Article Titled "Boost Brainpower With Ginkgo, Vinpocetine, and Acetyl-L-Carnitine" Talks More In Depth About 3 of Brainz Power's 9 Ingredients

The following article titled " Boost Brainpower with Ginko, Vinpocetine, and Acetyl-L-Carnitine" gathers research on 3 of Brainz Power's 9 ingredients. 

The brain requires many nutrients to function properly and produce neurotransmitters—substances that control mood, mind, memory, and behavior. Research shows that nutritional supplementation increases IQ, enhances learning ability, and helps students achieve higher test scores.

In a well-documented 1988 study, a California research team headed by Dr. Stephen Schoenthaler found that when school children took vitamins, their non-verbal IQ increased an average of six points. When Schoenthaler expanded the study three years later to include 615 children, not every child experienced an increase in IQ, but one third experienced a whopping ten-point jump in IQ!

Dr. Schoenthaler said, "The IQ difference between an average American and a doctor, lawyer, or professor is only about 11 points. The gain observed in one out of three (study participants) is the same as might be required for an average American to aspire to be a doctor, lawyer or professor."1 

If you can raise your IQ just with simple vitamin supplementation, imagine the possibilities with proven "smart drugs" and "smart nutrients"!

What are "smart nutrients"?

"Smart nutrients" is the popularized term for natural substances that have been demonstrated to improve human intelligence … by improving your memory, concentration, and ability to learn. (In the scientific literature these are generally referred to as "cognitive enhancing substances" and there is a large body of scientific literature in this area.) Here are a few of the best:

Ginkgo biloba improves intelligence in healthy, young people

You don't have to be middle-aged or older for ginkgo to help increase brainpower! Recently, there has been much speculation that ginkgo may act as a "smart nutrient," improving intelligence in healthy, young people.

At the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, 60 students participated in a 30-day double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, in which they were given a battery of neuropsychological tests before and after taking ginkgo. Results indicated that the students who took the ginkgo, showed a significant improvement in the speed at which they processed information and retained it.2 

In another placebo-controlled, double-blind study at the Division of Psychology, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 20 students were given a cognitive assessment on which they were tested for attention, accuracy, speed of memory and quality of memory. They received 120 mg, 240 mg and 360 mg of a standardized extract of ginkgo or a placebo over a six-hour time period. The results showed that the students who received 240 mg and 360 mg of ginkgo biloba extract had a sustained improvement in attention, even six hours after they had received the supplement.3

How does ginkgo biloba work?

More than 400 studies and reports have been published showing that ginkgo is one of the most powerful herbs for improving mental performance and memory. Clinical evidence indicates it improves circulation throughout the body—especially to the brain—protects against free radicals, and enhances memory.

The research has also demonstrated that ginkgo's benefits depend on the action of two groups of active constituents: ginkgo flavone glycosides and terpene lactones. The glycoside constituents include the bioflavonoid compounds that give ginkgo its antioxidant activity throughout the body. The terpene lactones increase circulation and energy production in the brain and other parts of the body, allowing better oxygen and glucose uptake—which is why you're able to think more clearly and learn more quickly, after taking ginkgo!

No matter what your age, ginkgo biloba extract can help:

  • Sharpen your mental performance
  • Increase your concentration and short-term memory
  • Boost your energy levels
  • Slow down the aging process

Vinpocetine enhances memory and response time

Vinpocetine, derived from the periwinkle plant, is another powerful memory enhancer. It improves blood flow to the brain and improves the brain's use of oxygen. It also helps with concentration.

In one study, women between the ages of 25 and 40 showed incredible short-term memory improvement an hour after taking 40 mg of vinpocetine. Here's what they did: The women were shown one to three digits on a computer screen. Then, a moment later they were shown a long string of digits. The women then indicated whether any of the first digits appeared in the second long string. The time the women took to remember was then calculated.

The women who took a placebo instead of the vinpocetine took an average of 700 milliseconds to respond when the first set contained three digits. The women who took the vinpocetine averaged under 450 milliseconds!4 Imagine how much better you'd do on a timed exam if you were to take vinpocetine beforehand!

How does Vinpocetine work?

It facilitates cerebral metabolism by improving blood flow to the brain. It also steps up brain cell ATP production (ATP serves as the major energy source within the cell), which increases utilization of glucose and oxygen. 

