There’s a whole host of nootropics promising cognitive improvement, including Ageless Brain from Organixx. It’s been researched, tried and tested in this Ageless Brain review from Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and Writer James Dixon. A must-read before you buy.
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We are all in need of a little cognitive pick-me-up from time to time – greater attention and focus, improved memory function, more energy, greater clarity, and so forth. There is a fantastic breed of supplements designed to cater to this need – nootropics. These are smart supplements designed to give you all of these benefits and more.
There are some truly great nootropics out there. There are also some pretty sub-par ones. It can be hard to tell the difference.
Today, I want to take a look at Ageless Brain (recently rebranded as Brain Health 8), a nootropic I was pretty sceptical and unenthusiastic about at the outset, but which I hoped would prove me wrong.
Quick Verdict On Ageless Brain
My initial scepticism with Ageless Brain was well founded.
It lacks some of the key ingredients I always like to see in a decent nootropic supplement whilst giving some oddballs into the mix, all without too much data to fall back on.
It’s a disappointing supplement in a crowded market packed with absolute gems.
About Ageless Brain
Ageless Brain is made by Organixx, a company with quite a broad range of supplements to their name. They sell plenty of nutritional supplements all made from organic, food-based sources – hence their name. Their supplements are therefore branded with a healthy reputation. They are certainly often more bioavailable. This is a big win, at least on paper.
However, Organixx’s labs ignore the need for proper scientific backing to their formulae, seemingly. They just chuck a load of natural ingredients together and call it good for you – though I’m getting a little ahead of myself.
Ageless Brain is one of their main products, a bit of a poster child for the brand. It is a nootropic offering cognitive support across a range of areas. Organixx claims that it should enable improved clarity and focus, bolster memory and recall, and boost your energy levels.
There are some good ingredients in there, as we’ll see, with the likes of bacopa monnieri, Sangre de Drago, and cat’s claw making an appearance. They should all theoretically give some small benefit, especially perhaps to older adults.
Being proactive and taking steps to prevent cognitive decline is crucial for maintaining cognitive abilities in later years. As people age, cognitive decline can occur, which leads to memory loss and reduced brain function. To combat this decline, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly, and engage in mental stimulation.
Nootropic supplements can be helpful in improving focus, concentration, and overall brain health. Catering to older adults with your nootropics is therefore always a good idea.
As we have seen, Organixx’s offerings are all organic and food sourced. This means in theory that it should be safe for anybody to take. Additionally, Organixx use an FDA-inspected facility in the states and provide certifications for all of their ingredients’ organic nature, giving you extra peace of mind. It really should give you nothing nasty, which is far from a given in the modern supplement market.
How does Ageless Brain work?
Organixx Ageless Brain is a nootropic, pure and simple.
Nootropics are substances that can benefit the brain and central nervous system by improving cognitive function, memory, and stress resistance, among other things.
Nootropics optimize cognitive function by modulating the CNS at the cellular or molecular level, augmenting higher faculties such as learning, memory, perception, and stress adaptation. For example, caffeine and L-theanine have synergistic effects on mood and focus.
A high-quality nootropic formula should make use of these natural synergies. It should also seek to reduce inflammation, stimulate new brain cell growth, improve memory, increase blood flow to the brain, and alleviate oxidative stress.
Ageless Brain contains eight organic herbs and botanicals, with the whole formula free from added sugar and artificial ingredients. Through their proprietary fermentation process, Organixx maximizes the bioavailability of nutrients, ensuring that you get the most out of their products with zero waste. This is all designed to work collectively to give you all the benefits you would expect of a nootropic supplement, though I have my doubts.
I want to draw attention to the proprietary nature of a lot of what Organixx are doing here. I dislike the practice of using proprietary formulas (though it’s nothing against Ogranixx per se – proprietary formulas are unfortunately increasingly industry standard). A proprietary formula is one in which all or most of the ingredients are listed, but with dosing information withheld.
I passionately believe that we all need dosing information for a product to be viable. Without it, we simply don’t know what we’re putting into our bodies – medicine, poison, or, as is common enough, barely enough to do anything.
So what do we have with Organixx Ageless Brain? A completely natural nootropic with some decent ingredients, with most if not all pertinent dosing information removed, and, as we will see, some fundamental errors to the science behind the product and some glaring omissions in ingredients used.
