8 Premium, Branded Ingredients in BrainMD Supplements
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nicole Avena

When you walk into a vitamin store or the health section of a supermarket, you’ll see hundreds of vitamins and dietary supplements with different ingredients, amounts, and sourcing.

But how can you really know if you’re getting a high-quality supplement or just a fancy label with cheap ingredients?

There are many things to look for when purchasing a supplement, such as absorption, formulation, manufacturing, and testing. One way to help ensure you’re getting a quality product is to purchase supplements with branded ingredients.

What Are Branded Ingredients?

Branded ingredients are special, often proprietary, ingredients that are given a brand name by the manufacturer. These ingredients are also referred to as patented or trademarked ingredients and appear on supplement labels with symbols such as ™ or ®.

When an ingredient is trademarked, it usually means the company has invested a great deal of time and money into establishing its quality and elevating its status among other ingredients of its kind. An ingredient might be branded due to its safety or purity or because of the way it’s processed (to be more bioavailable, have better taste, etc.).

Benefits of Branded Ingredients

Here are some of the top benefits of branded ingredients…

Branded Ingredients 2 Credibility

Trademarked ingredients are typically backed by science and have head-to-head comparisons with generic versions, and sometimes even with other branded versions. When the science supports a manufacturer’s claims, it helps establish the ingredient’s quality and credibility.


Manufacturers of branded ingredients are under contract to their suppliers and must include the ingredient in the way the contract and scientific studies stipulate. Compliance is necessary to ensure the efficacy of the ingredient and to instill confidence in the consumer.


Increasingly, consumers are demanding to know the traceability of the ingredients in the supplements they purchase. A well-researched branded ingredient can help provide transparency, educate the consumer, and offer higher manufacturing standards than its generic ingredient counterparts.

Note: Due to the extensive research and financial investment required to formulate and manufacture branded ingredients, they typically cost a little more than supplements with non-branded ingredients.

So, does BrainMD have any branded ingredients in its supplements? Glad you asked…

8 Premium, Branded Ingredients in BrainMD Supplements

Saffron Supplement | Saffron Spice | BrainMD


1. affron® Standardized Saffron Extract

Happy Saffron Supplement | BrainMD A highly concentrated, standardized saffron extract, affron® is found to improve mood, anxiousness, and sleep quality in double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials.

This highly concentrated and standardized nutraceutical extract of saffron is a spice that’s been used in the Middle East for at least 2600 years. Modern clinical research with this specific ingredient fully supports the traditional reverence for saffron’s mood-elevating effects.

Which BrainMD supplement features this branded ingredient?

Happy Saffron Plus was scientifically designed to promote a positive mood. It brings together nutraceutical preparations of the two most traditionally revered “happiness herbals” – saffron flower extract and curcumin from turmeric root – with zinc, a mineral essential for life and vital for a positive mood.

 2. Ferrochel®

Advanced Iron Supplement | BrainMD Ferrochel® is a high-purity ingredient of iron atoms bonded to molecules of the amino acid glycine. Unlike iron sulfate, and many other iron compounds used in iron supplements, this form of iron is very gentle on the stomach.

Though iron’s main health benefits are typically linked to hemoglobin, this essential mineral aids in energy production, gene regulation, and the body’s detoxification process.

Which BrainMD supplement features this branded ingredient?

Iron Advanced Ferrochel®

Iron is so reactive, it can degrade other supplement ingredients. That’s why BrainMD offers iron as a standalone supplement, in its best tolerated and best absorbed form: ferrous bisglycinate, Ferrochel®.


 3. Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Extract

Brain Curcumins 1 | BrainMD The turmeric root has paralleled saffron as an herbal greatly revered for its wide range of benefits for at least 2600 years. Consuming turmeric root doesn’t get much curcumin into the bloodstream, but nutraceutical technology has now overcome this problem.

The Longvida® curcumin preparation features excellent absorption of curcumin and has worked well in clinical trials at 400 mg per day or higher. Besides being found to improve mood in clinical trials, Longvida® was recently shown to improve aspects of memory as well.

Which BrainMD supplements feature this branded ingredient?


Happy Saffron Plus & Brain Curcumins

Brain Curcumins provides the three major curcumins as the Longvida® preparation, which is efficiently absorbed. Longvida® helps fight physical fatigue and helps maintain healthy mood and cognitive functioning while under mental strain.

 4. Pycnogenol® Maritime Pine Bark Extract

Attention Support | BrainMD Pycnogenol® is a powerful antioxidant concentrate that promotes the delivery of blood to the brain. Intensive clinical research has established its benefits for attention and other higher brain functions in kids as well as adults.

This authentic, standardized polyphenol extract comes from the French maritime pine (Pinus pinaster). Pycnogenol® is one of the most extensively researched of all herbal antioxidants.

Which BrainMD supplement features this branded ingredient?

Attention Support can help increase your attention span while helping you stay relaxed and calm. Its ingredients were picked for their clinically demonstrated benefits for attention, concentration, calm, and overall self-control. 


5. Relora®

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Relora® is a proprietary botanical complex that’s been clinically tested to support calmness. In a double-blind clinical trial, this patented blend of two herbs, Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense extracts, reduced occasional feelings of anxiousness and stress in premenopausal women. Relora® can help enhance healthy management of the stress hormone cortisol, while easing apprehension, tension, worry, anger, fatigue, negative mood, and confusion.

Which BrainMD supplement features this branded ingredient?


Everyday Stress Relief was specifically formulated to help replenish your brain and body’s nutrients that can be depleted during times of excessive stress. This supplement includes herbal extracts clinically shown to have calming and anti-stress effects, helping you to feel less anxious without making you sleepy.

6. Satiereal® Saffron Extract

Serotonin Mood Support | BrainMD Satiereal®, a patented extract of saffron, contains four compounds that have powerful antioxidant, brain-protective, and serotonin-enhancing actions. Saffron, which grows mainly in Europe and the Middle East, has been shown to benefit mood and memory. In clinical trials, Satiereal® was found to reduce feelings of hunger, while supporting appetite moderation and healthy weight management.

Which BrainMD supplement features this branded ingredient?


Serotonin Mood Support can help increase the production of soothing brain waves, correct stress-related nutritional deficiencies, and promote relaxation that will enable quality sleep. It contains a patented form of saffron (Satiereal®) along with other key nutrients that help to promote relaxation, positive mood, serotonin balance, and even healthy weight management. It can help you handle the ups and downs of life with more composure.


 7. Sensoril® Ashwagandha Extract

Focus & Energy | BrainMD Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, root/leaves) is a well-known herb that’s been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that supports the body’s healthy response to stress by promoting calm and overall mental focus and has been associated with improved memory.

Sensoril® is a highly concentrated, standardized form of ashwagandha. It’s been clinically studied for its mood- and memory-boosting properties.

Which BrainMD supplement features this branded ingredient?


Focus & Energy was designed to promote sharpness and improve productivity without lowering blood sugar. It’s formulated specifically to reinforce the brain and the body’s ability to fight fatigue and adapt to stress. Focus & Energy includes standardized, ultra-pure extracts of three powerful adaptogens: rhodiola, ashwagandha, and ginseng.

 8. Vitakelp®

This cold-water, brown seaweed is sustainably harvested off the Scottish Hebrides. It’s a good source of minerals, especially potassium, calcium, and magnesium. It also contains ascophyllan, a unique sulfur-containing carbohydrate that has immune activity.

Which BrainMD supplement features this branded ingredient?

Neuro Greens Superfood | BrainMD

Neuro Greens Superfood was developed from the latest scientific research on superfoods (foods especially rich with nutrients and other substances beneficial to human health). Neuro Greens includes diverse substances that can help detoxify and energize the body, while providing substantial immune support. It also promotes healthy digestion from its contribution of prebiotic fibers, which support friendly bacteria (probiotics) in the gut.

While only some of BrainMD’s supplements contain branded ingredients, all of our dietary supplements are ultra-pure, science-based, and brain directed.

Our high-quality supplements come from the finest sources, have undergone rigorous clinical testing, and have been formulated for maximum absorption to give you the nutrients you need to be your best self.

At BrainMD, we’re dedicated to providing the highest purity nutrients to improve your physical health and overall well-being. For more information about our full list of brain healthy supplements, please visit us at BrainMD.


Keith Rowe