What Is NitroVit?
NitroVit is a nootropic supplement that promises to improve your focus, motivation, productivity, and memory—and even to help control symptoms associated with ADHD.
As such, after years of extensive research and testing, we’re told that NitroVit is a truly effective and efficient solution for supporting maximum brain growth and optimization.
If you’ve seen the 2011 box office hit Limitless, you might have a better understanding of the benefits nootropics could provide in the not too distant future. In fact, this just might account for the huge increase in the sales of these types of supplements over the past several years.
And while the manufacturer explicitly states that NitroVit won’t provide you with such a vast change in mental capacity and that it does not increase your intelligence, can you reasonably expect a noticeable change in brain activity after taking a couple of capsules?
In other words, as the NitroVit website claims, can it really help you “level up your mental performance?” We had the opportunity to speak with the Founder and CEO of Neuro Laboratories, NitroVit’s manufacturer. Here’s what we learned.
How Does NitroVit Work?
NitroVit is a nootropic (a “brain booster”) that claims to have been formulated using breakthrough research to help provide protection from cognitive decline, to promote memory retention and recall, and to improve clarity, focus, concentration, and motivation.
As a result, the company claims that you may be able to increase your work output, concentrate on tasks for longer periods of time, and improve your mindset.
In fact, we’re told that NitroVit has even helped some users experience heightened libido, and to quit smoking.
With this in mind, NitroVit claims to work in 3 key areas: Increasing blood flow to the brain and strengthening neurotransmitters, breaking down potentially harmful lipofuscin, and providing your brain with the vital nutrients it needs to thrive.
The company tells us that NitroVit is manufactured in a GMP-certified laboratory and that you should take two capsules per day for at least 90 days in order to experience its optimal benefits.
After you begin, NitroVit promises to provide immediate results, such as increased motivation, improved mood, and reduced brain fog, while long-term benefits include improved memory recall, increased blood flow to the brain, and more.
However, the manufacturer recommends that you not exceed four capsules of NitroVit in a 24-hour period.
Which Ingredients Are Found in NitroVit and Are They Effective?
In order to accomplish these benefits, NitroVit claims to include only the purest prescription-grade levels of the following natural ingredients:
- Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCI) 20 mg
- Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) 150 mcg
Nitro Stack Proprietary Formula 975 mg
- Mucuna Pruriens
- N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine
- Alpha GPC
- Alpha Lipoic Acid, Acetyl L-Carnitine
- Bacopa Leaf Powder
- Caffeine Anhydrous 50 mg
- Huperzine A 100 mcg
- Noopept 25 mg
Of these, WebMD lists 150mg of tyrosine daily as “possibly effective” for improving mental performance and memory under stressful conditions, as well as for improving alertness following a lack of sleep.
They also indicate that 300mg daily of phosphatidylserine may help address some aspects of age-related mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease. In both of these instances, however, clinical evidence only exists for phosphatidylserine derived from cow’s brains, and not necessarily from the cabbage or soy-derived versions commonly found in supplements.
Next, 1,500-4,000mg daily of acetyl-l-carnitine may help improve memory in elderly people, boost blood flow to the brain, and treat Alzheimer’s disease, while 300mg daily of bacopa may be effective for improving memory and thinking
Finally, centrophenoxine (also known as meclofenoxate) is an ingredient often used to treat senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, although there seems to be limited clinical support for the manufacturer’s claims.
The problem is that, even for these ingredients that do have a lot of clinical support, they’re part of a proprietary blend. As a result, we can’t know if NitroVit contains enough to provide real-world results.
Moving on, 60-400mcg of huperzine A per day might be effective for improving memory in those with dementia, as well as for otherwise healthy children and adults who complained of memory problems.
Here, NitroVit seems to contain enough, although the dosage is on the lower end of the spectrum.
Noopept is a peptide similar to piracetam that originated in Russia as a brain-boosting substance but is now also patented in the US and sold as a standalone supplement. As with centrophenoxine, according to Examine.com, there seems to be little clinical evidence validating the manufacturer’s claims.
Last, but certainly not least, caffeine can temporarily boost alertness, but not necessarily brainpower.
NitroVit’s CEO let us know that they’ve since removed all stearates, dioxides, flow agents, colors, and dyes from their formula, while also switching to vegetarian capsules. Does this mean you won’t experience any side effects?
Are NitroVit’s Ingredients Safe?
For most of us, we probably won’t experience anything worse than mild digestive upset from NitroVit’s ingredients.
However, while the supplement only contains about 50mg of caffeine (about half a cup of coffee’s worth), this might cause restlessness or jitteriness in someone who’s especially sensitive to stimulants.
WebMD indicates that alpha GPC can sometimes cause skin rash and confusion, while huperzine A can rarely lead to more severe side effects like slurred speech, twitching of muscle fibers, high blood pressure, and more.
Alpha lipoic acid has been known to lower blood sugar, while the medical community doesn’t seem to be enough known about some ingredients, specifically Noopept, to fully understand possible side effects and drug interactions.
NitroVit Pricing and Refund Policy
As a standalone supplement, NitroVit currently costs between $58.97 (one bottle) and $327.96 (nine bottles).
If you choose a package that does not include free shipping, your order will include a flat $7.97 USPS Priority Mail charge, although faster options are available.
Each NitroVit order also comes with a 21-page Supplement Manual to help you get the most out of your purchase.
NitroVit comes with a one-year refund policy, less S&H charges, which even applies to opened bottles. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll have to send your bottles back to the manufacturer for recycling.
There’s no phone number listed on the NitroVit website, although there is a contact page available, along with three different email addresses.
Can NitroVit Really Help Improve Your Cognitive Capabilities?
If you’ve spent much time researching brain health supplements, you probably know that they all claim to do pretty much the same thing, using many of the same ingredients.
But when it comes to NitroVit, can you reasonably expect it to help you think better? Here’s what we think you should keep in mind:
How Well-Researched Is NitroVit?
NitroVit’s manufacturer claims that their supplement contains ingredients backed by substantial evidence.
According to authority websites like WebMD and Examine.com, however, it seems that many of NitroVit’s ingredients don’t have enough clinical evidence showing them to help boost brain function.
Additionally, many of the ingredients that do come with some clinical evidence are part of a proprietary blend, so we can’t know exactly how much NitroVit contains.
NitroVit is manufactured by Neuro Laboratories, who is not listed with the Better Business Bureau, although they seem to have recently expanded their supplement lineup to include NitroAmp (an energy/study stack), NitroPept (a memory/learning stack), and NitroDrive (a pleasure enhancer for men and women).
Our Bottom Line
While some of the ingredients contained in NitroVit may help improve blood flow to the brain, authoritative websites indicate that there’s limited clinical evidence that many of its ingredients can help improve cognition in otherwise healthy individuals.
I've been using Nitrovit for close to 5 months now and find myself in a very different position to where I was back then. Nitrovit has helped my focus issues, and has had a profound effect on my mood. They have changed the formula in the time I have been taking it, but both formulas have been similar in terms of ingredients, so no real difference except they got rid of Noopept, which I felt was a shame due to the deserved hype surrounding it. The current formula is great however for myself and while I have only tried one other product (Provasil), Nitrovit has been the one that has come closest to the mark in terms of results versus claims.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend