After a long day at work, one of the last things you want to do is go to the gym and work out. But sitting all day in front of a computer certainly doesn’t help you stay in shape and in fact, it may be detrimental to your health and physique. So for those who need the oomph to make it to the gym, or perhaps help withstanding an intense hike or training, Focus XT claims to be the key to your success.
According to Serious Nutrition Solutions, Focus XT provides ‘mental focus, clarity, and improved performance and cognitive function’. While Focus XT may be used by anyone, it is made by Serious Nutrition Solutions, a company whose aim is to ‘revolutionize sports nutrition’ and it appears to be used by many athletes. It comes in a powder and is to be mixed into water and be drunk by itself, or mixed in with other drinks.
Serious Nutrition Solutions produces many products for a variety of uses, but what we’re looking for is a keen and sharp focus that will allow us to not only expend mental energy but exert physical strength too! We were of course first interested in looking at the formula itself.
The Focus XT blend’s first ingredient is choline bitartrate, which is similar to the B vitamins. Choline can be made in the liver, or found in foods included muscle meats, nuts, and spinach for example. Choline is used to treat dementia and other brain disorders by turning into acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter used for learning, and it is also used to delay fatigue in endurance sports. The blend also includes l-tyrosine, an amino acid used to produce several neurotransmitters. There is some evidence that l-tyrosine may help prevent stress-related memory loss, but it is also used for a variety of other ailments including attention deficit disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, and others.
The next ingredient is acetyl l-carnitine, which is naturally produced in the body and is used to produce energy by increasing energy production in the mitochondria. Also included is DMAE, or dimethylaminoethanol bitartrate, which is a well-known compound that improves cognitive function and increases acetylcholine, which is involved with memory. Finally, the formula includes vinpocetine and huperzine A. Vinpocetine and huperzine A are naturally derived substances, although highly refined after being produced. It is thought that vinpocetine may prevent brain injury by stimulating blood flow to the brain, and huperzine A, like DMAE, may increase acetylcholine in our bodies.
The exact amounts of each ingredient are not listed; although we do know that one scoop of the powder contains 200 mg of caffeine, which is equal to a little over two cups of coffee. The other ingredients include natural and artificial flavors, sucralose, silicon dioxide, and food dyes. There are five flavors in Focus XT, including pink lemonade, pina colada, cotton candy, blue raspberry, and berry collision.
To be honest, we were somewhat sold at first. The ingredients seemed sound and a powder was an interesting alternative. Also, reviews online were mixed but generally leaned towards the positive. Most people claimed the formula did help them concentrate, for a few hours at least. However, once we dug deeper we discovered that there is a caffeine-free Focus XT. We immediately read the reviews and were dismayed to see that most customers claimed to feel nothing, or at least very little. So, that made us wonder, for those who felt increased concentration after taking the regular Focus XT, was that the formula itself or just the caffeine push? We were paying money just for a caffeine buzz we could easily get from coffee?
Beyond that aspect, the majority of complaints that we did read were regarding the technical aspects of the product itself. Many people claimed the powders, no matter the flavor, tasted horrible. Also, many others claimed that the powder doesn’t mix well, clumps, and even ruins easily in the packaging. Also, a few even mentioned that they developed diarrhea and had to start taking Focus XT with food. After reading all this, the powder didn’t sound all that enticing anymore.
We admit that every once in a while we drink energy drinks. However, right now we’re not looking for a buzz, we’re looking for an effective means of concentrating and focusing. So why bother with icky clumpy powders just for a caffeine rush and slight and questionable improved concentration results? Over all, if you’re looking for a way to achieve a temporary boost of energy, Focus XT might work for you, but we don’t think Focus XT is what we’re looking for.
Awarded Week of: Wednesday January 18, 2017