Acetyl-L-Carnitine supercharges speed and performance

Acetyl-L-Carnitine is an amino acid derivative that occurs naturally in the body. It transports fats to the mitochondria (the energy producing structures inside cells) and is also available as a dietary supplement.

Dozens of studies have been done showing that Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC) supercharges cellular energy production in order to maximize memory, health and longevity. In order to prove that ALC has a positive impact on young people, as well as old, Italian researchers tested 17 healthy young men and women aged 22 to 27. Ten of them were physically active and played competitive sports regularly. Seven of them were pretty much sedentary and rarely exercised. Each one was given either 1500 mg. of ALC or a placebo for 30 days, and tested before and after treatment using a video game-type device designed to evaluate attention span and eye-hand coordination and reflexes.

The group that took ALC, regardless of whether they had previously been sedentary or active, had a markedly increased reflex speed. That group also had a reduced number of errors and shorter task completion time by three to four times over the group that took the placebo. No one had any negative side effects.5 What a great way for active, young people to increase their performance speed and reflex time!

How does Acetyl-L-Carnitine work?

Researchers believe that ALC improves cognition, in part, by increasing acetylcholine production in the brain, which plays an important role in memory and brain function. It may also work by increasing dopamine activity in the part of the brain where dopamine is made. The latest research shows that supplementation with ALC actually supercharges mitochondria, which plays an important role in maximizing memory, health and longevity.

Smart Drugs are for the young and old

Hundreds of studies have focused on showing the significant benefit of smart nutrients for memory problems associated with the aging process. Now we know that these special nutrients can help young people achieve their best, as well. 

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Fox News Reports on The Effectivness of Brainz Power's Ingredient Vinpocetine

The following Fox News report was written by Chris Kilham Titled "Vinpocetine: The Smart Agent" 

Now that Americans have been opening up more to natural brain-boosters, along comes another one that could have some astonishing effects.

Vinpocetine, derived from the common periwinkle plant, is touted as an booster of both cerebral circulation and memory.  In the United States, vinpocetine is an ingredient in dietary supplements for brain and mind enhancement.

Studies with vinpocetine show that it works in the brain in the following four ways: enhancing blood circulation in the brain, increasing the production of stored energy in brain cells, improving the brain's utilization of oxygen, and improving the brain's metabolism of glucose.

While the causes of common brain disorders are diverse and complex, any agent that can enhance cerebral efficiency overall enhance cognitive function. In the case of vinpocetine, this definitely seems to be the case.

One of the first questions that researchers set out to answer is whether vinpocetine crosses the blood-brain barrier- meaning it acts directly upon the brain. A study published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis reported that chemical analysis of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) shows the presence of vinpocetine shortly after administration, proving that vinpocetine does indeed cross that barrier.  

One especially exciting finding is that vinpocetine may play a valuable role in preventing stroke. In a study conducted at the  Nagoya University School of Medicine in Japan, vinpocetine demonstrated the ability to enhance red blood cell deformability in the brain. The reduction of red blood cell deformability, which leads to the rigidifying of red blood cells, is a well known contributing factor in stroke.  

Researchers have been eager to determine whether vinpocetine has any value in memory enhancement. The answer is a definitive yes. In an Italian study of 22 elderly patients suffering from central nervous system degenerative disorders, 87 percent experienced improvement in cognitive function after taking 10 mg of vinpocetine daily for 30 days, followed by 5 mg three times daily for 60 days. No significant side effects were noted.

What about the possible value of vinpocetine in treating brain damage? A four week study conducted at Japan's Yokufukai Geriatric Hospital examined the effects of vinpocetine on patients recovering from stroke, cerebral hemorrhage, cerebral arteriosclerosis and transient ischemic attacks.  Of the 207 patients studied, 67 percent of patients taking 5 mg of vinpocetine three times daily experienced slight to marked improvement, without notable side effects. Given the severity of the conditions the patients suffered, their improvements were highly encouraging.

While many studies focus on the effects of vinpocetine for patients suffering from various degenerative conditions, researchers have also inquired into the effects of this agent in healthy individuals. In a German study, 40 healthy volunteers were given 40 mg of vinpocetine daily for two days. This brief course resulted in a significant improvement in memory as assessed by the Sternberg Memory Scanning Test. This study suggests that in normal, healthy people, vinpocetine can enhance memory quickly.

