- Good serving of Lion's Mane
- Reishi mushrooms do promote NGF (but not as much as Lion's Mane)
- For a mushroom supplement the doses should be bigger
- Bacopa monnieri seriously under-dosed
- Confusion over Huperzine A dose
Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost has a very confusing formula for a nootropic. These guys have let themselves be won over by the mushroom hype. Cordyceps does not promote cognitive function; it might help the immune system, but that’s it. Reishi might boost cognitive performance, but only in the same way Lion’s Mane does. Low dose of Bacopa monnieri and an unclear dose of Huperzine A. Not ideal.
Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost Review: What does it do?
Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost is a brand new nootropic supplement. It hasn’t been on the market for long, but it already has a lot of positive customer reviews on Amazon. It is a very interesting product; Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost doesn’t look like most of the other nootropics on sale right now. So what does it do?
The Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost box says that it is a “6 superfood blend”. It is a powder; the idea is that you add a spoonful to your tea.
Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost claims to do the following:
- Boosts mental clarity
- “Pronounced improvement in focus”
- Greater energy levels
Very interesting. We don’t see many nootropic teas out there. Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost certainly seems to be a serious nootropic – it claims to enhance pretty much every aspect of cognitive function.
So does Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost really work? Is it safe? What are its main benefits? Is it worth the money? Read our Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost review below to find out!
Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost Ingredients
Here is the Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost formula s it is displayed on the label:
We’ll now give you a quick breakdown of each Purity Brain Boost ingredient. We’ll explain what they do – or do not do – to enhance cognitive function. If you have any questions, please just post them in the comments section at the end.
Lion’s mane mushroom extract – 572mg
Lion’s Mane Mushroom supplementation has been shown in numerous clinical trials to promote the release of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) in the brain. NGF is a neuropeptide which stimulates the growth and proliferation of neurons. Higher NGF levels means more, better maintained neurons. A steady decline in NGF levels has been linked to cognitive decline. Likewise, supplementation with Lion’s Mane Mushroom produces significant improvements in multiple facets of cognitive function.
Cordyceps mushroom extract – 320mg
We are really not convinced on cordyceps. Many people claim that it is a nootropic, but there is practically no evidence for this. We’ve spent a fair amount of time looking at cordyceps and we have never seen a controlled clinical trial in which people saw a meaningful improvement in cognitive function from taking cordyceps. It does seem to have a lot of promise as a general health and wellness booster; studies indicate that it might support good immune system function. But that’s it!
Cracked shell reishi spore powder – 256mg
Reishi is a relatively new substance to find its way into supplements – it is currently being hyped as a kind of miracle performance enhancer. Depending on who you listen to, Reishi is a nootropic, a sleep enhancer, an immune system booster, and more. Most of these supposed benefits are unproven, but recent research has shown that reishi mushroom has some major potential as a nootropic.
One study we came across found that reishi mushroom supplementation increases NGF levels in the brain in a similar manner to Lion’s Mane Mushroom (although it did not prove to be as powerful as Ganoderma neo–japonicum).
We don’t believe that Reishi Mushrooms have the same efficacy as Lion’s Mane Mushroom; they certainly don’t have anywhere near the same kind of scientific proof behind them. But they do show promise; more research is needed.
Huperzine A extract – 64mg
This one is kind of confusing. Is this Huperzine A – which is an extract from Huperzia Serrata – or is it an extract of Huperzine A? Does the 64mg refer to the serving of Huperzia Serrata (of which about 1% is probably Huperzine A), or does it refer to the dose of Huperzine A itself?
These are serious questions. Huperzine A is extremely powerful in small doses; you only need about 50mcg to see a rapid increase in focus, alertness, learning capacity, and working memory. Large doses cause side effects, and the mount you take each day will determine the length of your cycle (yes, it needs to be cycled). It is really unusual for a manufacturer to be so unclear with their labelling; we wonder if Purity Natural Beauty have ever actually used Huperzine A…
Bacopa monnieri extract – 64mg
Bacopa monnieri is a phenomenal natural memory enhancer. Clinical trials have repeatedly shown that taking Bacopa monnieri on a daily basis enhances multiple aspects of memory function. People consuming Bacopa monnieri extracts high in bacosides show marked improvements in memory test performance. Usually, benefits start to become noticeable after about 8-12 weeks of daily Bacopa supplementation.
