This product isn’t a nootropic stack as we normally use the word. It is just a coffee supplement. We think the name NeuroMaster is quite misleading (not purposefully – Dave Asprey’s a good guy), as many people will think this is a comprehensive nootropic stack. It isn’t. It’s just two different coffee extracts.
The type of coffee you drink is definitely important. If you care about long-term cognitive performance, then you should only be exposing your brain to high quality, fresh ground coffee. But you really have no need to be consuming a coffee bean supplement. Coffee beans contain plenty of anti-oxidants, among other health-boosting substances, but you can get all of these things by just drinking more fresh coffee. Regardless of your goals, NeuroMaster looks like a poor purchase to us.
Where To Buy NeuroMaster
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Full Bulletproof NeuroMaster Review
All of you are probably familiar with Bulletproof. A lot of you are probably familiar with Dave Asprey – the man behind the brand. This guy has been pushing his Bulletproof Coffee and associated products for years now. He is now a well-known and well-respected figure, both among nootropics enthusiasts and among anybody interested in self-optimization. The Bulletproof range now includes a lot of supplements, such as Eye Armor, which re recently reviewed.
So, what is NeuroMaster supposed to do then?
Who is it designed for exactly?
Dave Asprey isn’t scared to tell you exactly what this product can do for you:
- Supports memory function
- Improves focus
- “Fell cognitively stronger, sharper”
- Increase Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor
That is one really intriguing list of benefits.
Too few nootropics target BDNF. This is the protein which regulates neuron differentiation, growth, survival, and proliferation.
You can’t have a healthy brain without sufficient levels of BDNF, let alone an optimally functioning brain.
It can be targeted through supplementation, but very few stacks actually go after neurotrophins like this one.
The other benefits all sound great as well – exactly the kind of things we want to get from a natural nootropic supplement.
But how much of this is true, and how much is just sales-speak? After all, we’ve heard this before.
Does Bulletproof NeuroMaster really do all of this?
Is it safe? Will it cause any health problems in over the long-term?
How does it compare to other nootropic stacks promising the same end results?
In our comprehensive NeuroMaster review below, we try to answer each of these questions in as much detail as possible. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments section at the end. Have you used NeuroMaster? Want to share your experience? Post in the comments!
NeuroMaster Formula Analysis
To start things off, let’s take a look at the NeuroMaster ingredients:
That isn’t a real nootropic formula.
That’s just a coffee supplement.
We know that Bulletproof’s whole ‘thing’ is coffee, but with all of the things they’ve said about this supplement, we really were expecting more.
Very few nootropic stacks claim to be able to increase focus, memory function, and promote BDNF levels.
Even comprehensive stacks are wary of claiming too much.
Yet Bulletproof have no problem telling people that this product can do all of the things that only the most powerful natural nootropics can do, despite the fact that it is just a coffee bean supplement.
That’s seriously misleading in our opinion.
To even call this product NeuroMaster is misleading because it is not a brain supplement as we know them.
We don’t think Bulletproof have been purposefully misleading here, but they have unquestionably promised far more than they can ever hope to deliver with this stack.
Can It Boost BDNF?
In our opinion, no.
We can’t find any evidence suggesting that coffee beans (or berries) have any ability to boost BDNF levels in the brain.
It is possible to increase BDNF expression through targeted supplementation. This is actually a topic we’re keenly interested in at the moment. We’ve done a lot of reading, and we’ve found several substances that might be able to specifically target BDNF release.
However, we are yet to see any evidence that coffee beans or berries have any impact on BDNF, or any neurotrophic factors for that matter.
Some studies have specifically looked at this relationship and they have always come up empty handed.
In this paper, researchers noted that there is a link between fresh brewed coffee consumption and a decreased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. The authors were looking to see if BDNF was playing a role in this.
Their conclusions read: “The major constituents of coffee, such as caffeine, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, and trigonelline had no effect on TrkB phosphorylation induced by BDNF. In addition, coffee reduced the BDNF-induced increase in BDNF gene expression and the neurite outgrowth promoted by BDNF. Our data suggest that the protective effect of coffee reported in epidemiological studies against neurological disorders may not be associated with BDNF signaling through TrkB.”
Doesn’t sound promising, does it?
We were certainly surprised to see that Bulletproof didn’t provide a reference or citation for this claim on the product’s merchant page.
They have produced a separate article on the subject of BDNF, however, and here they have provided some sources.
But these still don’t convince us.
One study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, concluded the following: “These results indicate that Whole Coffee Fruit Concentrate could be used for modulation of BDNF-dependent health conditions. However, larger clinical studies are needed to support this possibility.”
