Some customers have been happy with their boost in brain power following taking this supplement, but others feel that it works no better than a placebo. We take an in-depth look at Solaray Sharp Mind to find out more.
Solaray Sharp Mind is a nootropic supplement that contains a blend of natural herbal ingredients including Cat’s Claw – an extract derived from a woody vine that grows in South America, Horse Chestnut Seed Extract, Ginkgo Bilboa extract and Dopa Bean extract.
All these ingredients are known as herbal remedies for various illnesses and ailments and some have an effect upon mood and mental functioning.
With the rise in popularity for Nootropic supplements, these previously unknown ingredients are beginning to show up in a wide variety of products.
Gingko has long been a Chinese medicinal herb and is believed to work as an aphrodisiac. There is some evidence that it can enhance cognitive functioning too by improving blood flow to the brain.
Dopa Bean extract, also known as Velvet Bean is often taken as a recreational high because it has a small physcoactive effect but more importantly may help increase dopamine levels.
Although the evidence for Cats Claw is not yet proven, this natural extract is believed to repair environmental stress damage to your brain cells and damage to DNA. There is no firm evidence yet but research is ongoing.
Solaray Sharp Mind also contains natural chemicals and stimulants Vinpocetine, Huperzine A, a natural stimulant derived from a type of moss and Phosphatidylserine Concentrate derived from Soy.
Solaray Sharp Mind does not contain caffeine so you should not experience jittery side effects and the usual adverse effects of caffeine.
Solaray Sharp Mind comes from Solaray a well known supplement brand in the USA. Solaray advertise on the Healthy Foods Channel and are well known as a quality manufacturer. All Solaray products are made in the USA at the company’s factory. Solaray have won awards for supplements and conform to the green screen logo that indicates that the plants have been tested for microbes, heavy metals, herbicides and pesticides, so as to ensure purity.
Solaray is a well established US supplements brand that is on sale worldwide from many major retail outlets.
We recently covered Solaray Yerba Mate in a previous review and although we rejected it, thought it had some very good points.
Take 1 capsule daily with a meal.
Much of the advertising is about the good reputation of Solaray rather than what this supplement will actually do for you.
No other brand offers a wider selection of vitamins, minerals, herbs and specialty products than Solaray.
With over 900 products, Solaray is the most comprehensive supplement brand in the industry! Solaray has their own manufacturing facility to ensure that quality controls are applied at every level.
According to the advertising on the Lucky Vitamin website:
Solaray SharpMind is the most complete brain formula with Ginkgo, L-Dopa, Phosphatidylserine, Huperzine A, Vinpocetine & More!
It would have been useful to know the sort of benefits we could expect from taking this “complete brain formula “and whether there was any clinical evidence to say it would work!
Solaray Sharp Mind is a nootropic supplement described as a “complete brain formula.” Each serving is equal to one capsule.
We cannot see this supplement doing a lot for your brain power!
The principle ingredients are not really known as nootropics and in our opinion, the nootropic ingredients such as Huperzine and Phosphatidylserine are in too insufficient quantities to work.
We have concerns about some of the potential side effects too. Cats Claw and Horse Chestnut extract are known to cause unpleasant side effects and it is important to remember that none of these ingredients are strictly proven for safety long term.
The good news is that according to customers, side effects are not an issue.
That said, some people may experience side effects. These may include:
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if pregnant or breast feeding. Speak to your doctor first if you have an existing medical condition (including mental health issue). Ask for medical advice if you are taking prescription medication because this supplement will cause interactions.
Solaray supplements are widely on sale so it is possible to find a range of genuine customer feedback. The good news is that nobody has mentioned adverse effects from using this supplement.
Some customers are satisfied. This man felt that the supplement made his brain sharper and he liked that it doesn’t contain caffeine,
I tried a few different memory enhancers before settling on SharpMind. The others had too much caffeine or else I just couldn’t tell a difference–or they were too expensive. I believe SharpMind does what it says–it “sharpens” my mind–I had had some fuzziness before I started using it, and it seems to have gone away. Not that I’m suddenly brilliant. I just don’t feel quite so fuzzy. Names, and where I left my keys–these come back reliably these days. I do recommend this product. The price is reasonable, too.
There are lots of positive comments along the same lines:
Great Product, really helps with the mental clarity
This works. Makes you smarter and more alert
Not everyone is as pleased.
Some people have found no difference between taking and not taking it:
They should change the name of this junk to placebo mind. I have been using these pills for a month and i have not felt one thing change…
I won’t buy these again. I’ve gone through 120 capsules now, and don’t really find them useful or that they have any real impact on my thinking and memory…
Took the whole bottle (not at once LOL) and couldn’t tell any difference. I won’t re-order and will continue looking for something better.
Solaray Sharp Mind does seem to work for some people although not all. Many customers have mentioned improved mental clarity, so it is obviously doing something for some people at least.
However this supplement contains ingredients that are not known or proven to have a nootropic effect. Cats Claw is the principle ingredient yet there is very little real evidence to prove that it does anything at all for increasing mental focus. Cats Claw is currently being touted as a nootropic but there seems to be zero scientific evidence to prove it such as a human clinical trial.
In addition, the more established nootropic ingredients; Huperzine Vinpectorine and Phosphatidylserine are in very low quantities.
Finally, we have serious concerns about taking a natural blood thinner such as Horse Chestnut extract. Improving blood flow to the brain does have cognitive benefits but this ingredient is more usually used for treating varicose veins and there is not enough scientific evidence to support the use of horse chestnut seed, leaf, or bark for any conditions. Taking this ingredient could be dangerous if you are on medication such as Warfarin.
Solaray Sharp Mind is on sale from a wide range of retail outlets but for most people the easiest way to buy is probably online.
Solaray Sharp Mind is on sale from the Lucky Vitamin website. Although Lucky Vitamin is a US company, they do ship worldwide as well as have country specific versions of the website that you can access at the top of the page.
1 x bottle of 60 capsules (2 months’ supply) costs $14.21 (£10.78 or €13.52)
Flat rate US shipping costs an additional $5.95.
Shipping costs elsewhere are calculated at the point of sale.
In addition you can receive discounts on bulk orders and if you sign up for Stay Lucky Autoship where you receive fresh supplies of supplements each month and are billed accordingly you can receive a further 15% discount.
You can also buy Solaray Sharp Mind via a range of sellers on Amazon USA
1 x bottle of 60 capsules costs around $12.50 plus shipping.
Solaray Sharp Mind is not covered by a guarantee.
There is a lot that we like about Solaray supplements. We feel that this is a US brand you can probably trust and we believe that Solaray Sharp Mind is safe and will not cause adverse effects. That said you will need to speak to your doctor first if you are taking medication because this supplement may cause interactions.
Another good point about this supplement is that there is a lot of positive customer feedback. Many customers have felt that it has helped them feel more focused and alert. However there is a high level of customer comments that claim this supplement does nothing at all so opinion is split and effects are by no means guaranteed.
The bottom line is that Solaray Sharp Mind does contain some nootropic ingredients and these may help you feel sharper and more focused but in our opinion, the strengths of the more proven ingredients such as Huperzine and Phosphatidylserine are in very low quantities and there is just no evidence that that the other ingredients will work.
In our opinion, there are better nootropic supplements on the market so although Solaray Sharp Mind looks OK; it is just not good enough to add to the approved list.
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