About Neuro Max
In today’s fast-paced world, it can be all too easy to feel as though there simply isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish everything you need. If this describes your situation, Neuro Max claims to be able to change things by providing a host of brain-boosting benefits using an all-natural formula.
Claiming to be clinically proven by one of America’s top hospitals, the supplement promises that it can provide sustained attention, enhanced memory and energy levels, and a decreased perception of stress and anxiety, all without any crash or side effects. In addition, the website states that it is effective in just one hour thanks to a new formula.
Before jumping in to address and evaluate these claims, let’s briefly take a look at how brain-boosting supplements like Neuro Max work within the body to deliver these kinds of results.
How Nootropic Supplements Affect the Brain
The word nootropic is used to describe any supplement or drug that is meant to enhance overall cognitive function, particularly with respect to memory, focus, creativity, and motivation. This is usually done by altering your brain chemistry in some meaningful way.
The human brain is as fascinating as it is complex, and we still have much to learn about how it actually works. We do know that it contains roughly 100 billion nerve cells called neurons, and that these cells have the incredible ability to organize and transmit electrochemical signals, much like a computer chip.
These signals are referred to as neurotransmitters, and although the exact process is described differently from product to product, the general idea is that these supplements alter the way these neurotransmitters behave (in Neuro Max’s case, they claim to “increase important learning neurotransmitters”).
In order to better understand how this might happen, let’s evaluate Neuro Max’s ingredients for their individual effectiveness and safety.
Neuro Max Formula Ingredients
The ingredients used in Neuro Max’s formula have been clinically proven to increase focus and concentration for more than five to six hours with little to no side effects, according to the manufacturer. Interestingly, however, we are given two different two contradictory versions of these ingredients in two separate areas of the website.
The first and most obvious one claims that the formula includes Indian kino, ginkgo biloba, l-theanine, and bacopa monnieri. However, at the bottom of the page, there is a tab for ingredients that shows a list of nine different substances, along with their concentration amounts.
We reached out to customer service, who first told us that “they didn’t handle that kind of thing.” After speaking to several more representatives, one agent said that he would “go with the one with the most information.”
Based on our experience covering these sorts of products, we consider this a red flag, because without having a confirmed list of ingredients, it’s impossible to be 100 percent confident in both the effectiveness and safety of the supplement.
Seeing as customer service recommended that we go off of the section that included concentration amounts, here are the ingredients included in this list:
- Vitamin B6 - 3.3 mg
- Folic acid - 133.33 mcg
- Vitamin B12 - 10 mcg
- Bacopa monnieri - 150 mg
- Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) - 75 mg
- GABA - 33.3 mg
- Gingko biloba - 50 mg
- DL-alpha-Lipoic acid - 16.7 mg
- Phosphatidylserine - 66.7 mg
Based on information taken from authority sources such as WebMD, Examine.com, Drugs.com, and the Mayo Clinic, a few do show some promise, such as:
- Bacopa monnieri, which, when supplemented in doses of 300 mg by mouth daily, has been reported to show some amount of memory improvement in healthy adults.
- Eleuthero, which, when used in doses of 300 mg by mouth daily for eight weeks, was associated with some amount of minor improvements in cognitive function, as determined by a survey and improved social interactions.
- Ginkgo biloba, which, when taken in doses of 120-240 mg per day, can slightly improve speed of thinking, memory, and attention in otherwise healthy adults.
- Phosphatidylserine, which, when taken in 100 mg increments by mouth three times daily, may show promise for improving attention, as well as enhancing language skills and memory in aging people with declining cognition.
Outside of these, however, the sources listed above did not report any direct, conclusive evidence that vitamins B6 and B12, folic acid, GABA, and DL-alpha-Lipoic acid could meaningfully increase cognitive performance or energy levels, or decrease perceived stress and anxiety levels.
Potential Neuro Max Side Effects
According to WebMD, Examine.com, and Drugs.com, the following side effects are possible for the ingredients used in Neuro Max’s formulation:
Vitamin B6: cause nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, headache, tingling, sleepiness, “and other side effects” when taken in greater amounts than the recommended dietary allowance (0.1 mg to 2 mg per day, depending on your age and certain medical conditions like pregnancy or breast feeding)
Folic acid: Abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rash, sleep disorders, irritability, confusion, nausea, stomach upset, behavior changes, skin reactions, seizures, gas, excitability, and “other side effects”, although WebMD reports that these are rare when taken in doses of less than 1000 mcg daily.
Bacopa monnieri: Increased bowel movements, stomach cramps, nausea, dry mouth, and fatigue are possible at or above the commonly used dosage of 300 mg daily.
Eleuthero: Whether in Neuro Max or any other supplement, side effects are reported to be rare, but include drowsiness, changes in heart rhythm, sadness, anxiety, muscle spasms, “and other side effects” when taken in amounts greater than 400 mg.
Ginkgo biloba: Stomach upset, headache, dizziness, constipation, forceful heartbeat, and allergic skin reactions can occur when used in doses higher than 120 mg.
DL-alpha-Lipoic acid: Users may observe a mild rash at any dosage, according to WebMD.
Phosphatidylserine: Insomnia and stomach upset are reported to be possible, particularly at doses over 300 mg (Neuro Max has just over 66 mg in its formula).
Neuro Max Pricing & Return Policy
On the manufacturer’s website, Neuro Max is listed as only available by way of an exclusive free trial. This means that you’ll be required to pay $4.95 for a trial supply of the product, allowing you to try it out and determine if it’s right for you or not.
This trial will last 29 days, and if you do not call customer service at 866-554-9038 before the end, you will automatically be charged the full retail price of $89.74 and entered into the company’s autoship program.
Under this program, you will continue receiving monthly shipments of Neuro Max, as well as charged this same amount each time. You can call customer service using the number listed above at any time to cancel.
