About Brain360

By Tyler Cooper
HighYa Staff Published on: Aug 31, 2017

Brain360 is a nutritional supplement that aims to be able to provide sustained attention, focus, and concentration without any crash or side effects thanks to a formula containing ingredients claimed to be clinically proven by one of America’s top hospitals.

The manufacturer says that the product’s formulation allows it to be effective in just one hour, going to work by increasing “learning” neurotransmitters in the brain, improving blood flow, and boosting your natural energy levels throughout the day.

Brain360 promises to work the first time and get even stronger as you use it daily, allowing you to promote new task learning, memory retention, and consolidation. That being said, it isn’t the only supplement to make these claims. These sorts of brain-boosting pills are often called nootropics. In the following section, let’s explore how these work within the body in order to bring you these benefits.

How Nootropics Like Brain360 Work

Nootropics are broadly defined as any supplement meant to enhance cognitive function, particularly with creativity, memory and focus in healthy individuals. In an article from HowStuffWorks, we’re shown that the human brain is made up of approximately 100 billion nerve cells, called neurons.

These cells are incredible in that they have the ability to carry electrical signals, similar in some ways to the wires in your smartphone or television. These electrical signals are referred to as neurotransmitters, and in general, nootropics tend to change how these signals behave (instead of simply “increasing” them, as the makers of Brain360 suggest). Because they are responsible for everything you do, they’re central to the claim that these sorts of products can enhance your daily life.

Relating to Brain360 specifically, the product includes caffeine in its formula. As you may know, this substance is the most widely used stimulant in the world, with millions of individuals consuming it daily in the form of soda, energy drinks and coffee. The manufacturer claims that most caffeine products release this chemical too quickly, potentially causing insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach irritation, and increased heart rate.

Instead, the website states that Brain360 utilizes a time release delivery to allow the body to gradually absorb the ingredients, making way for a smooth onset and offset of the effects. This makes sense in theory, of course, but what are these ingredients, and what sort of effects can you truly expect them to have?

What Ingredients Are Inside Brain360’s Formula?

According to the product’s website, the formulation behind Brain360 contains the following ingredients: caffeine, ginkgo biloba, L-theanine, bacopa monnieri, gaba, and phosphatidylcholine. So, looking at these through the lens of authoritative sources such as WebMD, Examine.com and the Mayo Clinic, how effective might they be for improving cognitive function?

As it turns out, a few are reported to have positive effects, such as:

  • Caffeine, which has been shown to improve mental alertness when consumed as a beverage, and also has shown evidence that it can improve memory in college students when taken in dosages of 200 mg by mouth daily.
  • Ginkgo biloba, which can reportedly slightly improve speed of thinking, memory, and attention in healthy adults when taken by mouth daily in doses of 120-240 mg per day.
  • Bacopa monnieri, which when taken by mouth in doses of 300 mg daily seems to improve some measure of memory in healthy adults.

Outside of these ingredients, however, the sources listed above did not report that gaba, phosphatidylcholine or L-theanine had sufficient evidence supporting their ability to improve cognitive function, mental state, anxiety, or sense of calmness, as the manufacturer suggests. In addition, no dosage information is provided on the product's website, and when we reached out to customer support for clarification, none of the multiple agents we spoke to could provide this information.

However, what about any side effects associated with Brain360?

Potential Brain360 Side Effects

When taking a supplemental product like Brain360, there is always the potential for side effects to occur. Without having the dosage amounts of each individual ingredient, however, we can’t say for certain how likely you are to experience any of these effects. According to Mayo Clinic, WebMD and Examine.com, the following are possible, though not all were reported with dosage information:

  • Caffeine: Doses over 400 mg per day can cause insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach irritation, nausea and vomiting, increased heart rate and respiration, headache, anxiety, agitation, chest pain, and ringing in the ears.
  • Ginkgo biloba: stomach upset, headache, dizziness, constipation, forceful heartbeat, and allergic skin reactions.
  • Bacopa monnieri: increased bowel movements, stomach cramps, nausea, dry mouth, and fatigue.
  • Phosphatidylcholine: excessive sweating, stomach upset, and diarrhea.

Brain360 Pricing & Return Policy

As of this writing, Brain360 was available exclusively through the manufacturer as a free trial. This means that upon checkout, you’ll be asked to pay $4.95 for shipping on a one-month supply of the supplement. The terms lay out that your order will be shipped out the day following your order date, which will mark the beginning of your 14-day trial.

If you call 877-566-6664 and cancel this trial before the end of this period, you will not be charged further. If you do not, however, you will be automatically billed the full purchase price of $89.73 and placed into the company’s autoship program. This means that every 30 days thereafter, you’ll be sent a new bottle of Brain360 and charged $89.73.

As for returns and refunds, the terms state that you can call the customer support number listed above to cancel any order made within the last 30 days. In order to obtain your refund, you must get an RMA number from the support line, and then you’ll need to ship the product back to the manufacturer. You’ll be responsible for paying return shipping.

