This is a product that’s made up of brain supplements but with a twist because it contains real gold and silver. It is still not clear to us why the manufacturer opted to use those two metals as part of the ingredients and whether they have any brain-health benefits or not.
If you have a taste for the finer things in life, chances are that you have heard about a nootropic supplement known as Nootroo. It contains racetams, a bit of coffee (regrettably), and cholines. But that’s not all! This relatively popular stack contains 23.5 karat gold and silver flakes. Yup, you read that right.
So, is this glamorous product worth the hype? How does it compare to the best-known pre-made nootropic stacks? Let’s find out.
Nootroo Review – An Overview
What we know is that this is a company that seeks to appeal to the needs of a young audience mainly made up of prosperous folks. If you are looking for something good-looking or some glitzy pills that you can be posting on your social media pages as you share your biohacking experiences, Nootroo might just be the best thing for you.
There isn’t much worth writing home about here if you’re an advanced biohacker, though. And to be honest, at its price, this stack seems way overpriced.
The product is divided into two different categories namely Gold 5.0 and Silver 5.0. Gold 5.0 contains Noopept and Cognizin Citicoline while Silver 5.0 brings together Phenylpiracetam and Cognizin. For anyone looking for some quick-wins, Nootroo contains a combination of Caffeine and L-theanine in a formulation known as SmoothCaffeine.
This is probably the most powerful noot compound out there. It is a member of the racetam family and is thought to be 1000 times more powerful than piracetam. One thing we absolutely like about it is that it has the potential to boost your BDNF levels – in so doing, supporting the production of new neurons.
Noopept is a well-known source of brain fuel and research is still ongoing on its role in supporting memory formation.
It’s great to have it in Nootroo. On the flip side, though, the manufacturer doesn’t specify how much of it is available per serving. In general, the recommended dosage is 10mg to 40mg.
2. CDP-Choline (Cognizin)
Whenever you see the names “cognizin,” “citicoline,” or “choline” think about a brain chemical known as acetylcholine. Choline-rich supplements play an important role in the production of acetylcholine which in turn supports cognitive function, boosts mood and enhances memory.
In other words, choline is the brain food you need to become a more efficient thinker. And Citicoline is a well-known, highly bioavailable source of it.
This is yet another awesome ingredient found in Nootroo. But regrettably, the manufacturer doesn’t specify how much of it is found per serving. The recommended dosage for Citicoline is 500mg to 2000mg. That’s according to this study, the peer-reviewed Springer Journal.
When you add piracetam to a phenyl group, it becomes phenylpiracetam – a far much more effective nootropic compound. The main role of phenylpiracetam is to improve stamina and that’s why some athletes used to take it for performance enhancement before WADA banned it.
Other than that, it has the potential to support brain function and at the same time eases any depression and anxiety symptoms. But as we have observed with all the other ingredients, the manufacturer of Nootroo doesn’t specify how much of phenylpiracetam is in the silver pills. That said, the daily recommended intake of it is 100mg to 200mg.
Finally, the deal-breaker! The patented SmoothCaffeine is nothing more than a combination of L-Theanine and Caffeine. L-Theanine is okay. But caffeine has way too many side effects and we’d not recommend it for any serious biohacker.
It doesn’t make much sense to include it alongside the likes of citicoline and noopept. So our guess is that the manufacturer of Nootroo used too little of those two and chose to make up for the deficit by introducing the cheaper caffeine into the mix. Otherwise, it just doesn’t make sense to introduce caffeine in the midst of the heavy-weights of cognition boosting i.e. citicoline and noopept.
When used as directed, this brain supplement may increase endurance. So, if you have been struggling to get things done due to physical exhaustion, this is certainly something worth paying attention to.
Another thing, this stack has the building blocks for memory formation. So, if you use it for many years, it might help slow down your cognitive decline.
Within the products is the stimulant known as caffeine. Needless to say, when you take these pills, you’re bound to feel stimulated. And fortunately, the stack also contains L-theanine which can reduce the after-effects of taking caffeine.
If you’re sensitive to caffeine, this product might leave you with jitters and a raised heart rate. Plus if you take some of the ingredients in this product in larger-than-the-recommended-doses, you’re bound to experience:
Fortunately, there are no major side effects linked to Nootroo.
What’s The Better Option?
The guys who made MLP seem to have been keen on the factors that matter to biohackers e.g. bioavailability, safety, and convenience. Likewise, the team at Qualia is clearly working hard to maintain a formula that deals with multiple cognitive pressure points.
On the other hand, the folks behind Nootroo seem keen on creating hype and glamor instead of the things that actually matter to anyone looking to invest in brain health.
In fact, were it not for the gold and silver flakes in it, this would have just been like any other cognitive enhancer out there. And FYI, gold and silver flakes have nothing to do with cognition!
Nootroo isn’t really a rip-off but if you are looking for value, you’ll notice that it’s just another over-hyped product. It really isn’t the “gold standard in nootropics” as its marketers might want you to believe. And as we have pointed out, it doesn’t even come close to the kind of finesse provided by Mind Lab Pro and Qualia Mind.