Can Focus Factor cause side effects?
Yes, Focus Factor may cause side effects. Numerous aspects of this brain supplement including the ingredients and dosages used make it a potential risk for causing side effects.
If you would like to learn more about our views on Focus Factor – feel free to read our full Focus Factor review linked here.
In this article, however, we will be focusing on the side effects that Focus Factor has the potential to cause from it’s ingredients and what could be done to help mitigate them.
Read on to see what we identify as risk factors in Focus Factor:
Which ingredients in Focus Factor may cause side effects?
There are two many ingredients in Focus Factor which may cause side effects: DMAE and Huperzine A.
DMAE is a nutrient that it is thought to help your brain deal with cognitive decline. However, it was initially used in beauty creams as an anti-aging cream.
There is not a lot evidence to support the cognitive benefits of DMAE in Focus Factor. What’s more is that in animal studies, DMAE has been seen to cause birth defects.
There is not enough research to know if this ingredient will scale up to humans, however, it is a chance that we are not willing to take.
The second ingredient in Focus Factor that may cause side effects (Huperzine A) is another risk factor.
Huperzine A works for cognition by inhibiting the enzyme in your brain which breaks down your acetylcholine. This allows more acetylcholine to build up in your brain.
To some extent this is great for cognition and it can support focus and memory. However, when the buildup becomes to great it leads to side effects such as:
- Drop in Cognitive Performance
And generally not feeling well. So how do we know if we’re getting too much in Focus Factor?
Here’s the kicker…
We can’t. Focus Factor relies on what’s known as a proprietary blend. This is when a supplement company choose to combine a great number of their ingredients together under one dosage and pass it off as a “formula”.
They get to claim all the benefits of the ingredients involved in the blend – but don’t have to disclose if there is a high enough dose of those ingredients to actually offer those effects.
This means we could be getting too less of some ingredients, and high enough in others that it could cause side effects – we have no way of knowing.
What are the chances of these ingredients in Focus Factor causing side effects?
There’s definitely potential there. It doesn’t take much for Huperzine A to get to high enough levels to cause side effects.
This is why most nootropics and brain supplements have started to cut down on their usage of it over the years.
However, old-school brain supplements like Focus Factor seem to have not updated their formula in a while and it is starting to show.
Without knowing the dosages of the ingredients in Focus Factor – we would say that there is potential for these ingredients to cause side effects.
Is there anything that can be done to Focus Factor to reduce the chances of side effects?
Yes, remove the proprietary blends and show the dosages of Focus Factor to reduce side effect risk.
By taking off the proprietary blend wrapper, we would be able to know just how much of each ingredient there is in this nootropic and see how effective it really is.
That would make it easier for us to work out what ingredients have the potential to cause side effects and allow us to suggest other options that may not cause these risks.
Another suggestion would be for Focus Factor to cut down on the amount of ingredients they have in their product.
When it gets past 20 there’s definitely a lot of room for potential side effects by how many ingredients there are to interact with each other – and with you and your diet.
Focus Factor would be better if they chose a handful of their clinically backed ingredients, dosed them up and made their values available for all to see.
It would be an effective stack from a transparent manufacturer – and neither of those are ever a bad thing.
Focus Factor Side Effects: Our Summary
In summary, Focus Factor has the potential to cause side effects – and from this we feel it needs a lot of work.
The DMAE has been linked to causing side effects, and the Huperzine A may cause an acetylcholine buildup which could also lead to cognitive side effects.
There are issues here with what is clearly an aging brain supplement. They need to cut down their ingredients, and open up more about how much of each ingredient their using and ensure that they’re inline with a clinically backed dose.
Marcus Guffoggio is a keen researcher into every aspect of the human memory. He does whatever he can to push his brain, knowledge and psyche to the next level. He enjoys utilizing various memory systems, as well as experimenting with various nootropics to get the most out of his mental and cognitive performance.