Alteril Review Summary
The hefty doses of tryptophan and synthetic melatonin don’t make up for the cheap, ‘filler’-laden proprietary blend. There’s plenty of useless garbage in here; plenty of dead weight that does absolutely nothing to help your sleeping patterns. There’s no reason to be paying for or consuming these substances. Basically, Alteril is a tryptophan and melatonin supplement with a lot of bogus crap thrown in on top. Hardly a good deal, if you ask us.
Ingredient quality is also questionable. The melatonin is dosed well, but we think it’s always best to take melatonin is a form that is as close to natural as possible. Even the Tryptophan is just plain, run-of-the-mill Tryptophan. If you’re talking a couple of standard, base quality ingredients, then you can probably reconstruct the stack cheaper yourself by visiting your local vitamin store.
Where To Buy Alteril
We’ve seen plenty of ads pointing to the Alteril website. Looking at their website, we think Amazon might be a better call!
Detailed Alteril Review
Alteril is an extremely popular natural sleep aid, particularly in the US. It is heavily advertised on various websites, and judging by how many Alteril reviews are out there, we think they probably do a lot of direct marketing too; emails, broadcasts, flyers, etc.
So what is this sleep aid supposed to be able to do?
Who does it claim to help?
When you lvisit the Alteril website, then you are greeted with “sleep well tonight, wake up refreshed”. The packet also explicitly states that Alteril is designed to help you “get to sleep when you need to”.
If we keep going through the website, we see that Alteril is designed to deliver the same core benefits that we look for in all natural sleep aids:
- Promotes deep sleep
- Reduces sleep latency
- Supports longer, more restful sleep
- Reduces night restlessness
This all sounds excellent.
If Alteril can do all of this without making us simply sedated or drugged-up, as most synthetic sleep drugs do, then we’re on to a real winner here.
But that’s a big “if”.
Many sleep supplements claim to deliver on these promises. Almost none do; only the best sleep supplements actually do all of these things and do them well, without causing side effects.
So does Alteril really do all of these things?
Is it safe? Does it make you feel groggy and sedated? Is it habit forming?
How does it compare to the market leaders?
Find out by reading our full Alteril review below. We start by dissecting the formula, looking to see if the ingredients and doses actually meet our expectations. We see what the latest scientific literature has to say about the ingredients. We discuss side effects. Finally, we tell you what we think of this stack as a whole. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments section at the end.
Let’s take a closer look at the Alteril formula:
This really is a formula of two halves.
It contains a hefty serving of Tryptophan and a very reputable serving of melatonin (although is doesn’t seem to be natural melatonin).
Yet we also have this tiny, over-stretched, ‘filler’-laden proprietary blend to deal with. There’s lots of useless garbage in there – plenty of stuff you won’t get any benefit from at all.
All in all, the questionable-quality melatonin and tryptophan don’t make up for the terrible prop blend.
Not a great sleep supplement at all.
- Large dose of tryptophan
- Good dose of melatonin
Overall, we aren’t particularly impressed with Alteril as a natural sleep aid, but there are definitely some good points that we need to point out.
For one thing, we get a fairly good serving of melatonin in Alteril.
Melatonin is the hormone which regulates your sleep-wake cycle. It is released by the pituitary gland at times when your body finds it most useful to get sleep. It is released very regularly, with a huge increase between 10pm and 1am.
Unbeknownst to many people, it is actually quite easy to disrupt your melatonin release cycle, which in turn will lead to trouble falling asleep on time, trouble staying asleep, and low quality sleep.
Fortunately, supplementing with melatonin has been proven to significantly improve sleep quality and to reduce sleep latency. This study, for instance, found that melatonin supplementation of just 2mg was able to improve sleep quality and increase morning alertness in seniors.
Depending on the quality of the melatonin being used, users can expect good benefits from 2-10mg taken shortly before bed time. The 4mg we get from Alteril wil be perfectly adequate for the majority of people.
- Poor quality proprietary blend
- Full of useless garbage
- No magnesium
For the good ingredients mentioned above, we still don’t think Alteril is a particularly good choice for people wanting an effective, cutting-edge, good value sleeping supplement.
The main reason we dislike Alteril is the low quality, small, over-stretched proprietary blend.
There is no legitimate reason to use a proprietary blend. Manufacturers say they use them to prevent people ripping off their formulas, but we don’t buy it. Formula theft is absolutely pointless – we know how these ingredients work, how they should be dosed, etc.
There are no secrets to hide.
If they genuinely believe they need to hide their formula behind a prop blend, then they’re just naive.
But more often than not they know they don’t need to hide it; instead, they choose to in order to stop potential customers seeing just how bad the formula is.
Proprietary blends are almost always used in order to let manufacturers stuff their formulas full of cheap, ineffective, bogus substances and cut back on the truly effective but much more expensive stuff – ALL WITHOUT THE CUSTOMER KNOWING!
For instance, the Alteril formula contains Valerian Root, which is known to help reduce anxiety. But we don’t know how much, and unless you’re using well over 100mg, there’s not much point using Valerian Root.
The Alteril formula also contains Passionflower, which does NOTHING. And there could be as much as 259mg in that proprietary blend, with the other ingredients making up the other 1mg.
Proprietary blends are the most insidious, widespread, and subtle scam in the supplement industry. Don’t fall for it.
Plenty of manufacturers manage to list all of their ingredients along with their individual ingredient serving sizes while still making plenty of money.
They don’t use proprietary blends, and nobody puts them out of business by stealing their formulas.
If they can do it, so can Alteril.
Whatever the reason is, the fact they chose to use a prop blend makes them not competitive in today’s market.
That’s all we care about.
Final Verdict – Alteril – Should You Use It?
All in all, we don’t think Alteril is the market-leading natural sleep aid that it makes itself out to be.
It contains a very good serving of Tryptophan and a very reasonable serving of melatonin.
Yet these two ingredients are just standard quality – run-of-the-mill, synthetic melatonin and regular old tryptophan. They are very good sleep enhancers, no doubt about that. But since the rest of the formula is useless, we want them to be of the highest quality, which they are not!
We hate paying for dead weight, and we get a lot of that from Alteril.
There is absolutely no excuse for the use of a proprietary blend.
Generally speaking, we think you should NEVER opt for a prop blend.
Even if the manufacturers are just naive (rather than malevolent), there are lots of products out there that display all their ingredient serving sizes on the label. That Alteril can’t compete is not our problem!
The Tryptophan and melatonin don’t make up for the terrible prop blend. If you want help falling asleep faster, help getting over jet lag, and better quality sleep, there are better options than Alteril.