CILTEP Review Summary
CILTEP has been out for several years, and it has remained a favorite for many people since. However, we think this has more to do with marketing than the quality of the product. The formula is extremely thin for a supposedly comprehensive, daily nootropic. The ingredients don’t have a lot of power in terms of improving focus or memory. All in all, a real let down.
We think that, were CILTEP launched today, it would fall pretty flat. Much of its popularity no doubt comes from the fact that it was one of the first serious stacks to take marketing seriously. Today, much more effective supplements are available.
Where To Buy CILTEP
You can buy CILTEP directly from the Natural Stacks online store. These guys are a serious outfit – we expect no scams, overcharges, or anything else underhand from them.
Full Natural Stacks CILTEP Review
CILTEP is without question one of the most popular natural nootropics on the market. Natural Stacks, makers of CILTEP, were one of the first companies to realize how mature the nootropics market would become. They have since constructed a huge brand around CILTEP, and their offerings range from mushroom concentrates to protein powders.
So what is CILTEP supposed to do exactly?
Why has it become so popular?
CILTEP’s popularity was no doubt in part due to its bold claims. The nootropics which dominated the market in the past were all very vague about what they could do, and they mostly promised energy through caffeine.
CILTEP promises serious, lasting cognitive enhancements.
The official website tells us that CILTEP is “designed to safely enhance the brain’s ability to form vivid, long-lasting memories and remain sharply motivated and focused for hours.”
The website also makes repeated references to long-term, lasting brain adaptations. They explicitly promise long-term memory improvements.
Users are told that they can expect:
- Improved motivation and mental endurance
- Increased concentration
- Heightened focus
- Improved mood
- Reduced social anxiety
- Enhanced ability to study
That’s quite an extensive range of benefits. If CILTEP really is capable of delivering on these promises, even a handful of them, then it can rightly claim to be a comprehensive nootropic stack.
The question is, how much of this is true, and how much of it is marketing spiel?
The Natural Stacks website tells us that CILTEP is used by CEOs, creative professionals, and students around the world. But we’ve heard all that before. It’s easy to pay for endorsements these days, and words are just that – words.
Does CILTEP really work as advertised?
Is it safe? Does it cause side effects, crashes, or dependency?
How does it compare to the best focus and memory supplements on the market today? Is it good value, or is it over-priced?
In our comprehensive CILTEP review below, we examine this popular nootropic’s formula in great detail. We look at the ingredients, the doses, and the potential side effects. As always, we’ll let the latest scientific literature be our guide, not the word of the manufacturer. In the end, we’ll tell you what we think of this stack as a whole. Please post all questions to the comments section at the end.
CILTEP Formula Analysis
Let’s take a closer look at the CILTEP formula and see what’s really going on with this nootropic:
This is not a great formula.
Not by a long stretch.
That’s not what we were expecting at all.
We were expecting a comprehensive stack of thoroughly proven, powerful brain boosters.
Instead we have one substance potentially useful for protecting long-term cognitive function, and some totally useless ingredients.
In fact, there are more benign, useless ingredients in CILTEP than effective natural nootropics.
There are some good things to say of course. Yet on the whole, we really don’t think CILTEP is still a competitive focus and memory supplement.
What We Like
There actually isn’t a great deal that we like about CILTEP. We’re surprised it is still so popular, given how far the nootropics industry has come in the last 5 years.
But there is still one good quality that is worth mentioning.
That is the inclusion of Artichoke Extract.
We’ve had this stuff on our list of the best nootropic ingredients for a while now – pretty much since we first wrote the page.
That’s because it has been linked to improved cognitive function for a long time, although concrete proof remains thin on the ground. Most of the convincing studies have been conducted on animals, so we never allow ourselves to get too excited about Artichoke Extract.
For example, this study found great improvements in cognitive function in rats fed an Artichoke Extract.
This clinical trial even found that an Artichoke Extract was able to ameliorate some symptoms of Alzheimer’s affected mice.
Animal studies are animal studies, at the end of the day. These results have never been observed in humans.
But it remains an interesting (potential) nootropic despite the lack of real human studies.
What We Don’t Like – Dead Weight
Sadly, the Artichoke Extract is the only thing we like about CILTEP.
Even that comes with heavy caveats – lack of human studies, contradictory evidence, and so on.
Even the dosing is an issue. Many of the studies showing good results with Artichoke Extract have used several grams, and they were dealing with mice. With that in mind, the 900mg we get from CILTEP looks a little small.
But the main problem with CILTEP isn’t the Artichoke Extract.
It’s the other ingredients.
To put it bluntly, they’re all completely useless.
