We’ve reviewed Focus Factor, and it has by far one of the largest ingredients lists that we’ve seen in a nootropic – and that isn’t necessarily a good thing.
The proprietary blend doesn’t make this concoction more enticing either. Although it has some good points, some clear revisions are needed to Focus Factor for it to compete for some of the better nootropics out there.
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About Focus Factor
This is our Focus Factor nootropic review. A nootropic from the company of the same name.
It is claimed to promote:
- Verbal Fluency
But how well will it work for you? In this review we look closer at this nootropic’s long list of ingredients, potential side effects and other concerns. Let’s check out Focus Factor:
Focus Factor Extra Strength VS Original
If you’re wondering what the difference between Focus Factor and Focus Factor Extra Strength is – it’s the dosage.
Some of the ingredients in Focus Factor Extra Strength are dosed higher than what’s in the original.
Aside from that, the ingredients used are the same – making this review useful if you’re interested in learning more about either product.
Focus Factor Ingredients Label
There are a lot of ingredients in Focus Factor – more than any that we’ve seen in a nootropic before.
To some, this may be impressive, but to us, this is more concerning. It doesn’t help that the Focus Factor ingredients are packed together under a proprietary blend.
A proprietary blend is when a supplement manufacturer chooses to hide the dosages of the individual ingredients in their supplement. Instead they group them together under larger amounts. This means you don’t know how much of each ingredient you’re getting or how effective it really is overall.
Not only that, with the sheer amount of ingredients in Focus Factor, it makes it impossible to tell how much of each one you’re getting. If you stop to analyze it, it’s a very confusing product.
Below, we look at the main ingredients in Focus Factor, along with our summary and suggestions on how to improve it.
This is what you need to know:
That’s a huge list, and you can’t see it all at this size. Don’t worry, we’re going to break it all up so you can see it.
Here’s the vitamin profile for Focus Factor:
Now, let’s look at the minerals:
And here are the main nutrients that we’ll be looking at:
This isn’t a great ingredient in Focus Factor. DMAE is a nutrient which is typically used in beauty creams.
It is thought to help reduce the overall appearance of wrinkles when applied to the skin. However, it has recently become an ingredient in nootropics and cognitive boosters.
The idea is that it may be able to help reduce cognitive decline. However, there are no studies which show DMAE to do this. Meaning it may not do much for you in Focus Factor.
Not only that there are some links that DMAE may cause side effects. More on that later.
This is a much better option in Focus Factor. Choline is a component that is found a lot in nootropics, mainly because it works so well.
Studies show that supplementing choline can help reduce overall cognitive decline, and in some cases it is used to help reduce Alzheimers.
Choline is good for improving your overall brain energy, which can help promote fast thinking, memory and reduce the fatigue and brain fog that we sometimes experience.
This isn’t a great option in Focus Factor. Ginkgo Biloba is a nutrient which gets a lot of praise by some supplement companies, but the actual studies of it show a different side.
Ginkgo Biloba has been seen in some studies to help promote cognition and overall focus, however there are other studies out there which show it to have no effect at all.
Some researchers believe that the effects of Ginkgo Biloba may be more of a placebo effect than actual cogition boosting.
Not a great choice in Focus Factor. L-Glutamine is a fairly common amino acid that is found in the majority of food in our diet.
It has only been seen to offer much benefit if you have a deficiency in it. Studies show that it can help reduce sugar cravings if you don’t have enough of it in your diet.
This is a much better addition to Focus Factor. Bacopa Monierri is a herb which has been seen in numerous studies to help reduce anxiety while promoting memory formations.
It can help you keep a clear mind and relaxed while under pressure. This is great for serious work environments like business meetings and negotiations.
An amino acid that isn’t commonly used in nootropics, and not that well studied. However, what is being seen is good.
So, how can it help in Focus Factor?
L-Pyroglutamic has been seen in some cases to help reduce cognitive decline risk, while boosting memory, focus and concentration.
The only thing we would say is that there’s a risk of it causing issues when taken in high amounts – and is this is a proprietary blend that could be a problem.
More on that later.
A solid ingredient in Focus Factor. There are plenty of reviews and studies out there on Phosphatidylserine which shows it to be an effective nootropic.
It’s mainly claimed to help to promote mood, memory, focus and reduce cognitive decline.
