Alpha Brain Instant Review

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How do you take your nootropics?  If you are like me and most people, you take a pill or capsule.  Recently there have been a few nootropics offering an alternative to the capsule, and that is a drink.  Powder, you dissolve into water and bottoms up.  Today I take on one with my Alpha Brain Instant review.

Taking supplements whether nootropics of other medicinal supplements as a drink is becoming popular with a lot of us, especially those who despise swallowing pills or capsules.  Onnit is the company behind Alpha Brain Instant and it is patterned after their very popular nootropic stack called simple Alpha Brain.  So why the “instant” added on.  Let’s get into it.

Onnit uses its proprietary blend that includes a number of different nootropics all working together to help you get to your best level of importance.

Each package is one serving of powder you just add to a glass of water.  That’s it.

Now, why the word “instant” on the end.  Simply put, water is absorbed faster than the ingredients in the capsule format.  The ingredients in the drink reach your bloodstream faster.   The Ingredients in each are all the same, so it becomes your choice which one you use.   Here are the ingredients.

Ingredients  Onnit Flow Blend


L-tyrosine is a naturally-occurring amino acid we have in our bodies.  It is essential to both our physical and mental function and is also the precursor for the most importand neurotransmitters we have.  These are adrenaline, dopamine, and norepinephrine.

Adrenaline and norepinephrine are hormones that are associated with our “fight or flight” response to stress.  Dopamine is responsible for reward and pleasure.  It plays an important roll in our mood, motivation, and cognition.

L-tyrosine is also to the production of our thyroid hormones regulating metabolism, and melatonin, which is the natural pigment in our skin, hair, and our eyes.

If you are stressed, L-tyrosine can be for you to keep your focus and mood in your stressful situations.

Read more about L-tyrosine here


This has to be the most written about nootropic out there.  It’s the one in green tea making green tea so popular throughout the world.

L-the anime is the calming nootropic that gives you that calm zen feeling without the drowsiness or sleepiness.  You remain productive yet calm.

L-theanine does this by significantly increasing alpha waves to promote relaxation without drowsiness or sedation, making it an ideal mental state for, well, most things.

Our Alpha brain-wave production also happens during deep meditation, when all sensory inputs are limited and our mind is clear of unwanted thoughts and any distractions. Interestingly, stimulating alpha waves have also been shown to boost creativity and alleviate depression.

Read more about L-theanine here



Oat Straw Extract (Avena Sativa)

Much the same as L-theanine, oat straw extract works with our alpha brain-waves frequencies.  When doing this we feel relaxed, zen, with good focus and even a more creative mindset.  Just like l-the anime, it does this without causing drowsiness and sleepiness.

Oat straw and L-theanine work very well together.


Phosphatidylserine supports our brain cell membranes & neuron communication.  It’s is part of a category of fat-soluble substances called that are called phospholipids. Phospholipids are necessary components of cell membranes.

Phosphatidylserine is found in high concentrations in the brain and it is part of the cell structure and is key in the maintenance of cellular function. It can boost our short term memory and mood, improve our concentration level, enhance our learning and ability to retain information, and nourish our brain cells.

Phosphatidylserine promotes the release of several important neurotransmitters including acetylcholine which it also binds to.

Acetylcholine is responsible for enhancing our focus, memory, and reasoning. Low levels acetylcholine can impede your learning ability.

Read more about Phosphatidylserine here

Alpha brain instant review Ingredients of Focus Blend

Alpha GPC

Choline is a great nootropic supplement that’s found in many forms such as choline bitartrate and CDP-choline and, while the former tends to be seen as a health molecule, the latter and alpha-GPC are both designed with cognitive benefits in mind.  There is such a long list of benefits to choline, I decided to put them in a bullet list below.  I think everyone should be taking a choline supplement.  Just my opinion.

The Benefits of Alpha GPC:

  • Improves immediate recall, reaction time, and mood
  • Improved attention
  • Protects brain cells and membranes
  • Supports optimal brain function
  • Decreases symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease brain injuries, stroke, vascular dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Helps the body create more Acetylcholine, which makes learning and retaining new information easier.
  • Help your muscles work better during exercise allowing an easier gain in muscle strength.
  • It helps your body produce more growth hormone so that your bones and muscles grow strong and remain healthy.

When in the brain, these two choline delivery agents are thought to help the body produce more of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is a major player in learning and memory.

Read more about Alpha GPC here

Bacopa Monnieri

A herb used in Ayurveda as an antidepressant, and a cognitive booster. While performing stressful cognitive tests, those taking Bacopa Monnieri experienced the herb’s nootropic effects and reduced stress and cortisol levels.

Bacopa might increase certain brain chemicals that are involved in thinking, learning, and memory. Some research suggests that it might also protect brain cells from chemicals involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

Read more about Bacopa Monnieri here

Huperzine A

This plant extract is an Acetylcholinesterase (AchE)inhibitor. AchE breaks down the Acetylcholine, and Huperzia Serrata restrains the process, allowing more Acetylcholine to be available for the brain’s neurons.
It shows incredible efficacy for improving memory and recall for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia, but also demonstrates powerful neuroprotective and neuroregenerative properties for everyday use in healthy individuals.

Read more about Huperzine A here

Ingredients of Fuel Blend


L-leucine is an essential amino acid, meaning you must obtain it through diet because your body can’t produce it. You can get some L-leucine through meat, dairy products, eggs, soy and other beans, or by taking it as a supplement. Leucine has potential benefits for weight, lean muscle mass and cholesterol levels.

L-leucine, like other essential amino acids, helps maintain muscle mass. For this reason, many bodybuilders and athletes take leucine supplements

As far as cognitive support, I don’t see any.


It is known for its health properties of vasodilation (expands blood vessels) and cognitive enhancement. It is widely used to sharpen memory and for memory disorders and can do so in both the memory impaired and those with a healthy brain.

It works by improving cerebral blood flow and circulation, increasing the absorption of oxygen and nutrients, modulating the levels of important neurotransmitters, and also acts as a neuroprotective antioxidant.

It is similar to Huperzine A in that small doses give big effects.

Read more about Vinpocetine here

BioPerine® Black Pepper Extract

I like when this gets added to commercial stacks.  This black pepper extract has been added to Alpha BRAIN Instant formulation when not in the original capsule form of Alpha Brain.
So why was it added?  It’s great for absorption.  Taken in small doses BioPerine can significantly enhance the absorption of nutrients which increase the bioavailability of the entire formula.


Pterostilbene is an analogue of resveratrol yet is 4 times as potent.  Resveratrol is part of a group of compounds called polyphenols. They act as antioxidants and protect our bodies against damage that can raise our risk for cancer and heart disease.

There have been animal and human studies that show it can protect our brains against neurological disorders, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders and hematologists disorders.  Some of what they talk about is protection against memory loss, HTN (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol.


Side Effects

All of Onnit’s products are very safe to take and side effects very rare.  These are found in some individual ingredients

  • Cat’s claw contains high levels of tannins which in some people may cause nausea and diarrhea.
  • Alpha GPC can cause headaches, fatigue, nervousness, nausea, diarrhea and gastrointestinal distress in new users or those taking more than the recommended dose.
  • Huperzine-A can cause sweating, diarrhea or nausea if taken in large quantities
  • Oat straw may cause allergic reactions to anyone who is allergic to oat flour


  • Very easy to take.  Just drink it
  • It is highly bioavailable.
  • It is caffeine free.
  • The powder mixes easily with water
  • Individually packaged
  • Reasonably priced with frequent discounts


  • It’s a proprietary blend and the company keeps the exact formula to themselves.  I think we should know how much of what we are taking



Who Takes Alpha Brain Instant?

Just about anyone, I’d say, but they emphasize professionals who need a convenient, stimulant-free product that helps them “get #@%t done.” They also boast faster processing speed “improving reaction time to an external stimulus,” a benefit that seems to target athletes and gamers.

Where to buy it?Alpha brain instant review

Alpha Brain Instant is available dorm their website by clicking here or by clicking on the picture to the right.

To Wrap it Up

I like Alpha Brain personally and the ide of individually packaged drink mix makes me like it more.

It will do a lot for just about anyone, but if you are an active person who keeps fit, this is something for you.  If you are a professional who needs to be on top of your game at work you can easily benefit from this.

Having an individually packaged drink mix is extremely convenient.  Throw it in a drink bottle by your side and drink the good tasting stuff all the while staying hydrated.

By including Bioperine® they have very much improved upon the original formula making it very absorbable.  The flow blend dosage has been doubled and this for some is a game changer.


Alpha Brain Instant

Quality of Ingredients 8.5
Benefits 7.5
Price 8.0
Side Effects 9.5


  • Very easy to take.  Just drink it
  • It is highly bioavailable.
  • It is caffeine free
  • Reasonably priced with frequent discounts
  • Individually packaged


  • It’s a proprietary blend and the company keeps the exact formula to themselves

18 thoughts on “Alpha Brain Instant Review”

  1. seems like a decent product, but I always recommend proceeding with caution when it comes to supplements with proprietary blends because this pretty much mean you don’t know exactly what you are consuming.

