WHAT IS IT?
As promoted on YouTube, Mental Mojo is a patent-pending sugar-free nootropic that is supposedly designed by “leading formulators/neurochemists to unleash your inner genius.” Marketed as “rocket fuel for your brain,” Mental Mojo is formulated to enhance memory, focus, and clarity. It comes in two different flavors—Kiwi Strawberry and Fruit Punch.
Said to be helpful for competing, studying, working and learning, Mental Mojo comes in sexy and sleek black packets that look not unlike single-serving packages of Crystal Light. They are available in one-month supplies for $27.49 or 10-stick boxes for $29.99.
WHAT’S IN IT?
Here is where things get fishy with Mental Mojo. While their website, a very attractive and flashily designed one, offers tons of information about the ingredients contained in the blend and plenty of pretty pictures for those of us who are easily taken in by bells and whistles, the one thing it doesn’t provide is transparency—There are no exact mg amounts listed for any of the six active ingredients.
The problem with this, a problem all too common with proprietary blends, is the precarious nature of the blend’s alleged effectiveness. It comes down to this: The FDA does not approve the natural ingredients contained in nootropic blends as dietary supplements. As such, these ingredients go unregulated which means that manufacturers are free to put as much or as little of each ingredient in their supplements without having to disclose the precise measurements.
This is a real concern for those looking for a viable proprietary formula because they might purchase one of these supplements for an exorbitant amount of money only to find that it doesn’t do anything for them.
The ingredients in Mental Mojo are as follows:
As we covered in our article on Focusene, Acetyl-L-Carnitine is well-regarded as an all-natural compound for memory and performance. It has been shown to combat age-related memory problems in rats. Several doctors have espoused the drug for the treatment of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and other mental conditions.
It is generally considered to be a safe and effective compound for cognitive enhancement. No specific contraindications have been documented at this time.
You dedicated natural warriors are no strangers to Alpha GPC; it is one of the most prevalent noots on the market and one that is regularly stacked with other noots for sharpening of focus and optimization of mental powers. It has been implemented in the treatment of dementia, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and Fibromyalgia, and is famous for banishing brain fog.
No major interactions with other drugs have been documented, but for those taking Scopolamine, you should first consult with your doctor before taking Alpha GPC as both drugs block acetylcholine in the brain.
Huperzine A is an herbal extract which, unlike Alpha GPC, produces improved levels of acetylcholine. It is a neuroprotective agent that has been the subject of many clinical trials. Evidence points to Alpha GPC aiding those afflicted with age-related mental degeneration.
Huperzine A is often stacked with L-Tyrosine, the next ingredient in this interesting blend. Called “an answer for a better mind, memory, mood, and sleep,” this amino acid supplement has also proven effective for vanquishing anxiety. It has been used to help those with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease alike and is listed as a compound to combat the come down from a marijuana high.
Phosphatidylserine is a mood modulator whose renown has grown in the nootropic community thanks to its popularity as a study drug. It has been studied for its prospective use as an Alzheimer’s drug and has been embraced as an ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) tonic.
Like most of the other ingredients in Mental Mojo, Phosphatidylserine can interact poorly with other drugs, particularly those used for Alzheimer’s disease and glaucoma.
Finally, Vinpocetine is called “nature’s cognitive enhancer.” It is a powerful antioxidant that has been featured on Fox News and other popular outlets. Referred to as “the smart agent,” Vinpocetine increases blood flow to the brain and heightens memory formulation. It has received a four or five-star rating by consumers across multiple platforms and websites, and it is regularly stacked with other noots like racetams.
MENTAL MOJO’S REP
On average, Mental Mojo stands out as a well-received and generally effective proprietary blend. Consumers on Amazon give it an average five-star rating (based on 80% of users) with reviewers calling it, “magic,” “pleasant,” and “a must try product.”
Some users weren’t as enthusiastic; one consumer wrote, “Don’t be mislead by fake 5-star reviews. I wanted this product to be all they said it would be so bad. Everything about this company, from the logo to the awesome marketing makes you think this stuff will be fantastic. Unfortunately, it tastes horrible, has a nasty aftertaste, and does nothing.”
Another writes, “I was disappointed when the box arrived because it was only a 10 day supply for that price…I did not notice any significant benefit from it. I get more effect from a Starbucks coffee.”
Just like all nootropics, experiences vary widely from person to person. Unlike the aforementioned consumers, the top reviewer had this to say: “This stuff is awesome. I received a sample in my goodie bag from a 5k running race I joined…I am presently training for a full marathon. I took this stuff prior to my 3.5 “hell hill” workout and I swear, I could’ve gone another round after ingesting Mental Mojo.
“I’ve also used this prior to my longer runs, and I felt like I could keep going and going…I will only use Mental Mojo for my long runs which are 8 miles and above because this stuff gives the extended physical support I need.”
As for the taste, this same consumer suggests mixing it with flavored tea to give it a “nice creamy flavor.” No matter what you mix it with, be sure to use only the recommended daily dosage. Be safe, be smart and emancipate your mind.