10yrs or More
|HCF Quality (4.8)||(4.8)|
|Metagenics Exhilarin (3.1)||(3.1)|
The main issue with synthetic ingredients is that you don’t always get what you pay for. In reality, synthetic ingredients are well known for their low absorption, poor bioavailability, and the fact that they drain the body’s reserves of other minerals and vitamins (e.g., cofactors) required for proper absorption of other nutrients.
At BrainReference we recognize that dietary supplements can be the source of many allergic responses either due to cross-contamination with high-allergen compounds during the manufacturing process or because they incorporate ingredients obtained from high-risk allergenic foods (milk, eggs, or fish).
Companies with less integrity will use dangerous fillers as a “grease or lube” to aid in easier and faster production. Artificial dyes and colors are used to make supplements more appealing to the eye. Coatings are added to make capsules easier to swallow. How do these fillers impact your body and health?
Independent testing labs are not associated with the producing company, ingredients supplier, the company whose name appears on the product, or with the consumer. This means independent testing labs have no vested interest in the result of the testing and are less likely to “dry lab” or manipulate test results for self-serving reasons.
Addieup is advertised as an all-natural herbal supplement that is said to improve overall mental clarity, focus, and energy. According to the manufacturer, the formula was designed to help with common problems facing both college students and adults who have trouble focusing and/or who suffer from ADD or ADHD.
The “Adderall alternative” (as Addieup is often referred as) is being distributed by a company called Nutra Naturals LLC, with a business address located in American Fork, UT. Sadly, that’s all we know about the manufacturer as information about this company is very scarce.
The official website claims that Addieup was created by Dr. Mike Baker, who was also diagnosed with ADHD and had been taking common ADHD prescription medications, such as Adderall. He developed the formula to create a natural alternative to Adderall and other ADHD prescriptions.
Addieup contains the following ingredients: Addieup contains the following ingredients: Proprietary blend (4-Amino-2-Methylpentane Citrate, Guarana 22%, Caffeine Anhydrous, Yerbe Mate, Beta Phenylethylamine, Higenamine HCI, Methyl-Synephrine HCL, Choline BiTartrate, Ginkgo Biloba leaf extract, and Huperzine) 821 mg, Caffeine 100 mg, MaltoDextrin, Magnesium stearate, Gelatin, Titanium dioxide, FD&C Yellow #6, and FD&C Red #3.
Sadly, Addieup, like many other “alternatives” to prescription drugs, is being sold exclusively online with a website that has an infomercial feel to it. According to this official website, Addieup is “doctor formulated” and it is “backed by scientific research.” However, there appears to be no evidence of it on the website to support these claims.
Much like other dietary supplements in general, Addieup blend is not fully disclosed due to “proprietary blend rules”. This is a practice we do not agree with. We understand the need to protect a great formulation from being “copied” by competitors, but hiding all core ingredients behind a proprietary blend does nothing but confuse the consumer.
Taking a closer look at the label, we noticed that Addieup contains 100 mg of caffeine, which is just about the same amount you’ll get from a freshly brewed cup of morning coffee. That’s the only amount we are certain of as everything else was included in 821 mg of proprietary blend that contains Ginkgo Biloba, Huperzine A, Guarana, Choline Bitartrate, and Yerba Mate.
Without question, 100 mg of caffeine can give you a quick energy boost when you need to give your brain enough power to work with. That is why drinking coffee has become a habit for the most of us.
The other ingredient that stands out is Choline, which is one of best ingredients as far as enhancing the cognitive functions is concerned. This ingredient is a prodrug of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter in the brain believed to be responsible for the cognitive functions of the brain. Higher levels of this neurotransmitter results in enhanced memory, logical reasoning, and communication skills.
- Addieup may be a good energy boost in the morning
- The product is packed in a nice looking bottle
- There is an official website with some useful information on it
- Some natural ingredients
- Some ingredients have been clinically tested
- May not have any brain enhancing value
- Addieup is more expensive than other similar products
- Contains high amounts of caffeine and other stimulants
- Very few testimonials online
- Almost no information regarding the manufacturer
If it is to compare Addieup with other energy boosters, this supplement may come on top due to high concentration of caffeine and other stimulants. But for cognitive enhancement, Addieup may not be the best choice out there. While it may give you the convenience of stacking up some nootropic agents, the blend itself leaves a lot to be desired.