Phosphatidylserine is a good “all rounder” of a nootropic in Focus Factor and can help make you sharper throughout the day.
Fatty acids which are mainly found in fish and coconut oil.
It’s good for general health, but there are a few studies which show it can help reduce the symptoms of depression when taken in generous amounts. Could offer you some benefit in Focus Factor.
More research needs to be done, but it can’t help in Focus Factor.
Also known as NALT for short, N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine is a good addition to Focus Factor.
It has been seen in various studies to help promote blood flow and relaxation. L-Tyrosine can help to regulate and reduce your overall levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
In doing so, this can help give you a calmer demeanor which can help you more calm, collected and most of all foucsed.
A fruit in Focus Factor that is filled with antioxidants known as Anthocyanins. These anthocyanins have some claims to promote general cognition.
It has been seen in some cases to help with cognitive decline, helping to improve cognition and focus in elderly users.
It’s a good sign, but more studies are needed on Bilberry to get the full picture.
This is a better choice in Focus Factor – however, the delivery of the GABA may be off.
It’s a good addition on paper, but it may not be as effective in practice.
Studies show that GABA can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation which can put you in a calmer state of mind for maximum focus.
However, there are complications when it comes to crossing the blood brain barrier. It doesn’t always work. In doing so, it may not grant the full benefits.
The Grape in Focus Factor has some advantages, but mainly helps as a supporting nutrient to help you get the most out of this nootropic.
So, what does Grape do? It can help promote blood and nutrient flow. This can support your overall absorption of the nutrients in here.
By extension this can help increase and improve the overall blood, nutrient, oxygen and glucose flow to your brain to help it get more of the nutrients you need.
This is more of a risky choice in Focus Factor. From the clubmoss plant, Huperzine A has been seen in some studies to help improve focus and cognition.
However, there are some cases of it being easy to build a tolerance to. The problem is that the effects don’t last with long term use.
Another problem is that it has the potential to cause side effects – again, more on that later.
Focus Factor Ingredient Summary
There’s a lot to cover in here, and if you’re made it this far you should be proud.
But what can you say about the ingredients in Focus Factor? There’s too many of them to make an accurate judgement – especially when they’re all in proprietary blends. You don’t know how much of each you’re getting, so how can you know how effective it truly is.
Focus Factor needs to take a step back, and dial it down to the most effective ingredients, well dose them and build from there.
Notable mentions for that include the Bacopa, Phosphatidylserine and Choline. We also like that there’s no caffeine in Focus Factor.
There’s a lot of unnecessary ingredients in here, and that leads to more risks.
It’s not so much what this supplement needs more of – it’s what it needs less of.
Focus Factor Side Effects
There are several ingredients which may cause side effects in Focus Factor, but this should be a given granted how many nutrients it includes.
Below, we’re looking at the main options which should be on your radar.
When it comes to the DMAE, the main issue that has been seen with this nutrient is that it can cause birth defects in rats. Not only that, there are no humans studies available that we can compare it to.
Although these things don’t always scale up to humans, we would suggest that you should not use Focus Factor if you are pregnant or trying for a baby. This isn’t advisable anyway – but still think it needs saying.
The Pyroglutamic Acid has been seen to cause issues when taken in large amounts. As Focus Factor is a proprietary blend too – it makes it hard to know how deep it runs. It can put strain on the kidneys and cause metabolic acidosis when there’s too much. This could cause chest pain, heart palpitations and nausea.
GABA may also have issues, and has been linked to causing flushes, depression, drowsiness, nausea and upset stomach.
As for the Huperzine A has been linked to causing the following problems; vomiting, sweating, diarrhea, blurred vision, loss of appetite, increase saliva and urine. Nothing severe or permanent, but enough to cause issues in your day. We’d advise being careful with it in Focus Factor.
Focus Factor Summary
On the whole, this is a nootropic which is far from ready to be good to go.
Rather than selecting the best ingredients to boost cognition, Focus Factor seems to go after every option they could to cover all bases.
This seems like a good idea at first, but then you realize that you can’t cover all the bases if you can’t appropriately dose each ingredient. This is definitely seems like the case by how Focus Factor had to bring in a proprietary blend.
There’s also some side effect risks with some of the ingredients in here – Huperzine A, GABA, DMAE and more.
It needs to be more refined and transparent about the ingredients used and the dosages of them.
At the moment, we think there are better, safer options out there for you to use.