About Basis by Elysium

If you’ve been a HighYa reader for long, you already recognize that there are a lot of products claiming to work at the cellular level, whether they’re supposed to help you look younger or improve your health. But in a lot of instances, these products fail to deliver on their promises. Is Basis by Elysium different, though?

According to Elysium, after decades of research by leading scientists and clinicians, this nutritional supplement was designed to repair cells damaged by the aging process and environmental toxins, while keeping healthy cells healthy. As a result, Basis could help you experience benefits not attainable through diet and exercise alone, such as “more consistent energy, better quality sleep, and sharper cognitive function.”

Basis accomplishes this by boosting your body’s production of a coenzyme called NAD+ (we’ll talk more about this soon), which is responsible for cellular energy production, damage repair, and more. All you have to do is take two capsules each morning, and with regular use, Basis could “optimize your health” for the long-term.

You’re here for one main reason: you want to know if Basis by Elysium is the real deal, and that’s exactly what we’ll help you find out in this review. To begin, let’s take a closer look at the role of NAD+ in the body.

Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+) & Your Health

In the Complete Guide to Nicotinamide Riboside, we discussed this important coenzyme (a lesser-known version of vitamin B3), how it works within the human body, and many of its claimed benefits. So, if you’re looking to get an in-depth look at the situation, this is definitely worth a read.

In a nutshell though, nicotinamide riboside (NR) doesn’t directly cause any benefits in the body. Instead, as a coenzyme (a substance that enhances the action of an enzyme), it binds with protein molecules to create active enzymes. NR also boosts levels of another coenzyme called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), which is essential for proper cellular function, but is something that begins declining in our 20s.

However, supplementation of nicotinamide riboside has been clinically shown to combat many side effects associated with this NAD+ reduction, including improving communication between your cells’ nuclei and their mitochondria, leading to improved cellular health, boosted cognitive function and synaptic plasticity, reduced likelihood of neurodegenerative diseases, and more. In order to provide these benefits, Basis only contains two ingredients: nicotinamide riboside and pterostilbene, a potent polyphenol and derivative of resveratrol found in blueberries that boosts sirtuin levels, another enzyme associated with slowed aging.

Here’s the thing though: Much of the current clinical research on these substances has been conducted on non-human subjects (often yeast or mice), which is something you can see for yourself by quickly browsing the citations on Elysium’s website. So, although much of this research is positive, it’s still far from “proven” that these substance will provide these same benefits in humans.

Where Does Elysium Obtain Their Nicotinamide Riboside From?

Over the past couple years, we’ve seen an explosion in the number of nicotinamide riboside supplements available on the market. Not just because of the positive research that continues to pile up, but because of a new way of obtaining NR in the first place.

You see, until recently, NR was manufactured using a labor-intensive 8-step process derived from tryptophan. Today though, a company named ChromaDex manufactures the “first and only commercially-available nicotinamide riboside (NR) with five patents issued and more pending,” which they sell as a standalone ingredient under the trade name Niagen. This is why you’ll find dozens of different Niagen supplements (such as one from Live Cell Research – more about this shortly) manufactured by completely different companies.

However, there wasn’t a nutritional label listed on the Elysium website, although there’s no indication on their website that Basis contains Niagen (or the amount), so it’s not clear if additional commercial sources of nicotinamide riboside are used.

Whether it goes by Niagen or another name, or it’s manufactured by Elysium or another company, what’s everyone saying about these NR supplements?

Do Nicotinamide Riboside Supplements Like Basis Really Work?

We already talked about the positive—yet preliminary—clinical research for nicotinamide riboside above, but what are real-world customers experiencing with these supplements?

Basis by Elysium has received a fair amount of high-level media attention recently, having been featured in MIT Technology Review, The Boston Globe, Scientific American, Fast Company, and more. Most of these were high-level reviews talking about the scientific credentials of many of the people behind the company (we’ll talk more about this in the following section), but not necessarily reviews about the supplement itself.

However, we did find one first-hand review on CorpsStrength.com, where the author concluded that they didn’t experience any noticeable results from taking Basis for an undisclosed period of time. On the upside, they didn’t claim to have experienced any side effects, either.

Here on HighYa, Live Cell Research’s Niagen supplement had a 3-star rating based on 73 reader reviews at the time of our research. As you might imagine with such an evenly split reputation, some customers claimed to have experienced boosted energy, improved mental clarity, and improved sleep; while others claimed to have experienced nothing at all.

Let’s talk more about Elysium’s power-packed team of scientific professionals next.

The Team Behind Basis by Elysium

Compared to most of the other nicotinamide riboside supplements out there, Elysium’s CEO Eric Marcotulli has assembled a “dream team” of 30+ industry innovators and science and medicine pioneers to create the Basis supplement. This includes Chief Scientist Lenny Guarente, who has “focused his research on what keeps us healthy as we age” for more than 35 years, and who also runs MIT’s Glenn Lab for the Science of Aging, as well as Nobel laureates Aaron Ciechanover, Eric Kandel, Martin Karplus, and more.

According to Eric, the market potential for something like Basis was ripe for development, as he was “overwhelmed with the response” after reaching out to these scientists. In the future, the company hopes to continue identifying “novel compounds to produce health products that can directly improve our health.”

Given the clinically studied ingredients and the scientific support behind Basis, how much will you pay for the supplement?

How Much Does Basis by Elysium Cost?

Basis is available through the following options:

  • One Bottle: $60
  • Monthly Subscription: $50 per bottle
  • Semi-Annual Subscription: $45 per bottle ($270 due at checkout)
  • Annual Subscription: $40 per bottle ($480 due at checkout)

All orders include free Ground shipping.

Important note: If you choose any of the subscription options, Elysium will continue sending you a fresh bottle of Basis once per month. If you’re on a monthly plan, these recurring shipments can be canceled at any time. However, semi-annual or annual subscriptions cannot be canceled mid-term.

In addition, keep in mind that after your Basis order has shipped, no refunds are available.

In order to speak with one of Elysium’s customer support representatives, you’ll need to call toll-free (888) 220-6436 or send an email to care@elysiumhealth.com.

Will Basis by Elysium Improve Your Health—or Your Life?

In classical mythology, Elysium was “the abode of the blessed after death.” But can the company’s first supplement, Basis, help you live a healthier, happier, and longer life in this world?

Based on the available clinical evidence and customer feedback for similar products, we’d recommend keeping your expectations realistic for Basis. In other words, could the NR contained in Basis really help improve cellular function? Considering the mounting clinical evidence, it certainly seems well within the realm of possibilities.

On the flip side, even if Basis’ ingredients work exactly like the company claims, you might not experience any noticeable exterior benefits. According to their FAQ:

“Basis is designed to work beneath the surface on the health of your cells, and its primary purpose is not to deliver surface-level results. Taking Basis is an investment in your long-term health, and you may not feel different despite the improvements happening inside your body. Everyone’s physiology is unique and results vary from person to person.”

Given this, if you don’t experience any “surface-level results” with Basis, how will you be able to tell the difference between it working and it not? How can you gauge whether or not your $60-per month investment is worthwhile? Ultimately, despite the clinical research and scientific credentials behind the supplement, you’ll have to decide whether or not it’s worth taking the risk.

In our opinion, if you feel like giving Basis by Elysium a try, we’d recommend starting with a single bottle, since refunds aren’t available and you can’t cancel an annual or semi-annual subscription mid-term. Then, depending on your results, you make a more informed decision about how to proceed.

Did you give Basis by Elysium a try? How long did you take it? What kinds of benefits did you experience? Tell us about it by writing a review below!

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22 Customer Reviews for Basis by Elysium

Average Customer Rating: 3.6
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Bottom Line: 73% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 3 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Absolutely, go for it!

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Aug 31, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have been taking Elysium basis for ten months now. I experienced an immediate change in my energy levels. No more crashing after 2 pm. After about 20 days I noticed my eyesight improving. I had been having trouble seeing from afar, and I noticed while driving that I could see clearly much further within a few days.

    Still skeptic and thinking that I was biased to 'notice things,' I continued to take the supplement for the second month. Having taken digestive enzymes before, I noticed a similar temporary 'side effect,' the skin on your hands and face becomes extremely dry and wrinkly while the body begins to get rid of accumulated toxins. I continued to moisturize to counteract the effects. That is why I knew something was happening at the cellular level.

    After about three months of taking the supplement, my short and long term memory improved greatly. I am studying part time while working full time and I began experiencing a hard time retaining what I read. Next, I saw my face and body muscles tightening and my skin glowing. I don't work out, and occasionally take 30 minutes walks around town.

    Overall I can say with certainty that this supplement reversed the functions of my body to the time I was on my 20's. I took this one step further and got blood work done to see what the supplement was doing at a cellular level. My bad cholesterol went down 36 points without me changing a thing about my diet or exercise routine. My glucose level in the blood lowered by 20%. Any health indicators of blood count and enzymes improved markedly compared to my previous lab tests two years ago.

    I am subscribed to a monthly order I am seriously considering buying this for my parents.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    From couch sitter, age 60 (heart attack) to athlete

    In 2016 I had a major heart attack (called the Widow Maker). Prior to that (5 years) I had my second major open heart surgery (valve replacement). At the age of 59, I was overweight (268 lbs) and trying to recover from the heart attack. I was on depression meds, cholesterol meds, blood pressure meds, and a plethora of other meds. My short term memory was like Swiss Cheese, my ability to walk up stairs was like running a marathon. Every joint hurt and I would have night sweats and cramping. To say I was a mess would be an understatement.