    Some of these ingredient’s I’ve never heard of though. But, overall it does seem like an alright supplement to try.

    • Well, we know what we are consuming, just not how much per dose.  I don’t usually suggest a proprietary blend to anyone unless from a respectable company.  On that note Onnit, the company behind Alpha Brain Instant is a very reputable one.

      Thx four the comment Nate.  I appreciate it

  2. Thanks for such an in-depth review! I am new to the world of nootropics and I really appreciate you breaking this product down ingredient by ingredient! I also am intrigued by the idea of a water soluble product as I truly struggle with taking a bunch of pills/capsules every day. 

    • I thing it is great for 2 reasons.  One is the quickness of the benefits and the other is the pill bit you mention.  

      Thx for the comment Sara

  3. This was a very detailed review.  I appreciated that you explained the benefits of each of the primary ingredients, and that you included the manufacturer’s label as well.  I also appreciated that you included the possible side effects of the product, and what ingredients could cause them.

    I know this product contains no caffeine and that you feel this is a positive–but I am wondering if taking it with caffeine or adding a jolt of caffeine might make it even more effective to stimulate productivity?

    Thanks for the review, I am definitely going to check this product out.

    • You could take it with caffeine, but I would only try it with a cup of coffee first.  L-theanine and l-tyrosine offer calm focus and l-the anime is often stacked with caffeine at a 2:1 ratio for great benefits. 

  4. I’ve found some good success using Onnit products, including Alpha brain, historically. It is a good nootropic, but I prefer to further stack that on top of something such as bulletproof coffee to further reap the power of the nootropic.

    I feel that it is a good product and I would absolutely recommend it!

    Thank you for this post!

    Ben Kuriger

    • Yes, Bulletproof coffee does work well as does caffeine in general as long as the ratios are not too much in favor of either.

  5. Hi Stew, I take vitamins and drink protein supplements daily. I liked your article very much as I am always on the lookout for other supplements, better supplements, etc. Your article was exactly what I look for when I am on the lookout for something new. I think my only question would be how is the taste as this is very important to me as well when I decide on something. I bookmarked your site so I will be following you for more great info.

    • First off, thanks for the comment Michael

      The taste is lemony and not at all bad.  Good actually and kind of makes me want a little more.

      Alpha Brain is a great product and making it ‘instant’ is a bonus

  6. I can’t say I have heard of the Alpha Brain Powder yet, but it was interesting learning all about it. I like that you can dissolve in water and it gets absorbed a lot faster into your bloodstream than capsules would. The only thing I don’t find any mention of is how does this taste? You just say that it tastes good. There is nothing worse than having to drink something each day that tastes terrible, then I would rather take the capsules.

    The memory and focus thing is what hooked my attention, and I think I am going to give these a go. I am definitely finding as I get older, my focus isn’t as great as it used to be, and sometimes even my memory.

    I also like that the only con is the secret recipe they use. At least you know what is in it, but if they gave you the exact amounts, then I guess a competitor could copy their recipe.

    • The taste as i say is good, mostly lemon.

      Proprietary blends don’t usually fool you into thinking you are getting more than you should be as long as it is a respected company so I keep my reviews to those who are.

      Alpha Brain has been a staple in the nootropic business and is very popular so introducing a faster acting supplement called ‘instant’ is a great thing

  7. I have always disliked taking pills or capsules since I was a kid. Even now I would love to take supplements but the idea of consuming these supplements in the form of pills or capsules puts me off.

    Finally, I am happy to know through your article that Onnit has come up with Alpha Brain instant which is a powder you dissolve into water and just drink it. And as the water gets absorbed faster the ingredients can reach the bloodstream even faster than in pills or capsules.  

    I think I am convinced enough to try this out.

    Thanks for sharing this post.


    • Thanks for the comment Nick

      The drink mixes are becoming popular more and more these days because of the faster absorbtion and those who don’t like to take pills like you.

  8. I know about this supplement, and the only advice I can give is: it is a good product, but be careful about the dosage it is like you’ve mentioned, they aren’t keen to give away how much they blend, and what the dosage is. Anyway, thanks for this review, many people will be helped thanks to this! 

  9. I heard about Alpha Brain when buying some multivitamins for my health. I may also need some nootropics, lately I found myself hard to concentrate at work. It’s nice that it can be consumed by drinking. I sometimes mix supplements with healthy smoothies do blend the taste. Have you ever tried to mix Alpha Brain with other drink or smoothies? Does it still taste good? Thank you for the information

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