{"id":604864577842,"title":"Brillia Review: Do Homeopathic Focus Pills Work?","created_at":"2023-02-18T16:51:37-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Brillia Review: Do Homeopathic Focus Pills Work?\",\n \"keywords\": \"brillia, brillia review, brillia reviews, brillia negative reviews, brillia for children, brillia for adults, brillia side effects, brillia adhd, brillia ingredients, brillia medication, what is brillia\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the ingredients in Brillia to give our take on whether or not it's likely to be effective for focus and concentration. We share our concerns about homeopathic medicine and feature real Brillia customer reviews.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/brillia-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University\"\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"editor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Auren Weinberg\",\n \"honorificSuffix\": \"M.D.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/auren-weinberg\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/aurenweinberg\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"Medical Reviewer\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"pharmaceutical medication, medicine, OTC drugs, medical research, clinical trials, generic drugs, branded drugs, dietary supplements, chemistry, health, wellness, healthcare\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"Haverford College\",\n \"University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry\",\n \"Fox School of Business at Temple University\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"image\": {\n\"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n\"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Brillia_Thumbnail.png?v=1676757314\",\n\"width\": \"2500\",\n\"height\": \"2500\"\n},\n\"citation\": [\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20402610\/\", \n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/azo-yeast-plus-review\",\n\"https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Homeopathic_dilutions\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/11026748\/\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/ginkgo-biloba-extract\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3575939\/\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/panax-ginseng-extract\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC9213591\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8919247\/\"\n],\n\"mentions\": [{\n \"@type\": \"Brand\",\n \"name\": \"Reactions\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"FDA\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"FTC\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"Lapine S-100 immune globulin\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Wikipedia\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Brand\",\n \"name\": \"NBC News\"\n }\n],\n\"datePublished\": \"2023-02-18\",\n\"copyrightHolder\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n},\n\"publisher\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/\",\n \"description\": \"Illuminate Labs is the most transparent supplement company in the U.S., and is a leading publisher of research-based health information.\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"supplements, science, nutrition, exercise, health, medication, pharmaceutical, wellness, diet, weight loss, medical research\",\n \"publishingPrinciples\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/editorial-guidelines\",\n \"memberOf\": [\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"U.S. Chamber of Commerce\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.uschamber.com\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Certified B Corp\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.bcorporation.net\/en-us\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Natural Products Association\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.npanational.org\/\"\n }\n ], \n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Illuminate_Labs_Favicon_48x48_7595c3cc-e27b-47b8-a4fe-edcc7ed9b29a.png?v=1666502785\", \n \"width\": 48,\n \"height\": 48\n},\n \"foundingDate\": \"2019-01-30\",\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/twitter.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/company\/illuminate-labs-supplements\",\n \"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCpgSJAsIPb-fZ25djtTxBEA\"\n ]\n }\n}\n\/\/ ]]\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Brillia_Review_Article_Header_Image_Optimized.png?v=1676756803\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDisclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice, and is just the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to nootropic supplements.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eB\u003c\/span\u003erillia is a homeopathic nootropic supplement. The brand claims that it “enhances clarity \u0026amp; improves focus,” and it’s marketed both to children and adults.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut what is homeopathic medicine and is there any evidence it works? Does Brillia contain research-backed ingredients for improving focus and mental clarity? Does it contain any potentially harmful ingredients? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Brilia?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review medical research on homeopathy to give our take on whether the practice generally is effective or is unscientific. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll then analyze the ingredients in Brillia based on clinical trials to give our take on whether the supplement is likely to be effective. We’ll share our concerns about the research cited by the brand to prove their product works, and highlight real, unsponsored customer reviews.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Homeopathy Unscientific? \u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHomeopathy is an unsubstantiated medical discipline that uses extremely small amounts of active substances and claims that these small amounts are actually more potent than larger amounts of the substance, which defies basic logic.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20402610\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeta-study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMedical Journal of Australia\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e analyzed data from tens of clinical trials on homeopathy. \u003cstrong\u003eThe study authors concluded that homeopathy has not been proven effective for any health condition\u003c\/strong\u003e: \"The findings of currently available Cochrane reviews of studies of homeopathy do not show that homeopathic medicines have effects beyond placebo.\" \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs we discussed in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/azo-yeast-plus-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAZO Yeast Plus reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article on another homeopathic supplement, we have not come across any convincing medical research suggesting that homeopathy works.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube video on the “Reactions” channel has over 450,000 views, is produced by the American Chemical Society, and investigates in an engaging and animated way what the tenets of homeopathy are and whether or not they are proven to work:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/Lq29f14X1t0\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eHighly Questionable Brillia Research\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrillia claims there is “verified science” and “in-depth research” backing their product on a page on their site titled “Verified Science.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Brillia clinical results\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Brillia_Clinical_Results_Optimized.png?v=1676756930\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe page features graphics such as the one shown above which suggest that the supplement has been studied in a clinical trial. However, there is zero explanation where this data came from and there are no links on the page to a full clinical trial.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eWe consider it to be a major red flag when a supplement company claims their product is clinically proven to work without clearly citing a clinical trial backing that claim.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e It leaves consumers without the full set of information to make an informed purchase decision.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Brillia questionable clinical claim\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Brillia_Questionable_Clinical_Claim_Optimized.png?v=1676756952\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe same page claims that Brillia “has the efficacy of other prescription medications without the harmful side-effects,” as shown above. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eThis is an unproven, uncited and dangerous claim.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e There is no proof that Brillia is as effective as other nootropic supplements or drugs, and we cannot determine whether Brillia has been studied in any clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical or scientific research journals proving it to be free of side effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe prescription drug comparison is highly confusing, because Brillia is not a prescription medication. It’s available for purchase online with a notice on another page stating “No prescription required,” as shown below.