It’s all organic and arguably safe, which is nice. However, we can’t say that it’s safe for sure as it’s a proprietary blend, and being safe isn’t the same as being effective – you are paying for results which, as we will see, I suspect will barely materialise.
Ageless Brain ingredients
Ageless Brain contains eight potent botanical ingredients, including wild-harvested pau d’arco, dragon’s blood resin, organic guayusa, organic camu camu, bacopa monnieri, organic cacao, organic cat’s claw powder, and organic cinnamon.
These all supposedly combine to give you a potent nootropic, though some of them are kind of odd choices. Once more, we also don’t know how much of each is included – we don’t know whether the workable ingredients are included in workable amounts.
Pau d’arco is a tree that grows in South America. The inner heartwood of the tree is dried and powdered, and is known for its ability to reduce inflammation, fight toxins, and improve skin conditions. It also has anti-diabetic and anti-cancer properties. However, there is limited scientific evidence to support these claims. I don’t quite know what it’s doing in a nootropic supplement, either – as far as I can tell, Ageless Brain is the only nootropic that uses it.
Dragon’s blood resin is a plant resin that comes from different dragon trees. All sounds very Witcher, right? Unfortunately, there is nothing too magical here.
Dragon’s blood, an ingredient used in traditional medicines and cosmetics by civilizations in the Middle East, China, Greece, Rome, and India, has several health benefits. It may improve brain cell function, aid digestion, reduce oxidative stress, enhance circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve mental clarity. Additionally, it can be effective in healing wounds.
I can definitely see a place for it in a good nootropic. However, it’s barely ever used, if at all – you simply don’t see it in mainstream, top-tier nootropics. This is likely because there is limited scientific evidence to support its nootropic benefits.
Guayusa is a traditional plant from the Amazon known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s high in caffeine, which helps with mental clarity and concentration. Some believe it may also have anti-cancer properties, but there is limited scientific evidence to support this. What we do know is that it is perfect for giving you energy, focus, and clarity, making it a rare and real win in a nootropic context.
Then there is organic camu camu, a lovely little berry rich in vitamin C. It has multiple health benefits, such as boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, improving blood sugar and blood pressure levels, aiding in weight loss, preventing colds with its antimicrobial properties, and keeping skin healthy with its antioxidant power.
It is certainly a very healthy, beneficial ingredient to have in your diet. However, there is limited scientific evidence to support its nootropic benefits. Again, I can’t really see what it’s doing here.
Bacopa monnieri is a different beast. I can absolutely see what it’s doing here – some of my favourite nootropics include it for very good reason.
Bacopa, also known as Brahmi or water hyssop, is a perennial plant found in wet tropical regions in Asia. It’s a traditional Ayurvedic herb used to boost memory and cognitive performance, balance the nervous system, and reduce amyloid plaque.
It’s commonly used for both children and adults. There is plenty of scientific evidence to support its nootropic benefits – I would wager that any nootropic benefits coming out of Ageless Brain owe most of their geneses to bacopa.
Organic cacao has antioxidants and resveratrol that team up to decrease blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and prevent heart disease. It also reduces inflammation, which reduces the risk of diabetes and cancer.
Furthermore, cacao lessens free radical damage and enhances the blood-brain barrier and blood flow. Scientific research supports its nootropic advantages and its role in promoting longevity.
I like organic cat’s claw, our next ingredient. I have used it as part of plenty of supplements over the years. However, I’m not quite sure what it’s doing as a central player in a nootropic supplement.
Cat’s claw, or uncaria tomentosa, is an Amazonian vine with thorns that resemble a cat’s claw, hence its name. It has been used in traditional medicine for improving digestion, reducing inflammation and pain, and boosting immunity. While there is some evidence supporting its benefits as a nootropic, the scientific research is limited.
Finally, we come to organic cinnamon. Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants that can lower the risk of heart disease by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. It also has antibacterial properties and can lower blood sugar levels. Research suggests that cinnamon may have nootropic benefits by protecting against inflammation and brain cell loss.
Does it work?