Vinpocetine may not be a cure-all, but it clearly demonstrates value in enhancing brain function and cognitive ability in many cases. As we strive to slow the aging process and fight back the deterioration of the brain and mind, vinpocetine stands to be one of the valuable agents we use for wellness as we grow older.

Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter who researches natural remedies all over the world, from the Amazon to Siberia. He teaches ethnobotany at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is Explorer In Residence. Chris advises herbal, cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies and is a regular guest on radio and TV programs worldwide.  Chris is the author of 14 books, including Hot Plants, Tales from the Medicine Trail, Kava: Medicine Hunting in Paradise, The Whole Food Bible, Psyche Delicacies, and the international best-selling yoga book, The Five Tibetans. Richard Branson features Chris in his new book, Screw Business as Usual. His field research is largely sponsored by Naturex of Avignon, France. Read more at


Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter who researches natural remedies all over the world, from the Amazon to Siberia. He teaches ethnobotany at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is Explorer In Residence. Chris advises herbal, cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies and is a regular guest on radio and TV programs worldwide. His field research is largely sponsored by Naturex of Avignon, France. Read more at

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Science Behind 1 of Brainz Power's 9 ingredients- Vinpocetine

The following report on Vinpocetine was conducted by the University of Michigan. 

Vinpocetine has been shown to improve dementia symptoms in patients with various brain diseases.

A double-blind trial found both 30 mg and 60 mg per day ofvinpocetine improved symptoms of dementia in patients with various brain diseases.1 Another double-blind trial gave 30 mg per day of vinpocetine for one month, followed by 15 mg per day for an additional two months, to people with dementia associated with hardening of the arteries of the brain, and significant improvement in several measures of memory and other cognitive functions was reported.2 Other double-blind trials have reported similar effects of vinpocetine in people with some types of dementia or age-related cognitive decline.3 , 4 However, a study of Alzheimer patients in the United States found vinpocetine given in increasing amounts from 30 mg to 60 mg per day over the course of a year neither reversed nor slowed the decline in brain function measured by a number of different tests

Vinpocetine injections have been reported to improve some measures of brain function in stroke patients and to reduce some of the brain function loss that typically follows a stroke.

Vinpocetine given by intravenous injection has been reported to improve some biochemical measures of brain function in stroke patients.6 , 7 A controlled trial found intravenous vinpocetine given within 72 hours of a stroke reduced some of the losses in brain function that typically follow a stroke.8 However, the reliability of human stroke research using vinpocetine has been questioned,9 , 10and more double-blind trials are needed. No studies using oral vinpocetine for treating acute strokes have been published.

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Science Behind 1 of Brainz Power's 9 Ingredients- St. Johns Wort

Report about one of our ingredients St. Johns Wort- Report from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services & The National Institute of Health & National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

St. John’s wort, a plant that grows in the wild, has been used for centuries for health purposes. St. John’s wort may help some types of depression, similar to treatment with standard prescription antidepressants, but the evidence is not definitive.

Additionally, The University of Maryland Medical Center Found the Following below about the ingredient St. John's Wort.

St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) has a history of use as a medicine dating back to ancient Greece, where it was used for a range of illnesses, including various nervous disorders. St. John's wort also has antibacterial, antioxidant, and antiviral properties. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it has been applied to the skin to help heal wounds and burns. St. John's wort is one of the most commonly purchased herbal products in the United States.

In recent years, St. John’s wort has been studied extensively as a treatment for depression. Most studies show that St. John's wort may help treat mild-to-moderate depression, and has fewer side effects than most other prescription antidepressants. But it interacts with a number of medications, so it should be taken only under the guidance of a health care provider.

There is good evidence that St. John's wort may reduce symptoms in people with mild-to-moderate, but not severe (or major) depression. In many studies it seems to work as well as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a popular type of antidepressant often prescribed to treat depression. SSRIs include fluoxetine (Prozac), citalopram (Celexa), and sertraline (Zoloft). In addition, St. John's wort doesn't seem to cause loss of sex drive, one of the most common side effects of antidepressants.

