About Master Brain by 1st Phorm
Master Brain by 1st Phorm is a supplement stack that promises to use a blend of potent ingredients to naturally increase neurotransmitters in your brain and improve blood flow.
This way, the company claims Master Brain can improve focus and mental alertness, fight off mental fatigue, heighten learning ability, and boost overall brain health. In fact, 1st Phorm specifically claims that Master Brain’s ingredients have been shown to increase “brain power by up to 89.2% and increase focus by up to 121%”!
If all of this is true, then it’s easy to see why 1st Phorm claims Master Brain is used by everyone from top-level CEOs to ambitious college students,” as well as by “elite military soldiers.”
But that’s just it: are Master Brain’s ingredients clinically shown to boost brain power, memory, and energy? Can you realistically expect to experience these same benefits in the real world, or is it all a bunch of smoke and mirrors? Here, we’ll outline precisely what we learned during our research.
What is “Brain Power”?
This is a massive topic that can (and does) fill entire libraries, so we can’t hope to discuss everything here. However, we can cover some important details as they relate to Master Brain.
We could talk here about exactly how your brain processes different stimuli (touch, sight, smell, etc.), how it stores this information (memories), and how it maintains awareness in its environment (focus), but we won’t. Why?
Because regardless of which brain function we’re discussing, it all comes down to 1) brain cells, known as neurons, and 2) the methods they use to communicate with one another, as well as with the rest of the body.
The average brain contains about 100 billion neurons. Each brain cell can connect to tens of thousands of other neurons, giving the human brain more than 100 trillion connections (more than all the leaves on all the trees in the Amazon rainforest!).
Perhaps the best way to think of synapses is like electrical highways, where neurons send signals (information) between one another. But the brain can also use chemical messengers, known as neurotransmitters, to send messages to other parts of the body, which lie outside the neural network of the brain. Two of the most common of these are acetylcholine (often associated with muscle movement) and serotonin (often associated with mood).
What’s the point? Most brain supplements (more about this soon), including Master Brain, claim to boost these neurotransmitters to improve memory and other brain functions. Next, we’ll find out what science has to say about these claims.
Will Master Brain’s Ingredients Boost Neurotransmitters?
There are two supplements within the Master Brain supplement stack: an AM formula and a PM formula.
Master Brain AM Formula
1st Phorm tells us that their Master Brain AM formula is the “most advanced cognitive enhancement formula ever developed,” since it increases neuron communication, reduces stress-induced memory deficits, and helps you maintain a laser focus.
The company claims you need to take 3 capsules in the morning with food, along with a minimum of 16oz of water:
- Vitamin B6 (as Pyroxidine HCl) 100mg
- Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) 500mcg
- Brain Blend 1,600mg: Siberian Ginseng 0.8% Eulethrosides, Acetyl L-Carnitine, BACOGNIZE Bacopa Monnieri Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, AlphaSize Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline (A-GPC), Glucuronolactone, SerinAid 50% Phosphatidylserine (PS)
- Awake Matrix 295mg: Infinergy Di-Caffeine Malate, L-Theanine, Caffeine Anhydrous, Huperzia Serrata 1% Huperzine A
- Stabilize Blend 235mg: Rhodiola Rosea Extract 3% Rosavins, Vinpocetine
According to WebMD, ginseng is possibly effective for improving mental performance in Alzheimer’s patients, as well as for improving mental function in middle-aged adults.
They also list acetyl-l-carnitine as possibly effective for improving memory problems in elderly people, improving blood flow to the brain, and treating some aspects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Similarly, the phosphatidylserine found in SerinAid (a proprietary ingredient) may be moderately effective for improving age-related mental decline and some aspects of Alzheimer’s. However, WebMD notes that much of the existing evidence relates to phosphatidylserine derived from cow’s brains, not from the soy and cabbage-derived versions commonly found in supplements.
Still another ingredient, huperzine A, is listed as “possibly effective” for improving memory, mental function, and behavior in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. It also might help improve memory in otherwise healthy adults, as could bacopa.
Finally, as anyone who’s had too much coffee will tell you, caffeine can temporarily boost your focus, but there’s little clinical evidence showing it can actually boost brainpower.
Sounds great, right? Before moving on to the PM formula, it’s important to note that most of these ingredients are part of proprietary formulas, so we can’t know how much of each ingredient it contains. As such, even though WebMD indicates there is clinical evidence indicating some of these ingredients might mildly improve some aspects of memory (mostly related to Alzheimer’s), we can’t know if it contains enough to deliver these benefits.
Master Brain PM Formula
By taking three capsules of Master Brain’s PM formula about 45 minutes prior to bed, we’re told you’ll be able to “improve your brain health and help you relax through the night.” Specifically, the company claims this formula will help you achieve restful sleep and give you neurons “a chance to refresh.”
- Brain Fuel Blend 1,825mg: GABA, Ashwagandha Root Powder, Rhodiola Rosea Extract, Mucuna Pruriens 98% L-DOPA, 5 HTP, Alpha GPC
- Sleep Blend 255mg: Valerian Root, Mugwort Extract, Melatonin
According to WebMD, 5-HTP may help with some aspects of depression.
Valerian is possibly effective for improving insomnia symptoms, although they note that it may take up to 4 weeks of continuous use to experience any benefits, and the results don’t seem to be as effective as sleeping pills.
Similarly, WebMD tells us that anywhere from 0.3mg to 5mg of melatonin may help individuals fall asleep faster, but only by about 12 minutes. However, it doesn’t appear to improve sleep efficiency.
Will the Master Brain Stack Cause Any Side Effects?
Again, relying on WebMD’s summarization of the overall clinical evidence, it appears that, if you experience any side effects at all from Master Brain’s stack, it likely won’t be anything worse than mild digestive upset.
As with any stimulant, too much caffeine can elevate heart rate, cause nervousness and jitteriness, insomnia, and more. Since Master Brain’s caffeine is part of a proprietary blend, you won’t know how much you’re ingesting, so keep this in mind if you’re especially sensitive to stimulants.
Lastly, WebMD indicates that in rare instances, huperzine A can cause “sweating, blurred vision, slurred speech, restlessness, loss of appetite, contraction and twitching of muscle fibers, cramping, increased saliva and urine, inability to control urination, high blood pressure, and slowed heart rate.”
Potential side effects aside, how much will you pay for your Master Brain AM and PM bottles?
How Much Does Master Brain Cost?
The Master Brain Stack (one bottle of AM formula and one bottle of PM formula) is priced at $79.99, including free priority shipping.
If you’re not satisfied with Master Brain’s effects, you can return the stack for a full refund (less S&H charges) within 30 days—plus an extra 10%. In order to start the process, 1st Phorm’s customer service department can be reached at 800-409-9732.
Will Master Brain Only Cost You $2 Per Day?
One claim that might have caught your attention is that it will only cost you $2 per day to take Master Brain, which the company tells us is less than the cost of one energy drink.
However, it’s important to note that each bottle of Master Brain only contains 20 servings (60 capsules). Given this, we’re not sure how the company arrived at that number since we’re showing you’ll be paying double this amount ($80 / 20 = $4 per serving).
Are customers finding Master Brain delivers results in line with its price? How does Master Brain’s cost compare to the competition?
Are There Any Master Brain Reviews? What About Other Brain Supplements?
We didn’t come across any online customer reviews for Master Brain’s 2-supplement stack at the time of our research, which is common for newly released products.
While we fully recognize that Master Brain is manufactured by a completely different company, most supplements in this category that we’ve written about come with 2-star average ratings or lower. This is primarily due to complaints revolving around unsatisfactory results, high prices, and customer service that left a lot to be desired.
Since they come from different companies, we fully recognize you might not experience the same with Master Brain. However, we want to make sure you have access to the whole picture before you make a decision.
From a price perspective, most brain supplements seem to fall between $30 and $50, so Master Brain definitely is on the higher side compared to the competition (although you’re getting two bottles for this price).
Will Master Brain by 1st Phorm Help You “Dominate Your Day”?
Make no mistake: We live in an increasingly busy world that demands more and more of our time, energy, and brainpower, so it’s no surprise so many of us are looking for any edge we can get. The big question is, will Master Brain deliver this edge?
Looking at WebMD’s summary of the clinical evidence for Master Brain’s ingredients, it appears that some may positively impact healthy memory, although most appear related to problems associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Again, though, we can’t be sure if Master Brain’s formulas contain enough of each ingredient to deliver these results. Even then, the clinical evidence seems to indicate that the results you experience will be relatively mild.
Does this mean Master Brain will provide the value (comparing price and performance) you’re after? Ultimately, there’s no way to know without giving it a try. If you’re not satisfied, though, the company seems to stand behind their supplements with an 110% money back guarantee.
Did Master Brain deliver results for you? If not, did 1st Phorm honor their 110% money back guarantee? Tell us about it in your review below!