After doing a full review of Vitality Now Youthful Brain, we can honestly say that this is a completely over-hyped nootropic. We don’t know how any of the Youthful Brain ingredients are dosed. Proprietary blends should always be avoided. But when they contain so many garbage, unproven, ineffective ingredients. If you want to enhance focus and boost your learning power, don’t waste your money on Youthful Brain.
Vitality Now Youthful Brain Review: Does this nootropic really work?
Youthful Brain is a relatively new nootropic supplement from Vitality Now. This is a new brand on the market; they launched their products a few years ago, but people have only really been talking about Youthful Brain for a year or so. Vitality Now currently have three products on sale – all are general health and wellness supplements. Vitality Now Youthful Brain is supposed to be an all-in-one, full-spectrum nootropic.
But what does Youthful Brain do exactly? How does it claim to be different to the competition?
According to the website, Youthful Brain was designed to “polish” your ageing brain:
“Youthful Brain does for your brain what silver polish does for an old, dirty piece of silver”.
Specifically, Youthful Brain users are told they can expect several benefits all at once:
- Enhanced mental clarity
- Reduced brain fog
- Protects brain cell health
The official website makes much of the fact that all Vitality Now products are designed by Dr. Sam Walters. We’re always skeptical of the “physician formulated claim” More on that later!
For now, let’s focus on the supplement itself.
Does Vitality Now Youthful Brain work?
Is Youthful Brain safe for long-term use? Should older people be using this nootropic? Find out by reading our full Vitality Now Youthful Brain review below. We talk about ingredients, side effects, health risks, and price. If you have any questions, post them in the comments!
Vitality Now Youthful Brain Ingredients
Here is the Vitality Now Youthful Brain formula as it appears on the box:
In case that image isn’t clear, here is a list of the ingredients and doses:
- Bacopa leaf powder – DOSE UNKNOWN
- Algae complex (19% DHA) – DOSE UNKNOWN
- DMAE – DOSE UNKNOWN
- Asian ginseng root powder – DOSE UNKNOWN
- L-Glutamine – DOSE UNKNOWN
- Ginkgo biloba leaf extract – DOSE UNKNOWN
- Soy lecithin (20% phosphatidylserine) – DOSE UNKNOWN
- Vinpocetine – DOSE UNKNOWN
- Huperzine A – DOSE UNKNOWN
We’ll now give you a brief overview of each Youthful Brain ingredient. We’ll tell you what it does, how well it works, and what we think of the scientific evidence backing it up. Post any questions in the comments and we’ll get back to you asap.
Bacopa leaf powder
Bacopa monnieri is one of the most effective and reliable natural nootropics in existence. People around the world use Bacopa for memory enhancement every single day. It has been shown time and again in clinical trials to improve performance in memory tests, particularly in older people or people struggling with mild cognitive impairment. Just 12 weeks of Bacopa monnieri supplementation is enough to see major improvements. However, dose and bacoside content is important!
You don’t normally see algae complexes in professional nootropic stacks. Manufacturers instead tend to just isolate the DHA. The algae complex in Youthful Brain is just 19% DHA. This leaves us wondering what constitutes the rest of the complex. We would hope it was EPA, but we have no idea.
DMAE is often described as a cholinergic, but it is nothing of the kind. DMAE does not deliver choline to the brain. Instead it increases production of acetylcholine via other mechanisms. Evidence supporting the use of DMAE as a nootropic is extremely limited. For example, this trial found that 1500mg/day of DMAE over 24 weeks was ineffective at improving cognitive function. This is why it is more commonly used in face creams than brain supplements! A poor decision by Vitality Now.
Asian ginseng root powder
Asian ginseng isn’t a very powerful nootropic. It has been used for hundreds of years as a general health and wellness supplement. Nowadays it is found in all kinds of supplements, from testosterone boosters to pre-workouts. However, few nootropics use Asian red ginseng because it lacks conclusive, scientific evidence. We’ve never seen a study in which people saw significant improvements in cognitive function while using this stuff. It therefore has no business in Youthful Brain.
There’s no two ways to say this; Glutamine is a completely useless supplement. Glutamine is found in practically every body’s diet, and in very large quantities. Whenever you eat meat, fish, cheese, pasta, or bread, you’re consuming large amounts of glutamine. The idea that glutamine supplementation can enhance cognition – especially at less than 400mg per day – is laughable. Nootropics manufacturers routinely include glutamine in their supplements to bulk them out. Unacceptable!
Gingko biloba leaf extract
Gingko biloba is a fantastic cognitive enhancer. Ginkgo biloba leaves contain compounds – terpenes and glycosides – which improve blood flow in the brain. Terpenes increase the viscosity of your blood, while the glycosides help dilate your blood vessels, allowing more blood to flow to your brain cells. However, to see benefits from Gingko biloba you really need to be using more than 60mg per day. We don’t know if we get that much from Youthful Brain.
Like whole algae, it is rare to see a nootropic using whole soy lecithin. Normally, manufacturers will pay the extra money to extract phosphatidylserine – the thing we’re interested in – from soy lecithin. The soy lecithin in Youthful Brain is only 20% phosphatidylserine. That means that 80% of the soy lecithin in Youthful Brain is useless plant material. This is a major flaw!
