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Brain Essentials

Item: SWC055

  • Helps you maintain your mental edge

  • Contains a balanced complement of 13 brain-boosting nutrients

  • Features Mother Nature's "smart" herbs, Ginkgo Biloba and Gotu Kola

  • 120 capsules arrive in two bottles of 60 capsules each

120 Caps
Caps Size: 00

Retail $21.49

"I was very impressed with the quality and effectiveness of this product. I felt more focused and able to learn and comprehend much easier while taking them." ~product review by SunshineMAS

  • Helps you maintain your mental edge

  • Contains a balanced complement of 13 brain-boosting nutrients

  • Features Mother Nature's "smart" herbs, Ginkgo Biloba and Gotu Kola

  • 120 capsules arrive in two bottles of 60 capsules each

In search of the perfect mental health booster? Look no further! Swanson Brain Essentials is a collection of tools that work to maintain a healthy memory and sharp mind. It combines guaranteed-potency "smart herbs" ginkgo biloba and gotu kola, along with the brain-boosting omega-3 nutrition of DHA, the phospholipid nourishment of phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylcholine, the antioxidant protection of alpha lipoic acid and natural vitamin E, and more.

Terms and Ingredient Definitions

Supplement Facts

Serving Size 1 Capsule

  Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Vitamin B-6 USP (as pyridoxine HCl) 25 mg 1,250%
Vitamin B-12 USP (as cyanocobalamin) 250 mcg 4,167%
Pantothenic Acid USP(as d-calcium pantothenate) 25 mg 250%
Gotu Kola Extract (10% asiaticosides) (aerial parts) 150 mg *
L-Glutamine 100 mg *
L-Tyrosine 100 mg *
Soy Lecithin (26% phosphatidylcholine) 100 mg *
Ginkgo biloba Leaf Extract (standardized to 24% flavone glycosides,: 6% terpene lactones) 60 mg *
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) 30 mg *
Alpha-Lipoic Acid 25 mg *
DMAE Bitartrate 25 mg *
Phosphatidylserine 1 mg *

*Daily Value not established.

Other ingredients: Gelatin, calcium carbonate, silica, magnesium stearate, ethylcellulose.

Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take one capsule per day with food and water.

WARNING: Contains ginkgo; consult your healthcare provider before use if you are taking a blood-thinning medication. Do not take this product if you are pregnant or nursing.

Relative Size

Printable Pill Size Guide

Shipping Weight

.33 lbs

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 28 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by clear thinking I just started taking this product a few months ago and I noticed a difference. I can concentrate much better when reading and working. November 18, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Product I purchased this supplement for my son. It took a little while for him to notice any difference, but he can tell it is working for him now. December 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brain Essentials Good product, I have use brain essential for years and my major complaint is the product is seldom on sale! August 25, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Speech and mood problems on this supplement This supplement does help you focus, but it gave me rather serious side effects in the form of speech problems and problematic mood swings. I was a stuttering, emotional mess two weeks after starting it. I was also very angry, irritable, and was yelling at people. My guess is that the L-Tyrosine and the resulting increase in dopamine is what did it. If it happened to me, it could happen to you. Be advised. March 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by fulfills its purpose I had tried an advertised product- but the fact was it didn't do much for me.I was looking for nutrients not a repeat of a multi vitamin. This product provides some of the material my mind needs. My brain doesn't feel as tired as it used too. It is easier to remember short term information .Might add another product to this; but this will be my foundation! March 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Brain Drained? I started taking these some time back, Like many folks, my memory isn't what it used to be. I still want something to give me a noticeable boost in my memory! This has done some toward helping me, but I still struggle at times. It isn't a miracle turn back the clock item, but it works okay. I do seem sharper and more attuned to things since I started using this. December 15, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by don't see the effect of this medicine yet. I wanted to use herbal medicines now that I'm getting older. September 12, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by First experience... This product was my first experience with Swanson Condition Specific Formulas (and with Swansonvitamins) and I must say, that I´am very surprised by it´s efect.I´ve tried many similar products mady by many producers, but this one is the best.I´ve made a decision to be a regular customer of Swansonvitamins. September 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brain Foods My family all have it every day. It works for the elders like my parents and young people like me, my sisters, and my husband. It improves our memory well. We have been having it for more than 5 years and still love it. July 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Better Than Expected More often than not, when consumers order supplements, especially online,...'at a reasonable price', it's easy to sometimes be suspicious that perhaps there be a quality issues. Surprisingly, that is not the case with this particular vitamin. This vitamin affects your alertness, just enough, you are 'out of the clouds' with groggyness,...just perfect. I am happy enough, that I have placed another order. July 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by For a mental edge At age 60 I change professions. Bad Move! I am in a classroom with 35 year old's of both genders. Boy, girls are smarter! Gloves were off! Anyway, this brain essential took the place of the usual daily vitamin and did seem to help a little for mental gymnastics. One year in now and still taking the stuff. I recommend it p.s., don't change jobs, age gracefully etc! June 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome product... This is another one that I will not be without. I found noticeable benefit within the first few days. I love it. June 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product This product seems to work in the long-run. I am doing a PhD program and I have noticed a difference over the months in my performance. June 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very Pleased I was very impressed with the quality and effectiveness of this product. I felt more focused and able to learn and comprehend much easier while taking them. I need to reorder :) March 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by I like this product and I really think it has helped me. January 12, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Confused I wonder if anyone else has suffered sleeplessness and confusion on these pills. I've been taking these pills for a few weeks and I am extremely irritated and confused. I don't know what to think. March 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Keeps my mind active... I take this supplement because I need as much of an edge in mental sharpness as possible. It helps me to think clearer and keep my mind active. I find it useful and the price and quality are great. I recommend this product. March 26, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by brain Like so many supplements one doesn't know if they help. I just take it and hope I'm doing the right thing by myself. August 5, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome! My job is extremely demanding. I'm 57 years young & my memory is not as good as it was. I read the reviews & bought it. I've been using this product for a month now, and it works! I also take the Omega 3-6-9. This is an excellent combination for me. I'm more able to focus, retain information and have a clear mind. As a result, I'm in a better mood. I highly recommend it. April 11, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by clear thoughts and memory, too! Haven't taken it longer than a month- just taking it once a day. I am trying to get my certificate in sign language and never had the confidence that I could remember all the signs. Now I do. I can remember things from younger years that I didn't recall at all. I also can finish a sentence. My husband says he seems to remember his dreams better, whereas he never could. Going to order more today. Can't wait to see what taking it twice a day will do. You won't make a mistake ordering this product. January 24, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Staple for Good Brain Health Have supplemented with Brain Essentials for about 3 years on a consistent basis. Truely like the way this supplement enhances my brain activity and gives me a smooth and bright outlook on life. My thinking has seemed to improve, with a more clear and healthy feeling. I recommend Brain Essentials for any adult that wants to improve their brain's health, thus giving them a better positive social / relational experience in life. August 14, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best purchase ever If you need focus, the inner ability to keep yourself on task, and without mental clutter, then take these pills! I take them daily. August 9, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Essentials for your brain As a graduate student at a well known and highly accredited university, I need to make sure my brain functions on a highly intellectual level. Mistakes must be kep to a minimun. I began taking Swanson's Condition Specific Brain Essentials my first year and noticed an increased ability to concentrate, stay focused and memorize information. I highly recommend Brain Essentials for optimal brain function. July 22, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Seems to work I have only used this a short time but have noticed an improvement. I feel, like most other supplements, it takes time to notice a difference and the effect is subtle. I do feel it is effective and will purchase more. March 5, 2008
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