Ageless Brain doesn’t really work, unfortunately. I used it for a few weeks, as I would any nootropic supplement that I’m looking into. And, as a note, I’m generally on some nootropic or another – typically NooCube or Mind Lab Pro, two of the market’s best. I’m used to riding a bit of a cognitive high with them.
That’s not what I got with Ageless Brain. In fact, I was taking NooCube regularly just before trialling Ageless Brain, and the more the benefits of NooCube wore off, the worse I felt.
Ageless Brain gives mediocre results at best. These are nothing compared to a good nootropic – as I saw, they actually represent something of a deficit. More brain fog, less energy, greater sluggishness, worse memory and recall, no focus or drive… the results were terrible. Any effect given pales so significantly in comparison to its competitors’ products that it simply makes no sense to me why anybody would try it.
It’s not all doom and gloom, of course. You may experience those small benefits more notably if you’re coming into it without prior nootropic use. My experience is also far from definitive, and plenty of people online seem to quite like Ageless Brain’s formula.
Users have told how it can improve cognitive function, including memory, focus, and clarity. It may delay age-related cognitive decline, potentially warding off neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. As part of this, it should be able to reduce oxidative stress, one of the main underlying factors behind many age-related cognitive concerns.
Ageless Brain contains ingredients that work together to improve circulation and support the digestive tract, delivering vital nutrients to the brain. Plenty of people seemingly report feeling happier and more content, which is often put down to improved serotonin and dopamine output elicited by Ageless Brain.
The science doesn’t really support this to any great degree, though. It should see a mild boost to your energy output, though a two-dollar espresso should do the same.
As we have seen, Ageless Brain is completely organic and natural. There should be few, if any, side effects at play for most people. However, mild after-effects such as discomfort or slight irritation may occur for some. I personally didn’t experience any side effects (I barely experienced any effects at all). Where these side effects do occur, they are far from permanent. You will see them ease and disappear with just a little time.
There is also a dose of caffeine at play (we obviously don’t know how large a dose, which is dangerous). Ageless Brain may therefore not be great for anybody sensitive to caffeine.
Ageless Brain is pricey – very pricey, for what you get. It retails at over fifty dollars per bottle, giving you a month’s supply. This is kind of eye-watering given the dearth of benefits you get for your money. Though, of course, the potential benefits may make you think it’s worth the investment, just as something like NooCube is worth the investment.
You can also save some money by making the most of Organixx’s multibuy discounts. It still isn’t worth the money, but at least you won’t be quite so badly out of pocket.
Two bottles will cost just over a hundred dollars, representing around a 5% discount. Three bottles will set you back around one-fifty, giving you about a 10% discount. Six bottles will net you a nice 15% discount, at around two-eighty.
That’s a bit of a steal for the benefits Ageless Brain promises. If only it could make good on its promises, you would be getting great value for your money. As it is, it strikes me as a bit of a con.
I hope that it’s no surprise that I’m not going to recommend Ageless Brain to anyone. Individual experiences will vary, of course; individual differences can make the same supplement the holy grail for some and so much snake oil for others. But honestly, there is little in Ageless Brain’s formula that is objectively worth the money.
Where subjectivity rears its head – where different people quibble over the benefits or lack thereof – we can turn to hard, cold data. And there is little enough of it backing up Ageless Brain’s formula. Only a couple of its ingredients are clinically backed for the results they promise. Only a couple are actual nootropics, healthy as the others may be.
You’re basically paying all that money for bacopa monnieri, which you can find in any of a dozen top-shelf nootropics alongside a host of ingredients that really, really work. Ingredients whose absence is glaring in this product – there are a good twenty or so that can more than earn their place, and that are completely neglected (l-theanine, l-tyrosine, caffeine anhydrous, citicoline…). I would like to see a few here, but alas, it’s not to be.
Then there is the proprietary nature underpinning the whole formula. It’s an original sin that I really can’t get past. If the ingredients were backed by science and presented a more robust formula, I could see myself recommending it with a caveat – that caveat being that you need to be careful with proprietary blend.
But given that the formula is pretty terrible and it hides dosing behind a proprietary blend means that… well, my job is easier. Simpler. I can tell you to turn your back on it without regrets.
Don’t buy it. Buy NooCube or Mind Lab Pro instead. Spend your money wisely, follow the science, and enjoy the benefits on offer.