Vinpocetine is a classic nootropic. It has been used in brain supplements for a long time. Although it is not as popular as it was a couple of years ago, vinpocetine remains one of the best natural nootropics in existence. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and it promotes healthy brain blood flow. The fact that it delivers three major benefits at the same time is a big selling point.
We recommend using about 10mg per day as part of a well-rounded nootropic stack. Do we get that much from Youthful Brain? Who knows!
Huperzine A is an extremely powerful focus enhancer. It works by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for breaking down acetylcholine. Because your brain is no longer breaking down excess acetylcholine, the levels of this vital neurotransmitter slowly build up. This causes a sharp improvement in focus, short-term memory function, and attention to detail.
Huperzine A needs to be cycled to be used safely. We need to know how much we’re using, and how potent the extract is, to safely plan a cycle. The fact that Vitality Now Youthful Brain doesn’t give us this information is really worrying.
Youthful Brain Proprietary Blend – Major Issue
As you can see, we don’t know how any of the ingredients in Vitality Now Youthful Brain are dosed. Not a single one; the manufacturer has instead decided to list them all as part of a tiny 400mg proprietary blend! This is a serious issue.
There’s no good reason to use proprietary blends. Nobody ever ‘steals’ another brand’s formula. We’ve have been experimenting with nootropic supplements for decades and have never seen this happen.
The only reason manufacturers use proprietary blends is because they know their formula is cheap and ineffective. So they want to keep that hidden from you, the customer.
All of the top selling nootropics today show their full formulas on the bottles. If they can do it and make money, so can everyone.
In short, there’s never any reason to settle for a proprietary blend. This is especially true when you’re talking about a tiny, weak proprietary blend like Youthful Brain!
Our thoughts on the Vitality Now Youthful Brian formula
We’re seriously unimpressed with the Vitality Now Youthful Brain formula.
We’ve already explained why we dislike proprietary blends. There’s no good reason to use them; they’re always just ripping you off.
But the Youthful Brain proprietary blend is particularly bad.
At just 40mg in size, there is absolutely no way that the ingredients can be dosed how they need to be to deliver optimal results.
Bacopa monnieri needs to be dosed at a minimum of 150mg per day, and that’s when we’re using a powerful extract full of bacosides. Youthful Brain gives us whole leaf powder, so we need to use a lot more than 150mg!
An active dose for whole leaf powder would be around 300mg – almost the entire blend!
The same goes for the soy lecithin. We think you need to be using around 100mg of phosphatidylserine per day to reap any benefits. The soy lecithin in Youthful Brain is just 20% phosphatidylserine. So to get the minimum recommended dose, you’d need 500mg of lecithin.
Vitality Now Youthful Brain is clearly a weak nootropic. Almost all of the ingredients are under-dosed, given the fact that there’s just 400mg of formula to go around.
Some of the ingredients, like Glutamine, are useless anyway. We think the chances that glutamine is being used as a filler is extremely high!
All-in-all, we’re not impressed with Vitality Now Youthful Brain. It is not a powerful brain supplement at all. It fails on all fronts: end results, value for money, and safety.
If you want to enhance focus, improve memory function, and slow down cognitive decline, there are much better nootropics out there than Youthful Brain!
Side Effects – Is Vitality Now Youthful Brain safe for long-term use?
Is Vitality Now Youthful Brain safe?
What kind of side effects will it cause?
These are probably the most common questions we see being asked about this supplement.
While the manufacturer will be quick to tell you that Youthful Brain is perfectly safe, the truth is that we cannot say for certain.
The main concern is the Huperzine A.
Youthful Brain contains a completely unknown amount of Huperzine A. Each daily serving could contain anywhere up to 399mg of Huperzine A.
Now, that would be an absolutely absurd dose of Huperzine A. Normally, people dose this nootropic in the micrograms (a typical dose being 50-120mcg/day). But the fact remains that we don’t know for sure, and that’s extremely important.
Huperzine A is your brain’s emergency release valve for acetylcholine. By inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, Huperzine A disables that emergency release value. Acetylcholine levels can quickly build up and cause serious problems.
That’s why we need to cycle Huperzine A regularly. Taking a break lets your acetylcholine levels return to normal.
Using too much Huperzine A, or failing to cycle it properly, causes the following side effects:
- Low mood
- Loss of motivation
- Muscle cramps
In Conclusion – What is Youthful Brain good for?
In our opinion, Vitality Now Youthful Brain is a pretty poor nootropic supplement.
It is a proprietary blend, and a small one at that. Proprietary blends should be avoided at the best of times. When they’re just 400mg in size and they contain obvious fillers like Glutamine, stay well away!
The fact that the ingredients are all in basic whole powder form is another big red flag.
An unknown dose of Huperzine A – and all the side effect risks that come with it – is the nail in the coffin as far as we’re concerned.
Vitality Now Youthful Brain claims to be like polish for your brain. We strongly disagree.
If you want a supplement to help slow down cognitive decline, heighten focus, and sharpen your memory, Youthful Brain isn’t it. There are far better nootropics on the market right now.