    So after 30 years of being sick, I started to research all the supplements that helped with memory and physical recovery, which led to researching aging. This, in turn, led to Basis, among other products. Of course, I understood that exercise was needed, but previously I had tried and failed over the last three decades. So I figured if I ate well, took supplements and tried a product like Basis that would be enough.

    I did start to take Basis and eventually started to exercise slowly. When exercising, I noticed after about eight weeks my pain was there, but my recovery was faster than in the past. Plus my memory seemed better. I slowly started to do strength training and after six months of exercise and Basis (and traditional supplements) felt pretty good. At that time I decided to stop taking Basis and for the following six months I continued to exercise. After about two weeks I noticed it was a little harder and took longer and longer to recover. In addition, my family started to make fun of memory issues (again). So I decided to order Basis again.

    This time though I increased the amount to double, and after three weeks I definitely noticed the change. My exercise routine was increased, along with the amount of weights. After eight months I entered into my first Powerlifting competition and after 30 years of little to no exercise, two open heart surgeries, a major heart attack, being severely overweight and being 61, I won the California State Powerlifting Championship and set two state records. I am now training for the USPA National Championship and will try to qualify for the IPF World Championships.

    Did Basis make me stronger? No. What it did do is somehow allow me to have the same degree of recovery as when I was in my 20's. I am stronger now and with clearer thinking than I was 25 years ago. Of course, there is no one single pill that will reverse aging, but if taking Basis and the proper supplements in conjunction with diet and strength training, is any proof of success then I am proof of that.

    By the way, my squat is 405 lbs, my deadlift if 500 lbs and my bench press is 260 lbs. You can look me up on Facebook in the group Strength Athlete Spirit.

    Frank Westall.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Jul 24, 2017

      Bill

      I'm 67 and also have been taking Elysium. I am an old time weight lifter. Presently, I can still bench a lot more than 260 lbs. and regularly lift a lot more than that. So, maybe I should come out there to California and compete. I don't recommend heavy squats as they will destroy your knees. Dead lifts will kill your back.

      Also, I just buried one of my workout partners this week. He was only 58, but also like you, had a history of heart attacks. He worked out for decades. I don't recommend weight lifting to former heart attack patients. I've just buried too many buddies who died from it. Weight lifting causes constriction of the blood vessels and heart stresses that will kill you. You should look for less stressful ways to work out. Also, greatly reduce your body fat and increase your aerobic workouts, i.e. running, swimming, etc.

      I've never had any heart problems. My family has zero histories of heart attacks and my blood pressure is 105 or 67. So, I don't worry about heart problems with my lifting. In fact, I have slowed down on my lifting. Concentrating on lighter "close grip," bench presses, more isolation curls, leg work, wires, and etc. Even so, the running is the hardest thing to keep going. Knee and foot problems abound as you get older. No running also causes weight gain, which adds to the problems. At our age, it's all about consistent and regular aerobics, stretching, some controlled weight training, and diet control.

      My only possible bad side effect from Elysium, which I have been taking for almost a year, is that I seem to be more nervous than before. It may have made me rather short tempered and irritable. My family has noticed it too. I'm deselecting Elysium for a few weeks to see if it gets any better. It maybe one of my other vitamins causing it. I have not seen this listed as a side effect: increased nervous problems. If anyone else has seen this problem, please post.

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Perceived benefits

    • Crystal River, FL,
    • Jun 6, 2017
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    I have been using this product for over a year. I've read all the reviews, and the naysayers give advice about this product. My conclusion at this time is a positive experience concerning Elysium.

    I do feel I am able to concentrate and think clearer now, and my energy level is very good. At 65 and I'm still working full time and as a senior technician, my concentration and abilities to perform are very good. Many supplements we take don't show a result directly as we ingest them but over time reveal their results. I believe my use of this product helps me! As others have stated, when something reveals we are doing well, keep doing what you're doing to live healthier and think with clarity.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Did NOT do anything it claimed to do!

    I purchased the 1-year program in July of 2016.

    I have some health issues including nerve damage to my left ear, neuropathy, and brain damage.

    This supplement claimed to reverse or improve my situation. It was like taking a placebo except, my MD has now referred me to Nephrology, as my MD believes this supplement has caused damage to my pancreas, liver, and kidneys.

    Not all medicines are for everyone, and that goes for supplements, too! I did try and call them but got a voice mail saying they would call me back. I called during office hours: 09:00-17:00 EST today. I'm thinking a small claims court filing should satisfy at least the cost of the product that has done this damage to my internal organs.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Improvements over time

    • Stockton, CA,
    • Apr 3, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am age 73, and I have been taking Basis for over a year. For the first six to eight months I did not notice any specific improvements in the areas outlined in the literature.

    At eight months I did start to definitely recognize sustained improvements, specifically in the areas of focus and energy. For most of my life, I have worked seven days a week for several organizations at a time.

    Over the past several years I have found it to be increasingly difficult to find the energy to maintain the pace, as well as to consistently focus on the key issues for each organization. However in the past five months or so I have recognized that my energy level has significantly increased and most importantly, my fuzzy thinking has disappeared.

    I can't directly relate the change to Basis, but it is the only supplement that I have been taking during this period with no other changes to my health, exercise or diet patterns. It may be a placebo, but in the words of my doctor "if it's working and you are not experiencing any ill effects, don't stop taking it."

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Hopefully insurance for the future

    • Europe,
    • Feb 21, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have been taking Elysium for about 1.5 years. I take other supplements, so I am not sure of the visible effects, if any. But I am a 65-year-old female, and my hope is that this will abate some future diseases. Right now this is what science can offer. I will never again be 65 to make a better decision.

    By the way, I buy a year's worth of a product in advance, since I often travel. I could buy the other products, but I am too lazy to take pterostilbene separately.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Maybe

    • Utah,
    • Jan 29, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    My husband and I have been taking two capsules of Basis by Elysium every morning for about a year.

    We are almost 70 years old. We sleep well, exercise, have energy and are not overweight. We feel good. At this point, I don't know if our level of energy and health is due to our healthy habits of eating right and exercising regularly, or if Basis by Elysium has something to do with it. That's the tricky thing.

    Whatever benefits we may be getting from Basis by Elysium are subtle. But I can't say that they are not there.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Benefits my eyes

    • Portland, OR,
    • Jan 26, 2017
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    I've been taking Basis by Elysium for eight months. The only benefit visual to me is that my eyes, I had noticed, (who were fading a bit in color and becoming dull) have regained the deep blue color that they had before. At least it's a start.

    Soon after I started taking Basis by Elysium, my doctor noticed that I had a bit of a non-alcoholic fatty liver. I'll be going to see him soon, and if that has gone down, I will keep taking Basis by Elysium. If not then I will quit it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Jan 27, 2017

      Victoria Mele

      About two months ago, after taking Elysium for six months, my lab tests came back with elevated liver enzymes. The ultrasound indicated that I had a non-alcoholic fatty liver.

      I changed my eating habits, even though I ate pretty healthy. I'm giving up sugar and then I will have another blood test in a month. I'm very interested to see if there is any correlation between next lab results and the basis.

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    After 6 months of Basis

    • California,
    • Jan 25, 2017
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    I'm 65 years old, female, Asian American, and have no chronicle conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetic, or heart disease. I'm taking multivitamins on a daily basis. I exercise four times a week (hot yoga, weight, treadmill, hiking, etc.). In other words, I'm doing ok and would like to maintain my health.

    As expected, once hitting 62, I did not sleep eight hours straight like before, got joint discomfort when the weather changes, can't do much gardening without having a stiff back, but I still can hike up the mountains and survive the hot yoga sessions.

    I'm on my sixth month with Basis now. I think I sleep better, but still take one Melatonin at bedtime. I'm still doing well in the hot yoga session. My heart rate goes down nicely within a minute or so after strenuous exercise. My appetite remains the same.

    After my sixth bottle, I will stop Basis and try to note if any change occurs. Until then, I rather spend the money on my gym membership and yoga sessions (about $100/month). If Basis can help, I'm more than happy to pay $50 more a month.

    The factor that will help me with the evaluation of Basis will be the quality of my sleep. Let's see how I'll be doing there.

    Also, I think Elysium should give us more research results on the side effects of Basis on our body, especially the liver and kidney. We may bank our hope on the positive effects of the treatment, but can't risk damaging our important organs.

    For now, I don't recommend Basis since I'm not sure about it myself. Maybe in another six months (without Basis) I may have better input.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Cause I felt nothing.

    • Georgia,
    • Jan 18, 2017
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    I did a lot of research before investing in Elysium, and I was very excited to try it. I have used it for two months now, and I noticed NO changes. Sleep, energy, mental clarity, and skin are all the same. I also had no negative side effects.

    Logically, it seems if something is working on a cellular level, there should be some noticeable benefit that can be identified. And how can the dosage be the same for a 250-pound man and a 150-pound woman?

    The credentials of the research team are stellar and were ultimately what I based my purchase on. However, without some experienced identifiable improvement, I think I will discontinue use and wait for more empirically based evidence to surface. Maybe I'll take the $60 and get a massage. Now, that's an investment I can feel.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Not sure, but maybe…

    • Williamstown, MA,
    • Dec 11, 2016
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    I have been taking Elysium for the better part of a year. It seems that I'm more focused and have more energy, but that might be for other reasons. I've signed on for a year's supply by now, and I take it every day. Like I said, maybe.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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