We’re real fans of purdy sounding words here at Best5 and Focus Fast talks real purdy:
“Improve working memory.”
Take notes, working BROs and ladies: Next time you’re looking for meaningless “filler” words to put on your résumé (dynamic, versatile, goal-oriented… yawn), consider the science-y buzzwords used by Focus Fast’s marketing team.
As they’ve shown, you don’t scientific evidence to sell a product.
Only real purdy words.
About Focus Fast
Want fast focus? Well, focus up on Enyotics Health Sciences’ one-and-only Focus Fast—the nootropic leader in “Neuro Focusing Technology.” What is that, you ask? Ain’t no one know! But it sounds cool, right? Formula notes:
- Multivitamin + Nootropics: Vitamins & minerals for all-around physical health, Nootropics for FAST FOCUS, yo!
- 38 Ingredients (+ Others): The best part: Most of them are on-point. But is there such a thing as “too much” here?
- Stimulant Free: Enyotics Health Sciences avoids “placebo-enhancing” caffeine, focusing instead on actual nootropic compounds.
Focus Fast Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 2 Tablets|
Servings Per Container: 20
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid)||5.00 mg (8% DV)|
|Thiamin (as Thiamin Mononitrate)||33.30 mg|
|Riboflavin||10.00 mg (588% DV)|
|Niacin (as Niacinamide and Niacin)||25.00 mg|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl)||33.30 mg|
|Folate (as Folic Acid)||270.00 mcg (68% DV)|
|Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin)||1000.00 mcg (16667% DV)|
|Pantothenic Acid (as d-Calcium Pantothenate)||100.00 mg (1000% DV)|
|Chromium (as Chromium Dinicotinate Glycinate)||200.00 mcg (167% DV)|
|Acute Attention Complex:||420.00 mg|
|Inositol, Alpha Lipoic Acid (supplying R-ALA), Vinpocetine, Coenzyme Q10, Rosemary (leaf), Bacopa Monnieri Extract (Whole Plant) (50.0% Bacosides A&B)|
|Advanced Neuro Complex:||350.00 mg|
|L-Phenylalanine, Choline Bitartrate, DMAE (as DMAE Bitartrate), L-Tyrosine, Soy Lecithin (provides 12 mg Phosphatidylcholine), Mucuna Pruriens Seed Extract (20% Total Catecholamines), Choline (as Choline Dihydrogen Citrate), Alpha-GPC (L-Alpha-Glycerylphosphorylcholinehydrate) Complex (50%), Huperzia Serrata (Whole Plant) (5% Huperzine-A)|
|Deep Memory Complex:||315.00 mg|
|Phosphatidylserine, Pyroglutamic Acid, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf 50:1 Extract (24% Ginkgo Flavone Glycosides 6% Terpene Lactones), Gotu Kola (Whole Plant), Omega III Fatty Acid Concentrate (4.5% EPA and 3% DHA), Royal Jelly 3.5x Concentrate|
|Maximum Focus Complex:||315.00 mg|
|L-Theanine, Ashwagandha Root, Panax Ginseng Root Extract (4% Ginsenosides), Green Tea Leaf Extract Decaffeinated, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract (1% rosavins), St. John’s Wort Extract (0.3% Hypericin) (Flowering Tops), 5-HTP (from Griffonia Simplicfolia Seed Extract), Lemon Balm (Leaf)|
|Other Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Croscarmellose Sodium, Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Silica and Pharmaceutical Glaze|
|Directions: As a dietary supplement, take 1 serving (2 tablets) with an 8 oz. glass of water approximately 30 minutes before breakfast or your first meal. Do not exceed 4 tablets in a 24-hour period. Please read the entire label before use and follow the directions. In Addition: For maximum support, take 1 additional serving (2 tablets) with an 8 oz. glass of water approximately 30 minutes before lunch or mental activity, with a minimum of 4 hours apart from your first serving.|
Focus Fast is a slop-shop of nootropic herbs, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids…
Stacking up to a massive 38 ingredients, Focus Fast’s formula is looking dangerously similar to our quoted “Worst Nootropic Formula in the World” Focus Factor—which attempts an even ballsier 40 ingredients.
But isn’t “more” BETTER?
Yes, of course! All the time! Except when it comes to nootropic supplements: Generally speaking, too many ingredients run the risk of inadequate dosages—especially if your serving size is only 2 tablets.
Speaking of dosages, most of them are under wraps, thanks to these proprietary blends (plus, the vitamins & minerals are looking… meh alright).
- Prop blend shizzle matters, bro. For reference, check out a nootropic with a clean+transparent label. See what we mean? Yeah you do.
Compared to Focus Factor’s incredibly low overall dosage, Focus Fast deserves props for upping the ante on each blend’s dosage, and for using some enhanced-potency forms… But how do the blends’ actual ingredients rank? Let’s see:
Acute Attention Complex, 420 mg
420 mg split 6 ways equals a potential average 70 mg per ingredient here.
What we like here:
- Vinpocetine. You’ll find this compound (and the next nootropic) topping our BIG LIST of Nootropics for their well-researched, brain healthy benefits. Vinpocetine, in particular, has been shown in a place-controlled study to boost attention after only two days.
- Bacopa Monnieri. Ayurveda medicine’s “study herb,” Bacopa is the ideal student nootropic for ability to enhance learning and mental processing. However, its effects require long-term supplementation for full effect, which sort of runs against the “fast focus” promise held here.
- CoQ10. Concentrated in the brain, CoQ10 sparks brain energy, which theoretically should help attention.
Strangely, Focus Fast prioritizes Inositol & Alpha Lipoic Acid over these nootropics. We say “Strangely” because the Inositol & Alpha Lipoic Acid combo is largely researched for its metabolic effects—although their individual actions seem to protect brain health to a degree, as well.
Advanced Neuro Complex, 350 mg
350 mg split 9 ways equals…. tiny dosages for each one (probably).
In terms of “Advanced Neuro,” any ingredient in this formula qualifies for this blend, because, well… “Advanced Neuro” is sort of a vague, throwaway title that could mean a lot of things.
But at least the ingredients used here for “Advanced Neuro” are all on-point—in actuality, everything here looks pretty solid for nootropic brain health. You have your:
- Choline Donors. Choline Bitartrate, Soy Lecithin, Choline, Alpha-GPC.
- Neurotransmitter Support. L-Phenylalanine, L-Tyrosine, Mucuna Pruriens, Hup-A.
Combined, these ingredients seem to optimize a brain chemical structure that promotes learning and stabilizes mood.
Deep Memory Complex, 315 mg
315 mg split 6 ways equals a potential average 52.5 mg per ingredient here.
Already we’ve seen enough ingredients in this formula to accomplish “Deep Memory,” but Focus Fast throws in a few more, including another Best5 favorite: Phosphatidylserine (PS).
Ranking at #2 on our BIG LIST, PS is one of the few (only?) nootropics with an FDA-qualified health claim. It seems to work best on age-related memory problems, but we like PS for its immediate benefits on sharp thinking and short-term memory. In other words, Focus Fast earns its name with this ingredient (disregarding its low dosage).
Ginkgo Biloba is a solid follow-up to PS for its similar fast-acting benefits on age-related memory dysfunction—yet, one study found brain-boosting effects on “young volunteers” after only 2-3 hours.
Maximum Focus Complex, 315 mg
315 mg split 8 ways equals a potential average 39.4 mg per ingredient here.
Maximum Focus Complex has the second largest ingredient count (8), but is tied for the lowest dosed blend (315 mg). Sort of a shame considering the awesome focus-enhancing ingredients used here:
- L-Theanine. Compound responsible for green tea’s “relaxed awakefulness” feeling (our #5 best nootropic).
- Ashwagandha, Panax Ginseng, & Rhodiola are the top 3 best herbs for reducing stress—in effect, reducing fatigue & focus-limiting barriers.
The remaining ingredients (green tea leaf extract, St. John’s Wort, 5-HTP, Lemon Balm) serve other brain health benefits, but not necessarily in the name of “Focus.”
