Focus Factor Review and Full Ingredients Breakdown.
Almost all brain enhancing formulas promise the same set of benefits with some minor changes.
It’s always about memory, focus, motivation, and mental energy. Most cognitive supplements don’t go beyond this set.
That’s why, when I see something different, I immediately get drawn towards it.
A few weeks ago, I came across a dietary supplement called Focus Factor.
You might think, “What’s the big deal?” Agreed; there are hundreds or even thousands of supplements on the market. So, how is Focus Factor different?
Visiting the product website, the ingredients list immediately grabbed my attention.
The list is long and populated by natural and independently studied herbs, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.
Like other supplements, Focus Factor promises its customer improved focus, concentration, and memory.
Deviating from the usual trend, in a rather refreshing way, the makers of Focus Factor are also promising eye benefits for the users.
Let’s talk more about this dietary supplement…
Focus Factor Review – Introduction
Factor Nutrition Labs – the company that produces the dietary supplement claims that Focus Factor is America’s No. 1 Brain Health Supplement and it has been so for the past 15+ years.
They also claim the supplement to be made using patented and clinically tested formula.
To back their claim, the makers have provided a Clinical Study report on the product website. We’ll talk more about this report later in the review.
It’s a well-known fact that our brain, which is about 3 pounds in weight, consumes as much as 20% of the energy that we get from food.
It’s an energy gulping Pac-Man that’s constantly dodging the four ghosts (age-related cognitive decline, environmental factors, poor diet, and unhealthy lifestyle) to stay active and healthy.
Focus Factor promises to provide the much-needed nutrition to optimize the brain performance.
Focus Factor dietary supplement promises the following benefits:
- Intense concentration and Focus
- Increased memory including short-term memory and speedy memory recall
- Improved verbal learning
Factor Nutrition Labs is offering its customers four variants of the Focus Factor supplement.
They are Focus Factor Original, Focus Factor Extra Strength, Focus Factor Brain & Vision, and Focus Factor Kids Extra Strength.
Those who are new to the world of dietary and cognitive supplements could begin with Focus Factor Original.
The more experienced users could opt for Extra Strength, which is an advanced formulation.
To enhance the strength and effectiveness of the supplement, the makers have increased the amount of certain key ingredients of the Original blend to make Extra Strength.
If you want something extra from your supplement, then choose Focus Factor Brain & Vision. This variant ensures healthy vision (eye) and improved cognitive function (brain).
Apart from the original formula, the manufacturers have added Zeaxanthin and Lutein – these are natural carotenoids that protect photoreceptor cells in the macula region of the retina.
As the name suggests, the Focus Factor Kids Extra Strength is for children. This variant is specially formulated for the little ones aged 4 years and higher.
The supplement contains all the essential neuro-nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that a young, healthy and active kid needs.
The supplement comes in chewable tablets form with berry blast flavor to make it palatable to children.
Focus Factor Ingredients Breakdown
The Focus Factor supplement is produced using nearly 40 active ingredients.
Don’t be surprised? It’s a fact. Probably you won’t find any other dietary supplement with so many active ingredients except Lucidal.
That’s both remarkable and worrying at the same time.
It’s remarkable because the manufacturers have carefully selected natural and clinically tested substances (nootropics, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals) that would nourish both the body and mind.
But, it’s also worrying because the addition of so many ingredients makes you question whether the makers have added an adequate amount of each ingredient for the supplement to be effective.
We’ll give an answer to this question when we pronounce our verdict on Focus Factor. Before that here is a brief account of the ingredients and the individual dosage.
Focus Factor’s Vitamins and Minerals
Our body is a massive and complex factory that runs 24/7.
It’s constantly producing bone, muscle, and skin cells; it’s continually running a large volume of nutrition-rich blood to the extreme corners of the body, and sending and receiving signals through nerve networks throughout the body.
To perform these functions and more, our body needs raw materials in the form of oxygen, glucose, vitamins, and minerals.
Yes, even to perform simple, essential tasks like cellular repair and conversion of food into energy, we need the help of vitamins and minerals.
Relatively speaking, our body needs only a small quantity of vitamins and minerals to function normally.
But, they are as important as oxygen and glucose. Insufficient supply of vitamins and minerals will affect our physical health as well as our intellect.
To ensure optimal body and brain performance, Focus Factor comes with as many as 23 vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin A (4000IU):
This fat-soluble vitamin is essential for good eyesight, reproduction, and immune system.
It also ensures the normal functioning of kidneys, lungs, heart, and other important organs.
The antioxidant properties of this vitamin help fight free radicals to reduce inflammation.
Vitamin C (250mg):
Also known as Ascorbic Acid, this water-soluble vitamin helps in the synthesis of collagen, L-Carnitine, and essential neurotransmitters.
Its powerful antioxidant property ensures healthy skin and heart. The vitamin facilitates iron absorption and prevents anemia.
Vitamin C is also known to boost the immune system.
Vitamin D (100IU):
This sunshine vitamin is finally getting the recognition it deserves. It’s essential for healthy immune system and development of teeth and bones.
In countries with colder climates, doctors often recommend Vitamin D supplements to fight depression.
In fact, vitamin D is a very effective reducer of stress and anxiety; a natural mood enhancer.
Vitamin E (30IU):
Want to look young even as more candles pile up on your birthday cake? You should take vitamin E.
This vitamin has powerful antioxidant properties that repair damaged cells and reduces inflammation.
It helps control cholesterol levels in the body, reduces free radicals, ensures healthy skin and hair, regulates essential hormones, and treats PMS symptoms such as craving, anxiety, and cramping.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) (3mg):
The first of the B group of vitamins. Also referred to as Thiamin, this vitamin helps conversion of food into energy.
Vitamin B1 with other vitamins of its group helps in proper functioning of the digestive system, endocrine system, and cardiovascular system.
This water-soluble vitamin is essential for preventing various brain disorders.
Doctors believe that fatigue and low body energy can increase stress and anxiety, affect mood, and can also cause depression.
Vitamin B1 elevates mood and treats stress by energizing the body and mind.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) (1.7mg):
Similar to its comrades is the B complex group, Vitamin B2 also helps to metabolize food into energy. Vitamin B2 in supplement form is recommended for patients suffering from migraine headaches.
It’s essential for good eyesight and healthy skin and hair.
Its antioxidant properties prevent cellular damage. It is used to treat anemia and has shown preventative properties related to some forms of cancer.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) (25mg):
How does Niacin benefit the body? It reduces bad (LDL) cholesterol, increases good (HDL) cholesterol, and lowers Triglycerides.
It treats pellagra, diabetes, and impotence. It’s essential for healthy skin. It prevents cardiovascular diseases and boosts energy.
As a cognitive enhancer, Niacin is often used to reduce symptoms of age-related cognitive disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
It’s also used to treat attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, hallucination, and schizophrenia.
Vitamin B6 (15mg):
Vitamin B6 is considered the most important brain vitamin.
The importance of Vitamin B6 can be gauged from the fact that both our brain and body needs this substance for normal functioning.
It helps in energy metabolism in cells and stimulates the production of vital neurotransmitters.
The vitamin influences not one but several neurotransmitters such as melatonin, norepinephrine, serotonin, and acetylcholine.
Vitamin B9 (Folate) (400mcg):
Vitamin B9 in the form of Folic Acid is crucial for synthesis and repair of DNA.
The vitamin offers several benefits including healthy cardiovascular system, digestive system, and reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
In a study conducted in Korea, the researchers found a strong link between folate levels and homocysteine levels in dementia patients.
Participants with dementia had lower folate levels, while the other group that did not have dementia had higher levels of this vitamin.
Vitamin B12 (20mcg):
This is an essential vitamin, but a large section of the population in South America, India, the United States, Central America, and Mexico suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency.
It’s important for heart health, digestive health, and regulating hormone balance and enzyme production.
This vitamin benefits the hair, skin, heart, digestion, mood, and energy level in the body.
