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Brain Essentials Review – 8 Facts to Consider

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Summary | Nutrition Info | Cautions | Cost | Suggested Use | Final Thoughts

Brain Essentials is a dietary supplement which promotes healthy memory and sharp mind. No clear ailment claims are mentioned by the manufacturer, a company called Swanson Products.The company was founded in 1969 and activates in the nutritional supplements industry.

Swanson Products continues to expand its selection of diet and weight loss supplements, natural hair and skin care products, healthy foods (featuring a variety of organic options and green foods) and products designed to assist with special diets (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or kosher).The manufacturer offers a generous Money-Back guarantee, for all products purchased within a 12 months time-frame. The unused portions can be returned for a full refund, with a special mentioning for products which exceed $500 in value and which are subject to a 20% restocking fee.

The formula is recommended for adult use exclusively. People who are taking blood thinning medication are advised to talk to their doctor because of the content of Ginkgo Biloba in the product. Pregnant and nursing are advised not to use Brain Essentials.


1) What is Brain Essentials?

Brain Essentials is a blend of vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutrients.The formula contains the Omega 3 fatty acid DHA, one of the 3 essential Omega-3 fatty acids. The main sources of Omega 3 include fish sources such as salmon, herring and tuna, as well as vegetarian sources such as flax seed, canola oil or walnuts. DHA is found in high concentrations in the brain and the retina; therefore, it is believed that normal functioning of the brain highly and eyes depend on DHA, although an exact mechanism has not been established yet. Several animal studies, revealed that DHA-depleted diets impair learning and lead to memory loss. Moreover, DHA rich diets may reverse memory impairments as well as improve working memory and long-term memory.

DMAE is a precursor to the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine. It can easily cross the blood-brain barrier, making it a highly available source for the essential neurotransmitter. DMAE is known to positively impact learning, memory and intelligence, while also increasing alertness without however causing the restless specific to caffeine or other stimulants.

There is also evidence, although inconclusive, that DMAE may be a viable treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Results are also promising, particularly in reducing aggression, improving concentration and increasing attention span. Side effects are rare and usually occur in case of high dosage. These may include muscle tension, insomnia, headache, and anxiety.

You can also find DMAE in Havasu Nutrition NeuroIgnite.

Nutrition Info

2) Ingredients of Brain Essentials

Brain Essentials includes the following ingredients: Vitamin E USP (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate), Vitamin B-6 USP (as pyridoxine HCl), Vitamin B-12 USP (as Cyanocobalamin), Pantothenic Acid USP (as d-calcium Pantothenate), Gotu Kola Extract (10% Asiaticosides) (aerial parts), L-Glutamine, L-Tyrosine, Soy Lecithin (26% Phosphatidylcholine), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (24% Flavone glycosides, 6% Terpene lactones), DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), Alpha-Lipoic Acid, DMAE Bitartrate, Phosphatidylserine, Gelatin, and Magnesium Stearate.

3) Does Brain Essentials Work?

This formula is a blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbal extracts which are claimed to improve the overall health of the brain. No scientific studies support the manufacturer’s claims regarding the Effectiveness of the product, but many of the ingredients included in the formula are known to have a positive effect on the human brain.

L-Glutamine, an amino acid, was proven to play a role in aiding cerebral neuro-transmitting processes. Because of its role in synaptic plasticity, it can improve overall intellectual functions. Ginkgo Biloba extract is known to have three effects on the human body: improving blood flow to nourish most tissues and organs (increasing the oxygenation of the brain), protection against oxidative cell damage from free radicals (antioxidant protection), and blockage of the effects of PAF (Platelet-activating factor) that have been related to the development of a number of cardiovascular, renal, respiratory and central nervous system disorders. It is widely used in dietary supplements for its ability to improve blood circulation to the brain.

The recommended dosage is one capsule of this formula daily, with water or food. No side effects are specifically mentioned for the formula. However, precautionary warnings are issued for those taking blood thinning medications and for pregnant and nursing women.

There are testimonials posted online about Brain Essentials. What was being stated includes:

  • Improved my concentration

  • It keeps me up at night

  • Enhanced brain activity

  • Great product

4) Brain Essentials Benefits & Results

  • The formula is available at an affordable price
  • The formula is a standardized extract of Ginkgo Biloba which has been used in clinical trials and is generally well tolerated
  • Most ingredients have been scientifically researched and are known to positively impact mental functions
  • Consumer reviews are generally positive
  • 100% money-back guarantee

5) What You Need to Know Before Taking Brain Essentials

  • Side effects may be associated to some of the main ingredients
  • Consumers report minor side effects associated with the formula
  • The daily dosage for some of the ingredients has not been established

6) Brain Essentials Cost

Compared to similar products available on the market, the product has good cost-benefit value. The average price-per-capsule makes this an inexpensive supplement.

Depending on the size of the container and from where you purchase it, the price may vary. It can be ordered from the manufacturer’s official website or other online retailers, but it can also be found in drugstores. Some retailers may offer discounts, and the shipping and processing charges may vary. The manufacturer offers 100% a money-back guarantee for all orders made in the previous 12 months. Products returned that exceed $500 in value are subject to a 20% restocking fee.

Suggested Use

7) Suggested Use

Consumer reviews are generally positive, although some users have experienced confusion and had trouble sleeping after using the product. The recommended dosage for Brain Essentials is 1 capsule daily with food and water. No side effects are mentioned, however precautions are recommended to people on blood thinning medication.

Final Thoughts

8) Final Thoughts on Brain Essentials

Formulas claiming to improve mental edge, memory and concentration have increased in popularity over the past years, as mild cognitive impairment symptoms as well as serious neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia started affecting more people than ever. Brain Essentials offers a classic formulation of key herbals ingredients, while also featuring vitamins, Omega-3 and a few other brain nutrients on which research has been recently conducted.

Like all dietary supplements, Brain Essentials lacks clinical and scientific evidence to prove its advertised benefits. The manufacturer justifies its effectiveness through the individual benefits of the ingredients. However, safety issues may arise since these ingredients also come with potential side effects and precautions, which is why we recommend you further document on the formula and analyze alternatives with the help of a healthcare provider.

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Mary T

Too much advertising, too little results!

Lesley Ann

Thank you. When I turned 50 I just thought it was normal not to remember numbers, where the keys or car was parked. I returned to study and the fear was strong, but after my first 6 months back at school at such a late stage in life, it repaired my memory, greatly. Definitely, if you dont use it you lose it…