Both positive and negative, psychiatric and purely physical, nootropics like Alpha Brain can elicit several side effects.
These side effects include headaches, fatigue, nausea, digestive disturbances, and low blood pressure, to name some of the most common.
Speaking of, the growing body of literature focused on Alpha Brain side effects (and studies on the individual ingredients) largely agrees that side effects are very mild and equally uncommon.
Alpha Brain is a supplement, but some of the ingredients used therein are included in prescription drug formulations; both of these camps are somewhat well-established by now.
While products like Alpha Brain are consciously formulated and thoroughly vetted, consumers still need to heed warnings and carefully monitor their use, as all smart drugs exert some kind of effect on the brain.
On a broader scale, brain-boosting ingredients not included in Onnit supplements (i.e., herbs and other foods you can simply buy at the grocery store) are also accompanied by a long list of positive and potentially negative effects.
First and foremost, what’s the science behind Alpha Brain?
Nootropics come from all corners of the globe, and Alpha Brain is roping in several of the strongest among them.
Because the ingredients in Alpha Brain have shown a capacity to facilitate improvements in memory, focus, or overall cognition, the product is classified as a smart drug.
As mentioned, the ingredients used in products like these are most conveniently bucketed into two groups—supplements and pharmaceutical drugs—and synthetic nootropics are slowly coming to prominence.
There are dozens (if not hundreds) of fairly well-researched ingredients/compounds currently classified as nootropics, including, but not limited to the following found in Alpha Brain:
As you can see, the smattering of two-part, latinized names hints at plenty of plant species in this group, while isolated compounds like L-theanine (an amino acid) and caffeine have also been evidenced to exert nootropic effects.
With such a broad range of options to choose from, newcomers are often a little intimidated.
The added element of potential side effects certainly doesn’t help, so while it is far too large a task to isolate each compound in this regard, we can at least generalize when it comes to adverse and positive Alpha Brain side effects, along with a few other compounds.
Potential Benefits of Alpha Brain and Other Smart Drugs
For any newcomers looking to learn about the potential effects of brain-boosting compounds, we highly recommend this beginner-friendly breakdown authored by human anatomy and supplement experts from Universiti Putra in Malaysia.
According to the guide, the positive potential side effects of Alpha Brain and other nootropics include “the enhancement of mental performance” aspects such as “memory, motivation, concentration, and attention.“
As for the mechanics thought to drive these benefits, the researchers explain that nootropics can widen the blood vessels leading to the brain, providing this especially “hungry” and powerful organ with a more plentiful supply of fuel.
Nootropics have also been demonstrated to reduce the intensity of inflammation in the brain, which can lead to brain fog in its more innocent form and progressive neurological diseases (like Alzheimer’s) when left unchecked for too long.
There are several other purported benefits of brain-boosting compounds in this category, but the third major effect explained by the article is the “stimulation of the new neuron cell.”
As neuron cells are the computational unit of the brain, this directly translates to greater processing power.
Like many supplements, the risk of experiencing side effects from Alpha Brain can be influenced by any disorders or other medical concerns you may have.
Finally, to provide a more specific picture of potential adverse effects, we’ll use one of the most popular brain-boosting supplements on the market (Alpha Brain) as our avatar.
On their website, Onnit clearly discloses potential Alpha Brain side effects for their audience, who are naturally health-conscious people if they’re considering the product to begin with.
In the post, the Onnit Research Team states that Alpha GPC, an active ingredient in Alpha Brain, has rarely been associated with the following side effects:
Low blood pressure
The authors go on to note that people who believe they have or are at risk for low blood pressure should consult a physician before trying Alpha GPC, and that larger doses will increase the risk of adverse effects.
Finally, the brand also discloses that research in the area of Alpha Brain side effects on pregnant women is sparse, so it’s safer for this population to avoid use altogether.
Overall, Alpha GPC has been the subject of intensive research for years, and is widely regarded as safe.
No matter how safe the supplement or drug is, we will continue to parrot the party line (see your doctor, see your doctor, see your…).
Considering the rarity of Alpha Brain side effects, the research base behind Alpha GPC, and the strong commitment of Onnit to total health, we’re filing this one on the safer side.
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