HealthForce CircuForce Brain PowerAlicia Wilkins Chances are Circuforce won’t give you a big cognitive boost. Considering how much this supplement costs, it’s a pricey gamble. You could probably get similar effects from a much cheaper cup of coffee. If you normally take gingko biloba by itself, this could be a good option to substitute for the plain gingko in order to add a bit more to your current regimen.
Nootropics are so popular because people want more brain power. These supplements can give you the ability to hack your brain’s own biosystem and make it more efficient. HealthForce’s CircuForce Brain Power supplement is one of these nootropics. It has 3 all-natural key ingredients that are supposed to help boost brain circulation and overall cognition. But does this nootropic supplement really work?
This product only has 3 ingredients. Usually, a good nootropic stack contains several good ingredients. Each ingredient chosen for CircuForce was picked because of it’s properties. The focus here seems to be on antioxidants and circulation. Let’s take a look.
This ancient Chinese herb has been studied for many, many years. While results of those studies have varied, ginkgo biloba has mostly been shown to act as an excellent antioxidant in the brain. It improves the blood flow and seems to easily break through the blood brain barrier. Studies have mostly found that this is an effective herb for helping with memory problems, like those from diseases such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s. This herb is particularly effective in remedying symptoms that are the effect of atherosclerotic vascular disease. It also has promising applications for other mental conditions, including depression, ADHD and even multiple sclerosis.
The manufacturer has added it to CircuForce in order to help increase the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients to the brain cells. They also want the antioxidant power of Ginkgo biloba to fight free radicals in the brain to help protect it and help it work optimally. This is supposed to help improve focus and alertness.
This herb has been popular in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. According to HealthForce, it acts as a brain tonic. According to Ayurvedic medicine, it can be used as a tranquilizer and even an intelligence promoter. It’s also traditionally used as a sedative. It has antidepressant properties, and can increase the levels of GABA in the brain.
It’s also thought that Gotu Kola, which is also known scientifically as centella asiatica, has cognitive enhancing and antioxidant properties. We urge you though to learn more about Gotu Kola, we have included the link above to a page where you can learn more about the ingredient. Important items to note is that you should definitely not take Gotu Kola if you are pregnant or if you are a child. There are additional guidelines for who should not take Gotu Kola as a supplement.
In CircuForce, it’s added as an anti-stress component, to help fight fatigue and stress by improving blood throw in the brain and supporting the structural integrity of the vascular system.
Eleuthero root is just one of the terms for Siberian Ginseng. This herb has been added to circuforce as yet another antioxidant. The manufacturer also wanted to include it because it has choline, which is an essential nutrient and fatty acid for the brain. Eleuthero root is what’s called an adaptogen. These types of molecules are said to help strengthen the body and help the body respond better to stress. This plant has traditionally been used to treat problems in the vascular system. It’s also been used to help boost the immune system by working as an anti-inflammatory, according to one study. It has compounds that can even work to fight bacteria and viruses.
Eleuthero works by affecting the brain and certain hormones. In this formula, the adaptogenic and antioxidant properties are the two nootropic features that are purported to help the brain.
Since ginkgo biloba is the main supplemental herb here, let’s look at it first. Most clinical trials testing the effectiveness of ginkgo biloba will use a concentration of 24% Flavonglycosides and 6% terpene lactones. At this concentration, a decent dose would be anywhere from 120 to 600 mg. Circuforce contains 250 mg of Ginkgo. Their ginkgo biloba extract, according to the website, is standardized to contain at least 24% Flavonglycosides and 6% terpene lactones. This means that the dose in CircuForce is considerable. In fact, it’s more than some ginkgo biloba supplements! Perhaps that’s why their website refers to CircuForce as “Ginkgo Biloba +”.
As for Gotu Kola, a 750 mg dose has been shown to be an effective dose in a study investigating its effect in humans. Circuforce contains only 125 mg, which probably isn’t enough to have a large effect.
