What Is Neurofuse?
Neurofuse is a nootropic that is advertised for its ability to enhance cognition. According to the website, it was originally created by Harvard roommates and then perfectly refined by leading scientists and researchers.1 Based on research, the product appears to be manufactured by a company called BD Health Partners, LLC, based out of Los Angeles, CA.2
The Neurofuse website states that their supplement is created to be as effective as prescription energy that enhances focus. It is used to study more effectively, increase energy and clarity at work, and is utilized by athletes to help “get them in the zone.” In addition, it is designed to work without causing a crash or a case of the jitters.3 In fact, Neurofuse is promoted to contain ingredients that are clinically studied in order to help you:
- Enhance clarity and enrich focus
- Sharpen mental performance
- Increase awareness and energy
- Reduce anxiety and stress
- Improve memory1
Some of the main ingredients include:
(1) Vinpocetine which improves your ability to recall information from memory and increase the metabolism of the brain;
(2) Pikatropin which increases energy without causing restlessness; (they have removed Pikatropin from the supplement even though they had advertised the ingredients as a major differential of the supplement)
(3) Huperzine A which is used to facilitate the ability to recall information from your memory; and
(4) Bacopa Monierri which improves blood flow to the brain and enhances cognitive function.4
The product also includes Vitamin D3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Alpha Lipoic Acid, DMAE Bitartrate, Choline Bitartrate, Rhodiola Rosea, L-Theanine, Phosphatidylserine, and caffeine.1
In fact, Neurofuse contains many of the same ingredients that are found in various other nootropic manufacturers. The only exception is one ingredient called “Pikatropin”. (they have removed this ingredients from the latest version of Neurofuse. No explanation was given, even tough they had advertised it heavily as a differentiating feature). Although the ingredient is trademarked, it appears to be composed of a basic combination of niacin and GABA, which are two ingredients that are prevalently found in other OTC nootropics.2
The company recommends beginning with one capsule during mealtime and gradually increasing to 2-4 daily depending on tolerance, caffeine effects, and body size. You should also not exceed six capsules in a 24 hour period.3
Neurofuse Reviews (Online Consensus Summary)
It is interesting to note that the Neurofuse website was originally registered back in November 2013; accordingly, the website states that Neurofuse is used by thousands of happy customers. There is only one problem with that: The product only has four reviews listed on the entire web site.1 Likewise, there are only a few customer reviews listed on Amazon.com; and most of the Neurofuse reviews appear to be “middle-of-the road” ratings.5 However, here are some of the comments. (Please keep in mind that some comments have been paraphrased for clarity):
The most helpful Neurofuse review was written in 2014 and it states:
Now here are some of the negative reviews:
CUSTOMER SERVICE ACCOLADES/COMPLAINTS:
According to the website, it appears that the company does stand behind its supplement. The terms regarding the monthly membership program are clearly stated, the company doesn’t sell your contact information to other companies, a fourteen-day trial period is provided where you only pay for the shipping, and they don’t require that you mail your first bottle back like many other supplement companies. (However, any bottles beyond the first one do require you to mail the bottle back). So, it appears that the company makes the cancellation process as easy as possible.2 However, after reading some of the customer reviews, things are not always what they seem:
Why Some People Believe It’s A Scam
Lack of Concrete Scientific Evidence.
Upon reviewing the website, it doesn’t take very long to get the feeling that there is no solid evidence to support the product. Based on the research that is provided, it is worded in ways to say that the product “might” or “could” be effective in doing “XYZ” as opposed to stating that the results conclusively proved that the product did actually do “XYZ”. For example, according to one of the scientific articles listed on the web site, there was evidence that Bacopa Monnieri (Brahmi) may have an antioxidant effect in the hippocampus of the brain that helps to retain new information. However, there were no significant effects regarding retrieving information from long-term memory, attention span, working memory, and short-term memory. 7
Vague List of Ingredients.
There are several ingredients listed on the Neurofuse label. The following two are especially questionable regarding the actual quantities and effectiveness:
Neurofuse Blend. Although the product label clearly lists the amounts of Vitamins D3, B6, and B12 in supplement; things become a little murky when the ”Neurofuse Blend” is reviewed. It seems this blend consists of 903 mg of various ingredients;6 and most of those ingredients do not reflect the amount or percentage contained in the blend. One would have to question why this description is so vague, if the product really is a precisely crafted formula as it is claimed to be on the website. Based on the label, it is highly doubtful that the company could put in a sufficient quantity of all the ingredients in the “Neurofuse Blend” in order for it to be highly effective.”
Rhodiola Rosea. In addition, one piece of scientific research on the site attempted to show that Rhodiola Rosea significantly reduced fatigue, boosted test scores, and improved well-being and reduced stress. However, the overall conclusion was that the dosage level was not at the optimal level. This probably explains why the company web site says that scientific studies show that the effects of Rhodiola Rosea are more pronounced at 12 weeks compared to 4 weeks.3Since Bacopa Monnieri is listed as one of the active ingredients, and it requires more time to be effective, one has to question the effectiveness of all of the other “active ingredients”.
Possible Side Effects
The website claims that Neurofuse is safe to use every day, and there is no need to take breaks from using it. In fact, the first thing you will probably notice about Neurofuse when you go to the website is that it has the following phrase listed in all capital letters “Safely” Increases Focus, Energy, and Mental Performance”. However, the reality is that people do sometimes have problems with ingredients, regardless of whether they are natural or synthetic.4 In fact, the web site does mention that only one capsule should be taken in the beginning to gauge your tolerance to caffeine.3
In addition, when taking a closer look at the scientific study regarding the use of Bacopa Monnieri, the results plainly stated that no attempt was made to document any adverse reactions to the capsules. This was in spite of the fact that eight of the original eighty-four participants withdrew after the first testing session.7 Now keep in mind that the website boasts about using the highest quality, carefully researched ingredients.1
The company clearly states its terms regarding the monthly membership program, protection of privacy information, and offers a trial period. Even though there have been some complaints in regard to billing and customer service, the company currently shows a B+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.8 However, the problem is that most all of the ingredients contained in Neurofuse have very little clinical evidence to show that they increase brain power or enhance memory in those with healthy brains. It is a good thing that some users report feeling an increase in clarity, focus, and energy within 15-45 minutes of the first dose because the price is very expensive; especially when considering that one might have to take two to four capsules daily to capture the full effect of the product (meaning that each serving costs roughly $2 to $4).3
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