About Inteligen

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
  • Vinpocetine
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Carnitine

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.”

In rare instances, ginkgo can cause a forceful heartbeat and allergic skin reactions. In equally rare occurrences, carnitine can lead to a “fishy" odor of the urine, breath, and sweat.”

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?

Over the years, the HighYa team has reviewed nearly 100 brain supplements, and we wrote an in-depth nootropics buyer’s guide that can help walk you through the industry.

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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13 Customer Reviews for Inteligen

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  • Inteligen scam

    Firstly, my Skype account was hacked, and I got a link to this product looking like it was sent from a Skype contact.

    I ordered the product, both the free trial bottle and the "special offer for only two more days." It was advertised as $148. I was billed for $198 on my MasterCard without even noticing it right away. Then I got an email that my MasterCard had been billed another nearly $70 for a detox supplement I never ordered.

    I fought this, and after threatening to turn them over to the authorities for unauthorized use of my MC, I finally got that refunded. At the same time, I discovered the $50 overcharge. After using the free bottle, I noticed that my memory got much worse! I had stopped my normal daily use of Ginkgo Biloba (which has helped me for years) because the Inteligen supposedly contained that ingredient.

    I looked up the other ingredients and saw that they should have been helpful. I can only conclude that these so-called supplements contain no active ingredients! It is a total SCAM.

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

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  • 6 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Dirty trick

    • Ottawa, ON,
    • Jan 19, 2017

    So, they hacked into one of my friend's accounts and sent me an e-mail purportedly from him saying he could personally recommend this. A cool tip off was the Spanish (!) confidentiality paragraph at the end. My friend only speaks English!

    I just didn't trust it and started doing research. I did not order since I have been caught in these automatic re-fill and re-bill scams before! Beware.

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

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  • 11 out 13 people found this review helpful

    NOT SURE

    • Hawaii,
    • Dec 26, 2016

    Ordered the product because some prominent people were on their website saying the success they experienced. I

    Ordered this product 2 weeks ago and haven't felt any different at all, which makes me think all you people are right, this is a scam.

    I will give it another week, just so they cannot refuse me returning it. Also, I was supposed to receive a $50.00 rebate form for my 5 bottle order. When emailing the company regarding the rebate, I was told that yes I was entitled to the rebate and they will refund the rebate on my credit card. So far not seeing it on my statement.

    Thank you all for writing your reviews, wished I would have read them before ordering, but like I said I was impressed by the people on their website that had so called tried it.

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

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    The Intelligen Scam

    I reached the call center easily, put on hold for just a few minutes, but when I asked my question about whether Intelligen is okay for people on psychiatric medications, the call service staff read from a prepared script that didn't answer my question. I told her I would like to speak to a real person because this was a serious issue. She said yes, she would pass on my request to her manager. Well, nobody called me back from Intelligen to answer a very serious question. This leads me to think that I've been taken by a scam.

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

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  • 18 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Inteligen is just spamming

    • North Holland,
    • Dec 13, 2016

    I received an email from my friend's hacked account which took me to a Forbes look alike site where they have published Stephen Hawkings testimonial in a CNN interview. There are several positive comments underneath.

    I decided to first check the internet for the reviews, where I found the negative reviews.

    Only then I realized that the Forbes look alike site was actually from a completely different domain. These guys are thugs.

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

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful

    This product can kill you!

    There was not a single positive effect from taking this product for 10 days. Headaches, diarrhea, sinus congestion and reduced energy. Within 2 days after stopping to take this product, all side effects disappeared.

    They also sent me a second order 30 days later and charged my credit card without my approval.

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

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Rip off

    I order 1 bottle of Inteligen. I was charged $ 176.65 CDN. I phoned them and they said they put me on a plan which I immediately canceled.

    After complaining they will ship two more bottles of Inteligen. In the meantime they send a bottle of Detox for $96.71. I have not received anything but the money is gone from my account. Lesson learned. Read the fine print if you can read it. In my opinion, this is a rip off the government should stop.

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

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Scam regarding return of product

    Customer service is an off-shore call center. They immediately offer a $75 dollar refund if you keep the product. They then inform you that the cost to return is $10 per bottle restock fee, not $5, plus shipping and handling, and then offer you $96.20 to avoid the hassle of return, to quote the call center employee. They must be paying under $5 a bottle.

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    My experience

    I was going to buy Geniux when I order online I did receive Inteligen and an extra charge. I called the customer service and they refunded a portion of the money and sent over an extra 5 bottles. I am taking a product but there is no result.

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

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  • 15 out 15 people found this review helpful

    What a rip off!

    I recently purchased 5 bottles of Inteligen with their special offer of 5 bottles of $29.95 per bottle. When they arrived I was shocked to see that there were only 15 capsules in each bottle, yet on the bottle, it stated that there were 30 capsules in each bottle.

    This is also what they say in their advertisements (some advertisements have the bottles at containing either 30 or 60 capsules), obviously in order that people will purchase the product. What a rip off!

    At 15 capsules per bottle, it equates to $2 per capsule. I will NEVER purchase Inteligen again. These people should be held to account by some federal authority.

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

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  • 22 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Indeed a scam

    • NY,
    • Nov 15, 2016

    After going to their website, scroll down and click on the About Us. Inteligen is trying to advertise that they can improve memory, but their About Us is highlighting "Feel sexually satisfied, plus menopause relief." Seems no one is checking their content.

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

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