Inteligen claims to use an advanced brain formula of 100% natural ingredients and essential nutrients to increase speed and brain function in healthy adults. As a result, this nootropic supplement promises to boost brain performance, increase intelligence and productivity, support memory and concentration, and enhance focus.
How? According to the company, Inteligen’s ingredients work to help “generate electrical impulses, care for strong brain cells, and maintain regular levels of acetylcholine.” All you have to do is take one capsule of Inteligen on a regular basis, which is why over 14 million capsules have been sold to date.
Is there any truth to this? Does the company provide any proof to back up these hefty claims? Or, is this just another nutritional supplements scam? We did some digging and here’s what we learned.
The Role of Acetylcholine in the Brain
We won’t go into excessive detail here, but acetylcholine is a type of neurotransmitter that allows cells to transmit signals between one another. Although this sounds simple, neurotransmitters are extraordinarily important since they help us our muscles, brain, and central nervous system function properly. Obviously, this includes our memory and cognition.
As we age, acetylcholine concentrations decrease in our body, so our cells (including neurons, which are brain cells than generate electrical impulses) often having difficulty communicating with one another. Once this acetylcholine deficiency becomes great enough, it can severely impact our memory.
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From this perspective, is there anything contained in Inteligen that can boost acetylcholine production?
Who Knows What Ingredients Inteligen Contains?
Unfortunately, which ingredients are found in Inteligen appears to be based largely on where you look:
Inteligen’s Home Page
On their home page, Inteligen lists the following ingredients:
- Bacopa monnieri
- Ginkgo biloba
Bacopa may help improve memory in otherwise healthy adults, while vinpocentine may help treat some aspects of Alzheimer’s disease, although existing evidence for the latter is somewhat old and of questionable quality.
Ginkgo biloba is listed as possibly effective for a variety of brain-related conditions, including anxiety, mental function, dementia, and more. Similarly, carnitine may help improve memory in older people and treat some symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
The catch is that there’s no label listed on the Inteligen website, so there’s no way to know if it contains enough to provide any of these benefits. For example, it’s recommended that patients take 300mg of bacopa per day, 80-360mg of ginkgo, and 1,000 to 4,000mg daily of carnitine.
Inteligen’s Terms & Conditions
However, in their Terms, we’re told that Inteligen contains:
InteliGEN Proprietary Blend 1,000mg: Flaxseed, Oat Bran, Papaya Leaf Extract, Black Walnut Hull, Prune Extract, Aloe Vera, L. Acidophilus, Apple Pectin.
Note: There was also a “Smart Cleanse Detox Proprietary Blend” listed in Inteligen’s Terms. Remember this, because we’ll come back around to it shortly.
Of these ingredients, we didn’t uncover any clinical evidence showing they have any effect on cognition. In fact, L. acidophilus is a probiotic intended to aid in digestion!
Links in Inteligen’s Footer
Finally, to back up many of their claims, the manufacturer lists four links in the footer of their website:
- A 2015 report outlining a possible method of screening possible “novel cognitive enhancers” and their effects on patients, and then storing this information in a “signaling pathway cloud.” There is no clinical evidence provided for the effectiveness of any specific substance, however.
- A 2015 study from a Polish university studying the efficacy of piracetam and levetiracetam, neither of which are included in Inteligen (at least based on the ingredients listed on their website).
- A 2012 Indian study that looked at a group of four plants named Medhya Rasayana.
- A 2016 Russian study that injected “HLDF-6 peptide (HLDF-6-OH) and its amide form (HLDF-6-NH2)” into the hippocampus of rats.
What do all of these have in common? None of the ingredients tested in these studies are found in Inteligen.
Will Inteligen Cause Side Effects?
Of the many ingredients we’re told about, most probably won’t cause anything worse than mild digestive upset.
WebMD notes that bacopa can “increased bowel movements, stomach cramps, nausea, dry mouth, and fatigue,” while vinpocetine can “cause some side effects including stomach pain, nausea, sleep disturbances, headache, dizziness, nervousness, and flushing of the face.”
Fuzzy ingredients aside, how much will you pay for Inteligen?
How Much Does Inteligen Cost?
Inteligen is available in the following quantities:
- 1 Bottle (60 capsules): $49 plus $9.95 S&H
- 3 Bottles: $99 plus free S&H
- 5 Bottles: $148 plus free S&H
All Inteligen orders come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges and a $5 per-unit restocking fee. In order to request one, you’ll need to call customer service at (888) 422-9040.
Who Makes the Inteligen Advanced Brain Formula?
Outside of the standard affiliate reviews, we didn’t encounter any legitimate customer reviews for Inteligen at the time of our research. There also wasn’t a company name listed on the Inteligen website.
Remember how we talked about that “Smart Cleanse Detox Proprietary Blend” above? Here’s where we come back to it.
After searching for a Smart Cleanse Detox supplement online, the closest we could come was a product from Lumen Naturals (a company who specializes in many fly-by-night natural ingredients), although they didn’t list Inteligen on their website. On the other hand, searching for the ingredients in that supplement returned dozens of nearly identical products, each from a different manufacturer.
Is Inteligen a Real Brain Booster, or Just a Scam?
After hundreds of hours of research, we’ve learned to identify certain red flags that could indicate your money might be better spent elsewhere. This includes not featuring a product label or a complete list of ingredients (or several lists of ingredients, as with Inteligen), failing to support any claims with evidence, and providing next to no information about the company behind it (we had to dig through Inteligen’s Terms just to locate a phone number).
Further, although Inteligen claims to have been featured in Maxim, People, and many other popular publications, we couldn’t locate any third-party evidence of this online.
What’s all this mean for you? In the case of Inteligen, we think there are enough red flags to avoid it altogether. Instead, try speaking with your doctor if you’re experiencing any memory problems, as they’ll be able to recommend much more specific treatments based on your diagnosis.
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31 out 31 people found this review helpful
Feel a differnce in one day, Not True. The 30-day Money Back Guarantee is also not true.
I do take supplements and am pretty open minded/results oriented. I actually ended up purchasing these supplements as a recommendation via email from my cousin, so I bought them to try.
My cousin later informed me her email had been hacked and she did NOT send the InteliGEN recommendation!
I ordered them on the Aug 14th, got them on the 18th. Took them until Sept 9th. Emailed customer support for an RMA number to return for 30-day refund. I got 2 emails back that day refusing to give me one. I called them the following Monday the 12th. I was informed that because they would not receive them before the 14th when it was ordered, it is over 30 days and the money back guarantee does not apply.
I suspect this company operates solely on a single order basis, knowing this product does not do what is claimed. After some discussion, they did offer a 65% refund and I keep the other 2 months supply. Since that was the best I was going to get, I accepted the offer, but will never order anything from this company again. These supplements did absolutely nothing for me.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
36 out 36 people found this review helpful
Inteligen from Geniux
I received an email forward for Geniux with many testimonials praising Geniux. I placed an order for one of their "Good Deals " and I was sent Inteligen instead. After two phone calls and two $30 refunds I am still stuck with 3 bottles of Inteligen (the wrong product ) and a $60 charge. To return them for my money back would cost me shipping and a restocking fee.
After checking out the Inteligen website I can see it has the same format as the Geniux website I originally ordered from. This leads me to believe that Geniux website was put together by the Inteligen people to intentionally mislead people into unknowingly order Inteligen, believeing it was Geniux. I don't know where to go from here.
Beware of the Geniux add and the ethics of Inteligen!
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend