About Clarity X
Claiming to be an “all-natural smart pill” Clarity X is a nootropic supplement that promises to bring a number of improvements to your daily life through a special formulation of ingredients handpicked for their supposed effectiveness.
Clarity X specifically claims to provide intense focus and mental clarity by “enhancing” the neurotransmitters in the brain. The company behind the product states that the ingredients used in the formula are widely respected as “nature’s best”.
The product also purports to give you a boost of energy to help keep you feeling alert and at the ready throughout the day.
Nootropics can be broadly defined as any supplement that claims to boost cognitive function in the brain, though there are many different types of them on the market today. In order to truly understand how Clarity X and other supplements similar to it are said to work, we first need to understand a bit about the brain itself.
In the next section, we’ll take a quick, top-down look at how mental function works. This way, we’ll be in a much better position to determine just how effective Clarity X might be.
Your Brain On Nootropics
The brain is made of roughly 100 billion cells, with each individual cell being called a neuron. Put simply, the brain works by using these neurons to fire electrochemical signals, not completely unlike the circuits in your cell phone.
Nootropic companies have a habit of explaining how their products work in various ways, some more scientific than others. Essentially, though, many of these products claim to alter the way your neurotransmitters (the “chemical messengers” in the brain that work alongside your neurons) behave, augmenting them or opening up new pathways that otherwise wouldn’t be accessible.
The makers of Clarity X claim that without enacting a strict “brain diet” or taking a daily enhancer like Clarity X, your brain will begin to decline in performance as you age. While our cognitive function does decrease with age, particularly with memory recall, we were unable to find any authoritative evidence during our research that not taking a nootropic will increase this degradation.
In the link above, however, it is said that diet may indeed have a role to play in the process, with high energy, low antioxidant diets possibly putting you at more of a risk, according to this study on PubMed.
So, how does this relate to Clarity X? In order to answer that question, we’ll need to dive a bit deeper into the product to try and discern what ingredients are being used in its formula, and more importantly, how they relate to the claims made by the company (if at all).
What’s Inside Clarity X’s Formula?
Looking at the main website for Clarity X, we weren’t able to find an ingredient list or documentation of any kind on the formula. Instead, we reached out to customer service, who told us that the supplement utilizes a proprietary nutrient blend, as well as Vitamins B3 and B6, Gaba, and Caffeine.
When we inquired about what specifically was in the nutrient blend, we were told that they did not have this information on hand. Without knowing what’s inside, it will be difficult to assess the product accurately; we’ll only be able to rely on the 4 ingredients we do know about when evaluating the product’s effectiveness.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these using information from trusted sources like WebMD and Examine.com as a reference point.
Starting off with Vitamins B3 and B6, it looks as though there is insufficient evidence illustrating that there is a connection between these vitamins and mental performance and cognition in general.
As for GABA, the same story holds true. Although the chemical is extremely crucial to the brain's normal functionality according to Examine.com, there is not enough conclusive evidence to show that it can aid mental performance in any appreciable way.
Finally, that leaves us with caffeine. The stimulant is one of the most common and popular in the entire world, with millions of people consuming items containing caffeine each and every day. There have been dozens of studies into caffeine’s effectiveness as a stimulant, and according to WebMD, there is some evidence that the drug can increase mental alertness and even improve memory.
So, what’s this all mean?
Essentially, without knowing more about the proprietary nutrient blend being used here, there doesn’t seem to be sufficient reported clinical evidence indicating Clarity X can provide intense focus, boost neurotransmitters in the brain, or improve cognitive function, as claimed by the manufacturer.
Potential Clarity X Side Effects
As with any supplement, there is always the chance that you will encounter side effects when taking Clarity X. Seeing as we don’t know what exactly is inside the nutrient blend used in the formula, we can’t definitively state every side effect you might encounter here.
From what we do know, however, it looks like the side effects should be fairly minimal based on information gathered from Examine.com and WebMD. Vitamin B3 can give you a harmless but concerning red “flush”, particularly when first taking it. Vitamin B6 could cause mild nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, headache, tingling, sleepiness, and other side effects.
Finally, caffeine can sometimes cause insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach irritation, nausea and vomiting, increased heart rate and respiration, and other side effects. Seeing as we weren’t told how much caffeine is in use with Clarity X, we don’t know how likely you are to experience any of these symptoms, or any of the others listed above for that matter.
If you ever have any questions about a particular ingredient, we recommend reaching out to you doctor to discuss your needs further.
Clarity X Pricing & Return Policy
Clarity X is currently available directly through the manufacturer as part of a “free trial” program. This means that in order to purchase your first shipment of the nootropic supplement, you’ll simply need to pay $4.95 for shipping and handling on a month's supply.
According to the terms and conditions listed on the checkout page, however, you’ll only have 18 days (14 day trial + 4 days for shipping) to evaluate the product. If you don’t cancel your trial within this timeframe, you’ll be automatically entered into the company’s autoship program.
This means that you’ll be billed $84.95 each and every month for a new supply of Clarity X until you call customer service at 877-577-8331 to cancel your membership.
As for the return policy, the company offers a 30-day refund on unopened products only. There is a $4.99 restocking fee involved, and they explicitly state that there are no full or partial refunds on opened products.
Clarity X Alternatives
Type “nootropic supplement” into Google and you’ll surely be faced with literally thousands of options from various manufacturers, many claiming to have the exact same benefits using a dizzying array of different formulations.
Here at HighYa, we’ve reviewed dozens of nootropic supplements over the past few years, and based on our experience, many of these products feature similar ingredients, often even sharing the same claims, website templates, and pricing structures.
Specifically with Clarity X, we’ve seen the same exact website layout (with minor aesthetic differences) across a range of different products in the supplement industry. Some of these products state their ingredients, and some of them don’t; obviously, we’ve learned that Clarity X only tells us about a few of them.
In general, if you’re searching for an effective supplement similar to Clarity X, it’s important to remember that as a whole, the nootropic industry has a bit of an issue with providing evidence for multiple claims made across many different product lines.
That’s not to say necessarily that they don’t work, or that Clarity X won’t provide any value to you, but we believe that your best best in this scenario would be to search for a product that is clear and upfront about their ingredients, providing clinical evidence when appropriate.
We also recommend trying to find a product that doesn’t rely on the “free trial” pricing scheme. Based on our previous experience reporting on products that use these structures, as well as feedback from HighYa readers over the years, we’ve learned that that programs can often be difficult to get out of, and if you aren’t careful, they can end up costing you hundreds of dollars before you even notice anything is up.
The Bottom Line: Will Clarity X Work For Me?
If you’ve made it this far, you’re likely to have at least a slightly more clear overall picture of what you can expect from purchasing Clarity X. We aren’t given enough information about the ingredients being used in the formula (and customer service wasn’t able to provide more insight).
And although the manufacturer claims that Clarity X is “almost impossible to find”, that doesn’t appear to be the case. We found it to be readily available on the website, despite repeated claims of being “almost sold out”.
Furthermore, the evidence provided at the bottom of the website by the manufacturer points to two clinical studies that appear to be unrelated to both each other and to Clarity X as a whole. One seems to be discussing how to screen and customize various nootropic supplements, and the other discusses nootropics utilizing herbal ingredients in general, but provides no concrete evidence for Clarity X itself.
Ultimately, the choice is yours when it comes to what supplements you take and purchase. We’d only recommend that you keep the pricing and restrictive return policies in mind (expensive autoship program, no returns on unopened products, etc.) going into a purchase.
We’d also recommend speaking with your doctor before purchasing any supplement, so that you can discuss what might be best for your needs overall in the long run.
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3 out 3 people found this review helpful
Clarity X review
It's a scam. I've been using it for two weeks now and don't notice any change or whatever was written it will do. I regret having purchased it. They have charged me also for nothing. The trial period is crap. There is nothing good in it. Please STOP scamming people who need help in focusing in life.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
4 out 4 people found this review helpful
Importantly, Clarity X and its sister product Focus X were extremely ineffective for me. Following the instructions on the bottle led to no noticeable change for me over the full trial period.
Secondly, the product might not be outright fraud, but its business practices are unethical. You can quickly and easily buy $10 of the sample, but you are then charged $85 per month, and they do not inform you of this anywhere but the fine print (or on this website, if you did your due diligence unlike me). You don't have an account with them, so it can be very difficult to even know you have an open subscription.
When trying to cancel the subscription, the salesperson/customer service rep will try every trick in the book to try to get you to stay, even offering a 60% discount. Bottom line is that these pills won't do anything for you and you must be wary about their charges.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
3 out 4 people found this review helpful
Great energy and drive but caused insomnia
I was taking the Clarity X for about a month. The very first day I had increased energy and focus. I felt on top of the world and was really excited about the supplement. Going into the third week I started experiencing insomnia, and it was very difficult getting to sleep. I keep going with the Clarity X until I finally saw the doctor and they advised me to discontinue. The product works, but not to the risk of me loosing valuable sleep.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend