10yrs or More
|HCF Quality (4.8)||(4.8)|
|Designs for Health GlyceroPhosphoCholine (GPC) (3.5)||(3.5)|
|Vita Logic Memory Formula (2.8)||(2.8)|
|Neural Boost (2.5)||(2.5)|
|Botanic Choice Gaba Plus (2.2)||(2.2)|
Neural Boost is a powdered drink supplement for memory, mood, and focus. It’s sold by Colorado company Restorative Remedies and is manufactured by Illinois company TC Bauer. Restorative Remedies was founded in May 2015 by a nutritionist. They sell only one product so far, but have three others labeled as “coming soon.” The company looks well managed considering they haven’t been around that long, with an apparent dedication to transparency and research.
Neural Boost contains the following ingredients: Sodium, Potassium, Cacao Powder, Coconut Milk Powder, Coconut Flower Blossom Sugar, Blueberry Powder, Lions Mane Mushroom Powder, Rhodiola Powder, Bacopa Powder, Amla Powder, Amla Powder, Nutmeg Powder, Vanilla Bean Powder, Sea Salt
The main ingredients are cacao powder and coconut milk powder. The next largest amounts are from blueberry powder and lion’s mane mushroom. Rhodiola Rosea is an herb commonly found in traditional Chinese medicine. In amounts of 50 mg a day or more, it may be helpful with alleviating mental fatigue and stress. Some companies use large amounts of 700 mg more, but Rhodiola may be more effective in small amounts. It can potentially help protect against altitude sickness but this is one of the rarer uses. The other benefits of the herb are considered unproven.
Lion’s mane mushroom, Hericium erinaceus, is a popular edible also used in traditional Chinese medicine. The Japanese call it yamabushitake (mountain priest mushroom). In modern-day cuisine it’s used as a vegetarian alternative to pork and lamb. It’s easily found in the wild, as it grows on three continents, and is commercially farmed for various purposes. There aren’t many human studies of using Hericium erinaceus for medicinal purposes, but it seems promising. Animal research has gone very well. Research involving rats says that the mushroom could have antioxidant effects, regulate blood lipid levels, and reduce blood glucose levels. A couple of studies have shown that intake of lion’s mane mushroom can regenerate or grow neurons, contribute to wounds healing, and reduce anxiety. The mushroom may also have mild antidepressant properties.
- Certified organic drink powder. Paleo and vegan-friendly.
- Chocolate coconut flavor makes this a lot more delicious than most supplements.
- Powder and liquid supplements can be easily absorbed by your body and may be superior to capsule or tablet based supplements.
- This supplement doesn’t contain any vitamins or minerals, which could improve your general health and give an additional mental boost. It also has a ton of sugar.
- It’s mostly a way to make your drinks taste good. The cognitive boosting abilities of this product are questionable because some of the nootropic ingredients are in insufficient quantities. Bacopa, for example, should be double the amount (or more) unless this company used extraordinarily high-quality Bacopa. But they don’t say.
This looks like a decent product for a fair price, especially on sale or with a discount coupon. The company offers a lot of information to people who visit their website and are pretty clear about the ingredients in Neural Boost. They also donate to a charity whose aim is to plant 18 billion trees around the world. Reviews of this supplement are positive and speak very highly of the chocolate-coconut taste.