Brain360 vs. Similar Nootropic Supplements

There are a seemingly endless amount of nootropic supplements that can be found online by performing a simple search on Google or a marketplace like Amazon.com. Many of these products not only list their dosage amounts for similar ingredients like caffeine, ginkgo biloba, and bacopa monnieri, but they also come with hundreds, and even thousands of customer reviews in some cases.

By comparison, when searching online, we were unable to find any verifiable customer reviews for Brain360. The supplement is not available on Amazon, which we’ve found to be one of the easiest places to read quality reviews about a particular product.

So, having said this, what should you do in order to ensure you are making the most informed choice going into a nootropic purchase? This is a very important topic for our readers here at HighYa, so we’ve created an in-depth guide to answer that question in full. You can read it right here, but in general, we’d recommend keeping the following questions in mind during your search:

  • Can the product be found in stores, or is it online-only? Based on our experience reporting on dozens of these supplements over the years, we’ve found that online-exclusive products tend to be more likely to employ free trial and autoship pricing structures.
  • If the product has an online presence, does the website have a simple, single landing page, or does it feature multiple pages you can navigate to, such as FAQ sections, an about page, social media, etc? Often, these can be hallmarks of a reputable, longstanding company.
  • Are the ingredients (and their concentrations) listed on the product’s website? If so, what do trusted sources like WebMD, the Mayo Clinic, and Examine.com have to say about their effectiveness at increasing cognitive functionality?
  • What do other customers have to say about the supplement? Are there any reviews listed online detailing users’ experiences with the product? What do they have to say?

We’ve found that simply asking these questions when evaluating a product can lead to feeling more confident about your purchase, ultimately leading you to be more satisfied at the end of the day. In this final section, let’s wrap up by recapping everything that we’ve learned about Brain360 and other nootropics like it.

The Bottom Line: Is Brain360 Right for You?

Brain360 positions itself as a highly effective nootropic that can help increase your productivity, focus, and energy throughout the day, but how well can it truly live up to these claims?

Although the manufacturer states that the ingredients included in the product’s formula are clinically proven to be effective, we found that only caffeine, ginkgo biloba, and bacopa monnieri were reported to have a positive effect on cognition by sources like WebMD and Examine.com. Additionally, without any dosage information provided, we don't even know how likely these ingredients are to provide the benefits described by the manufacturer.

When you couple this with the potentially costly autoship program (a program that isn’t present with virtually all of the Amazon.com nootropic supplements we encountered), we feel that a better course of action might be to talk with your doctor directly about which option will be most effective for you over the long run.

Often, no one is more familiar with popular, effective options on the market that might be tailored to your specific budgetary and lifestyle requirements.

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Fish oil

    • New York, NY,
    • Nov 13, 2017
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    Came quickly. Label states Brain XR premium Omega 3 Support, which is not what I ordered, that being Brain360. Customer support reached easily and they were told to cancel any further contact with me. I am old enough to know better.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Bad

    • Pittsburgh, PA,
    • Nov 8, 2017
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    I ordered on October 21st, got the pills on the 27th, and the charge appeared in my bank on the 4th of November.

    I have been calling since then to no avail. The phone is busy all the time, and the email doesn't offer any help. What to do?

    I don't want any more pills! Does anyone have a different number? Please share it, I will be very thankful.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Horrible

    I just ordered this product, and now I don't know how to end it without them charging me. Does anyone know what their number is? I heard bad reviews after I bought it. So can someone help me out? I feel so scammed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Scam?

    After two weeks of trying Brain360, the only effects I noted were an upset stomach. I tried to call customer service at the 877-566-6664 number to cancel (otherwise another month of the product is shipped and auto-billed to your credit card at $89.99).

    After a lengthy wait, Katlin answered the line. She couldn't find any record of me and my order and told me I would have to call a different number (which she couldn't provide), then said I would have to get the number from my credit card company.

    The only thing Brain360 has done for my memory is remind me not to fall for magical snake oil sold on the internet.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 24 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Third week

    • Indianapolis, IN,
    • Oct 25, 2017
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    I am three weeks in and have not noticed any difference in memory or energy. For the price of the product, I was expecting miracles. It is cheaper to buy a "to do" notepad. Thank you for the free trial, but it wasn't for me.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 34 out 43 people found this review helpful

    Customer service sucks

    I called the customer service at 877-566-6664 and spoke to "Josh." He was EXTREMELY rude. Regardless of the product, this makes me not want to be a part of any possible success story. If they hire employees such as this one, then they disgust me and should not be supported.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Oct 20, 2017

      Ellen

      I did the free trial with the $4.95 shipping. However, I was very angry because there were no terms for the trial with the sample. However, reading here, I see that I would have been charged almost 90 bucks a month if I didn't cancel. I called after receiving the product to cancel it, but they told me that unless I extended my trial, I would have to return the unused portion and pay almost 10 bucks to cancel.

      This is total crap because I should just be able to cancel without having to worry about further charges. I agreed to extend my trial, but now I have to remember to cancel. I wouldn't recommend ordering this because it is too hard to cancel and now they have my credit card information. I'm thinking about turning off my credit card to prevent further charges but this is a big inconvenience.

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