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Brillia no prescription required notice\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Brillia_No_Prescription_Required_Notice_Optimized.png?v=1676756971\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe hope that the FDA and FTC will investigate these disease claims and claims of clinical efficacy made by Brillia. Nothing published by the brand convinces us of the efficacy of their product, and we recommend that consumers be wary of health brands making claims of clinical efficacy without support for those claims.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBrilla Ingredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Brillia ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Brillia_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1676756855\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrillia contains three active ingredients, all of which are different potencies of a compound called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eLapine S-100 immune globulin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe cannot find any clinical studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals proving the safety or efficacy of this ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrillia describes this ingredient as “antibodies to the brain-specific S100 protein.” We consider antibody therapy a very strange way to target something as simple as focus and attention, when there are research-backed and safe alternatives like caffeine which have been studied extensively for those outcomes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs shown in the ingredient label above, the active ingredients are listed with a numeric multiplier of “C:” 12C, 30C and 200C. The “C” describes how many times the active ingredient is diluted in a homeopathic remedy. Wikipedia’s \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Homeopathic_dilutions\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eresource page\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on homeopathic dilutions documents that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ea 30C dilution results in such a small amount of the original ingredient that no molecules of the original ingredient would exist if diluted in water.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are no active ingredients in this formulation that we consider likely to be effective for improving focus or concentration.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal, Unsponsored Brillia User Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok user named Erin shares her experience using Brillia to treat her children who have ADHD:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote style=\"max-width: 375px; min-width: 325px;\" data-video-id=\"7109988324026273070\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@erin.the.great...nurse\/video\/7109988324026273070\" class=\"tiktok-embed\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@erin.the.great...nurse?refer=embed\" title=\"@erin.the.great...nurse\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e@erin.the.great...nurse\u003c\/a\u003e pardon my hair and face but I wanted to get this out to share. \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/momsoftiktok?refer=embed\" title=\"momsoftiktok\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#momsoftiktok\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/rn?refer=embed\" title=\"rn\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#RN\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/proudmama?refer=embed\" title=\"proudmama\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#proudmama\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/brillia?refer=embed\" title=\"brillia\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#Brillia\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/registerednurse?refer=embed\" title=\"registerednurse\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#registerednurse\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/momlife?refer=embed\" title=\"momlife\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#momlife\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/adhd?refer=embed\" title=\"adhd\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#adhd\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/original-sound-7109988341324057386?refer=embed\" title=\"♬ original sound - Erin\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e♬ original sound - Erin\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript async=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named Dana Kay explains whether or not she recommends Brillia:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/o6vaV876UZY\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDoes Brilla Cause Side Effects?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrillia’s Drug Facts label claims that “allergic reactions may occur in very rare cases,” likely due to the inclusion of lactose as an inactive ingredient. Lactose intolerant individuals may wish to avoid this supplement.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBrillia’s own “Verified Science” page reports the following side effects for trial participants taking the supplement: headaches (2% of users), impaired glucose tolerance (2%), hay fever (2%).\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe same page concludes: “Therefore, Brillia is determined to be completely safe” which seems strange considering the above information.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not believe that Brillia will cause side effects for the average consumer for the same reason that we do not believe any homeopathic medication will: the active ingredients are included at too low of a dose to have any biological effects or side effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCan Behavioral Therapy Treat ADHD in Children?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA video published by NBC News is only two minutes long and explores results from a medical study which found that behavioral therapy was highly effective for ADHD in children. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider this to be relevant and worth considering given that Brillia is marketed to children:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/02b_ftIesoA\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Clean Nootropic Picks\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Nootropic_Supplement_Image_Optimized_98ecd2a4-24b2-47f6-ad1c-2ea95c379c74.png?v=1685832074\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThere are compounds which have been shown in medical studies to be effective for cognitive enhancement and memory support.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMCT oil\u003c\/strong\u003e is a food supplement derived from coconut oil that \u003cstrong\u003eimproved memory recall by 20% in adults\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003ein a 2022\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC9588230\/\"\u003emeta-study\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/4eNQ4M\"\u003eBulletproof MCT Oil\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eis our top MCT oil pick, because its only ingredient is MCT oil derived from coconuts and it has zero additives. It currently retails for\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eunder $16\u003c\/strong\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eGinkgo biloba extract\u003c\/strong\u003e is arguably the most well-studied nootropic supplement apart from caffeine.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/11026748\/\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan\u003ePsychopharmacology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e journal \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003efound that ginkgo biloba supplementation improved attention and cognitive performance in healthy, young adults.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/ginkgo-biloba-extract\"\u003eIlluminate Labs Ginkgo Biloba Extract\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eis our supplement which is third-party tested to ensure purity and label accuracy, and retails for\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eonly $15\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eat a subscription price.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ePanax ginseng extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e is another well-studied nootropic supplement. A 2013 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3575939\/\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e found that \u003cstrong\u003eginseng extract caused \"\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eoverwhelmingly positive effects on neurocognitive function across different cognitive domains.\"\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/panax-ginseng-extract\"\u003eIlluminate Labs Panax Ginseng Extract\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eis our supplement which is third-party tested to ensure purity and label accuracy, and retails for\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eonly $15\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eat a subscription price.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLike every other homeopathic remedy we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health, we do not recommend Brillia nor do we consider the supplement likely to be effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe have not come across any convincing clinical evidence that homeopathy is effective for any health outcome, and its core tenets defy basic logic and deductive reasoning. 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Brillia Review: Do Homeopathic Focus Pills Work?

Brillia Review: Do Homeopathic Focus Pills Work?


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Brillia is a homeopathic nootropic supplement. The brand claims that it “enhances clarity & improves focus,” and it’s marketed both to children and adults.

But what is homeopathic medicine and is there any evidence it works? Does Brillia contain research-backed ingredients for improving focus and mental clarity? Does it contain any potentially harmful ingredients? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Brilia?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review medical research on homeopathy to give our take on whether the practice generally is effective or is unscientific. 

We’ll then analyze the ingredients in Brillia based on clinical trials to give our take on whether the supplement is likely to be effective. We’ll share our concerns about the research cited by the brand to prove their product works, and highlight real, unsponsored customer reviews.

Is Homeopathy Unscientific? 

Homeopathy is an unsubstantiated medical discipline that uses extremely small amounts of active substances and claims that these small amounts are actually more potent than larger amounts of the substance, which defies basic logic.

A meta-study published in the Medical Journal of Australia analyzed data from tens of clinical trials on homeopathy. The study authors concluded that homeopathy has not been proven effective for any health condition: "The findings of currently available Cochrane reviews of studies of homeopathy do not show that homeopathic medicines have effects beyond placebo." 

As we discussed in our AZO Yeast Plus reviews article on another homeopathic supplement, we have not come across any convincing medical research suggesting that homeopathy works.

A YouTube video on the “Reactions” channel has over 450,000 views, is produced by the American Chemical Society, and investigates in an engaging and animated way what the tenets of homeopathy are and whether or not they are proven to work:

Highly Questionable Brillia Research

Brillia claims there is “verified science” and “in-depth research” backing their product on a page on their site titled “Verified Science.”

Brillia clinical results

The page features graphics such as the one shown above which suggest that the supplement has been studied in a clinical trial. However, there is zero explanation where this data came from and there are no links on the page to a full clinical trial.

We consider it to be a major red flag when a supplement company claims their product is clinically proven to work without clearly citing a clinical trial backing that claim. It leaves consumers without the full set of information to make an informed purchase decision.

Brillia questionable clinical claim

The same page claims that Brillia “has the efficacy of other prescription medications without the harmful side-effects,” as shown above. This is an unproven, uncited and dangerous claim. There is no proof that Brillia is as effective as other nootropic supplements or drugs, and we cannot determine whether Brillia has been studied in any clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical or scientific research journals proving it to be free of side effects.

The prescription drug comparison is highly confusing, because Brillia is not a prescription medication. It’s available for purchase online with a notice on another page stating “No prescription required,” as shown below.

Brillia no prescription required notice

We hope that the FDA and FTC will investigate these disease claims and claims of clinical efficacy made by Brillia. Nothing published by the brand convinces us of the efficacy of their product, and we recommend that consumers be wary of health brands making claims of clinical efficacy without support for those claims.

Brilla Ingredient Analysis

Brillia ingredients

Brillia contains three active ingredients, all of which are different potencies of a compound called Lapine S-100 immune globulin.

We cannot find any clinical studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals proving the safety or efficacy of this ingredient.

Brillia describes this ingredient as “antibodies to the brain-specific S100 protein.” We consider antibody therapy a very strange way to target something as simple as focus and attention, when there are research-backed and safe alternatives like caffeine which have been studied extensively for those outcomes.

As shown in the ingredient label above, the active ingredients are listed with a numeric multiplier of “C:” 12C, 30C and 200C. The “C” describes how many times the active ingredient is diluted in a homeopathic remedy. Wikipedia’s resource page on homeopathic dilutions documents that a 30C dilution results in such a small amount of the original ingredient that no molecules of the original ingredient would exist if diluted in water.

There are no active ingredients in this formulation that we consider likely to be effective for improving focus or concentration.

Real, Unsponsored Brillia User Reviews

A TikTok user named Erin shares her experience using Brillia to treat her children who have ADHD:

@erin.the.great...nurse pardon my hair and face but I wanted to get this out to share. #momsoftiktok #RN #proudmama #Brillia #registerednurse #momlife #adhd ♬ original sound - Erin

A YouTube creator named Dana Kay explains whether or not she recommends Brillia:

Does Brilla Cause Side Effects?

Brillia’s Drug Facts label claims that “allergic reactions may occur in very rare cases,” likely due to the inclusion of lactose as an inactive ingredient. Lactose intolerant individuals may wish to avoid this supplement.

Brillia’s own “Verified Science” page reports the following side effects for trial participants taking the supplement: headaches (2% of users), impaired glucose tolerance (2%), hay fever (2%).

The same page concludes: “Therefore, Brillia is determined to be completely safe” which seems strange considering the above information.

We do not believe that Brillia will cause side effects for the average consumer for the same reason that we do not believe any homeopathic medication will: the active ingredients are included at too low of a dose to have any biological effects or side effects.

Can Behavioral Therapy Treat ADHD in Children?

A video published by NBC News is only two minutes long and explores results from a medical study which found that behavioral therapy was highly effective for ADHD in children. 

We consider this to be relevant and worth considering given that Brillia is marketed to children:

Our Clean Nootropic Picks

There are compounds which have been shown in medical studies to be effective for cognitive enhancement and memory support.

MCT oil is a food supplement derived from coconut oil that improved memory recall by 20% in adults in a 2022 meta-study.

Bulletproof MCT Oil is our top MCT oil pick, because its only ingredient is MCT oil derived from coconuts and it has zero additives. It currently retails for under $16.

Ginkgo biloba extract is arguably the most well-studied nootropic supplement apart from caffeine.

medical review published in the Psychopharmacology journal found that ginkgo biloba supplementation improved attention and cognitive performance in healthy, young adults.

Illuminate Labs Ginkgo Biloba Extract is our supplement which is third-party tested to ensure purity and label accuracy, and retails for only $15 at a subscription price.

Panax ginseng extract is another well-studied nootropic supplement. A 2013 clinical trial found that ginseng extract caused "overwhelmingly positive effects on neurocognitive function across different cognitive domains."

Illuminate Labs Panax Ginseng Extract is our supplement which is third-party tested to ensure purity and label accuracy, and retails for only $15 at a subscription price.

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Conclusion

Like every other homeopathic remedy we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health, we do not recommend Brillia nor do we consider the supplement likely to be effective.

We have not come across any convincing clinical evidence that homeopathy is effective for any health outcome, and its core tenets defy basic logic and deductive reasoning. Brillia claims to be clinically proven to work, however we cannot find the full clinical trial nor do we find the brand’s claims of clinical efficacy to be convincing.

We do not believe that Brillia is likely to cause side effects in the average consumer, however we find it highly questionable that the brand markets their supplement as being free of side effects when the “Verified Science” page on the brand’s website reports some side effects.

We cannot identify any clinical evidence that the active ingredient in Brillia is safe or effective.

Parents of children with ADHD may benefit from speaking with their doctor about behavioral therapy instead of homeopathic medicine.