WHAT IS IT?
NeuroFuse is a new proprietary formula that was just recently added to the nootropic marketplace. It contains Bacopa Monnieri, Vinpocetine, Huperzine A and Picamilon, four allegedly potent brain supplements. It was developed by two Harvard roommates who, according to their website, “were looking for an edge over the competition at the world’s most elite university.”
Said to be specially-designed for students, athletes, finance professionals, entrepreneurs and lawyers to raise focus, hone memory, improve productivity and heighten decision-making capacity, NeuroFuse is billed as an elite enhancer. Here we will examine just how safe and effective it really is and whether it’s worth your hard-earned money.
There ingredients contained within NeuroFuse are as follows:
- Huperzine A
- Bacopa Monnieri
- Pikatropin (Picamilon)
- Choline Bitartrate
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Caffeine Anhydrous
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin D3
These 12 natural ingredients are well-regarded as effective tools for increasing mental power, reasoning, focus and neurological health.
Vinpocetine is a synthetic derivative of the vinca alkaloid vincamine from the periwinkle plant. It is well-known among the nootropic community as a cognitive booster that treats everything from depression and anxiety to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and tinnitus. It enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the brain, and may help stroke survivors. Its reputation as a brain booster is undeniable.
Huperzine A is a powerful, multi-pronged supplement that is used for learning enhancement, improved memory formation and reversal of age-related neurological degeneration. It has been implemented in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease among other things. Huperzine A is said to increase alertness and jack up energy levels.
As stated elsewhere, Bacopa is an herb that has been praised for its ability to alleviate stress and boost memory. It may also help relieve anxiety, but evidence is insufficient to support this hypothesis. Nevertheless, Bacopa has a strong reputation as a cognitive enhancer among noot aficionados.
Picamilon is a synthetic combination of Niacin and GABA which was first used by the Russian cosmonauts. It has grown increasingly prevalent among the nootropic community in recent years for its supposed cognitive benefits. Some claim it is capable of relieving anxiety while others have experienced anxiety from excessive Picamilon use.
It is alleged to speed up memory, increase attention span, stimulate neurons and heighten both thought and clarity. I can speak from personal experience when I say that Picamilon exerts none of these effects, at least not on me. After taking it several times in powder form and in varying dosages, I experienced nothing more than the slightest sense of calm. My mental faculties were not affected either positively or negatively.
Choline Bitartrate is a form of choline which has been proven to substantially improve memory loss and performance. It has been embraced by the bodybuilding world for its ability to delay fatigue. It is also used to treat a number of brain disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, depression, Tourette’s Syndrome and cerebellar ataxia. Choline is vital to the nervous system and Choline Bitartrate gets the job done.
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
Alpha Lipoic Acid has many benefits, not least of which is its ability to kill free radicals. But its effects on cognitive ability have been well-documented. A potent antioxidant, Alpha Lipoic Acid has been linked to better brain function, improved immune system and cardiovascular health.
Alpha Lipoic Acid also activates a collagen-regulating factor that is integral to the aging process. It can also lower blood sugar in those with Type 2 Diabetes.
Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid that has been shown to improve thinking skills in children and protect against mental decline in the elderly. It is regularly used to facilitate relief from depression and occlude performance-based stress. Athletes and students alike have fallen in love with this nootropic compound.
DMAE is a choline molecule that boosts cognitive function and heightens mood. It is often used to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), but it comes with its share of set backs, particularly how bad it may be for your skin. That’s right, although this antioxidant membrane stabilizer is said to firm, brighten and smoothe skin, it may actually be a cell killer.
Nevertheless, DMAE interacts well with Alpha Lipoic Acid, enhancing its effects. I don’t think I need to tell you about how beneficial the vitamins in this blend are. Which brings us to the court of public opinion:
Over at High Ya, NeuroFuse received a two-star rating with their reviewer writing, “Despite the company’s upfront business model though, the fact remains that nearly all the ingredients contained in Neurofuse have little clinical evidence showing they can reliably improve memory or boost brainpower in otherwise healthy brains. Because of this, in combination with its very high price, we might recommend speaking with your physician about additional ways of improving mental function.”
The majority of consumers on Amazon gave it mixed reviews and lamented the high price of the NeuroFuse bottle. Another customer complained about the horrible customer service and said that NeuroFuse is not worth the hassle. “No,” they say. “I would not recommend this to a friend.”
And while NeuroFuse received a great three-and-a-half star review from Nootriment from a reviewer who had an extremely positive experience taking two capsules a day, others have called NeuroFuse a hoax. One user posted on Reddit, asking the question, “Is it bullshit?”
One Reddit responder wrote, “This is one of those pre-built mixes that falls under the semi-bullshit category. While there is evidence and anecdotal reports that many of the ingredients used in this mix are effective, NeuroFuse doesn’t contain enough of each chemical to do anything.
“You’ll notice that their ‘blend’ doesn’t list the individual chemical amounts, but just lumps them all together as a 900 mg blend. This is because they don’t have FDA-recommended amounts so they aren’t required to be listed separately.”
This same user goes on to rebuke claims made on the company’s mobile site, alleging that Bacopa Monnieri expedites new task learning by almost fifty percent. “Fifty percent?” he writes. “There’s no way they have evidence for that kind of drastic increase in such a broad human function.”
“The disclaimer at the bottom of their own page pretty much admits it’s BS,” another Reddit user writes, referring to a block of text which reads, “NeuroFuse is not a suitable replacement for a prescription medication and should not be used as a substitute…This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
In summation, NeuroFuse may not be worth your time or money. For the above reasons, our readers are advised to do their own independent research into the legitimacy of NeuroFuse and to consult with their physician to explore other options for cognitive enhancement.