OptiMind Review

Last updated: December 22, 2016

It seems like every day there is a new brain health supplement or nootropic stack for sale. There are a few differences, such as CILTEP, but the vast majority of these nootropics are relatively similar.

Sprinkle a few of these ingredients, drop a few of those ingredients, make all the claims any of these nootropics might help to achieve and then sell it for a tidy profit. Nothing inherently wrong with that, but as the savvy nootropics user that you are, a comprehensive OptiMind review is in order to understand the pros and cons.

OptiMind is no different in their practices and general formula than most of the others. For their own business protection, they have created a proprietary “Focus blend”, which lacks in transparency, but does not have any glaring omissions or problems.

Does this mean this is an OptiMind scam? No.

To fully understand OptiMind and what they have to offer, we’ll break down the OptiMind benefits, the OptiMind side effects, and give you the ingredients to make it yourself. With an understanding of the ingredients, you can make OptiMind yourself with the proper doses if it seems too expensive for you.

Not what you were expecting from another OptiMind review, were you? Well, we do things a bit differently here. Also, read through the whole review. You will probably be surprised by our conclusion at the end.

OptiMind Benefits: Caffeine

The OptiMind formula is hidden behind a proprietary blend, but luckily for liability reasons, the label has a warning regarding the quantity of caffeine in each serving.

The largest OptiMind benefit for someone trying to complete some focused work is the 150 mg of caffeine.

Compared to products like Natural Stacks Smart Caffeine (100 mg) and the Hyperion Mind 1-2-Go (80 mg), this is a higher dose of a highly stimulating substance.

While there is huge variation based on the coffee bean, roasting, and brewing method, the nootropics community generally assumes one 8 ounce cup of coffee is the equivalent of 100 mg [1]. That means OptiMind has the equivalent of 12 ounces of coffee.

A high percentage of sensitive individuals will feel a heightened sense of stimulation and thus concentration from this dose of caffeine.

Do you want to buy OptiMind simply because of the caffeine? Probably not, but let’s analyze the rest of the ingredients.

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Other OptiMind Ingredients

If the OptiMind formula is a secret, the only thing we can analyze are the nutritional ingredients, which cannot be included in a proprietary blend. These include:

  • Vitamin D (385 IU) – While the label claims 96% of the daily recommended value [2], the number is far too low to be considered optimal. The scientific literature suggests a dose range of 20 – 80 IU / kg [3]. The good thing is 385 IU extra is most likely going to be helpful.
  • Vitamin B12 (500 mcg) – If you aren’t a vegetarian or elderly, vitamin B12 probably isn’t going to be hugely beneficial, but it can’t hurt. Vitamin B12 is helpful for enzymatic reactions in the body and is an essential nutrient.
  • Calcium (44 mg) – Given the recommended daily intake is between 1000 mg, OptiMind offers very little calcium. Again, too small to hurt, though.
  • Magnesium (16 mg) – Another dud. Magnesium is hugely important (and often deficient) for improving enzymatic reactions and 200 mg supplementation of bioavailable magnesium is oft recommended.

How to Make OptiMind (DIY): Is it Worth It?

Unlike our review of Alpha Brain, we cannot give you an analysis of the doses of each ingredient that is in OptiMind. They have a proprietary blend that hinders our ability to do so, but that does not mean all is lost.

Instead, we’re going to give you optimal doses of each ingredient, the costs, and whether it is worth it to make your own or not.

  • Bacopa Monnieri (Synapsa Bacopa Extract 55% Bacosides) – Bacopa is a standard amongst these nootropics 300 mg is the dosage. The Synapsa ensures 55% bacosides, but otherwise isn’t necessary. Recommended Bacopa: 90 servings for $14.99
  • L-Taurine – Taurine is an organic acid that can help to increase stimulation, but is generally a basic health supplement at 500 – 2000 mg range. Recommended L-Taurine: 100 servings for $7.49
  • Phosphatidylserine (SerinAid) – Taking phosphatidylserine at 300 mg per day is optimal. It can be a neuroprotective agent. Recommended Phosphatidylserine: 30 servings for $23
  • GABA – This can be removed altogether. GABA does not cross the blood-brain barrier well and certainly not what’s in OptiMind. Doses range from 2-3000 mg for GABA alone and the proprietary blend is only 1288 mg including everything.
  • L-Tyrosine – Tyrosine can be effective for reducing stress and fatigue. This can obviously improve mental performance and longevity. The dose range is 500 – 2000 mg. Recommended L-Tyrosine: 90 servings for $9.99
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid – ALA comes in many forms and not all are as useful. We suggest NA-R-ALA (which is stabilized) in the dose of 125 mg. Recommended ALA: 240 servings for $29.99
  • Vinpocetine – The standard dose for vinpocetine is 5-60 mg, but we suggest starting with 30 mg (especially as part of such a large stack). Recommended Vinpocetine: 80 servings for $19.47
  • Huperzine A – This memory enhancing extract is typically used in 50 – 200 mcg doses. Recommended Huperzine A: 120 servings for $16.17
  • Sulbutiamine – This synthetic compound helps to cross the blood brain barrier and supplement vitamin B1 (Thiamine). It can reduce fatigue and improve cognition as a result of this essential nutrient. Recommended Sulbutiamine: 60 servings for $8.99

Okay, now that’s been finished, let’s look at the final numbers.

On a per serving basis, to create your own optimal version of OptiMind (without GABA), it would cost a grand total of $1.78 per serving.

This is compared to a bottle of OptiMind which is $2.70 per serving (or $1.99 per serving if you buy OptiMind with 2 bottles)

Given the recommended ingredients we provided, you would be spending a total of $130.09, which might be a lot of money to test this nootropic stack. Even worse, you would be swallowing 8 – 12 pills per day rather than the 2 in OptiMind. (You can find the raw data here)

Conclusion: OptiMind might be more expensive per serving based purely on the numbers, but it is more convenient and cheaper to buy it in a single place if you are going to buy it at all.

Luckily, you don’t NEED to buy OptiMind without giving it a try first. They offer a free trial of OptiMind if you click here.

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Is OptiMind a Scam?

Humans have a tendency to consider the worst-case scenario for any situation. When something seems to good to be true or has any risk involved, the boys who cry “scam” come out of the woodwork.

OptiMind scam concerns (like many others) are overblown. The reality is, OptiMind takes many nootropic compounds, adds them together in various (unfortunately proprietary) quantities, and sells the product at a slight markup to make it convenient for you and profitable for them.

The only reason we would recommend you avoid OptiMind is if there were unsafe ingredients. We believe the OptiMind ingredients are relatively safe and the doses are probably under the recommended value (avoiding toxicity side effects).

Is OptiMind a scam? No.

Should I Buy OptiMind?

If you have made it to this point in the article, you’re probably asking yourself whether you should buy OptiMind.

The answer is, “it depends”, but luckily you don’t need to consider that until you have tried whether or not it can work for you.

Instead of purchasing OptiMind or all the ingredients to make your own, get your free OptiMind sample and test it over the course of a couple weeks.

References (Click to Expand)
  1. //cspinet.org/caffeine-chart
  2. //www.getoptimind.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/optimind-formula.jpg
  3. //examine.com/supplements/vitamin-d/
Other Resources on OptiMind Ingredients (Click to Expand)
  1. //pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja990134g
  2. //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9570844
  3. //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14608040
  4. //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9516450
  5. //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7605337
  6. //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12175480
  7. //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12564977


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  • White Wolf

    Don’t waste your money, it doesn’t work! They automatically charged my card for a second re-fill without my permission and when I called they tried to coax me with a half price off discount.

  • Jon Amos

    I have been on the nootropic journey for about ten years now (not a noob), and take the standard Optimind serving twice a week with 500 – 700 mg of Phenibut. Take the Phenibut upon waking on an empty stomach. 15 minutes later take two Optimind capsules on an empty stomach. 30 minutes to 60 minutes later eat your typical breakfast. This is one of my top two stacks that I rely on heavily. I do agree with nearly all points in the article, but this stacking with Phenibut really works.

