Neurodrive Review Summary
Neurodrive is not a bad supplement at all. It isn’t a scam nootropic by any means, and it is certainly capable of delivering fairly respectable improvements in focus and learning capacity. However, if you read our full Neurodrive review, you’ll see that this is far from an impressive nootropic.
The formula is a little confused. It contains some nootropics, a lot of guarana of which only 22% is caffeine (the stuff we want), and not an awful lot else. Neurodrive could be an awful lot stronger, a lot broader in its scope; to put it another way, it could be an awful lot better.
That said, Neurodrive is still capable of enhancing cognitive function. It is far from the best supplement on the market today, and it isn’t cheap considering its low strength. But there’s no reason to avoid it (so long as you want caffeine).
Where To Buy Neurodrive
Neurodrive is available directly from the Mind Nutrition online store. We strongly recommend buying directly from the manufacturer.
Full Neurodrive Review
It has taken us far too long to get around to Mind Nutrition. These guys have been making nootropic supplements for a while now, and many of their products are incredibly popular. This Neurodrive review is a little late, but better late than never!
So what is Neurodrive?
What is it supposed to do?
According to Mind Nutrition, Neurodrive has been “specially formulated for optimizing mental and physical energy”.
They have other products dedicated to specific facets of cognitive function. Neurodrive is strictly sold as an energy and mental stamina booster. it is on its ability to deliver this that it will be judged here.
On top of this overarching purpose, Mind Nutrition promise Neurodrive users the following benefits:
- Improves mental energy levels
- Clean, consistent, laser-like focus
- Can provide neural-antioxidant properties
- Improves the mind-muscle connection for increased co-ordination
- Plays a role in increasing dopamine receptors for improved mood, motivation and drive
That is certainly an impressive list of promises. If Neurodrive does deliver on all these counts, then we will have a very good little focus booster on our hands here.
We just need to find out if it actually can deliver!
Does Neurodrive really give you “laser-like focus”?
Does it improve the “mind muscle connection”?
Is It safe?
How does it compare to similar products?
Would a more rounded, complete nootropic stack benefit you more?
Let’s find out. Below is our full Neurodrive review. We look at the ingredients, how they are dosed, and the dangers associated with them. In the end, we’ll tell you whether or not we think this product stands to benefit you, or whether you are better off with a different stack. Please post all questions in the comments section and we’ll try to get back to you within 48 hours.
Here is the Neurodrive formula. This label is displayed clearly on the official website:
That is quite a straightforward, minimalist formula.
Mind Nutrition have used just 5 ingredients for Neurodrive.
When using so few ingredients, you really need to make sure that every one gives you something meaningful and distinct. There is no room for hangers-on here.
Fortunately, that seems to be exactly what we get.
Every ingredient in Neurodrive has some beneficially property which has been robustly proven in laboratory conditions.
Many of these ingredients have been shown in clinical trials to deliver real, tangible cognitive enhancements in actual clinical trials.
That is not to say that this stack is perfect, however.
As always, there are things we like about this nootropic, and things we don’t.
On the whole, we think Neurodrive could be an awful lot stronger.
We think the ingredient selection could have been better.
We think it could have hit a few more bases, too.
Let’s get into this in more detail. Here are some specific examples.
What We Like
Some of the ingredients in Neurodrive are absolutely superb natural focus boosters.
CDP-Choline is easily one of the best things you can use for enhancing your concentration, mental clarity, and ability to stay focused. It is right at the top of the list of things we would include in our own stack.
The 200mg of Citicoline in each serving of Neurodrive is enough to give you a marked increase in your brain power in just a few days of regular supplementation.
We also like to see Vinpocetine being used.
This natural herbal extract isn’t used nearly enough in today’s nootropic stacks.
Vinpocetine has many methods of action. It improves blood flow to the brain, much like Ginkgo Biloba. It also seems to have its own independent effects on memory function and learning capacity.
All-in-all, this is a good ingredient.
We think more than 10mg is best when taking Vinpocetine, but the 5mg in Neurodrive should still have some effect on your cognitive function.
What We Don’t Like
The other ingredients in Neurodrive may have properties beneficial to some, but we don’t necessarily want them in a nootropic; even one designed purely for focus and energy.
For example, each serving of Neurodrive contains EGCG.
This is a catechin found in green tea.
EGCG is lauded for its ability to encourage body fat loss. It seems that supplementing with this concentrate can encourage body fat loss independently of exercise (we’re not totally convinced either, but this is not our area of expertise).
However, we aren’t aware of this stuff having any nootropic properties at all.
We can’t find any evidence that it increases mental and physical energy, either.
We’re also not too pleased by the heavy use of Guarana in Neurodrive.
People usually consume guarana because of its caffeine content.
Guarana seeds contain more caffeine than coffee beans by weight.
However, many people get this confused. They believe that the caffeine in guarana is somehow stronger or more effective than the caffeine in coffee beans, tea leaves, or whatever.
That isn’t the case; caffeine is caffeine.
Instead of using so much Guarana, of which only 22% is caffeine, we would have much rather Neurodrive just extract the caffeine, purify it, and use that instead.
After all, we don’t want any of the other 78% – it doesn’t do anything. it is just waste plant matter!
If we do the maths, the 420mg of Guarana in Neurodrive gives us 92mg of caffeine per serving.
That is about half the amount found in a Monster energy drink; a good serving for a short term mental energy boost.
That does, however, some with some fairly serious side effect risks.
Neurodrive Side Effects
The 92.4mg of caffeine that we get in each serving of Neurodrive might cause some side effects, depending on your sensitivity to stimulants, your caffeine intake, and your lifestyle.
If you already consume a lot of caffeine from other sources (tea, coffee, energy drinks, etc), then you might want to avoid adding to this intake.
After all, 92.4mg isn’t a small amount of caffeine; it is more than you will get in a large, strong black coffee.
If you experience any jitters, anxiety, insomnia, or irritability, then discontinue use immediately.
Caffeine overdose can actually be fatal. Large doses of caffeine cause an elevated heart rate and high blood pressure; a lethal cocktail if you have a heart condition.
Apart from the Guarana, we don’t think you have a lot to worry about in here as far as side effects go.
As always though, everyone is different.
Neurodrive Review Conclusion
This isn’t a bad nootropic at all.
Neurodrive contains some absolutely top-notch natural nootropics. A combination of CDP-Choline and Vinpocetine can together help improve your focus and mental energy levels in the short term (after just a few days of supplementation in some cases).
However, other ingredients don’t really need to be here. EGCG doesn’t really have any nootropic properties, for example.
We also don’t see why people include Guarana when only 22% is caffeine; the stuff we want from Guarana.
The caffeine from Guarana is just caffeine at the end of the day. We aren’t drinking the stuff so we just want the good stuff. Everything else is just waste.
A lot more could be covered here.
We know this is explicitly sold as a focus and energy supplement, but it could still achieve those goals better if it contained some anxiolytics, some theanine, or perhaps some Ginkgo Biloba. Theanine in particular would have been welcome here to keep the caffeine side effects down.