NeuroGum is pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a brain supplement, through their new nootropic that contains a patented blend of caffeine, l-theanine, and B vitamins.
Instead of taking a pill or capsule, cold-compressed NeuroGum delivers these ingredients through a mint flavored, aspartame-free gum.
As you chew, the company claims NeuroGum is scientifically proven to enhance your focus and concentration, reduce stress, improve alertness, memory, and overall cognition, and keep your brain functioning at its best—without jitters or a crash.
Boost your brain power by chewing gum? It sounds like something out of a futuristic sci-fi flick. But has NeuroGum actually made this a reality, or are they relying more on hype than science?
Nootropics Are All the Rage Nowadays
A nootropic is broadly defined as “a substance that enhances cognition and memory and facilitates learning.” Most modern nootropics are classified as nutritional supplements (vs. prescription medications), which are basically viewed by the FDA as food. What’s this mean for you?
Basically, supplements manufacturers can make any claims they want, without having to provide a shred of evidence to support them. Keep this in mind, because we’ll talk about it again shortly.
Over the past couple years, we’ve reviewed dozens of these brain health supplements, including popular options like Brain Storm Elite, Neuroflexyn, Addium, and many others. And customers don’t seem happy.
Most of these products come with 2-star average ratings. Why? Mainly due to complaints of failure to work as advertised, high prices, and difficulty cancelling autoship programs or processing returns.
Is this what you can expect with NeuroGum? Let’s start by taking a look at its ingredients.
Will NeuroGum’s Ingredients Work?
Here’s what we’re told about NeuroGum’s ingredients:
- Caffeine 40mg
- L-Theanine 60mg
- Vitamin B6 (30% daily value)
- Vitamin B12 (100% daily value)
Quick note: Recommended daily allowances (RDA) can vary greatly between people. For example, vitamin B12’s RDA can range between 2.4mcg and 100mcg, depending on your age, gender, and whether or not you’re pregnant.
Yes, it’s positive we’re told how much of each ingredient NeuroGum contains, since most supplements companies leave this out. However, we think it’s odd that NeuroGum’s manufacturer only included the RDAs for vitamin B6 and B12; not the actual content.
Caffeine is widely known to temporarily boost alertness, and is even listed as possibly effective for improving memory in some instances. For this, clinical studies used 200mg of caffeine daily, although each dose of NeuroGum only contains 40mg.
L-theanine is an amino acid that helps transmit nerve impulses in the brain, although there’s not enough evidence showing that it can provide any benefits when taken orally.
Let’s Talk Absorption
Regardless of the ingredients we’re talking about, they can only work if they’re absorbed by your body. And in general, the more your body can absorb, the more effectively the ingredients can work.
Most nootropic substances are encapsulated and taken orally. Then, they’re digested by your stomach, passed into your bloodstream, and begin working.
While we almost never absorb 100% of anything we eat, this method generally absorbs more ingredients than through the inner lining of your mouth. After all, if our skin wasn’t selective about what it absorbed, we’d quickly become sick.
What’s the point? Because NeuroGum is, well … a gum, your body will generally absorb less of its ingredients than more traditional supplements.
What Does “Cold Compressed” Mean?
Because NeuroGum is “cold compressed,” the manufacturer claims this maximizes its effectiveness. This doesn’t appear to be an actual term, though.
During our research, we did come across the term cold pressed, which generally references oils that are produced at temperatures lower than 120 degrees.
We can’t help but thinking this is what the company meant.
NeuroGum’s Side Effects
Even though NeuroGum’s ingredients might not work as well as the manufacturer claims, will they cause any side effects?
If you’ve ever had too much coffee or soda in a short amount of time, you know that excessive caffeine can cause insomnia, jitteriness, upset stomach, increased heart rate, and more.
NeuroGum only contains 40mg of caffeine per dose (compared to 95mg for an 8oz cup of coffee), so unless you’re especially sensitive or chew more than one piece at a time, this should well tolerated by most individuals.
Where Can You Get NeuroGum?
NeuroGum is only available directly through the company, although you won’t be able to purchase it until September 10, 2015.
There weren’t any prices listed at the time of our research, or any indication of how many pieces you’ll get with your order—other than a couple images on their website showing 9 pieces per package.
In the mean time, you could subscribe to their email list and get 20% off on NeuroGum’s launch day.
Is NeuroGum worth the wait?
Chew On This: Is NeuroGum a Good Nootropic?
Like most of the brain supplements we’ve reviewed, there’s very little clinical evidence showing that NeuroGum’s ingredients will provide the huge boost claimed by the manufacturer.
Sure, NeuroGum’s caffeine content might temporarily increase alertness, but no more so than a half cup of coffee. So, depending on its price, it’s our opinion that NeuroGum might not be a “smart” choice.
To keep you headed in the right direction, be sure to read through our Memory Supplements Buyer’s Guide!