Important note: The terms lay out that returns and refunds are only offered on unused, unopened products after this initial trial period. To initiate a return, call customer service at the number listed above.
Neuro Max vs. Alternative Nootropic Supplements
If you type the phrase “nootropic supplement” into Google or Amazon.com, you’re likely to be presented with hundreds of products that claim to offer benefits similar to Neuro Max. Using Amazon for our research, we were able to pull up nearly a thousand different options, including Neuro-Peak, NeuroFit, and neuroIGNITE, just to name a few popular examples.
What’s notable about this is that many of these supplements seem to use many of the same ingredients (and concentration amounts) found within Neuro Max. Despite this, the vast majority of the solutions we encountered were priced at a fraction of the price per bottle of the product in question.
So, although Neuro Max claims to be the first product to deliver the right dosage amounts to the body, we’ve found a handful of examples that contradict this by performing a simple search on the web. This doesn’t necessarily discount the product’s effectiveness, but we feel it’s important to note regardless.
Outside of pricing and availability, however, here are a few other points to keep in mind when shopping around for a nootropic supplement:
Consider where (and who) you are buying the product from. Are you shopping on a trusted consumer network like Walmart.com or Amazon.com, where you can read through real reviews of customers describing their experiences? Or, are you looking at a product that features a single landing page with no external reviews or company information, like with Neuro Max? We’ve found that simply being able to read what others think about a supplement can meaningfully add to your confidence level going into a purchase.
Watch out for free trials and autoship programs. As mentioned above, autoship programs like the one implemented by the makers of Neuro Max may end up costing you a small fortune if you don’t cancel them before they begin. In addition, many of our readers have reported not even knowing these programs existed with other products, before it was too late. Pro tip: always read through the terms and conditions carefully before entering in your credit card information.
Don’t blindly accept the marketing behind a product as truth. Instead, type each of the ingredients used in the supplement into Google, and read what sources like WebMD, Examine.com, Drugs.com and the Mayo Clinic report about their effectiveness.
The Bottom Line: Does Neuro Max Deliver?
To review, Neuro Max claims that it can deliver sustained attention, increased energy and memory levels, and reduce perceived levels of stress and anxiety. Based on what we’ve learned from sources like WebMD, Examine.com, and Drugs.com, a few of the ingredients listed in the formula have been shown to increase speed of thinking, memory, and overall cognitive function, but none were reported to increase energy or decrease stress and anxiety levels.
Despite this, as we learned above, customer service was unable to confirm that these were, in fact, the ingredients in use in the supplement’s formula, seeing as contradictory information existed on the product’s website.
In addition, although the company makes the claim that their product is clinically proven by one of America’s top hospitals, we discovered that they were merely describing one ingredient, ginkgo biloba. The University of Maryland Medical Center did conduct a study that showed the substance can slightly improve speed of thinking, memory, and attention in otherwise healthy adults, as reported in the ingredients section.
Neuro Max also claims to have no side effects, but as we reported above, WebMD, Examine.com, and Drugs.com do report that some are possible, depending on how much of each ingredient you take per day (see the side effects section above for more on this).
Finally, we encountered many other products online that featured many of these same ingredients and concentrations, but at much lower prices.
Bringing all of these details together, as consumers ourselves, we’d find it difficult to justify paying the monthly autoship fees of nearly $90 whenever so many competing options exist on Amazon in the $15-$30 price range, many of which feature no recurring fees and hundreds of customer reviews detailing their effectiveness.
We think a smart first move might be to speak with your local healthcare professional about the option that’s best for your unique situation. Often, simply having this conversation can help you not only gain a better understanding of your needs, but also help to put you on the fast track to a proven solution that serves you well in the long run.
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1 out 1 people found this review helpful
Neuro Max is a thief
I saw a trial for $2.95. I called my credit card company right after the purchase, and they had taken $69.00 off my card, and then they tried to put it in twice more after they got the $69.00 and it wouldn't go through! So it charged my card like $0.50 twice, so basically these BASTARDS are stealing from people bank accounts, and when I called I keep getting an answering machine! I called three different numbers; two that were online for contact and one from my bank. They never returned my call back! Now when I keep calling they say the numbers are non-working numbers!
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
3 out 3 people found this review helpful
Deceptive order practices
I ordered a SAMPLE of Neuro Max. I agreed to pay the cost of shipping. My bank account was debited for $62.95. I called their customer service number and was told that by placing my order I had agreed to pay that price, although it specifically stated only the shipping charge. I had to agree not to dispute the charge with my bank to receive a 50% refund. If I had not contacted them, my account would be charged monthly thereafter. BEWARE.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
5 out 5 people found this review helpful
I bought the trial bottle of Neuro Max
I bought the trial bottle of Neuro Max about 10 days ago. How I use it is, I open the 2 capsules up and pour the contents into a cup with a 5-hour energy drink (Orange) and some Orange Juice. I have taken this for about 10 days. I can say for me, I feel like my thought pattern is flowing clearer now than before I started using it. I do not feel smarter, just my thoughts seem to flow easier now. I would recommend it.
I also got suckered into the $89+ a month fee but after I saw that, I called them 3 days later and canceled it. They only charged me so far for the $4.95 trial price. I feel the $89+ price is too expensive for me personally to continue with it, but others might find the price better for themselves.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
20 out 21 people found this review helpful
I ordered the free trial for $4.95 with the option to cancel in 18 days. When I looked at my bank statement, it had an additional $45.00 taken out. When I called customer service about the $45.00, he claimed that there was only a $4.95 taken out on his computer. Bank statements don't lie. They take your money without your consent, that's illegal. I had to report it as theft to my bank because that's exactly what it was. DON'T buy this, it is a scam.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend