Focus XT Review – Should You Use It?

By: Rob Miller
Fact Checked On: 9-4-2016

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Note: The makers of Focus XT (Serious Nutrition Solutions) were so kind to send over a bottle of their pink lemonade flavor for testing, and I recently got a chance to try it out myself. I have a ton of info on the product below, but if you would like to just skip to my results than Click Here

Serious Nutrition Solutions is a workout and bodybuilding supplement company that tries to stand above the competition by providing quality products at reasonable prices, and combining it with great customer service. An old school model to be sure, but perhaps one that we wish we’d see more of these days.

One of their core products is Focus XT, a mental performance optimizer. Similar supplements are made and sold by other companies to provide an alternative to Adderall and other ADD/ADHD drugs. They boost your cognitive functioning while giving you a clean energy boost as well. With Focus XT, you’ll find you have:

  • Improved concentration, clarity, and alertness
  • Better memory and cognitive functioning
  • More energy
  • Less stress
  • More athletic drive and endurance
  • A sense of well-being
  • Mind-muscle connection
  • More fat burning during exercise

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Focus XT Ingredients and How They Work

The product page on the SNS website claims that the Focus XT powder contains the precise amount necessary of each ingredient to make this a powerful formulation. Unfortunately, it’s a proprietary blend, so that means that while we know what’s in it, we don’t know how much. What’s in it is:

  • Choline Bitartrate improves memory and muscle control.
  • L-Tyrosine increasesalertness and energy.
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine helps produce energy in the body.
  • DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol Bitartrate improves memory, concentration, and intellectual function.
  • Vinpocetine may increase blood flow to the brain, thereby improving brain function. It requires further study, but some preliminary testing indicates that it may be helpful for improving thinking skills in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Huperzine A is used for improving memory and enhancing learning as well as for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Caffeine for improved energy and mood.

You should combine 1 level scoop with 8 ounces of water to make a “shake” 10 to 30 minutes before you want the effects to begin, for example before a workout or before starting a project. If you want to use 2 servings in a day, you should space them out at least 6 to 8 hours apart.

Focus XT Pros and Cons

Advantages of Focus XT

  • Sugar Free
  • Increased energy and focus.
  • Taste was ok, no bitter after taste.
  • Cheap
  • There are several positive Focus XT reviews on bodybuilding discussion forums.

Disadvantages of Focus XT

  • Takes a bit of time to kick in, at least in my experience.
  • DMAE (a primary ingredient) is banned in Canada and Australia.
  • Not available in stores like GNC or Vitamin Shoppe from what I can tell

My Results With Focus XT

focus xt reviewI’ve never been a huge fan of taking supplements that contain stimulants. Sure, they tend to work better than supplements that don’t contain stimulants, but often there are a wide range of side effects that occur as a by-product. I approached Focus XT with a healthy bit of skepticism at first, and decided to give it a full 3 weeks of testing.

As mentioned earlier, the directions on the label state to take 1 scoop 10 – 30 minutes prior to your workout, and if you feel the need take 1 scoop about 6 – 8 hours later. Because of the potential for side effects, I decided to start with just half a scoop to assess my individual tolerance. As as the taste, I would say it was “OK”. It didn’t taste horrible, but it didn’t taste like my grandmothers pink lemonade.

I felt it start to kick in about 15 min. after ingesting it, but it didn’t come on extremely strong like some of the other pre workout supplements on the market. After about an hour of waiting for the full effect, I decided to hit the gym.

For the first couple of days, I didn’t notice much. Sure, I felt a little bit of increased energy and focus, but figured that might just be a placebo effect. I decided to step up to a full level scoop on the 4th day, and I definitely noticed a more keen sense of focus and concentration both in the gym, and at work.

When it really hit me was the second week, right around the 10 day mark. I felt a huge surge in productivity, and my workouts felt less distracted and more intense. My concentration at work also improved fairly well, and I felt like I was getting twice the work done in half the time.

I did notice a few minor side effects like increased blood pressure, insomnia, and weird vivid dreams, but that’s to be expected when taking a supplement containing DMAE and caffeine. Most of these subsided after about 2 weeks, but i still had the occasional sleepless night. To avoid this you should take it as early in the day as possible on a full stomach, or you could try combining it with their stress / anxiety reducing supplement called Phenibut XT.

Where to Buy

You can purchase Focus XTthrough the Serious Nutrition Solutions website or any of a number of online supplement retailers. The 30-serving tub comes in a number of flavors, including pina colada and blue raspberry. The tub costs about $20 – $25 retail on the website and a little less on several other sites.


All in all I think Focus XT is a solid product. While it took a week or so to really kick in, the overall amount of energy, focus, and concentration I got was amazing. I would suggest you speak with your doctor concerning Focus XT to make sure it’s safe for you to take. When stacked up against some of the other nootropic/pre workout supplements, Focus XT would definitely make my Top 5.

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Rob Miller founded over 7 years ago, and has been the chief editor ever since. He has a diploma in Advanced Dietary Supplements Advisor, and worked at GNC for 3 years. He KNOWS supplements, both inside and out. Rob currently resides in Jupiter, FL, with his wife of 4 years.  Learn more about him in his Bio here. Follow him on Twitter , Facebook, LinkedIn, or find him on Google +.