Peak Nootropics founder Jason takes this stripped back nootropic for a 30 day test for this VyvaMind review. Find out how to got on with it below…
VyvaMind was launched in 2022 and on the face of it has a very simple formula, but it has fast become one of the most talked about nootropic supplements out there in terms of its impact – and seems especially well suited to those in high performance or stressful jobs.
But just how good is it and does the simplified formula leave more to be desired? I aim to find out all there is to know about VyvaMind and its efficacy in this VyvaMind review.
TLDR: VyvaMind Verdict
VyvaMind has a simple enough formula but is very well dosed and contains everything you need to provide prolonged mental energy with sustained calm focus.
When bought a part of a two or three bottle package it is appropriately priced. VyvaMind is an ideal nootropic for anyone needing calm focus and top performance in stressful situations. It’s also ideal for anyone trying nootropics for the first time.
Brand Overview: VyvaMind
VyvaMind are part of SAP Nutrition Ltd and are linked to SRS Nutra Ltd – two UK limited companies that were formed in 2021. VyvaMind sits as a standalone brand under the umbrella of SAP Nutrition Ltd, that as far as we can tell have four natural supplements to their name in total.
This is a good thing. Too many supplement companies bring hundreds of iterations to market and try and cover all areas. SAP Nutrition seem to focus very much on neurostimulants, nootropics and stress/anxiety relief products.
The VyvaMind website states that they have spent a large amount of time and resources in testing various formulae to create VyvaMind and they go in to detail about why they have chosen the ingredients they have and why it is a relatively simple formula.
Having spoken with the MD of VyvaMind, we can attest that they seem genuine in their quest for creating a truly great nootropic supplement… whether it is a great nootropic remains to be seen though. After 30 days of testing I’ll be bringing you my experience of using it and my VyvaMind verdict shortly.
More About VyvaMind
VyvaMind is very much pitched as a top tier nootropic. It is priced similarly to the likes of Mind Lab Pro and NooCube, but has a much simplified formula. That being said, the doses of the ingredients contained are generous enough and we’ll discuss these in more detail shortly.
VyvaMind suggest that students, high level executives, athletes and any one in fast paced jobs will benefit from their supplement – that covers a pretty wide spectrum.
In terms of the benefits you might expect from taking VyvaMind, their website and literature points to improved focus, clarity of thought and motivation as well as reduced mental fatigue, stress and anxiety.
That covers a lot – but is it fair to expect all this from the ingredients it contains? With only 6 ingredients to cover, we’ll look at them in detail now…
Let’s take a look at how the ingredients in VyvaMind could work and how they stack up against competitor products. When it comes to dosages I always like to compare against Hunter Focus – as generally it is one of the most potently dosed nootropics on the market.
Vitamin B6 (2.5mg) & B12 (50mcg)
Most nootropics these days contain a good vitamin B complex and we see that here with VyvaMind – and it is very well dosed.
If we compared the dosages to the highly dosed Hunter Focus then we see that VyvaMind matches them with B6 and has three times more B12 – which really is going some.
But why include them in a nootropic?
Well, Vitamin B6 is found in concentrated amounts in the brain and is vital for a range of cognitive functions – including improving blood flow in the brain and supporting serotonin, dopamine and GABA production which in turn can help cerebrovascular performance.
It is one of the most well researched vitamins in terms of brain health and there are some studies that suggest it prevents age related cognitive decline when found in optimal quantities. Supplementing it at 2.5mg each day would be considered above optimal but you shouldn’t expect overnight results – rather, taking this over time should compound its impact.
Vitamin B12 plays a similar role and is something that we can often get enough of through food intake – at least in our younger years. As we age, it is thought that our bodies find it harder to absorb thanks to an increase in stomach acid and so supplementing at the high levels found in VyvaMind can ensure our bodies absorb enough which in turn will benefit our brains.
Both B6 and B12 can help balance hormones and provide greater mental energy which lead to us having a sense of improved mood.
We are off to a very good start with VyvaMind with the inclusion of these two B vitamins and their respective doses.
Citicoline – 200mg
There is little disputing the importance of citicoline as an impactful nootropic. It is found naturally in the brain and is made up of two substances – cytidine and choline. Citicoline is highly effective at crossing the blood-brain barrier and as such is highly bioavailable – even when used in supplement form like we see here.
The cognitive benefits that come from citicoline are pretty vast and include:
- Increases antioxidants and thus protects the brain from free radicals
- Improved brain and mental energy thanks to increased mitochondrial functioning
- Supports the forming of the the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which helps with memory, learning and processing of information
- Improves blood flow in the brain
- Helps balance brain chemicals such as dopamine and norepinephrine
At 200mg per serving, VyvaMind just about gives us enough of a workable dose. It is more than many nootropics offer but just under the 250mg that we get from Hunter Focus and Mind Lab Pro.
Caffeine – 75mg
Caffeine likely needs little introduction but it’s worth stating it is one of the most well researched and fast acting nootropics which is used daily by billions of people across the globe. It helps with focus, alertness, physical performance and mental energy.
I really like it being dosed at 75mg here. It is just about the same as a strong cup of coffee and unlike other nootropics that rely on a dose of around 150mg to give you an acute energy boost, this is a much more workable level – especially for those who drink caffeinated drinks as part of their daily routine.
Generally you will be taking VyvaMind in the morning – but if you space it out around 2 hours before or after your morning coffee then you are going to get a good level of lasting energy – especially when combined with the ingredients we are looking at next.
Anyone who is sensitive to caffeine though should avoid VyvaMind and would be better suited to a non-stimulant nootropic such as NooCube or Kaged Mindset (non-caffeine).
L-Tyrosine – 300mg
We round out the VyvaMind ingredient profile with two amino acids, first looking at L-Tyrosine which is naturally produced in the body. Supplementing with L-Tyrosine makes a lot of sense though as we often don’t get enough Phenylalanine to produce a high enough quantity of L-Tyrosine to enjoy the full benefits of it.
L-Tyrosine is responsible for the production of catecholamines – neurotransmitters that help with cognitive processing and memory – they can also help balance mood.
L-Tyrosine can also help our fight or flight response which makes it perfect for anyone who finds themselves in stressful situations.
At 300mg this is pretty well dosed and is certainly present at an effective level – only Hunter Focus has more at a whopping 500mg, but most nootropics dose it around 250mg which again will provide positive results.
L-Theanine – 150mg
L-Theanine is an amino acid that I always like to see in a nootropic, as it helps promote alpha brainwaves which help with creativity but also with relaxation. It is commonly found in tea and anyone who knows the feeling of relaxation associated with drinking tea will likely have benefitted from L-Theanine already.
It helps increase GABA levels, dopamine and serotonin – all of which when combined will provoke a sense of calm focus.
It works really well to help balance out the negative impact of caffeine and helps prevent crashes or jitters associated with it.
We get 200mg of L-Theanine in VyvaMind which is 50mg more than NooCube and 50mg less than Hunter Focus. It’s a very workable dose and one that makes sense given the other dosages contained in the supplement.
What’s Missing From VyvaMind?
There’s no getting away from the fact that VyvaMind contains a minimal set of ingredients – in fact, I think it has the lowest number of ingredients of any nootropic I have tested – but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is not effective.
If we look at the other end of spectrum – Hunter Focus has 20 different ingredients.
For me, the biggest omissions are Bacopa, Ashwagandha and vitamin D3. It would be good to see these included in VyvaMind but then it depends on what you want it for.
There is very much a focus on high performance with VyvaMind and certainly the Ashwagandha would not help in this regard.
VyvaMind say they have done plenty of research in to their formula – so let’s find out how it performed in my 30 day testing.
VyvaMind – My Experience After 30 Days
Full disclosure here, for the last 12 months I’ve generally been switching between Noocube, Hunter Focus and Mind Lab Pro as my nootropics of choice. So I am fairly well adjusted to the benefits of taking nootropic supplements – this always means it is difficult to fully gauge the impact of anything new.
With this in mind I took a 2 week break from nootropics before starting my testing of VyvaMind – and I had 3 bottles in total, with the intention of testing it for at least 30 days (1 bottle).
It’s also important to give you an idea of my nutritional intake and lifestyle – as these will almost certainly have an impact on how a nootropic supplement works.
I am fairly active, exercising at least 4-5 times per week – a mix of strength training and team/solo sports. So I get a good mix of cardio and strength based workouts each week. These alone provide good nootropic benefits.
I eat a high protein, meat based diet that is well balanced. I supplement with a standard multivitamin and also use whey protein powder to increase my protein intake daily. I also take daily walks and manage around 8000-10000 steps daily. I sleep for around 7.5-8 hours each night.
The point is, my baseline is not bad as it is.
However, I do find that when working at a computer for a long time each day, I do need that extra focus and mental energy that nootropics give me. Towards the end of the two week break from nootropics I was starting to feel the need to re-start my supplement intake – so I was pretty well reset for testing.
VyvaMind suggest you take two capsules per day with a glass of water. I always like to take my first nootropic supplement of the day after eating breakfast – so that’s what I did. As VyvaMind is to be taken all in one go (and not split through the day) this was easy to manage.
I don’t drink coffee but I do drink tea, so the caffeine element did start to kick in nicely after around 20-30 minutes. I usually take my first tea of the day around mid-morning so this combination of VyvaMind and tea powered me through to lunch time quite nicely.
But that was all it was – a bit of a caffeine kick. No real impact in terms of calmness or focus – not for the first few days at least.
However, from day 5 I did start to feel a shift. It wasn’t huge, not by any stretch of the imagination, but I felt it and it was there. I put this down to the L-Theanine and L-Tyrosine – both likely firing in my system after a few days of consumption.
This was pretty much how I went for the next two weeks. A good morning kick of energy that slowly dissipated through the early afternoon but with a nice calm focus to my work day.
Week 4 felt a bit different again though. I felt more relaxed but more energetic at the same time. My mental energy felt improved. Perhaps this was the citicoline or perhaps it was everything compounding over time.
It’s hard to know for sure, but VyvaMind was working.
I must admit I was surprised. As much as I always try to go in to a review with impartiality and no bias, I did have a pre-conceived idea of how I thought I might react to VyvaMind – and that was that I figured it might be good for anyone who has not used nootropics, but for someone like me who has used so many, and so consistently, that it would have a negligible impact.
But that simply wasn’t the case. The impact was there. It wasn’t perhaps as big as something like Hunter Focus, but it was on a par with NooCube – which is what I would use as a barometer to measure a decent nootropic by.
I only usually use Hunter Focus at full serving size when I really need a big boost – so for standard use it seems VyvaMind more than stacks up.
What I really liked about using VyvaMind is that it gave me mental energy, but with a real sense of calm at the same time. If that’s what you are looking for then I think it’s well worth your investment. If you are new to nootropics, I also think it is a great option.
The only real downside is that it is expensive. Especially for a single bottle purchase. However, if you opt for a 3 month supply (which should really see you benefit from the full compounding effect) then the price per bottle is much more reasonable.
If you are looking for improvements to long term memory, then I think VyvaMind is okay, but there are better alternatives – for this look at Hunter Focus or Mind Lab Pro.
I was really impressed by VyvaMind. Although the formula is stripped back, it has a perfect blend of ingredients designed to give you a mental energy boost with a calm sense of focus. It is also ideal for helping people deal with stressful situations and improves your fight or flight response.
It’s not cheap but it is competing against top level nootropics and does this well. Buy it in three month supplies for optimal savings.
Anyone new to nootropics will do well with VyvaMind so long as you aren’t relying on it for long term memory gains – you may get this, but I can’t be sure from my testing.