it too has some positive effect on cognition and mood. Calcium on the other hand plays an important role in nerve impulse communication. We clearly see than Optimind specifically included these vitamins (with calcium) in their formula not randomly but by clever thinking! Moving on, amino acids!
Amino Acids Battle:
|Acetyl-L-Carnitine||NA||NA||50 mg||– Improves athletic performance and promotes fat breakdown|
– Improves memory and thinking skills
|L-Taurine||500-2000mg||**less than 1.363g||NA||– Antioxidant|
– Regulation of calcium channel signaling
|L-Tyrosine||500-2000mg||**less than 1.363g||NA||– Improves mood and memory by increasing neurotransmitters: dopamine, adrenaline and norepinephrine|
**Optimind 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.
Though quantitatively NeuroIGNITE is inferior, qualitatively it beats Optimind. Taurine is an amino acid that is being studied for its effects in congestive heart failure and other diseases. However, the side-effect profile of this drug needs to be studied extensively, recent studies suggest that taurine can make mood-disorders (like bipolar disorder) worse. L-tyrosine, unlike taurine has a positive outcome. Studies suggest it can improve memory and cognition by increasing the levels of neurotransmitters acetylcholine and dopamine in the brain. Acetyl L-Carnitine on the other hand has a very favorable side-effect profile. It is used for memory and cognition enhancement in the elderly. It is also useful for the treatment of hepatic dysfunction due to alcoholism and other causes. Its ability to treat Peyronie’s disease and male infertility is being studied. Acetyl L-Carnitine can cause mood-disorders and other problems but these symptoms are noticed only in irrational dosages.
Both brands feature one good amino acid that can improve some cognitive and brain function. NeuroIGNITE has our votes in this round for the inclusion of Acetyl-L-Carnitine, which we believe is far more superior than Optimind’s amino acids, and has more backed up studies on its positive effects in the body. Next is the momentous round in which the two supplements will fight for the victory!
Nootropic Ingredients Battle:
|Bacopa Monneri||YES||YES||– Known to aid memory retention, improve focus and verbal recall.|
– Has anti-anxiety properties
|St. John’s Wort||/||YES||– Is a powerful antidepressant|
– Can help treat depression and migraines
– Is a powerful wound healer
|DMAE Bitartrate||/||YES||– Can boost brain health by increasing levels of Acetylcholine, the chief neurotransmitter in the brain. Thus, reducing brain-fog, brain fatigue, improving memory and promoting verbal recall|
|Ginkgo Biloba||/||YES||– Promotes cognition and alertness|
– Prevents mood-swings that come associated with depression and other disorders
|Phosphatidylserine||YES||YES||– Can help prevent depression, age related cognitive decline and improve post-workout recovery|
|Acetyl L-Carnitine HCL||/||YES||– Improves athletic performance and promotes fat breakdown|
– Improves memory and thinking skills
– Minimizes age-related memory loss
– Helps with mood disorders
|Huperzine A||YES||YES||– Enhances memory and learning skills|
– Improves acetylcholine levels and prevents damage from environmental sources
|GABA||YES||/||– Can relieve anxiety, improve mood and relieve pain|
|Caffeine||YES||/||– Can help with mental alertness – Can lower the risk of memory decline|
Clearly, from the table above – NeuroIGNITE is very rich in the number of nootropics it has to offer. Both feature Huperzine A, Phosphatidylserine and Bacopa Monneri which provide the same effects in each formula, so we’ll focus more on the other ingredients. Bacopa Monnieri and St. John’s Wort form a potent combination for psychological wellbeing and also for prevention and treatment of depression. Further, Ginkgo Biloba extract makes for a very powerful antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals within and outside the brain. DMAE’s effects haven’t been fully studied, scientists opine that it can maintain the integrity of the cell wall. This function is especially useful in maintaining cardiac health and for neural protection. Phosphatidylserine a common ingredient of most nootropics allows for the maintenance of an impenetrable cell-membrane leading to quicker nerve impulse transmission and enhanced cognition. Optimind features GABA and caffeine in their formula, for which we have good news and bad news. GABA inhibits impulses between nerve cells in the brain and is considered a powerful mood arranger for its calming effect on the brain and our nervous system. Caffeine on the other hands tells a different story. Although it’s a natural ingredient, caffeine can have some pretty bad side effects if taken in high doses for a long period of time. Some of the side effects are: sleep disorders, increased heart rate, jitters and etc. Optimind decided to pare up caffeine and taurine probably to make their product give off a sensation that it does something, because with caffeine and taurine that can certainly happen. They can cause a rush of energy shortly after consumption and provide a placebo effect. You would probably think that the product works like a charm if that happened to you, but the truth is that natural nootropics can’t provide effects in such a short amount of time. We don’t say that’s necessarily a bad thing, but given all the evidence and the bad rep surrounding caffeine and taurine, we would give it a second thought before purchasing the product. The problem is that when we look at the Optimind’s label, we can see that both caffeine and taurine’s APS isn’t displayed, and is says their doses are less than 1.363g. So we don’t even know of how much caffeine and taurine is presented in the formula itself. Are they smaller doses that cause no harmful effects, or bigger that can do damage.
We would like to praise the Optimind’s choice to include Alpha Lipoic Acid which is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are always a welcome element in any formula, nootropic or non-nootropic one. Alpha-Lipoic Acid has shown some real promise in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy and for negating the effects of hypertension. It is also a powerful antioxidant that can cross the blood-brain barrier and neutralize the free-radicals that metabolic processes produce. Now the winner!
Winner is NeuroIGNITE!
NeuroIgnite’s abundant choice of nootropics ultimately led it to victory. It’s a better nootropic because it features more nootropics that are studied and provide real health benefits. If you want to go with the natural flow without the fake effects, NeuroIGNITE is the way to go, but it will need time to show some of its effects. It was a close call for the Optimind, with its richer selection of brain boosting vitamins, but when it comes to the real nootropics it falls far behind NeuroIGNITE. If we would exclude the mutual ingredients, Optimind would only feature GABA (which we don’t say its bad), caffeine and taurine (which we do). True, it holds more vitamins than NeuroIGNITE but four vitamins don’t justify for an 8$ price difference and 16 days’ worth of consumption… NeuroIGNITE is easier to implement, you just buy a bottle and you’re off for a full month, with no need to worry about any side effects. They feature light doses, so this product is a great start for beginners and newcomers to the nootropic world!
This is our take on this iconic duo in the nootropic world. Would you agree with us? Leave us a comment, tell us your opinion and maybe help someone alongside! See you in another NOOTROPIC BATTLE!
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