What is NeuroBoost IQ?
Claiming to provide intensive focus in just one hour, NeuroBoost IQ is a dietary supplement that claims to be clinically proven by one of America’s top hospitals.
Specifically, the brand promises to deliver sustained attention, focus, and concentration without any adverse side effects or “crash” midway through the day.
The makers of NeuroBoost IQ state that the product promotes a razor-sharp focus by increasing the amount of “learning” neurotransmitters in the brain, improving overall blood flow, and boosting your energy levels.
Supplements like NeuroBoost IQ can be broadly classified under the term nootropics, which are essentially any products that claim to affect the brain’s ability to perform mental functions and stay alert.
In the section below, we’ll take a closer look at how exactly these types of supplements work within the mind to deliver the results described by the manufacturer.
Understanding Nootropic Supplements: The Science Behind “Smart Pills”
The human brain is an exceedingly complex organ, and much of how it functions is still a mystery to modern science. This may seem a bit surprising until you realize that truly mapping out and understanding all of the mind’s intricacies is a monumental task, as it contains about 100 billion nerve cells.
These cells are commonly referred to as neurons, which are unlike regular cells elsewhere in the body in that they have the fascinating ability to send and receive electrochemical signals–much like wires in a computer. These signals are called neurotransmitters, and they make up the foundation of who you are and how you think.
The nootropic industry is massive, with thousands of different products available that all claim to provide some sort of mental boost, usually pertaining to memory, creativity, or focus.
Though these manufacturers describe the process behind their products in varying ways, the general idea is that they affect the way your neurotransmitters behave.
In terms of how they affect them (and what the end result is), however, this largely comes down to the individual ingredients in the product’s formulation. In the following section, we’ll break down these components in NeuroBoost IQ to evaluate how effective it might be for you.
NeuroBoost IQ Formula Ingredients
On the product’s website, we’re shown that NeuroBoost IQ has four different ingredients in its formula: Indian Kino, ginkgo biloba, L-theanine, and bacopa monnieri. What we aren’t shown, however, is how much of each ingredient is included.
We attempted to reach out to customer service to clarify, but as of this writing, we were unable to get ahold of a representative for comment.
So, using only the information we’re given, what do authoritative sources such as WebMD, the Mayo Clinic and Examine.com have to say about these ingredients and their ability to deliver on the manufacturer’s primary claims?
According to information taken from the above websites, two of these ingredients show some promise, including the following:
- Ginkgo biloba, which when taken in dosages of 120-240 mg per day seem to slightly improve memory, thinking speed and attention in healthy adults.
- Bacopa monnieri, which when taken in dosages of 300 mg daily can slightly improve memory in otherwise healthy, older adults.
Aside from these two, only Examine.com listed that Indian Kino (otherwise known as pterostilbene) was potentially linked to cognition benefits in small doses, citing a 2008 clinical study where the compound was shown to increase cognition slightly in rats. As of this writing, however, we did not encounter any authoritative evidence of human trials producing these same benefits.
In addition, without knowing the exact dosage concentrations of the ingredients included in NeuroBoost IQ, it is all but impossible to evaluate its true potential as a supplement.
Potential NeuroBoost IQ Side Effects
No serious side effects were reported by Drugs.com, WebMD or Examine.com for any of the ingredients listed above, though mild side effects such as stomach upset, headache, dizziness, constipation, forceful heartbeat, and allergic skin reactions were reported to be possible when taking ginkgo biloba in concentrations greater than 120 mg per day.
In addition, bacopa monnieri was listed to potentially cause increased bowel movements, stomach cramps, nausea, dry mouth, and fatigue, though no specific dosage information was reported by any of the sites above.
Here again, without knowing the concentrations used in NeuroBoost IQ’s formula, it’s difficult to say how likely (if at all) you are to experience any of these adverse effects.
NeuroBoost IQ Pricing & Return Policy
As of the time of this writing, NeuroBoost IQ was only available through the manufacturer. The product is sold exclusively as a free trial for $4.95 shipping & handling. Upon checkout, your 14-day trial period will begin, and when complete, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the company’s autoship program.
This means that you’ll be immediately charged $89.78 for the initial supply, and you’ll also be billed this amount monthly for a new shipment until you call customer service at (800) 401-1032 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel.
As for the return policy, the terms and conditions listed on the checkout page state that all orders can be returned up to 30 days after the fact for a refund, less shipping & handling charges. You’ll also be responsible for any shipping fees to get the product back to the manufacturer.
Purchasing a Nootropic Supplement Like NeuroBoost IQ
As we mentioned earlier on, the nootropic supplement industry includes thousands of different products, with hundreds of new ones coming to market each and every year. Here at HighYa, we’ve reported on many of them over the years, and based on this experience, as well as feedback given to us by our readers, we’ve learned the following:
- Supplement manufacturers in general are not required by the FDA to provide proof that their products actually work as described. We’ve covered this in-depth in our complete guide to buying a nutritional supplement.
- Many of our readers report to us that in cases where a product utilizes an autoship program, they did not even realize what they were signing up for until after the charges started to roll in. This is because in many instances, this information is confined to the terms and conditions on a particular product’s checkout page. Always be sure to read through these thoroughly before entering in your payment information.
- We feel that concentration and dosage amounts are just as important as the ingredients used in a supplement, but we’ve found that many companies fail to list this. In fact, certain products don’t provide any ingredient information at all.
If you’re looking to find an effective nootropic supplement, be sure to do a bit of research beforehand so that you know what you’re looking for. Verify that the ingredients used in the product have actual clinical evidence reported from authoritative websites to back them up, and ensure that you know how much of each one is included before buying.
The Bottom Line: Our Thoughts on NeuroBoost IQ
So, based on everything we’ve learned about NeuroBoost IQ, can you truly expect it to deliver sustained attention and concentration without a crash or any side effects?
