HCF Happy, Calm & Focused by The HCF Company has always been a consumer favorite, but in the last few years it’s climbed to the top of our list based upon a number of factors:
1) Proven 90/10 formulation (90% F&Q amino acids with a solid 10% delivery system) for actually rebuilding neurotransmitters and feeding your Hypothalamus (balancing your entire Endocrine System);
2) Extensive track record on consumer effectiveness over the years - we haven’t seen anything comparable on feedback, not only on our site here, but the company itself has collected over 100+ documented experiences from professionals in various countries;
3) USA formulated and manufactured, but a solid USA trial offer and very internationally friendly - a 3-5 day “anywhere in the world” FedEx shipping policy takes the cake for anyone ordering supplements outside of the USA who hates to wait (they lose money on shipping to make it affordable).
We don’t get too caught up on all the sappy details about how a company or product came about, but the fact that the Peta family is open about themselves, their manufacturing principles
, their history
and even their track record
of standing behind the product for years goes a long way with us and is somewhat unusual to the industry.
Yes, amino acid formulations are not new to brain supplementation, but the challenge has always been having the right delivery system through the BBB (Blood Brain Barrier) or else it just ends up skipping the brain and rolls around the blood stream only feeding the body. Which really isn’t the point of a brain supplement, right?
So one reason behind consumers reporting strong results with HCF Happy, Calm & Focused could be based on its 90/10 F&Q delivery system. This delivery system of key associated neuro-nutrients allegedly imitates how F&Q is actually found in whole-food proteins. And like most formulas that actually work.. they are generally simple and use common sense. So the basic approach of HCF is, “We know that F&Q found in whole-food proteins can cross the BBB (Blood Brain Barrier) into the brain, so why not imitate the formulation?” And by the results thus far, it appears this approach is working for HCF.
Is HCF Happy, Calm & Focused Right For You?
Good question, no supplement is for everyone...but what we do know is that on a daily basis, almost no one can be without F&Q amino acids. These two amino acids are essential to not only your feel-good neurotransmitters, but your Hypothalamus which is the master over your entire hormonal system (Endocrine System). Amino acid F is the only amino acid that feeds your brain’s Hypothalamus. So there is no doubting the amino acids, only question is if they can actually get into the brain.
Amino acid F (DL-Phenylalanine) is an essential (only comes from outside food) 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.
Amino acid Q (L-Glutamine) is a conditional (only sometimes produced by the body) 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.
Ingredients of Supplement
Company makes a guarantee that HCF is natural, hypoallergenic, and contains no preservatives, no chemicals, no coatings, no calories, no sweeteners, no enhancers, no yeast, no fragrance, no dairy, no gluten, no nuts, no wheat and uses only high-quality nutraceutical-grade amino acids and associated neuro-nutrients to ensure purity and standardized for maximum effectiveness. Ingredients include two parts:
Part 1) Two Key Amino Acids (90% Avg of Formulation): Amino Acid F: DL-Phenylalanine (Essential Amino Acid), and Amino Acid Q: L-Glutamine (Conditional Amino Acid). (pronounced: “D-L-FEN-L-AL-UH-NEEN” & “L-GLOO-TUH-MEEN”)
Part 2) Associated Neuro-Nutrients (10% Avg of Formulation): Vitamin A (as beta-carotene), Vitamin E (as d-alpha-tocopherol succinate), Vitamin B1 (as thiamine HCL), Vitamin B2 (as riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (as niacin & niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCL), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin), Biotin, Vitamin B5 (as d-calcium pantothenate), Calcium (as calcium citrate), Iron (as ferrous fumarate), Magnesium (as magnesium oxide), Zinc (as zinc citrate & zinc picolinate), Chromium (as chromium polynicotinate).
Effectiveness of HCF Happy, Calm & Focused
In our research over the years, we’ve personally seen strong HCF results, but that has limited weight as we are only a small team. The weight really has been what we have seen from you consumers in the way of overwhelming feedback on this review and other sites that discuss HCF along with other brain supplements. Fact is, these reviews hold 100 to 1 in importance to us compared to all the hyped up clinical studies out there that: A) are usually only conducted for marketing purposes on 30-50 people over a 2-3 month period of time (1/2 of them with a placebo product); or B) have nothing to do with either the product or the company, but was conducted on one isolated ingredient by another company and is then passed off on you because they put that ingredient in their own product. Shameless. And since the FDA and other health organizations will never officially approve dietary supplements - why would a company ever spend the money on expensive double blind clinical studies? They don’t, and so the real credence belongs to consumer reviews and feedback here which in the case of HCF have been very strong to date.
Additionally, the 100+ professional experiences that the company touts are impressive as well (Normally we ignore company testimonials since usually there is nothing but a couple lines of text and its well known that most are self-written by companies). But when we see The HCF Company go to lengthy measures to gather feedback on their form
with full tracking (attached profile images, documented, time stamped with IP address and kept on file for 3rd party verification) and then displaying the 100+ professionals
its been worth our respect.
Supplement's Price & Shipping
HCF is on the middle range in terms of price at $39.95 on autoship and $59.95 on standard orders. Generally you’ll find most high quality amino acid supplements are on the higher end based on the quality level of their nutraceutical-grade amino acids and what forms of associated neuro-nutrients are used. For example; in the case of HCF, “methylcobalamin” is used for their Vitamin B12 which is a very expensive option when normally companies use a cheaper option like “cobalamin”.
But probably the most popular option for USA consumers with HCF is their trial offer, the ability to try it before buying it. Unlike most trial offers, we've found HCF to be upfront with how their trial offer works and consumers reportedly enjoying their free bottle and either continuing with the autoship or being able to easily discontinue the autoship and only paying $5.95 for shipping and handling. To us that is a fair offer, as long as a company is upfront on the terms and sticks to their promise of only the shipping cost if you don’t wish to continue. So far, the company has been reported as being very solid in this regard.
But its the 3-5 day “anywhere in the world” FedEx shipping policy that strangely gets the most attention. Seems everyone outside the USA hates waiting 2-3 weeks for overpriced shipping. The company seems to be trying to target international consumers by eating (we figure) $5 to $10 on each order (depending on country) for the FedEx 3-5 day International Express shipping class…which isn’t cheap by the way. We asked the company how they are doing it since the average envelope cost on that class is about $100-$125 per postage, and even with a 75-80% FedEx discount, they still have to be paying anywhere from $20-$25 per postage and thus eating $5 to $10 on each order at a $14.95 S&H price point. But that’s a classy move for the company and a real winner for international consumers. They also have cheaper, slower, and free shipping options, but most any company has that.
Do HCF Happy, Calm & Focused Supplements Work?
Well HCF is only ranked here because it has proven itself over time. As you know, time is always the measure of true worth. We've had other top picks over the years, but there is no arguing right now the level of consumer feedback on HCF and its being on a different level in many ways. Will that always be the case? Probably not, but as we continue to see amino acid supplementation accelerating and proving itself among top leading neuroscientists and their own practices, it doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon. HCF may or may not be the answer for you and your family, but it definitely has proven to be a top supplement and a very classy company that believes in high quality and doing things the right way.