Summary: Neither Alpha Brain nor Gorilla Mind Smooth made it onto our top nootropic list. Of the two, Gorilla Mind Smooth is a better brain supplement than Alpha Brain, mainly because it doesn’t use a proprietary blend and has several effective ingredients for proper brain function and health that are well-dosed. On the other hand, Alpha Brain does use a proprietary blend and won’t provide significant results long-term. As we’ve said, though, Gorilla Mind smooth is far from a perfect nootropic either. It lacks some ingredients that would make it far more effective.
Alpha Brain Vs Gorilla Mind Smooth – The Overview
Alpha Brain is a dietary supplement by the company Onnit. It is focused on improving brain health. More precisely, these are the claimed benefits from the manufacturer:
- Increased mental focus
- Improving memory
- Cognitive enhancement
- Better mental speed
- Helps with flow state
- Reacting more quickly
Alpha Brain comes in a capsule form, with 90 per jar, enough to provide you with 45 servings. There is also Alpha Brain Black Label available on the market, but we’ll be focusing on the classic version today. Is it any good? How effective are the ingredients inside? How does Alpha Brain compare to its competitor? We’re about to find out.
Gorilla Mind Smooth
Similarly to Alpha Brain, Gorilla Mind Smooth is a nootropic by the company Gorilla Mind from Idaho (owned by Derek from “More Plates More Dates”), claimed to provide you these benefits:
- Long-term memory improvement
- Better mental focus
- Boosting cognition, motivation, and productivity
- Stress relief
It comes in a capsule form as well. Gorilla Mind Smooth will last you 30 days if you stick to the dosage recommendations. Let’s get into more details about both products!
Alpha Brain Vs Gorilla Mind Smooth – The Ingredients
Alpha Brain’s Formula
As can be seen on the label, Alpha Brain uses a proprietary blend. More precisely, there are 3 proprietary blends inside. Each serving (2 capsules) provides you with these nutrients:
- Vitamin B6 – 10mg
- Onnit Flow Blend – 650mg (consisting of: L-Theanine, L-Tyrosine, Oat (straw) Extract, Phosphatidylserine)
- Cat’s Claw (bark) Extract – 350mg
- Onnit Focus Blend – 240mg (consisting of: Alpha GPC, Bacopa Monnieri (100mg), Huperzine A (400mcg)
- Onnit Fuel Blend – 60mg (consisting of: L-Leucine, Pterostilbene)
First of all, a proprietary blend is a big red flag in a supplement. That is because the manufacturer could potentially be hiding very important information from you, which are the exact doses of each particular ingredient in that blend, therefore you can’t be sure how effective these ingredients inside are going to be.
Some of the ingredients’ doses are stated, such as Bacopa Monnieri – 100mg, Huperzine A – 400mcg, and Cat’s Claw Extract – 350mg, but we have no information about the other nutrients’ dosages.
There are plenty of potent ingredients inside these proprietary blends, such as Phosphatidylserine, which has been shown by studies to improve short-term and long-term memory and support locomotor functions.
Another great one is L-Theanine, which can promote a relaxed state, resulting in less stress and anxiety. L-Theanine can also boost cognition, according to Examine.
All in all, these ingredients are promising, but because they are put in a proprietary blend with no exact doses provided, we can’t praise Alpha Brain’s formula.
Gorilla Mind Smooth’s Formula
Gorilla Mind Smooth doesn’t use any proprietary blends. Each serving (3 capsules) delivers you these nutrients:
- L-Tyrosine – 750mg
- Alpha-GPC – 600mg
- Kanna – 250mg
- Ginkgo Extract – 180mg
- Bacopa Monnieri – 165mg
- L-Theanine – 100mg
- Saffron extract – 15mg
- Huperzine A – 200mcg
Most of these ingredients are dosed optimally. L-Tyrosine, L-Theanine, and Bacopa Monnieri are some of the ingredients inside that are well-studied and can help boost cognition, improve memory, and alleviate stress.
Saffron extract is one of the ingredients that is inside Gorilla Mind Smooth, and not in the Alpha Brain’s formula. It is a potent plant used to eliminate depression, NCBI states.
Obviously, Gorilla Mind Smooth has a better ingredient formula than Alpha Brain, mostly because there are no proprietary blends inside. The manufacturer here provides you with all the necessary information about the doses.
Our Commentary on Alpha Brain Vs Gorilla Mind Smooth’s Ingredients
If we had to choose between Alpha Brain and Gorilla Mind Smooth, we’d definitely go for Gorilla Mind Smooth. It doesn’t use a proprietary blend and most of the ingredients are well-dosed. Gorilla Mind Smooth is a decent nootropic, but it’s definitely not perfect.
There are some key ingredients such as Lion’s Mane Mushroom, Rhodiola Rosea, or Phosphatidylserine missing from its formula that would make it more effective in our eyes.
Alpha Brain Vs Gorilla Mind Smooth – Side Effects
Gorilla Mind Smooth and Alpha Brain shouldn’t cause any side effects if you follow the recommended daily dosage. However, due to a proprietary blend, we can’t be absolutely certain that some ingredient inside Alpha Brain’s formula does not overdose. Always consult with your doctor before taking any supplement for the first time, especially if you’re taking medication or have a condition.
Cost & Where to Buy?
You can purchase Gorilla Mind Smooth on the official website for the price of $39.99 for 30 servings.
Alpha Brain, too, can be bought on the official website for $79.95 for 45 servings. Considering the value it provides, Alpha Brain is far from the best pick at this price range. Gorilla Mind Smooth is slightly overpriced as well but provides a better value for money than Alpha Brain.
The winner of the two here is definitely Gorilla Mind Smooth. While it has its own flaws, Gorilla Mind Smooth at least shows you clearly what’s on the label while Alpha Brain has that hidden. Gorilla Mind Smooth could help alleviate stress and improve memory, at least to some degree in the long run. But for the prices that are being charged, we can’t recommend either of these two products. We’ve seen more effective nootropics with more comprehensive formulas on the market.