Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Product Review ~ HCF (Happy * Calm * Focused) - The Brain Supplement

Let’s talk Dietary Supplements, specifically one called HCF.  HCF stands for Happy * Calm * Focused.  For the most part this is a multivitamin with two key amino acids (F – phenylalanine and Q – Glutamine).  Supposedly, neurons use these key amino acids as precursors, or building blocks, for neurotransmitters.  The neurons need a daily supply of these two amino acids to be able to make your “feel good”, “feel calm”, “be motivated”, neurotransmitters.   Sounds all scientific, uh?  The makers behind HCF claim all sorts of benefits and provide some really nice brochures stating all kind of facts and customer testimonials when you purchase their product, which by the way is $39.95 for a one month supply.  Yes, you read that correctly.  $39.95 for a one month supply.

As I read the customer testimonials (all positive by the way), one common theme kept popping up – Results not typical.  That statement right there put up some red flags.  Are the customers just making up a good reviews or is this product just that amazing?  Well, I took the product (as directed) and now I am going to tell you my unbiased opinion.

Quite frankly, I did not notice one single positive change while taking this product.  Three pills in the morning on an empty stomach every day and not one change.  For the amount the company is charging for the product, I would expect some kind of positive result.  Something….anything…but not nothing – at least nothing good.  There is a nice suggestion on the back of the bottle that you can increase to 6 capsules a day, but that would make this bottle a 2 week supply, and for the cost, it’s just not worth it.  My concentration did not improve and my Xanax consumption remained the same.  Sure, I’m happy and calm, but….Xanax.  My sleep did not improve and I still felt stressed.  I must also note that while taking this supplement, I experienced horrible night time leg cramps.  I haven’t had these in YEARS, but now all of the sudden, they are back with a vengeance.  Coincidence?  I think not.
Even after all the extensive research, clinical and case studies this company has performed, I just don’t see the benefit of continuing this product.  It’s an expensive product with no positive side effects and no positive results.

So bottom line is I would not recommend this product so I guess my results are “not typical” and this review will probably not be published in their fancy brochure.  Go figure.

I would like to thank HCF in providing me with a one month supply of this supplement in exchange for an honest review.

Product Description

HCF® Happy, Calm & Focused® is an original, pure and effective dietary supplement, considered one of the most exciting discoveries in brain supplementation in decades!*

The advantage HCF has over other brain supplements is that typical brain supplements rely on high dose '50 ingredients-in-1' glorified multi-vitamins or just herbs to artificially give your brain a lift, while HCF supports feeding your brain's own neurotransmitters with what it is 'suppose to have' - F&Q amino acids. These two powerful key amino acids are found in whole-food proteins like fish, milk, cheese and turkey. F&Q works by supporting the increase of "feel good" neurotransmitter levels responsible for helping you feel happy, calm and focused every single day.

Phenylalanine (F) is an amino acid of tremendous nutritional importance and a known nutritional precursor to the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), epinephrine (adrenaline) and involved in the release of PEA, phenylethylamine which can sensitize endorphin receptors to endorphins. These neurotransmitters strongly support warm feelings of love, pleasure, happiness, alertness, energy, motivation, memory, attention, internal calmness, and sleep to name just a few.*

L-Glutamine (Q) is an amino acid and a major precursor for the neurotransmitter GABA, or gamma amino butyric acid. This crucial amino acid helps the mind relax and "tone down" unwanted "mind chatter" which can sharpen a person's ability to focus and concentrate with more clarity.*

Associated Neuro-Nutrients are what make HCF so highly effective. These absolute, and precise levels of synergistic vitamins, minerals and other nutrients support the F&Q "key" amino-acids to pass through your BBB and finally nutritionally feed your brain.*