Citizen Science: Test Nootropic OptiMind for Free

What is OptiMind?

Optimind is an all natural nootropics supplement that is designed to promote focus, increase memory cognition and improve overall mental energy. I tested the product for one week with pretty impressive results.

So what is in it? OptiMind is a blend of ingredients that include GABADMAE, caffeine, huperzine A, phosphatidyl L-serine, choline, alpha lipoic acid,  sulbutiamine, vinpocetine, bacoside A, green tea leaf extract, L-tyrosine, and taurine, as well as vitamins B-6, B-12, and D-3.



GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in mammals and can prevent adrenal fatigue in the body. The brain and body uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest. They can also affect mood, sleep, concentration, weight, and can cause adverse problems when they are out of balance. Neurotransmitter levels can be depleted many ways.


Phosphatidyl L-Serine is a substance called a phospholipid. It is found in the cell walls of your brain and carries messages between them. Phosphatidyl L-Serine is used as a supplement to improve cognition, athletic performance, and response to stress.


Receptors in your brain need Vitamin D-3 to keep hunger and cravings in check, as well as to pump up levels of the mood-elevating chemical serotonin. Scientific American estimates that, according to data from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2004, over 77% of Americans have a Vitamin D deficiency.


Alpha-lipoic acid breaks down carbohydrates, creating energy for organs in the body. It serves vital functions at the cellular level, such as energy production. There has also been recent interest in supplemental ALA for weight loss.


DMAE is a liquid organic compound that’s naturally produced in the brain; it’s also found in sardines, anchovies, squid and salmon. It is sold in health-food stores as a supplement that enhances brain function and mood. The most common DMAE claim is that it improves memory, concentration and intellectual function.


Caffeine acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system, restoring alertness and temporarily eliminating drowsiness. It is the world’s most widely used psychoactive substance, consumed daily by 90% of adults in North America.


Huperzine A is a substance purified from a plant called Chinese club moss. Huperzine A is thought to be beneficial for memory because it causes an increase in the levels of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is one of the chemicals that our nerves use to communicate in the brain, muscles, and other areas.


Choline is a chemical precursor, or “building block,” of acetylcholine, a crucial neurotransmitter in the body. Research suggests that acetylcholine metabolism in the brain boosts memory, intelligence, and mood.


Niacin and niacinamide, otherwise known as Vitamin B-3, are crucial for the maintenance of healthy cells and for the proper functioning of sugars and fats in the body.


The body uses tyrosine to make chemical messengers that are involved in conditions involving the brain such as mental alertness. Tyrosine is one of the amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. The body makes tyrosine from another amino acid called phenylalanine. Tyrosine can also be found in dairy products, meats, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, oats, and wheat.


Taurine is an amino acid, a chemical that is a required building block of protein. Taurine is found in large amounts in the brain, retina, heart, and blood cells called platelets. The best food sources are meat and fish. Taurine is crucial for the function and development of skeletal muscle and for the functioning of the cardiovascular and central nervous systems.


Enzymes dependent on pyridoxal phosphate, the active form of Vitamin B-6, play a role in the biosynthesis of five significant neurotransmitters: dopamine, epinephrine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and GABA. At least one preliminary study has found that this vitamin may increase dream vividness or the ability to recall dreams, possibly due to the role of Vitamin B-6 in converting tryptophan to serotonin. Some people report elongated attention spans after taking Vitamin B-6


Vitamin B-12, also called cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for blood formation. It is involved in the metabolism of every cell in the body, with a particularly significant role in DNA synthesis and regulation as well as fatty acid synthesis and energy production.


Sulbutiamine is a lipophilic molecule that crosses the blood–brain barrier more easily than thiamine. Sulbutamine is a famous nootropic; nootropics also referred to as neuro-enhancers, are supplements, nutraceuticals and foods that improve mental function, such as memory, focus and motivation.


Vinpocetine is known for its neuro-protective qualities and its capacity to increase cerebral blood flow. Vinpocetine may provide several advantages for the human brain, including memory enhancement, increased cognitive performance, improved cerebral circulation and higher mental acuity and awareness.


Bacopa monnieri is a perennial, creeping herb whose habitat includes wetlands and muddy shores. A 2012 systematic review found some evidence to suggest that Bacopa improves memory free recall. Bacopa is used as a dietary supplement for improved memory acquisition and retention.

Green Tea Leaf Extract

Green tea’s use originated in China more than four thousand years ago during the reign of Emperor Chen Nung in 2737 BC. Many in the West have adopted its use for mental alertness, weight loss and energy applications.


My Results

optimind_bottle_samples_w260x328I was sent a welcome package of OptiMind, which comes in a nicely designed box and with an encouraging notecard. I wasn’t taking any other nootropic supplements beyond caffeine, so this experiment was starting “clean”.

I used OptiMind for one week and found the results to be quite strong and notable which I did not expect. Wow!

Because I already consume caffeine, I was concerned that OptiMind might include a large additional amount. I was pleased to learn it only contains 150 mg of caffeine which is about 1 cup of coffee, so I just had to lower my coffee intake slightly. I didn’t expect GABA to be in a product oriented towards focus, but seemingly this gave OptiMind a nice smooth effect such that I never felt “wired” or tense while using it, even though I also consumed several cups of coffee.

There is some physical sensation or feeling in the mind/body which is noticeable, but not unpleasant. It isn’t distracting or euphoric; you won’t be “high”, but energetic.

I maintain a daily to do list and process tasks from this list in my role as editor of h+ Magazine. A typical day includes me getting 3-4 of these tasks done or a bit less than 1 per hour. During my one week trial, I doubled my task output. And I felt energized, happy, and pretty unstressed the entire time. I also wrote some code. Then, I wanted to do more work, so I did other stuff around the house.

Other effects I noticed included an increased desire to exercise. Not a bad thing if like me you are a desk jockey, but worth considering if you are going to be trapped in a meeting all day. I can also imagine this being a good supplement for late night partying beyond just getting business tasks done. I didn’t test this, but I did have a strange urge to listen to psytrance all week 🙂

The only real negative to report is that I did have the start of a bad headache during one afternoon while I was using OptiMind, but it was easily managed with ibuprofen and never got really bad. Of course this isn’t uncommon after a whole day of staring at a screen.

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OptiMind Citizen Science Project

My initial experience was pretty positive, but obviously in any self experiment of limited duration it is hard to rule out a placebo effect. I am interested in supplements that help me achieve my goals, but I also recognize the potential to fool yourself in regard to effectiveness.

As of this review, you can only purchase OptiMind on their official site, and I couldn’t find too many other people that had tried it that would confirm my experience.

Although I was already pretty impressed with this product, I wanted to confirm my initial impressions, and as a scientist the best way to do it seemed to be an experiment. So I contacted the OptiMind guys and proposed it.

They are pretty confident that you will experience a positive and notable effect like I did and so they agreed to support a small scale citizen science experiment to help prove it.

Here’s how it works. The first 50 people to email me at will be the subjects of the experiment and will be given a free two week supply of OptiMind. You will be provided with a questionnaire and asked to keep and record a baseline for one week before receiving the product. Then you will record the same data while using OptiMind and return the results to me. I will aggregate the results, do a statistical analysis, and publish the results here on h+ Magazine.

Before applying to participate please consider that this nootropic blend includes caffeine and may not be helpful to all persons. Consult your physician before participating. If you have any health concerns you should not participate in this project. This DIY experiment is only available to persons over the age of 18 that reside in the United States. For the purposes of this experiment, it would be best if you were not using other nootropic substances or any medications during this period.


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  1. January 12, 2015

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