  • António Dias

    You better not order anything from alternascript

  • Alex Spicer

    Just after reading this.. i would never touch it.. Make it. i recommend this and i know nothing about this.. but if you can cook a nice dinner or even distill H2O . Like i said I know nothing about it..Here’s what i do Know.. Somehow you are selling a drug.So how Does this pass through any test? you are not willing to give up exact amounts.. I mean this tells me not to go even near it. To start with.. You can also buy crystal meth n get this effect.. not so balanced obviously. Im just using that as example. Im sure in no way is it evaporating ether into a pure form.. thats not smart no matter who you are. n no matter what master chemist you are.. haha.. So i use this example, only to make a point.. how does the Atf of FDA or do they know.. lol or to me it sounds like they might be selling it. So what i saying is these ppl can are turning cheap products into an a drug. selling it high.. sound close to a meth dealer. Like your mom said.. Dont Talk to strangers. Dont take candy from them either. lol this feeling as being high can also be achieved in a more healthy diet.. (n not just green vegetables.) You Do not need to be a genius to read that article n know there selling Something either out balance or just strait up piosen.. Srry for bashing im sure its just as good as cocain.. lol all you should think about is getting off your asses.. read more do more.. after time you will have energy and plenty more focus. also you will absoloutly not be in hostpital or getting the recall phone call . The doctor says anyone who has taking this drug will have 90% chance of brain cancer or something.. Lastly.. So this im gona just flat out say.. Psychoactive drugs like LSA LSD , Psilisin, Phslicybin. Ect. DMT.. These drugs also will help with this believe it or not. As well as your mental health will be tip top. No bullshit. fuck even say good bye to migrianes/ clusters. You can buy this.. you can do research and find better routts. this has bad news written all over it. If your too lazt to get outa bed. You obviously are depressed. Mushrooms . Safest drug out there. least deaths . not addictive. and the health benefits to even saving the world. That tip top feeling. you’ll get that to after. because you will be so exited you actually chose to micro dose instead of trust this wanker.. lol natrual smatual. So if you do know a little bit about our organics in america.. then you understand there not so organic .. this is do to every factor in the wind.. n simply the fact that in america the haccp and fda, n all those controlees. Are allowed so much or such chemical without smacking the non organic.. lOOK NEXT TIME, THEY SAY CERTIFIED. Not tried and true.. I barley have the labtop in my hands n i’m smarter n richer than these billionairs. So all in all do your research n dont trust ppl that are not giving all the info.. something missing.. n im sure ill be able to crack this one in no time.. to bad you wont the report i do in this.. im gona take your advice.. make my own. im in this now.. i gota know. i am gona even try it. i mean how can i compare the effects? right.. this is highschool. dont let money rue your world. Youll Regret it. n by the time you get there youll look like a meth head. n shoot yourself cus you depleted all your seretonin. penal . like i say who knows.. we get high n we acheive things that ppl say impossible. every day . Youll pay will your soul buying into this. n not to jesus or whatever, to yourself. n thats worse. Best thing to do.. find something you love and you wil never work a day in your life. Step back .. America does not need more drugs lol. the opposite. FOR THE RECORD- THIS IS NOT ACURATE AT ALL .. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. I dont even know how to spell nor use spell check.. lol lol i guess common sense isnt so common any more.. Tea Anyone..

  • Jessica Siler

    I never do this but I feel like I have to. To give you some background, I am a wife, a mother to 3 beautiful daughters, I have a full time job and I just started school again. I decided to try this thing called optimind. They have a trial but I had to pay $10 for shipping. During the trail my husband and I did not like the person it made me. I not only didn’t get any of the promised affects (and yes I did the suggested actions to help out) I planned out each day. How much time I would spend on school work and made out a planner and everything. But the pills made irritable and it seemed angry. After I stopped taking I feel much better. Well like any busy mom would I forget about things. Last night they charged $73 to my account. So I figured if I contacted them and let them know what happened maybe be we could work it out. That’s not how it happened. I emailed them first thing this morning, told them my symptoms and explained I forgot. Hoping they would understand. But the response I got was not at all what I expected. They told me I agreed to the terms when I made the purchase and they are not going to send my refund. But what really got me was they didn’t even mention my symptoms, not an explanation or apology or anything. If you decide to try them out, please take into consideration what I went through. Also while you were checking out for your trial date prompt you at least five other times to buy more of their products you have to either agreed to buy any products or keep clicking know thank you.

    • Mansal Denton

      Thank you for sharing, Jessica!