Eleuthero root is usually given in up to 300 mg doses. That’s with Eleutherosides of 3%. In this compound, the Eleutherosides measure in at 8%. That means that a more reasonable dose would be a lower dose, such as 125 mg featured here.
It is recommended that you take CircuForce once or twice per day. You can take this pill on an empty stomach for best absorption. You can also take it with foods if you’d like. The doses can be taken together, as in taking 2 pills at once, or divided, as in taking one pill in the morning and one pill in the evening. Since ginkgo biloba works best when taken in large doses at one time. It’s probably a good idea to take two pills at one time on an empty stomach.
HealthForce prides themselves on creating safe and effective supplements. All of the herbs in CircuForce have very low side effects. Ginkgo in particular is very safe, but it will have interactions with certain blood thinners because of its ability to increase circulation. Mild side effects from ginkgo biloba include headache, dizziness, nausea, or heart palpitations.
Gotu Kola shouldn’t be taken by children or pregnant women. Other than that, the common side effects of this herb include headache, dizziness, or even extreme drowsiness. Please read the Gotu Kola section in the ingredient section above for more information about Gotu Kola.
Eleuthero root is very safe for most adults. When taken in low doses, like in this compound, you likely won’t see any side effects at all. However, some people will experience drowsiness, heart palpitations, depression, or even anxiety. It can also increase your blood pressure.
HealthForce was founded by a doctor and his wife back in the 1990s. Jameth Sheridan not only founded the company, but he formulated all of the company’s supplements. From the beginning, they made a commitment to make only the best and purest healing supplements. Now, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, the company maintains its passion for what they call “#1 raw vegan superfoods.” Their manufacturing location is GMP compliant. All of their manufacturing processes, from their cleaning supplies to the supplements themselves, are vegan and environmentally friendly. You also won’t find any fillers or any suspicious ingredients in their supplements. Overall, the company is very quality focused and their customer service, headquartered in Arizona, is extremely good to work with.
The customer reviews on this product are pretty good. Most of the comments seem to focus more on the quality of the product and company as opposed to the effectiveness as a nootropic.The natural ingredients, research-based formula, and excellent customer service seem to garner the most positive ratings for this supplement.
For those who have noticed a difference when taking the product, they state that it works really well to help them stay focused. Users claim that it really helps to dissipate brain fog and to make them feel more alert. That’s about as far as the cognitive boost goes, though. One long-time user compared it to a boost that you’d get from drinking a soda or a coffee, but without the jitters and negative effects. Users don’t claim to notice a very large difference in cognition overall, especially in memory retention and recall.
The two biggest side effects reported are headache and sleeplessness. This is probably due to the large dosing of the ginkgo biloba. This large dose has some side effects like increased circulation, including throbbing sensations at pulse points and even increased sex drive (which is helped by Gotu Kola’s libido-boosting properties). Many users reported no effects whatsoever- cognitive or otherwise. Some people will be more sensitive to the herbs than others, and as such, they’ll notice more efficacy of the supplement and more side effects.
HealthForce is a great company. They make high-quality, natural, and vegan supplements that have real thought and research put into the formula. But when it comes to this brain-booster, I feel that it could be better. This is essentially a glorified ginkgo biloba supplement. The dosing of the ginkgo biloba is very high, which makes for maximum potency. Ginkgo biloba is the most effective ingredient in the very small ingredient list.
The gotu kola and eleuthero root extract don’t seem to add much to this supplement. These two herbs have not shown any scientific evidence of helping to improve brain function. They do have positive effects on the body, and are healthy to some body systems that support the brain, but they don’t do much to help with better or clearer thinking. Perhaps additional or other herbs would make this a more powerful nootropic.
CircuForce from HealthForce is a good supplement for supporting the circulatory system, but it’s not the best brain booster. Although high quality and high potency, it’s essentially a gingko biloba extract with two additional, non-brain-boosting herbs added.