As covered above in the ingredients section, sources like WebMD, the Mayo Clinic and Examine.com did report some evidence supporting these claims for two ingredients used in the product’s formula, but without specific dosage information, it’s impossible to categorically state that you’ll experience these same benefits from taking NeuroBoost IQ.
And what about their claim that the product is “clinically proven by one of America’s top hospitals?” As it turns out, this was simply describing a study carried out by the University of Maryland Medical Center pertaining to the effects of ginkgo biloba.
Coupled with the potentially costly autoship program (should you fail to cancel it in time) and the lack of additional information from customer support, as consumers ourselves, we’d feel hesitant to make a purchase knowing that so many questions remain unanswered.
Instead, we feel that an excellent first step towards improving your mental performance would be to visit your doctor to discuss your needs directly.
By doing so, you can feel confident that you’ll receive actionable, tailored advice that ideally places you on the fast-track towards success in the long run.
2 out 2 people found this review helpful
Just another scam
I had an ad pop up while I was on Amazon in late November, inviting me to choose a free product deal from a few of their "sellers," saying it was in response to a purchase I had made earlier. Usually, I ignore these, but figured it was just Amazon throwing links out to help places not selling well, so why not grab a free 30-day supply for just $4.95 shipping? I like Amazon, so I'll grab the "smart pills" just for fun. Bad, bad, bad impulse!
I rushed through the transaction after reading the straightforward info on the ad. A 30-day free trial! Great. It's sneaky. Yes, there are 30 pills (the 30-day part), and it's a free trial (after shipping), but only for 14 DAYS!? Surprise, it's NOT actually the standard 30-day free trial that hopes you try a product all because the company is confident you will continue to want it enough to actually pay for them next time.
I found out after getting charged that last little tidbit isn't anywhere near the ad; it's tiny, under the checkout info on the next page, IF you scroll down there before clicking to use your account to pay shipping costs. Also, it says down there that if you don't call to cancel, "free" becomes $89 plus shipping, and your "shipping payment only" info will be locked in for that monthly fee. It's like a tiny, terribly, re-negotiated version completely changing the deal (feels like they mumbled it under their breath walking away after shaking your hand, and now swear it's what was agreed upon).
Right after that, I realized I wasn't re-directed to any Amazon confirmation page, and even more concerning was the lack of a receipt of any kind, and that's strange for any purchase. I had given them my email info, so I got a bad feeling. No shipping email, not a peep. It's like they wanted as little contact or information known about them as possible (odd).
I received the bottle one day before day 14. That doesn't even make sense, how can you try it to even know if you want to buy it either way? Where is the free trial? To see if I liked waiting for it in the mail. Stupid. No info of any kind in the cheap bag, so I had to look the name up for the ad again to send it back. The pills were ultra-cheap, like they were hastily hand stuffed generic herbs in the cheapest plastic capsules they could find. Any old crap just to send, who cares, because by that time they have the only thing they wanted anyway, that's the first unavoidable payment. It's a given to them that no one will want it when they see it. Why talk to you, or thank you for the purchase?Snaking the early payment is the ONLY way they have or will make any profit even with 800% markup from cost. The number is fake, just the auto high-volume recording and no callback. It's probably recorded on some dude's answering machine. I left messages to cancel, and I left emails and got auto-confirmation responses but no answer. I was charged $89 and kept trying, day and night; a couple dozen calls, six emails, and not a peep.
My bank said they sent a letter but since I agreed to the arrangement, even if the details were scattered and misleading, that it was the deal I signed up for. I agreed, I didn't search carefully for tricks (my bad), but if I can't call to cancel, then it's a trap (right?), and not the deal at all. I even left a different name from a different number saying I was interested. I wondered if they just avoided calls to cancel the trial and that sweet $89 money shot. That would make it hard to prove that they never return calls if they did answer when a lawyer or other authority calls to verify the bogus customer service. But they are lazy and don't. The only other scrap of info is a regular number to the mailing address, and it just eternally rings. I even sent it back with tracking to make sure with a letter asking for a refund of the money they took after refusal to cancel. Never a hint of acknowledgement.
So I'm still out $89 after sending those back, so that claim is BS as well, and don't bother sending the $1 worth of pills back. It probably hurts real advertisements (I won't even glance at them now). I wonder what they will name themselves after this scam gets too familiar, or what the herb pills will amazingly do next to lure the unwary into the cancellation trap?
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
4 out 5 people found this review helpful
I saw this product advertised on my Gmail and decided to look into it. They had an offer for a free 30-day trial with only paying the shipping of $4.95. I figured it was worth a try and sent in for a free trial back in November 2017.
I only noticed mild changes, however, it didn't go well with my other medications and gave me rampant diarrhea. I then decided to cancel this product, however, with the phone numbers given on their website (there are three of them), they were all recordings, no representatives to talk to, and no one to return my calls.
In December, I was shocked when I received a phone call from my bank fraud department that they were charging my checking account $89.54. I had explained to them that I had made attempts to cancel this so-called "free product" to no prevail. After this company made a second attempt to charge me, I had to eventually close my old checking account and receive a new one.
I have since then done some research on this product and found that all the reviews on it and several different websites are all recycled, and articles written on it are all the same. I even took another look at the NeuroBoost website and concluded that it is even sketchy.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
8 out 8 people found this review helpful
The company does not answer the phone so there is no way to cancel out of the program. I have tried calling the cancellation number and am told they are busy and will call back, but they DON'T call back. The company has my card number and they keep charging more product.
Stay away from them!
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Jan 8, 2018
I'm going through the same situation. I need to know what to do with this company because they are scammers. I never even received my product but they keep charging me.