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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17 Customer Reviews for Basis by Elysium

Average Customer Rating: 3.5
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Bottom Line: 71% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Hopefully insurance for the future

    • Europe,
    • Feb 21, 2017

    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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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Maybe

    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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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Benefits my eyes

    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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  • After 6 months of Basis

    • California,
    • Jan 25, 2017

    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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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Cause I felt nothing.

    • Georgia,
    • Jan 18, 2017

    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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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Not sure, but maybe…

    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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  • 8 out 10 people found this review helpful

    SCAM! Tried to cancel and they just keep sending.

    • CA,
    • Dec 1, 2016

    After seeing no benefit from the Basis product and finding that I could get the same mix at Amazon much cheaper, I started trying to cancel my monthly subscription. 4 months, 5 emails and 3 phone calls later they still are shipping to me. I am going to try BBB, small claims court, and ask my credit card company to cancel any future payments. Note that some time ago I sent them a message asking about a competitive product, the answer was misinformed and showed no knowledge of their product or any other.

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

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    • Dec 3, 2016

      Noam

      What are the competitor's pills on Amazon called?

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  • 11 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Not sure yet...

    • Virginia,
    • Nov 8, 2016

    I am 63 years old. I have been taking Basis for going on 3 months. I cannot say I notice any changes in energy, mental clarity or skin changes. I almost think I look older since taking it. But who can say? I said I would try for 6 months and will do so. Probably will discontinue after the 6 months. AT THIS TIME, I will not recommend.

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

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  • 10 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Impressed!

    • California ,
    • Oct 26, 2016

    I'm a healthy, active 54-year-old female at 5'4", 115lbs. I've been taking Basis for 10 days now and have noticed the following:

    1. More energy – I run, hike, or go to the gym almost every day and have noticed a significant burst of energy that lasts all day.
    2. Mental clarity – my thought process seems clearer. I am able to focus better on my tasks. I tend to be a little ADD and this seems to be helping.
    3. Sleep pattern hasn't changed
    4. Skin and hair seem to look better but not sure yet if it's something else I'm doing or if it's Basis.

    I take no other supplements at this time and eat a very healthy diet. I'm going to start Vitamin D 2000 every other day and see if I notice any difference. I only ordered one months supply of Basis but will continue to take it for six months and evaluate from there.

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

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  • 13 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Cautiously Optimistic

    I'm a 64-year-old man who's used Basis for a month. I've noticed a few changes. I am sleeping more deeply, I'd say 20% better.

    Another thing struck me. I don't usually run and haven't for, I'm guessing, a year. The air quality here has been poor all summer. We finally had a cooler day with good air last week. Usually, when I haven't run I go one mile and do okay. This time, when I hit the one-mile mark I kept going and ran two miles. I was a little sore the next day and more sore the second day, as is usual. (I also hiked about 7 miles up and down hills on the second day.) But to run an extra mile was unusual. At the time, it felt totally normal.

    So I think something is happening but I don't know what it is.

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

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  • 10 out 19 people found this review helpful

    They make it difficult to stop automatic shipments

    I didn't think I signed up for automatic shipments, but I guess it's part of the program. They don't answer the phone, they don't call you back when you leave a message. Their customer service is awful, giving you the impression that it's all about the money to them. It feels like a scam to me, and I've noticed no difference from taking the $50 a month pills.

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

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    • Nov 28, 2016

      Norman

      You can stop auto shipping by changing your debit or credit card number.

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