A few weeks ago the team at Liquid Einstein generously sent me a box of their “brain supplement” formula. This is what’s known as a nootropic, a “drug used to enhance memory or other cognitive functions”. Intriguing, right?
I’ve been waiting until a particularly cognitively foggy morning to try it, however, and that’s exactly how this morning started out. I slept poorly, woke up too early, and had to help my youngest get her luggage prepped so she was ready for an early morning departure with Mom for a weekend in Ashland, Oregon. Sure, I could go back to sleep for an hour or two, but I’ve got things to do, tasks to accomplish!
The box of “Quantum Orange” flavor supplement is advertised as a memory enhancer offering mental focus and energy boost. It includes multivitamins, minerals, antioxidants, Ginkgo Biloba, and taurine. Just as importantly, it also includes caffeine in its little sleeves…
It’s pretty strong stuff: the directions specify that you need to mix it with 16-20oz of water. That’s 2-3 cups if you aren’t good with ounces, or, for that matter, it’s about a half-litre if you’re a metric person. My daughter and I were talking about the simplicity of the metric system a few days ago, but that’s another story entirely!
I grabbed a two-cup measure to ensure I mixed it all correctly. Here we are, ready to proceed:
I poured the crystals into the glass, then stirred as I poured in all 16oz of water. Turns out that the result is surprisingly creamy, though it still has a lot of similarity to Emergen-C or similar dissolve-in-water vitamin packets. I drank it up, glancing at the clock: the box says that it’ll kick in 15-20 minutes after consumption.
While I was waiting to defog, I checked the back of the box to see the ingredient list:
I know, it’s a bit small for you to read, but it contains 15 calories per serving (no sugar, no fillers), vitamins C, E, B6, B12, niacin, the “neurohance blend”, the “botanical antioxidant blend” and 150mg of caffeine. (by comparison, a typical cup of coffee has 95mg and a can of Red Bull has 111mg). The Neurohance blend contains taurine, hesperidin, alpha gpc, and ginkgo biloba and the botanical antioxidant blend has green tea leaf extract, green coffee bean extract, grape seed, and turmeric. So lots of caffeine, lots of taurine (the neurohance blend makes up 786mg of a serving), and a good dose of vitamins and such.
Twenty minutes later I did start to feel a slight tingling in my scalp (of all things) and I do feel a bit more alert and ready for my day. Thirty minutes after that I definitely felt some additional energy boost with just the slightest hint of increased anxiety.
So does Liquid Einstein work? Yes, it does. I definitely feel more alert and ready to tackle my to-do list. Will it last 6 hours? 12 hours? I’ll have to find out. I’ll recommend this if you need to crank up your brain for an important meeting, Zoom call, lecture or just to help wake up after a late night of partying or insomnia!
You can pick up a 30-pack of Quantum Orange for $29.99 at Amazon.com – $1/packet, way cheaper than even a tall cup of coffee at Starbucks – and try it out for yourself.
Disclosure: Liquid Einstein sent me a box of the Quantum Orange packets to try out and share. Thanks, team!