What is Brain Armor?
Unlike most of the products on our website, Brain Armor is not a nootropic stack. It’s a single-ingredient brain supplement designed for athletes and gym goers. Who wish to improve their cognitive and visual performance. As well as their brain, eye and heart health. It’s a source of DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), which is an Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil. However, Brain Armour is completely fish-free, and is a 100% plant-based product.
Brain Armor is sold under Life’s DSHA, which is a trademark of DSM, a Dutch manufacturer of nutritional products.
Brain Armour is NSF Certified for Sport, which means it has been independently tested and certified, and undergoes continuous monitoring, to ensure that it’s suitable for sport, that the product’s contents are consistent with its labelling, and that it doesn’t contain any banned substances. According to Brain Armor’s website, it has also used by numerous professional sports teams, including the New York Knicks, the Chicago White Sox and the Anaheim Ducks.
Brain Armour and Life’s DHA Facebook pages have a lot of likes but little activity other than reposted articles devoid of comments.
Research suggests that DHA helps to feed the brain by supporting communication between brain cells, which results in better memory and cognitive health. This is how Brain Armor claims to help athletes. However, these effects have not been strictly proven. We do know that DHA has been proven to be beneficial for age-related degenerative eye diseases, though that’s not what we’re looking for in a nootropic.
Research suggests that DHA is ineffective for ADHD, depression and mental performance. While Brain Armor doesn’t claim to be of use for any of these, they are things that would be of use to many nootropics users.
Brain Armor is a single-ingredient supplement, consisting of 350mg of DHA in a vegan capsule.
Brain Armor uses DHA taken directly from the source (algae), bypassing the need for any animal involvement. This is how they manage to make it completely vegan.
Additional ingredients include:
High oleic sunflower oil
Modified corn starch and sunflower lecithin
*exact amounts are not provided
The only reviews from Brain Armour on Amazon were positive. It should be noted that there were only four of them in total. They mostly praised its lack of fishy taste. Citing it as their reason for preferring it over fish oil DHA sources.
There is one review on the Brain Armour website which appears the be from former NFL player John Ebersole. Which says ‘led the league in concussions for years and Brain Armor has saved my brain!’ An anonymous reviewer posted to the same page, saying that since taking it, their ‘Omega 3 levels have been excellent’.
Brain Enhancement Advisor scored Brain Armour at 79%, but were skeptical of the lack of independent reviews. So are we.
Buy Brain Armor
1 bottle of 60 pills costs $29.99 from the product’s website, while 180 pills will set you back $59.99. Unfortunately, it’s only available in the US and Canada, as Brain Armor currently doesn’t ship outside of those countries.
10% of all sales go to the Brain Armor Foundation, which funds research for concussion prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Brain Armor allow unsatisfied customers to return their purchases within 30 days in exchange for a refund. Although, shipping costs are non-refundable.
Brain Armor Summary
The product is potentially a good source of DHA Omega-3 for vegans. Maybe those who want to avoid the horrible taste of fish oil pills. However, in terms of nootropic effect, it doesn’t seem to be useful at all. We’d really like to be able to see the actual bottle (we’ve only seen 3D renderings) and label. To make a better assessment of the product. The lack of independent reviews is another cause for concern.
Since there’s limited research on the benefits and side effects of DHA, we’re hesitant to recommend Brain Armor. Instead, we’d recommend pre-formulated stacks containing superior ingredients like Huperzine-A, Vinpocetine and Citicoline. All in all Brain Armor is a very limited product, and therefore one which we don’t have high expectations for.