Focus Excel Memory Pill
It’s hard to recommend Focus Excel. It’s not as effective nootropic as you’d think with a lot of hyperbole marketing claims, no research done to back its effects/ingredients, as well as the alarming side effects reported when taking it. If we were you, we’d stay away.
What is Focus Excel?
Focus Excel is advertised as being a memory pill that provides ‘support for optimal brain function and focus’. It’s aimed at those who wish to achieve razor sharp focus to allow them to complete tasks at work, home or school, although it’s not for consumption by children under the age of 18.
Who makes Focus Excel?
Focus Excel is made by an American company called Hello Life, which sells a wide range of homeopathic products and supplements for wellness. Focus Excel is just one of more than 40 products in their range.
Hello Life’s website states that their products are ‘manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities, under strict guidelines of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), ensuring exceptional safety and quality control’, but it’s unclear whether or not they are GMP-certified, as the GMP logo is nowhere to be found.
Hello Life is based in the USA, although little information is given about who they are or how long they’ve been around (their website does look like something out of the 90’s, though). They provide US-based customer service support via phone and email.
Focus Excel Ingredients
Focus Excel uses a proprietary blend, which means we are able to see what ingredients it contains, but not the amounts in which they’re used. This is a common tactic in the nootropics market which manufacturers use to avoid disclosing their exact formula, and it creates problems for potential buyers because we’re unable to gauge exactly how effective the supplement may be. So unfortunately, we’re not able to give the full story with this pill, but we’ll tell you what we can. The proprietary blend, which is 1090mg in total, consists of:
Cordyceps Sinensis – Commonly known as the ‘Caterpillar Fungus’ and found in Asia. The fungus infects a ‘host’ insect, effectively killing and consuming it from the inside. Before it dies, the caterpillar burrows into the soil, where the fungus eventually grows out of the poor caterpillar’s head and up to the surface, like grass. Thankfully, it doesn’t have this effect on humans. In herbal supplements, it simply helps the body to adapt to stress by increasing stamina and energy while reducing fatigue.
Guarana Seed Extract (22% caffeine) – A source of caffeine often used in energy drinks and supplements, which acts as a stimulant.
Phosphatidylserine – Studies have shown that this substance has benefits for cognitive ability, long-term and short-term memory, focus and problem-solving ability.
DMAE Bitartrate – A common ingredient in brain supplements due to its ability to boost acetylcholine, therefore improving memory and concentration.
L-Glutamine – A substance produced in muscle cells and used in various bodily functions. Stabilises mood and reduced anxiety and depression.
L-Tyrosine – An amino acid used to produce hormones and neurotrasmitters including dopamine, thyroxine and epinephrine.
Eleuthero Root Extract – Otherwise known as ‘Siberian Ginseng’, this herbal extract supports the body’s reaction to stress while also boosting the immune system.
Alpha Lipoic Acid – A fatty acid and antioxidant which protects nerves and brain tissue from damage by free radicals.
Mucuna Pruriens Seed Extract (15% L-Dopa) – An antioxidant herbal extract with neuroprotective effects.
Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract – Improves circulation to the brain and protects nerve cells.
5-HTP from Griffonia Simplicifolia Seed Extract – This African shrub extract is said to reduce anxiety (although more human research ir required on this subject).
White Willow Bark – Contains a chemical called Salicin, which is similar to Aspirin.
Glycine – An important neurotransmitter for supporting brain function.
Vinpocetine (98%) – Enhances memory by increasing blood flow to the brain.
Choline Bitartrate – Enhances cognition, focus and motivation and reduces fatigue.
The formula also includes for essential vitamins and minerals, and details of their amounts and percentage of daily value:
Niacinimide 10mg 50% DV
Vitamin B5 10mg 100% DV
Vitamin B6 6mg 300% DV
Folic Acid 400mcg 100% DV
Vitamin B12 250mcg 4175% DV
Focus Excel Side Effects
The uncertainty of the dosage of the ingredients in this supplement means that we can’t be sure what the risks of side effects are. Therefore, it’s best to err on the side of caution. Here are some known side effects of some of the individual ingredients:
Guarana may be unsafe in high doses for an extended period of time. Dosages higher than 250-300mg have been known to produce effects such as insomnia, nervousness, increased heart rate, stomach irritation and vomiting.
Cordyceps Sinesis has been linked to nausea, diarrhea and dry mouth. There is a lack of human research for this ingredient, so it may cause other unexpected side effects, too.
DMAE Bitartrate may cause headaches, constipation and elevated blood pressure.
Eleuthero root extract should be avoided by those with high blood pressure.
Those with a senstivity to Aspirin should avoid Focus Excel due to its use of Salicin. It should also be avoided be pregnant and nursing mothers as not enough is currently known about its safety.
How to buy Focus Excel
Focus Excel costs $29.95 for one bottle. Shipping costs vary from $2.95 to $29.95, depending on how quickly you want to receive your order. Shipping is free on orders over $49.
There is a 60-day returns policy, so you can get a refund if you aren’t happy with your purchase.
The website and store appears to be safe and secure, since it’s SSL protected and allows customers to pay by Visa, Master Card, and Amex.
Verdict: Does Focus Excel work?
It’s unclear whether or not Focus Excel is a truly effective nootropic supplement. No independent research has been carried out to support Hello Life’s claims about its effects, so we have to take their word for it. Also, some of the side effects produced by the ingredients are rather alarming, and since the proprietary blend leaves us in the dark about how much of them it contains, we’re not willing to take our chances. There seem to be very few reviews online, too. Amazon has one sole review at 5 stars, which is rather suspect. We’re not convinced by Focus Excel, so it gets a 5/10 from us.
- Affordable entry price
- Fair 60 days return policy
- Ingredients hidden under proprietary blend
- No research supporting Hello Life's claims
- Alarming side effects
- Few reviews online