Your brain, boosted
I took some tablets before breakfast yesterday. This isn’t normal for me, I usually shy away from stuff as innocuous as multivitamins, so trying a ‘cognitive enhancer’ is something very much out of my comfort zone. But a friend referred me to this product, called BrainZyme, and after a bit more digging I felt it might be worth a go.
It’s a bit vague of me to say ‘tablets’ – that could be anything from sugar pills to codeine. More accurately, BrainZyme is a supplement. Rather than being full of some pharmaceutical concoction, BrainZyme uses natural stuff like matcha tea, guarana and choline to help cognition. I drink matcha semi-regularly, so it didn’t seem like too much of a leap to try a tablet containing it.
So I tried the ‘natural smart pills’, as some of their blog articles call their tablets. I swallowed 3, ate around an hour later and toddled off to the library, synapses abuzz with cognitive enhancement.
Surprisingly, I felt that they were quite effective. I’m usually quite focused, but I felt like I couldn’t pull my nose out of my books for a couple of hours. I read and made what I think are some good notes, which should serve me well in next week’s seminars. I also didn’t feel any slump in energy like I usually would around 1 or 2 pm, working through until 4 without issue.
Officially, BrainZyme is meant to increase concentration, unlock energy and generally help you ‘get more done’ for a few hours. I think that seems reasonable, given how much of a boost they gave my brain. Lots of other people seem to be in the same boat, with generally positive reviews centred around concentration, focus and getting ‘in the zone’. It seems that people like their products, and they generally appear to work.
I am always a bit wary of where stuff like this actually comes from, but BrainZyme has that covered too. Their products are made in the UK, and are all regulated by the Department of Health, MHRA and various other bodies. There’s plenty of supps kicking around out there which aren’t so above-board, so it’s refreshing to see a company that seems totally compliant, honest and accountable. They’re even supported by Scottish Enterprise, so the Scottish government trusts them and is willing to fund them. BrainZyme is about as legitimate as it gets.
Even in their more expensive blends, there’s nothing that would raise the MHRA’s eyebrows. Just more vitamins, and more complementary ingredients such as Panax Ginseng and L-Tyrosine. You hear a lot about students who take all sorts of pharmaceuticals or off label medications to try and succeed; I just wonder why they’d go through that sort of risk when something like BrainZyme is available to them safely and legally.
Their claims, according to their website, are also proven by EFSA research. This guarantees that their product isn’t just snake oil – the ingredients it contains have a reason to be there, and definitely possess beneficial qualities. I also spoke with one of their customer reps, who confirmed this and sent me a report from a nutritionist, who audited their formula and validated their claims further.
I think another important thing to consider when purchasing a product is the ethos behind its manufacture. Is it made as a cynical cash grab, or is there a moral centre to a company? I think it is definitely the latter in BrainZyme’s case. Their website clearly sets out their principles, and indicates that they have a clear interest in helping students or those in education. There are dedicated student and teacher support areas on their website for people who might be struggling with studies, as well as supplement-free tips to help mental performance. In addition to that, their products are in the UK and are cruelty-free, so you know that no animals or people were harmed in their production. Just another string to BrainZyme’s bow.
To return to the product: It might seem a stretch to claim that a supplement is as effective as a pharmaceutical. As BrainZyme is based on foodstuffs and vitamins, it’s certainly more ‘subtle’ than a cognitive enhancer derived from medication. Students who need a pill that will keep them studying all night and give them a high would probably not feel that BrainZyme is effective for them. It’s not truly a ‘replacement’ for a study drug like Modafinil in this sense, but it might be a useful working alternative.
That being said, I feel that BrainZyme nootropics have a definite niche. It’s most definitely safer than a ‘study drug’, and it’s legal to buy and sell – so BrainZyme won’t precipitate any concerns for my health or criminal record! Any other students who want something to keep themselves productive without any of those worries might find that BrainZyme is quite useful for them.
In addition, students who want a boost without any jittery side-effects would be well-served by BrainZyme. I find that energy drinks and coffee can be a bit too much for me, and can actually disrupt my concentration. I don’t get very much done if I’m all fidgety and highly-strung, and plenty of reports from people who try stuff like Modafinil are the same. BrainZyme, in contrast, made me feel energetic, but also focused and ready to get my work done.
All in all, I’m generally very positive about BrainZyme. It’s an effective product, that seems to be designed with good intentions. Students are being pushed further and further, so it’s great to see something on the market that’s meant to support them in a natural, nourishing way. I feel that it would be remiss of me to not recommend BrainZyme to any other students who believe that they need more focus while studying, as it’s a safe, legal and effective way to improve this.
Check out BrainZyme, which sells for between £9.95 and £25.95