According to Enyotics Health Sciences, Focus Fast is the only product to use the “multi-pathway approach of Neuro Focusing Technology.”
NICE! …what’s “Neuro Focusing Technology?
We don’t know, because they don’t explain—which essentially sums up this formula:
Focus Fast mixes a bunch (a BUNCHA bunch) of well-researched nootropic compounds (4 of which are on our Top 5 list) in the name of “Attention,” “Neuro,” “Memory,” and “Focus,” but fails to mention exactly how the formula does this.
It’s one of those buzzy keyword formulas that relies on the reputation of its many ingredients (and the reputation of words like “Neuro Focusing Technology”) to sell its formula rather than the inherent virtue of its formula… which is in need of improvement, particular in regards to:
- This is the biggest downfall to this 38-ingredient formula.
- The manufacturers fail to explain their formula and hide a huge portion of its dosages under proprietary blend labeling.
We’re fairly confident that the “multivitamin” portion of the formula (the first 9 ingredients listed) will have positive effects on overall health—so that’s purdy neat—and that the ingredient quality (notice the potent herb extracts) might offset the low dosages at least a little bit…
But, all-in-all, Focus Fast does too much (38 ingredients) with too little (2 tablet servings).
Our recommendation: Toss in that additional serving described in the directions for “maximum support” if taking Focus Fast.
We got Props: Now with that criticism out of the way, we gotta give some props too: Focus Fast uses a LOT of ingredients, but they are smart enough to compensate for low dosages by using high potency forms, like concentrated extracts and standardized herbs. That is a sign of good formulation.
Focus Fast Benefits
The upside to too many ingredients: Something’s bound to work.
It’s a weak “upside-down” upside, but it’s something! Right!?
The benefits boasted by Focus Fast are:
- Improve Working Memory
- Enhance Attention – Fast!
- Increase Concentration
- Stimulant Free
If Focus Fast accomplishes these benefits, we’re not sure you’ll feel it (of course, the last benefit is guaranteed regardless of that “If”). Yet, according to the reviews, the formula seems to supply a quick rush of “feel-goodness” to many, which is surprising for a stimulant-free formula… So Focus Fast seems to at least work on some level that may extend beyond placebo—after all, Vinpocetine & Huperzine require very little dosages to have an effect.
Who Takes It?
Popular Retail Shoppers. Wal-Mart, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World—the sellers of Focus Fast are far from the underground nootropic scene. This seems to more or less explain the increasing popularity of this nootropic stack: Focus Fast is a generic product targeting a generic consumer base for generic BIG BUCK$, playa.
Any Side Effects?
Focus Fast is an overwhelmingly popular nootropic with a ton of user reviews—many of which are negative, yet don’t seem to mention any serious (or mild) side effects. While Focus Fast runs the risk of bad interactions within its 38-ingredient roster, it seems to escape that risk with its low dosages.
Focus Fast Summary
- Best5 Favorites. PS, Bacopa, Vinpocetine, and L-Theanine make our pants tight.
- Stimulant Free. Caffeine isn’t necessary and Focus Fast done good by avoiding it.
- Decent Ingredients. Focus Fast opts with easier-to-absorb, condensed extracts.
- Clever Formulation. We like how advanced nutrient forms make up for small doses.
- Spread Thin. One last time: Too many ingredients, Too small dosages.
- Proprietary Blends. Most of the dosages we have to guess.
- Mystery Design. Enyotics backs its formula with buzzwords, not science.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 Bottle (20 days): $29.99
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on Focus Fast
The fact that Focus Fast immediately reminds us of what we believe to be the “Worst Nootropic Formula Ever” (Focus Factor) doesn’t bode well for its ratings. Yet, at least this multivitamin + nootropic isn’t surrounded by scam tactics and illegal claims, so… it has that going for it. When compared to legit nootropic stacks, it’s easy to see where Focus Fast needs improvement. But it wouldn’t take much. Jettison about half the ingredients, stick with the premium nootropic forms, and this one would come out a winner. But for now, Focus Fast is just OK.