The other study, which you can find here, also used whole coffee fruit extract. The results were similarly positive, with the authors concluding the following: “oral WCFC consumption acutely increased BDNF levels in serum exosomes. In summary, all presented results justify further clinical investigation of WCFC as a tool to manage BDNF-dependent health conditions.”
Two things to point out here though.
Two things which make us still highly skeptical of NeuroMaster as a nootropic supplement.
For one thing, both of these studies used whole coffee fruit concentrate, not a fancy extract.
As one of the studies above pointed out, many specific constituents of coffee have no effect on BDNF expression. So using an extract is not a very good way to go about using coffee to boost BDNF.
You need to use whole beans to see increases in BDNF.
So why would you pay good money for a coffee supplement?!
Coffee beans can be bought in enormous amounts for very little money!
You can go and buy a huge bag from a supermarket, grind them yourself, and enjoy delicious drinks for weeks.
Why would you pay someone top dollar to just re-package whole coffee beans for you?
Just because they give them a fancy name doesn’t mean they aren’t just whole ground coffee beans. Just drink more fresh ground coffee!
For another thing, you must bare in mind that these are just two studies.
There haven’t been many clinical trials conducted where they have specifically been looking at coffee and BDNF expression.
The preliminary results look interesting; no doubt about that. But more work is definitely needed here.
Can It Boost Focus?
Few of you need to be told that coffee increases mental energy, focus, and motivation.
Caffeine rapidly increases focus, reduces the perception of fatigue, and helps keep you focused on a specific task despite being low on sleep, food, and external motivation.
But once again, we have to ask – why would you take coffee as a supplement and not just drink the stuff?
On top of that, we have serious issues with the NeuroMaster caffeine dosing:
- 50mg is a very small dose of caffeine for a caffeine supplement
- We don’t actually know how much total caffeine we get from each serving
These are two very serious problems.
According to the label, the coffee berry extract provides 50mg of caffeine.
If that is all the caffeine we get from NeuroMaster, then we’re seriously disappointed.
That is much less caffeine than you get from an average, medium-sized black coffee from Starbuck.
But we actually have no idea how much total caffeine we get from each serving of NeuroMaster.
The other coffee bean extract doesn’t say if it contains any caffeine at all – for all we know, it could be a 99% caffeine, or it could be 0% caffeine.
That uncertainty creates substantial side effect concerns.
Side Effects – Is NeuroMaster Safe?
There is a little bit of uncertainty about caffeine dosing here, which is always a worry.
We are told that we get 50mg from the CoffeeBerry® Extract.
If this is all the caffeine we get from NeuroMaster, then most users will have very little to worry about. As we said above, this is less than you get from an average black Starbucks coffee.
But that isn’t to say that 50mg of caffeine is safe for everybody. As you can see from some of the customer reviews posted on the Bulletproof website, people who are sensitive to caffeine should NOT be using a supplement like this:
If you already consume a lot of tea or coffee throughout the day, then adding in more caffeine through supplements is unwise.
You also need to take careful stock of any caffeine you might be consuming from other supplements.
For example, if you’re taking NeuroMaster on top of a daily nootropic stack, or if you use pre-workout powders, you need to check to see whether that stack contains any caffeine already. We strongly advise against doubling up on caffeine supplements.
Common side effects of caffeine consumption include:
- Shortness of breath
Acute caffeine overdose can be fatal.
Consider your existing caffeine intake carefully before proceeding here.
However, on the whole, if caffeine is limited to 50mg, then NeuroMaster looks like a safe supplement for the majority of users (assuming you have no sensitivities or allergies).
We are not doctors.
This is not medical advice.
You must do your own research and consult with a qualified medical professional before using any nootropic supplements like this one. That is the only way to stay completely safe. Just because a supplement is natural doesn’t mean it’s 100% safe!
Bulletproof NeuroMaster Review Conclusion – Is It Worth Buying?
In our opinion, it doesn’t make any sense to buy NeuroMaster if you are looking to increase focus, mental energy, or indeed to boost BDNF levels.
We don’t think it can meaningfully promote BDNF release in the brain. It certainly doesn’t seem to be able to do so more than other substances like magnesium or, perhaps, Bacopa monnieri. It doesn’t seem to be as effective at promoting neurotrophins as Lion’s Mane Mushroom or substances like that.
We have no reason to believe it can promote memory function, beyond giving you the energy kick we get from caffeine consumption. But that isn’t exactly memory enhancement.
It will probably increase focus, but no more so than a fresh cup of coffee.
Even if it could do all of the things it says it can, we still don’t understand why anyone would pay top dollar for this product when they can just DRINK MORE COFFEE.
It is more economical, it has numerous health benefits you don’t get from powdered supplements, and it is safer from a side effect point of view.