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Ortho-Mind Review: Underrated, Yet Extremely Effective with Few Side Effects.

Ortho-Mind, from Advanced Orthomloecular Research (AOR), claims to change the game of nootropics by utilizing Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) instead of the more widely used Ginkgo Biloba. This might just be an amazing differentiation they could use for their product if there weren’t the many other companies that opted the use of ALCAR over Ginkgo in their products as well. That being said, Ortho-Mind doesn’t fall short. It’s actually quite effective offering many benefits, both long and short term. The only thing to be said is the unfavorable daily dosage of 6 a day.


Supplement Facts
R-Alpha-Lipoic Acid 100mg
Panax Ginseng (30:1 extract) 100mg
Bacopa extract 300mg
Acetyl-L-Carnitine 1500mg
Citicoline *Cognizin 500mg
Arginine Pyroglutamate 1500mg
Pantothenic Acid 460mg


Yep, it sure does look like they’ve scrapped their old formula’s Ginkgo Biloba extract in favor of Acetyl-L-Carnitine. That might have been an interestingly wise choice due to the fact that ALCAR enhances focus, alertness, and mental energy compared to Ginkgo which increases blood flow. Both of them have their pros and cons, however, interestingly, Ginkgo increases learning, and overall brain function as well due to its effects as a vasodilator. We wondered why they opted to replace it as opposed to just adding ALCAR onto their old formula.

Overall Dose Potency: 15/20

As you can see from the ingredients list above, the formula looks quite potent. In fact, they’re up there with other really potent nootropics as well. However, closer inspection might lead you to wonder why they’ve got so many milligrams in their capsule. The answer is that you’re required to take 6 a day. Yeah, it seems that the increased potency comes with a drawback of having to take 6 capsules a day, something that many people will not be willing to do, and here at, we don’t like the sight of that either. However, we still have to give them points for the powerful list of ingredients that they have.

Short Term Results: 17/20

When we started taking Ortho-Mind, we had to start at a lower dosage from the recommended 6 due to the fact that we had to see how the large amount of choline would affect us. We needed to gradually phase it in, and even at 4 capsules a day, some of reported to feeling lethargic as a result of taking Ortho-Mind. At 6 capsules, at least ¼ of us here at were feeling lethargic at least to some degree. Interestingly, it did work, though. We experienced focus and mental alertness of a large 1500mg dose of ALCAR. We’d like to express again that this is quite a potent drug that some of us weren’t able to handle. However, those of us that had what it takes to go forth with the 6 caps a day dosage experienced wonderful short term results.

Long Term Results: 18/20

On the long term scale, we found that towards the 15-week mark, we were experiencing overall better moods, as well as the fact that we could remember things that we normally wouldn’t. Vocabulary improved and it seemed like everything that had to deal with learning in generally improved as well. This dropped slightly after we discontinued the use of Ortho-Mind, but it wasn’t a large dip. We still felt overall better than we did before we started taking Ortho-Mind, which is an amazing effect that most nootropics aren’t able to achieve.

Side Effects: 15/20

As we’ve already stated, it seems that the high levels of choline made it so that lethargy was a common side effect, affecting up to 25% of us here at It isn’t something that is extremely damaging to the body, but it might just destroy your productivity for the day. Aside from that, it seems that another side effect to taking Ortho-Mind is intense headaches that might occur if your tolerance level is lower than the recommended dosage – everyone is different, that’s why you should always start with half the suggested dosage and increase from there. Thankfully, though, there are no long-term side effects.

Price/Value: 16/20

A month’s supply of Ortho-Mind comes at a price of $77, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It would always be better to be paying a little extra to get something that does work, than paying half that price for an ineffective nootropic – because there are loads of those! For the amount of effects offered by Ortho-Mind, you would be at a loss not to buy this. With that in mind though, Ortho-Mind is not the best of its kind, and there are better ones that are slightly cheaper as well. That being said, it’s a quality product.


Ortho-Mind uses a quality formula that seems to boast large potency and high-effectiveness. Off the bat, you get great results from short term and long term use, and even after discontinuing its usage, some of its benefits stay with you. However, there are side effects too if your tolerance is quite low, allowing lethargy which might cause decreased productivity and severe headaches. That being said, at the price of $77, it’s great! Keep in mind that there are better nootropics out there for cheaper, though. Ortho-Mind is still an extremely underrated product and it deserves more than what others give credit to it for.