Unfortunately, Purity Natural Beauty haven’t told us how potent this Bacopa monnieri extract is – we don’t even know if the extract is bacosides (they could have concentrated another substance in Bacopa that does nothing for us). Another disappointment!
Our thoughts on the Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost formula
This really isn’t a very good nootropic.
We don’t really buy into the whole mushroom hype happening right now.
Lion’s Mane Mushrooms do definitely promote NGF release. There are numerous independent, robust clinical trials all showing that LMM supplementation produces a significant spike in NGF release in the brain. This promotes optimal cognitive function over the long term.
However, the serving size is a little bit low here. We would ideally like to see more Lion’s Mane Mushroom in Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost, especially as it is a main ingredient. 500mg is a standard dose when it is coupled with other potent brain boosters.
By contrast, Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost’s benefits mostly come from Lion’s Mane.
Reishi mushrooms might be just as effective at achieving this. If they are, then they work in exactly the same way as Lion’s Mane Mushroom. We therefore don’t see why you would use both at the same time; they have the same mechanisms, so you’re not doing anything extra by adding in Reishi – just dose Lion’s Mane properly!
Cordyceps mushrooms don’t seem to have any reliable nootropic effects. They might support general health, but not brain function.
The Bacopa monnieri serving we get from this nootropic is very low. A standard serving for Bacopa is 150mg. Many stacks use much more. We aren’t given an extract potency either. For all we know, there might not even be any bacosides in here!
All in all, Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost is disappointing. It is just a weak Lion’s Mane supplement with small doses of other nootropics thrown in.
If you want to promote long-term brain development and NGF levels, take a proper dose of Lion’s Mane Mushroom, support it with phospholipids, get plenty of exercise, and try intermittent fasting.
Side Effects: Is Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost safe?
We do have some serious side effect concerns here. In our opinion, Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost might cause quite serious side effects for a lot of users. But it also might not; it all depends on what they mean with that “Huperzine A Extract”!
If 64mg refers to the actual dose of Huperzine A, then side effects are inevitable, and they will be severe.
If it refers to Huperzia Serrata – which is normally about 1% Huperzine A – then side effects will be very manageable (assuming you cycle it properly).
We recommend getting in touch with the manufacturer if you are dead set on using Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost to find out what they mean here.
We also recommend cycling Huperzine A on a regular basis. Start with a 2-3 week run and then take 7-10 days off. After 2 or 3 cycles like this, take a prolonged break.
In conclusion – Is Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost a good nootropic?
We don’t think Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost is a good option for anybody, regardless of what your specific goals are.
It is a poor cognitive enhancer. Results will be minimal. Neither short nor long-term enhancements are going to be particularly pronounced with Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost.
It does contain Lion’s Mane Mushroom, which has been proven to be effective at increasing Nerve Growth Factor expression in humans. This means more neuronal growth, which means drastically better cognitive function over the long-term.
But we don’t get a lot of Lion’s Mane from Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost; 500mg is a standard dose. Other stacks combine 500mg of Lion’s Mane with other, powerful cognitive enhancers that have different mechanisms.
Reishi mushrooms are not as well-proven as Lion’s Mane, and it is thought to work via the same mechanism. We would rather they just up the dose of Lion’s Mane Mushroom.
The bacopa monnieri serving is tiny. There’s also a lot of confusion around the bacopa and Huperzine A extract potencies.
The fact that it needs to be cycled is a big problem. Bacopa monnieri and Lion’s Mane Mushroom really need to be taken every day for long periods of time for optimal results. But Huperzine A needs to be cycled with frequent breaks.
Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost is a poorly thought-out nootropic. Results will be disappointing.
If you want a supplement to boost long-term brain development, cognitive performance, and brain health, use a more complete nootropic.
Purity Natural Beauty Brain Boost has been badly put together; we suspect the manufacturers don’t have much experience with nootropics – instead they’re just jumping on the mushroom hype.
Brian Johnson is a former academic researcher, psychologist, and tireless proponent of bio-hacking. Brian has dedicated all of his time since leaving academia and private practice to promoting the benefits to be obtained from the application of biotechnology and bio-hacking supplements. He has years of experience with nootropics, as well as prebiotics, probiotics, and other natural nutritional supplements. He has published scholarly research on natural nootropics; you can find his papers on his Google Scholar page.