Vitamin B7 (Biotin) (300mcg):
This is an essential vitamin for the metabolism of glucose, amino acids, and fatty acids.
It helps you appear young by taking care of your skin and hair. It’s equally important for building, strengthening, and repairing muscles in the body.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) (12mg):
This too is one of the important nutrients in the B complex group.
Pantothenic acid helps the brain by reducing stress and anxiety. It also helps in the production of certain neurotransmitters.
An important mineral for development of bones.
It offers other vital benefits including aiding weight loss, protection against kidney stone injuries, reduction of PMS symptoms, regulation of blood pressure, and reduction in the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
As an important mineral that’s so crucial for the normal functioning of the body, Iron has a role to play in several processes in the body.
It helps in transportation and storage of oxygen, several enzymes need iron to carry out their normal functions, iron helps in production of red blood cells, it’s also essential for muscle function, it boosts immunity, it ensures healthy cognitive function by supplying adequate oxygen to the brain, and is vital for healthy skin and hair.
Adequate amount of iodine is a must for the normal functioning of the thyroid gland.
In fact, nearly 60% of the iodine in our body is stored in the thyroid gland.
This trace element is essential for regulating metabolic rate, boosting the immune system, removing toxins from the body, and preventing and treating diseases such as cancer and fibrocystic disease.
This mineral has a role to play in hundreds of chemical reactions in the body.
Our bones house nearly 60% of this element present in the body, which makes it a key substance for development of strong bones.
Magnesium also helps to regulate the nervous system, aids muscle movement, creates and repairs RNA and DNA, assists in the conversion of amino acids into proteins, and helps in the production of energy from food.
As an essential trace element, zinc helps us by promoting digestion, boosting immunity, and aiding production, development, and repair of several hormones.
Its therapeutic benefits include fighting free radicals, reducing risks of heart disease, fighting certain cancers, and reducing the dangers of inflammation.
Most people wouldn’t have heard about selenium, yet this is one of the essential minerals required by the body for optimal performance.
Selenium is more of a protector than the enforcer. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties keep the damage to the cells and various organs to the minimum.
It fights various diseases including cancer; it boosts immunity, improves fertility, treats symptoms of asthma, protects the heart, regulates thyroid function, and promotes blood flow.
Next to iron, copper is the most important element needed for producing red blood cells.
Some studies have found that copper levels were way too low in Alzheimer’s patients.
It’s believed that increases in copper levels can reduce the risks of osteoporosis.
In our body, manganese works closely with other trance elements to perform various chemical processes.
A small portion of manganese is also present in our brain, mainly in the synaptic vesicles.
In the brain, the mineral is responsible for normal synaptic neurotransmission.
Only a small amount of chromium is required by the body.
The mineral helps prevent diabetes by increasing the functioning of insulin.
It also regulates cholesterol levels and protects the heart. In the brain, Chromium mainly targets the hypothalamus and aids its functions.
It also boosts cognitive function by fighting the ill-effects aging has on the brain.
This is a coenzyme that plays a vital role in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats in the body.
Molybdenum helps fight sulfite sensitivity, improves blood circulation and promotes cell growth by influencing the production of nitric oxide, and helps detoxify drugs and alcohol.
Potassium helps our body is so many ways.
It also happens to be the third most abundantly present mineral in the body.
This mineral helps regulate blood pressure, reduces stress and anxiety, maintains water balance, improves muscle strength, essential for normal neuron function, aids metabolism, and improves heart health.
Focus Factor’s Natural Nootropics and Amino Acids (Proprietary Blend) (692mg)
DMAE Bitartrate: This nootropic is used to increase the neurotransmitter acetylcholine that is responsible for many cognitive functions in the brain.
Some even use this ingredient to treat memory loss and other symptoms in patients with Alzheimer’s.
It must be mentioned here that some experts term DMAE Bitartrate as ineffective and there is hardly any research study to show the substance to be effective in treating Alzheimer’s.
This is an amino acid added in Focus Factor to improve focus, concentration, and attention of the users.
It’s often given to people with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This ingredient is mildly effective in improving the above-mentioned faculties.
It can greatly help vegans who don’t take dairy products.
Bacopa Monnieri Extract:
This is a popular and widely used natural nootropic that increases neuron communication.
The active ingredient in this herb improves the efficiency the synapses so that it can easily receive impulses.
Bacopa Monnieri Extract is added to the supplement to improve long-term memory and focus. It’s also useful to reduce stress and anxiety.
This ingredient is derived from glutamic acid and glutamine.
This substance benefits the user by increasing memory, improving focus, and reducing anxiety.
The ingredient delivers these benefits by stimulating the production of neurotransmitters and improving blood circulation in the brain.
This ingredient is a phospholipid with both fatty acid and amino acid functions.
It works with other fatty acids to strengthen cell membrane.
It’s believed that Phosphatidylserine can help treat various mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
In young people, the phospholipid can reduce stress, depression, ADHD, and improve athletic performance.
Seafood lovers will be glad to hear this news – DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that can offer several health benefits.
DHA is quite effective in reducing inflammation. It also helps cognition by improving working memory, learning, mental flexibility, and verbal reasoning.
Choline is the precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is the key to the normal functioning of various cognitive faculties.
By increasing the production of acetylcholine, Focus Factor can improve memory, help to learn, increase focus and concentration, and boost spatial reasoning.
Even though Inositol isn’t popular as other nootropic substances, it’s commonly used to improve cognitive function and brain health.
This ingredient is a type of carbohydrate found in several food items.
Some refer to Inositol as Vitamin B8, but experts say technically this substance doesn’t belong to the B complex group.
Inositol is mainly used to treat mental conditions such as depression.
It helps patients with depression by improving motivation, drive, and mental energy.
It improves mood and treats mental disorders by influencing the serotonin receptors and activating them.
This amino acid influences the production of dopamine and noradrenaline.
It’s used to fight degenerative mental conditions, narcolepsy, ADD, and ADHD.
This ingredient may also help in reducing PMS symptoms, ED, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.
Bilberry is a close relative of blueberry that’s largely found in North America.
The antioxidant properties in Bilberry help treat GI problems, diabetic retinopathy, blood clots, and chronic venous insufficiency.
GABA supplementation is often suggested to elevate mood and treat various mental problems such as attention deficit, depression, anxiety, and PMS symptoms.
There is some evidence to suggest that GABA can help relieve pain, regulate blood pressure, promote the burning of fat, and increase muscle growth.
Grape Skin and Seed Extract:
Grape extract is rich in antioxidants that help in fighting free radicals.
It’s mainly suggested to improve cardiovascular function.
This ingredient is also known to regulate cholesterol levels in the body.
Derived from the vinca minor plant, Vinpocetine delivers various cognitive benefits by dilating the blood vessels and improving the blood flow to the brain.
This ingredient can help with memory, focus, learning, mental energy, and also treat cognitive decline and conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
Also known as Selagine, this ingredient prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine.
The actions of Huperzine A boost acetylcholine levels and thereby helps improve memory, focus, learning, and other cognitive functions.
This is a mineral that is known to provide cognitive and health benefits.
Boron helps the users by increasing testosterone, treating osteoarthritis and PMS symptoms.
Several studies have found vanadium to be reasonably effective in reducing blood sugar levels.
It mimics the functioning of insulin and helps keep the blood sugar levels in check.
Other benefits of vanadium include reducing LDL and treating syphilis, tuberculosis, and heart disease.
Who makes Focus Factor?
A limited liability company with the name Factor Nutrition Labs produces the dietary supplement Focus Factor.
So far the company has sold about 7 million bottles of Focus Factor, which is the highest for any dietary supplement.
The company is subsidiary of Synergy Strips Corps and has launched six other products other than Focus Factor to date.
Factor Nutrition claims all their supplements are produced using natural ingredients of the highest quality, independently tested, and proved safe to use without any or very little chance of side effects.
The list of products made by Factor Nutrition Labs, other than Focus Factor, includes CoQfactor, Immune System Support Formula, OMEGA3factor, and FLEXOfactor.
The company sells their products directly to customers, through retail outlets, and online and offline wholesale channels.
Factor Nutrition Labs isn’t accredited by The Better Business Bureau (BBB).
There are no reviews about the company on the BBB website, but there is one customer complaint, which the company has claimed to have responded and resolved promptly.
BBB has awarded an A+ rating to the company.
Our Verdict: What we think of the dietary supplement Focus Factor
Earlier in the review, we promised to talk about the clinical study that establishes the benefits of the supplement Focus Factor.
So, here we are and let’s find out what the report says.
The study was carried out by a privately-held research organization called Cognitive Research Corporation (CRC) that focuses on supplements and products that target/benefit the central nervous system.
The evaluation was done in 2011 and the researchers claim to have followed the protocol and guidelines laid down by FDA, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and International Council for Harmonization.
The clinical trial concludes that after six weeks of use, compared to the placebo group, the participants that were given Focus Factor supplement experienced improvement in short-term memory, working memory, concentration, and attention.
We went through the summary of the report, but the report is not enough to induce us to support the Focus Factor supplement.
For one, the clinical study report isn’t published in any reputed journal, magazine, or website. Moreover, Factor Nutrition Labs – the manufacturers of Focus Factor supplement – funded the study.
Can we be 100% sure that the researchers did an impartial and unbiased job studying the product? No.
So, let’s turn our attention to the expert reviews and user comments about Focus Factor.
Here, we have a mixed bag, with some users praising and backing the claims made by the sellers, while others giving it a thumbs-down.
The user complaints range from ineffective product, waste of money, to claims of upset stomach and other minor side effects.
Another important point that must be mentioned here is the lawsuit Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed against the manufacturers of the supplement for making unsupported claims.
The makers of supplement later settle the case by paying a fine of one million dollars ($1 million). It must be noted here that the suit was settled prior to the clinical study on the supplement.
All said and done, we don’t believe that false advertising and clever marketing alone can sell 7 million bottles of the supplement.
Focus Factor might not deliver all the benefits stated on the product website, but a section of the users claim to have genuinely benefited from the use of this dietary supplement.
How to use Focus Factor?
The recommended dosage of Focus Factor is 4 tablets per day. Take the dietary supplement with food.
Experiment with the dosage; depending on your diet, weight, and tolerance level, you might have to take less or more of the supplement.
Never take more than 8 tablets per day.
For kids, the ideal dose of Focus Factor Kids dietary supplement is 2 chewable tablets per day along with meals or a small snack.
You should talk to a doctor before taking Focus Factor, if you’re pregnant, taking other supplements, or suffering from any medical condition.
How to buy Focus Factor?
Focus Factor can be purchased from the product website, retail outlets, and online e-commerce portals such as Walmart, Amazon, etc.
The supplement is very reasonably priced.
The Focus Factor Original variant comes in a bottle that contains 90 tablets (22.5 servings) and costs just $19.99.
The other three variants, Extra Strength, Brain & Vision, and Kids Extra Strength contain 120 tablets per bottle each and cost $39.99, $39.99, and $24.99 respectively.
Focus Factor comes with 100% money back guarantee, so unsatisfied customers can claim a refund within 30 days of purchase.
If you wish to contact the sellers to know more about the product or about their money back guarantee, you can fill the form in the Contact Us page.
The contact form is the only way to connect with the sellers.
The product website doesn’t provide a phone number, location, or email address of the sellers.
Focus Factor Review: Our Final Thoughts
Both the list of ingredients and benefits are long. Furthermore, the substances added to the blend are all natural herbs, minerals, amino acids, and vitamins. If not all, at least some of ingredients will deliver positive results to the users.
I am still skeptical about the proprietary formulation made up of Nootropics. I am not sure the makers have added enough of each substance to benefit cognitive function.
Moreover, too many ingredients also raise the fear of too many side effects.
So, before taking the supplement consult a doctor and don’t give this supplement to your kid without a physician’s approval.
Overall Focus Factor Rating: 8.7/10
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