Other Uses

St. John's wort has also shown promise in treating the following conditions, a few of which are related to depression.

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS): Research suggests that St. John's wort may help relieve physical and emotional symptoms of PMS in some women, including cramps, irritability, food cravings, and breast tenderness. One study reported a 50% reduction in symptom severity.
  • Menopause: There's some evidence to suggest that St. John's wort, combined with black cohosh, helps improve mood and anxiety during menopause.
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): Used alone, St. John's wort has improved mood in people with SAD, a type of depression that occurs during the winter months because of lack of sunlight. SAD is usually treated with light therapy. Research shows that using St. John's wort together with phototherapy works even better.
  • Eczema, wounds, minor burns, hemorrhoids: St. John's wort has antibacterial properties and may also help fight inflammation. Applied topically (to the skin), it may relieve symptoms associated with minor wounds and skin irritation.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobia: One early open-label study found that taking St. John's wort 450 mg, 2 times a day for 12 weeks improved OCD symptoms. However, other studies show that St. John's wort doesn’t improve OCD.

Plant Description

St. John's wort is a shrubby plant with clusters of yellow flowers that have oval, elongated petals. Scientists believe it is native to Europe, parts of Asia and Africa, and the western United States. The plant gets its name because it is often in full bloom around June 24, the day traditionally celebrated as the birthday of John the Baptist. Both the flowers and leaves are used as medicine.

What's It Made Of?

The best-studied active components are hypericin and pseudohypericin, found in both the leaves and flowers. However, researchers are not sure whether these components are responsible for St. John's wort's healing properties. Scientists are studying St. John's wort's essential oils and flavonoids. 

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Brainz Power Featured In The Daily Trojan Newspaper

Brainz Power and its CEO were written about recently in the Daily Trojan newspaper, read more below to see what they said!

The excitement in Andrew Kozlovski’s voice is clear as he reels off the ingredients in the chemical cocktail he’s brewed; Brainz Power is a mixture of dietary supplements and research chemicals that gives students an additional edge in their learning abilities.

The cognitive enhancement tonic Kozlovski, a sophomore studying business, designed is a nootropic, which comes from the Greek “noos” for “mind.” It is intended to safely enhance cognitive functioning by promoting better memory, clarity, focus and enhanced problem-solving abilities and has resulted in a successful entrepreneurial venture for Kozlovski.

According to Kozlovski, the idea for the nootropic came after he realized that many of his fellow students were taking prescription pills in order to concentrate more effectively.

“It’s the demand from the student community which made me start researching,” Kozlovski said. “Once I saw that there are alternatives to prescribed medication, I started to think that I had a pretty good idea.”

Kozlovski went about looking for a natural solution and started collecting ingredients for his formula, which would later become Brainz Power. Once the manufacturers for the drug were found, he came up with a sustainable marketing plan and has gone about executing it for the past eight months. The venture boasts a highly popular Instagram account, which Kozlovski notes as the most effective channel among all of social media with a following of more than 100,000.

According to Kozlovski, Brainz Power works because similar products like Adderall are inaccessible to the general population and are not healthy. Kozlovski noted that all the ingredients of his product are natural and, therefore, completely safe for consumption. Legally, the product has passed all verifications, as the manufacturing unit and the process under which the formula is made have been approved by the FDA.

Kozlovski believes that this is the first time that a nootropic has been marketed to such an extent, reaching out to more people as a primary option instead of an alternative. The tonic bottles are priced at $30 each, a price that Kozlovski said he is able to maintain because he uses free online promotions instead of costly newspaper advertisements. This business scheme has helped the venture reach out to several hundred thousand customers.

For Kozlovski, the motivation behind starting this venture was more than just executing a business plan successfully.

“I was always looking for a great business idea that I could work on,” Kozlovski said. “But I was also looking for a way in which I could invent something that could make a difference in people’s lives.”

Kozlovski has had an abundance of support from his friends and professors, who have encouraged him throughout the process.

“It was great to hear someone so young create a solution to stop college kids to stop abusing harmful medications,” said Michael Wang, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience. “He told me about how the science works behind all of the ingredients, and I looked them up. There are universities that have tested these ingredients, concluding and confirming that there are positive results.”


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