We can’t find a shred of compelling evidence showing that the other ingredients in CILTEP make a meaningful difference to your cognitive function.
Neither short nor long-term benefits – nothing.
An argument can be made that Carnitine supplementation gives you increased mental energy. But the difference is extremely minor.
It is far too small to really be perceived, and it is nothing that can’t be achieved form eating more carnitine-rich foods!
We certainly don’t think an extra 750mg of Carnitine is going to make a significant difference to your day-to-day cognitive performance.
With Coleus Forskohlii, it isn’t even possible to make a weak defense – there is absolutely no reason to believe that this ingredient improves focus, memory, clarity, energy, or mood.
There isn’t a single scientific study showing that Coleus Forskohlii does anything for mental performance.
None that are independent, convincing, and robust anyway.
Of 4 ingredients then, we have 3 that provide next to no benefit at all, and one that has never been proven to work in humans as it seems to in rats.
This is not the market-leading nootropic formula we expected to find – not at all.
That’s just a lot of dead weight that we don’t need to be consuming.
That’s a lot of bogus material that we don’t want to be paying for.
What We Don’t Like – No Cholinergic
We think it is worth pointing out that CILTEP contains absolutely no cholinergics.
Normally this doesn’t deserve its own section, but we feel that it does in a CILTEP review.
That is simply because of the claims Natural Stacks have made about this product. They say that CILTEP delivers short-term increases in focus, mental clarity, and learning ability.
There aren’t any ingredients in CILTEP that we believe capable of doing this.
Now, most nootropics which claim to enhance focus and learning do so by providing some sort of cholinergic compound. These are substances which increase acetylcholine availability in the brain. As acetylcholine is the ‘learning neurotransmitter’, higher availability means more raw brain power.
Providing some kind of cholinergic is a quick and easy way to boost acetylcholine levels (although the best cholinergics are, understandably, expensive).
Yet CILTEP provides no such compound.
This is a serious let down, and it really sets CILTEP apart from the leading nootropic stacks on the market today. Even sub-standard nootropics will provide some kind of cholinergic these days.
Clearly CILTEP was designed with yesterday’s customer in mind.
CILTEP Side Effects
The one upside of CILTEP is that it doesn’t look like it is going to cause anybody any problems in terms of side effects.
The ingredients in CILTEP are all safe, 100% natural, and are not thought to be dangerous.
They are all regularly taken as supplements, and they are all thought to be safe for long-term human consumption.
We have never seen any evidence suggesting that Artichoke Extract, Carnitine, or any of the substances found in this stack cause even mild side effects.
However, just because something looks safe for 99% of people doesn’t mean that it is therefore necessarily safe for everybody. You are all individuals with unique medical histories.
It is also important that you remember we are not doctors.
This is not medical advice.
CILTEP User Reviews
It wouldn’t be a complete CILTEP review without a look at what some other people have been saying about the product.
Unlike most nootropics on the market right now, CILTEP has some pretty impressive celebrity endorsements.
Take a look at some of the CILTEP user testimonials currently featured on the Natural Stacks website:
For a nootropic, a professional poker player and a competitive memory specialist are some great endorsers to have on board.
Playing poker professionally requires an incredible attention span. You must be able to calculate probabilities extremely quickly in a changing environment. You have to be able to stay focused for hours, days, even weeks on end.
Above all else, it requires a cool head.
Having a memory competitor endorsing your product is obviously a very good sign. This is particularly important for Natural Stacks, as CILTEP is marketed as a memory supplement above all else.
While any individual’s CILTEP review based on personal experience is going to have limited use to us, it is still very much worth looking at. Personal experiences give us a flavor of what a supplement is like, what we can expect, and above all else, how reputable a company is – most celebrities, even minor ones, are unlikely to lend their name to a total scam!
CILTEP Review Conclusion – A Serious Disappointment!
We were expecting a lot from this one, given that this is the flagship product of Natural Stacks, who are easily one of the most successful and popular brands in the industry.
But if you’ve read our Natural Stacks CILTEP review in its entirety, you’ll know that we are far from impressed.
Of the four ingredients in this stack, just one provides any benefit whatsoever.
Even then, scientific studies using humans are practically non-existent, and the few that have been done have turned up mixed results. Most of the studies showing good cognitive improvements from Artichoke Extract have been done on animals. It is an interesting substance, no doubt about it, but it shouldn’t be the core ingredient in a modern, comprehensive, premium nootropic like CILTEP.
The other ingredients are pretty much useless.
If you want to see serious improvements in focus, mental clarity, and memory function, we’re sorry to say that CILTEP probably isn’t going to deliver for you.