About Basis by Elysium

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Mar 24, 2016

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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Average Consumer Rating: 3.0
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  • 11 out 20 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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  • 13 out 16 people found this review helpful

    SCAM! Tried to cancel and they just keep sending.

    • CA,
    • Dec 1, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    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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  • 14 out 25 people found this review helpful

    Did NOT do anything it claimed to do!

    I purchased the 1-year program in July of 2016.

    I have some health issues including nerve damage to my left ear, neuropathy, and brain damage.

    This supplement claimed to reverse or improve my situation. It was like taking a placebo except, my MD has now referred me to Nephrology, as my MD believes this supplement has caused damage to my pancreas, liver, and kidneys.

    Not all medicines are for everyone, and that goes for supplements, too! I did try and call them but got a voice mail saying they would call me back. I called during office hours: 09:00-17:00 EST today. I'm thinking a small claims court filing should satisfy at least the cost of the product that has done this damage to my internal organs.

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

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  • 95 out 99 people found this review helpful
    Updated review

    Circumstances have changed and I won't buy Elysium product

    • USA,
    • Oct 28, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am updating the review to low since Elysium isn't purchasing their Niagen from ChromaDex anymore. And, the product sold by Elysium is now alleged to be contaminated with the toxin Toluene. Read online from attorney Shelly Albaum.

    I gained tremendous benefit from the usage of Niagen and Pterostilbene combo. Elysium used to source them through ChromaDex. My purchases are now from Amazon.

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

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    • Previous review
    • Jun 22, 2016

    Excellent experience with both Niagen & company I chose to purchase from

    Not all reviewers include their age, dosage taken or company purchased from. Niagen is sold by many different companies and in different dosages. This is important information to have when reading a review. My product review will be at the end, after giving all relevant data.

    Some of the reviewers appear to believe the product is made in China. The ingredient Niagen (Nicotinamide Riboside) is manufactured in the US and sold to other vendors that resell it in various strengths and prices. I noticed that CVS discontinued theirs due to low sales, but, in looking at a bottle I noticed the dosage was only for one 75mg capsule daily and might explain the lower price mentioned in one review. That’s not the recommended dosage from the reading I’ve done.

    I’m a 64 year old female that bought my product through Elysium Health, LLC. The product is sold as “Basis” and each dose consists of 250mg Nicotinamide Riboside and 50mg Pterostilbene. Two capsules equal one dose, so, each capsule is 150mg NR and 25mg Pterostilbene. When I saw the close out in CVS I bought the remaining bottles they had on the shelf and now take an additional 75mg daily for a total of 325mg Nicotinamide Riboside along with 50mg Pterostilbene.

    In comparison to my very muscular and skinny self as an 18 year old, I’m 20 pounds overweight and would like to lose about 10 pounds. The only medications I use are restasis for dry eyes. My eating pattern is relatively healthy and the weight gain has been due to lower energy and lower activity in recent years without lowering caloric intake. So, there’s nothing to change in diet if in fact I end up with more energy and can become more active again. That was my thinking/hoping before starting Niagen. I included the word hoping since I realize everyone responds differently to medications and supplements. Even the same supplement can create a different response due to variations in filler used in the capsules by different companies. And, it’s very important to take any supplement with lot’s of water to avoid any liver issues. Based on the reviews, I’m guessing not all are drinking a good amount of water with each dose.

    I have no relationship with any company that makes or sells Niagen and I’m not being compensated for this review. I’m just hoping it will be helpful to others.

    Elysium Health, LLC has been superb. Three weeks into using the product I received the following email from the company:

    Hi xxx-

    I'm writing to see how you are now that you've started incorporating Basis into your daily routine.

    On behalf of the Elysium team, we are grateful to be working with people like you, proactively seeking the best ways to sustain health. If there is anything we can help you with, please let me know.

    You can reach my customer care team at care@elysiumhealth.com or by phone Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm EST, at +1.888.220.6436.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    All the best, Tom

    My purchase was for a one month supply set up with auto refill and I sent him a note asking about the timing of billing and shipping of the next month supply. He responded the next day. I’d rate the Elysium customer service as excellent.

    Just before starting my first dose last month I had a complete blood work up done and I’m scheduled for another one in November 2016.

    After about a week I thought I was feeling more energetic. At the ten day point there was no doubt about it. I can walk and bike ride further than before without getting tired. What stops me is going until my thighs are a bit sore. This in itself is fantastic since I had lost most of my energy and could only go short distances before feeling that thigh soreness. I measure in blocks since I’m taking baby steps instead of overdoing it. I used to get tired after one block and now go around the block four times. I’ll try increasing by another block next week.

    My mental clarity has greatly improved and I can’t believe the speed of my typing. It’s dramatically faster. I noticed these improvements before I started the extra 75mg two days ago.

    There are two changes that I don’t view as good or bad. My dreams are very vivid and I have quite the recall. The other issue is that I have to make sure to go to bed at a decent hour since no matter what time I go to bed I still wake up at my usual time. I’m still full of energy, but, know the body needs a certain amount of sleep to rebuild. But, I feel a bit like an energizer bunny that can keep going and going. Fortunately, I have no problems going to sleep and sleep well.

    The negative I have experienced is having to urinate more often due to drinking more water than usual. The Niagen isn’t making me more thirsty, but, being a relatively new supplement I feel it is a good idea to stay very well hydrated until I have been on it for about six months and see what my blood work looks like. Plus, I’m more active now.

    Overall, that mental clarity, speed of typing and energy to simply do more throughout the day is simply wonderful. My walking and bike riding are so much easier too.

    Apparently, it doesn’t do the same for all and it would be interesting to know what all the variables are. I’m hoping this review ends up helpful to some. I’ll update with other changes that are good or bad.

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  • 22 out 23 people found this review helpful


    I had a bad reaction taking this and developed severe pain in my arms. I'm on Aspirin therapy, so I'm guessing this caused a reaction. After stopping, the pain went away, so I would not take this if you're on meds like me.

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

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  • 20 out 23 people found this review helpful

    No effect at all

    • Florida,
    • Apr 10, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    As a Microbiologist and Doctor, I was intrigued by the claims. My wife and I both took two capsules daily at the same time in the morning. Neither of us can say it had any noticeable effect on us at all. We are still as tired as ever, LOL. No extra energy or pep.

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

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  • 15 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Forget reviewing the product

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Apr 19, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I would love to have the ability to write a review of my own, but just getting the product to the customer seems to be a problem for this company.

    I watched as they told me it was delivered via Elysium's tracker and rushed home to find nothing. I logged into a screen message that said don't worry it might appear over the next few days in the shrubs or with a neighbor? I asked all my neighbors and checked all around, waited four days, and called the company. Nothing but voicemail. I left my info three times and finally got an email and a voicemail from Elysium saying they were sorry and are sending an overnight replacement out. Three days later FedEx calls me and tells me they have my name and my cell but I have the wrong address so they can't talk to me about the package but only give me the name of the company that sent it, Fosdik, which I assume is some Elysium distributor as I am expecting no other package.

    Regardless, I am over it. If they can take my money right away, they can get my info correct and get me the product in the same fashion. I am canceling my monthly and will be looking for a different supplier to try this product.

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

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  • 20 out 21 people found this review helpful

    Elysium beware

    • Alexandria, VA,
    • Apr 22, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered Elysium after reading about it and many reviews. It seemed like a good idea. As a science type approach to my supplements, the only variable was the addition of Elysium to my daily routine. I don't know if cellular energy is supposed to be painful, but after a couple of days, I noticed aches and pains in parts of my body that don't normally experience that; shoulders, neck, legs. Some days it felt as though everything just hurt.

    And it didn't help with my sleeping. My strength actually declined and going to the gym and/or running was becoming a chore not the enjoyable adventure of pushing myself as before.

    I continued, thinking maybe it was just my body getting used to a new substance. However, I got tired of feeling like you know what.

    I stopped taking Elysium after about three weeks (that was two days ago), and I am starting to feel "normal" again. The gym tonight was awesome; that aggressive approach that is actually fun.

    I don't know if this is a unique perhaps side effect that only happened to me, but I thought enough of it to write this review to give folks another viewpoint.

    I am very physically active, have been since my teens; I am now in my 50's and am not slowing down.

    As for the one star, it wouldn't let me leave no stars. No supplement should make anyone feel that bad.

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

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  • 12 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Auto shipping

    • Orlando, FL,
    • Apr 29, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    This is the second time in six months I’ve run out of product due to their inability to ship on time. I can reach them on the phone, but nothing changes. They just don’t seem to care.

    I’m going to try Amazon.

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

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Clearly a scam

    • New Jersey,
    • Oct 8, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Basis is a slow poison and you won't notice its effects unless you take it for a long time.

    I have been taking Basis for some time now, and I have started to get anxiety for small things which never used to happen before. I have completely stopped taking it, though I don't know if I will be normal again. I didn't see any difference in sleep or waking up more refreshed/energetic.

    I do know that Elysium people will do anything for money. I had taken a yearly subscription, but after I started feeling too much anxiety, I asked them to cancel my subscription and refund the remaining money. I also offered them to charge individual purchase rate for the months, they have sent me the Basis, but they flatly refused.

    Their mantra is money, money, money.

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

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  • Body aches and decreased strength

    • Mason, OH,
    • Jun 22, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    1) I thought I would try this product based on some online info.

    2) Tendons and muscles started aching after about 2-3 weeks, especially arms and shoulders.

    3) Strength was decreased.

    4) My mood was depressed. I didn't seem to have energy.

    5) Pushed through the aches and mood for about 3 months, and then cut back to half dose. No change, so STOPPED taking it after month 4.

    6) Just checked my credit card statement and saw a recurring charge, which is a month too early. I tried to contact them to cancel. Their website would not open and the phone number (888-220-4636) rings busy.

    7) I will try again and I will dispute the charge with my card issuer, if the charge is not refunded.

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

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