*UPDATED: June 2023.
While neither Prevagen nor Focus Factor makes it on our year’s list of the best brain supplements, Focus Factor has the edge over its competitor. It has substantially more ingredients than Prevagen, and the ingredients themselves are backed by credible studies. Prevagen only contains two ingredients: the basic vitamin D, and an unproven jellyfish protein (apoaequorin). You may notice a slight improvement in focus and memory from Focus Factor. Prevagen, on the other hand, is unlikely to do anything at all. Keep in mind that Focus Factor is not without its flaws. It hides the doses of many important ingredients in a proprietary blend, which makes it impossible to tell how safe and effective Focus Factor will be for you in the long run.
What do we recommend?
Focus Factor Vs Prevagen – The Overview
Focus Factor Nutrition For The Brain is a dietary supplement focused on brain health. More precisely, according to the manufacturer, it should help you with:
- Memory improvement
- Better concentration & focus
- Overall health support
Focus Factor comes in a tablet version, with different options with 180, 150, 90, and 60 tablets per container. There are several different Focus Factor versions available on the market: Extra Strength, Kids, Original, and Gummies, but today we’ll be focusing on the original one.
The serving size is 4 capsules daily.
Does Focus Factor really live up to its claims in terms of brain health, and how does it compare to Prevagen? We take a closer look.
Prevagen, like its competitor, is a dietary supplement with the primary focus on improving brain health. According to the manufacturer, it should benefit you in these ways:
- Increasing mental focus
- Clearer thinking & sharper mind
- Memory improvement
- Overall healthy and proper brain function
This one comes in a capsule form, with 30 per container, enough to provide you with a one-month supply if you follow the recommended doses. But, is Prevagen actually worth it? Should you choose it instead of its competitor? The ingredients will give us the answer to those questions.
See for yourself.
Focus Factor Vs Prevagen – The Ingredients
Focus Factor’s Formula
As seen from the photo, Focus Factor delivers many vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, D, B12, Calcium, Magnesium, etc. All these nutrients are essential for the proper function of your immune system and brain.
Below we can see that Focus Factor uses 640 mg of a proprietary blend, consisting of different ingredients that can help support brain health. For example, phosphatidylserine is one of them. According to some studies, phosphatidylserine can help improve memory, boost cognition, and support locomotor functions.
Another ingredient in the blend that we like is Bacopa Monnieri. Examine.com states that Bacopa Monnieri can improve cognitive function to some extent, improve memory, and alleviate stress levels.
However, because of a proprietary blend, Focus Factor disappointed us. We always recommend avoiding supplements that use a proprietary blend because they are potentially hiding important information from you. A proprietary blend means that you can’t see the dosage of each ingredient inside, you can only see the combined dosage of all the ingredients in the blend.
In a nutshell, you can’t be sure how safe and effective these nutrients are going to be.
There are also some key ingredients missing for brain health such as citicoline and Rhodiola Rosea, which would by far increase Focus Factor’s effectiveness.
As for general health, we think Focus Factor is a great option. As we previously mentioned, it uses a variety of different vitamins and minerals that are essential for overall immunity, all of them in optimal doses.
However, for brain health, we don’t think Focus Factor will provide substantial results in the long run. We’ve seen better nootropics out there with ingredient formulas that are more comprehensive and provide all the necessary information.
What About Prevagen?
Prevagen, as seen from the label, comes with only 2 ingredients: 50mcg of Vitamin D, and 10mg of Apoaequorin.
As you might have already heard before, Vitamin D is also called the sunshine vitamin. It is necessary to keep your bones, muscles, and teeth healthy. Vitamin D is necessary for human survival, and according to Examine.com, it can be taken to improve mood.
Apoaequorin is the key active ingredient for brain health inside Prevagen’s formula. That is a protein found in jellyfish often used for memory improvement and easier learning. Some questionable studies state that apoaequorin is effective at improving cognitive functions and reducing memory loss, but more evidence is required to support these claims.
Phosphatidylserine, Rhodiola Rosea, Citicoline, L-Theanine, and Lion’s Mane Mushroom are just some of the ingredients that are missing from Prevagen’s formula. That said, we don’t think Prevagen will provide significant improvement in cognition and memory long-term.
Neither Prevagen nor Focus Factor delighted us.
Our Commentary on Focus Factor VS Prevagen’s Ingredients
Should you choose Prevagen or Focus Factor? If we had to choose between these two, we’d go for Focus Factor, simply because it has a lot more nutrients than Prevagen.
However, due to a proprietary blend and a lack of some ingredients in the formula, it’s clear that Focus Factor is far from the best nootropic on the market.
Similarly, Prevagen is definitely not a comprehensive nootropic. There are only 2 ingredients inside, one of them with questionable efficacy.
All in all, the winner of the two is Focus Factor, but we wouldn’t recommend these products long-term due to all the reasons that we mentioned above.
Focus Factor Vs Prevagen – Side Effects
With the doses provided, there’s no reason to worry about any side effects with Prevagen if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
As for Focus Factor, we can’t be quite sure how safe it is because most key ingredients are contained in a proprietary blend, leaving us with no information on the doses.
Cost & Where to Buy?
Focus Factor Original is available on the official website for the price of $24.99 for 180 tablets. Alternatively, you can purchase it from retailers such as Costco for $19.99. It is relatively affordable considering approximately 45 servings you get.
Prevagen is available in Walmart for $39.92 for a one-month supply. It’s even more expensive on Amazon, at $44.99.
Due to a lack of ingredients and a proprietary blend in their formulas, Prevagen and Focus Factor are definitely a disappointment. They likely won’t provide any substantial improvement to your brain health and function long-term. We recommend searching for an alternative nootropic.
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