This is a total scam. There’s no two ways about it, no second guessing, no doubt in our mind. NeuroCell is a scam brain pill disguised as a top quality nootropic supplement. The formula is nothing but a small proprietary blend containing a potentially dangerous stimulant and some obvious potential filler ingredients.
This stack could easily contain far too much caffeine. It could also easily be 90% Tyrosine. One thing is for certain though: there is not enough formula for all of the ingredients to be dosed properly. It is absolutely INEVITABLE that a couple of the ingredients in NeuroCell are under-dosed. We actually think it’s likely that it contains almost none of the best ingredients and a LOT of the weakest ingredients.
Where To Buy NeuroCell
We can’t find an official website for this supplement. The domain name NeuroCell[dot]com is actually for sale. It is now sold exclusively through Amazon, as far as we’re aware.
Full NeuroCell Review
NeuroCell is one of the most popular brain supplements out there right now. Thousands of people are searching for information about this nootropic every single month. It has been reviewed by some of the biggest, most reputable supplement review sites on the web. With so much chatter going on, we had to take a look at this stack for ourselves.
Let’s not beat around the bush then. Let’s get into it.
What is NeuroCell supposed to do?
Who is it designed to help? Why should anybody care about this natural nootropic supplement?
As the bottle says, NeuroCell is described as a “premium cognitive complex”.
On the Amazon page, however, it is described as a “Limitless Pill”. Our regular readers will know how much we HATE this kind of dishonest, underhanded, pessimistic marketing.
There is no such thing as a ‘real life Limitless pill’. As we explained in this article, there is no such thing as a pill that can make you smarter. It just doesn’t exist – it never can. Any company claiming that their product is such a pill is deliberately LYING to you.
The Amazon page saying this is called NeuroCell, so we can assume that if they’re not running the store, they’re at least happy with how their product is marketed.
It looks as though there used to be an active, independent merchant website. Here is some shots of the old merchant page, showing what the product is supposed to be able to do alongside a very dated order box:
The bottle also lists some specific benefits that users can supposedly expect to see when using this stack:
- Better neural communication
- Enhanced memory function
- Increased mental clarity
We don’t like the look of the old website. Nor do we like the fact that the website is now up for sale, with the remaining stock clearly being sold through Amazon (with some pretty sketchy marketing).
None of this looks good.
But we can’t just write a product off like that. We need to do a thorough examination of the formula and see what it has to offer.
Does NeuroCell really work?
Is it safe? What are the biggest side effect risks?
How does NeuroCell compare to other, similar products on the market today?
We answer all of these questions and more in our comprehensive NeuroCell review below. We kick off with a thorough analysis of the formula, before moving on to a discussion of the side effects, value for money, and more. If you have any questions, or you’d like to share your experiences with this nootropic, please post in the comment section at the end!
NeuroCell Formula – Does It Deliver?
Here is the NeuroCell ingredients list, as it appears on the bottle:
Unfortunately, that’s the best image we can find of the formula.
That’s another alarm bell – a lack of clear images of the ingredients list is always a sign that a supplement is a scam. A manufacturer should be incredibly proud of their formula; they should be going out of their way to show it on forums, ads, reviews, etc.
Why would they make it so hard for you to see the formula?
Here is the ingredients list written out so you can see it more clearly:
Vitamin B3 – 30mg
Vitamin B6 – 5mg
Proprietary blend – 545mg
- Bacopa monnieri
- Huperzine A
This is not a good formula, to put things mildly.
There’s a lot that we really don’t like here.
There are multiple reasons why we wouldn’t go anywhere near this supplement.
The potentially large dose of caffeine, the need for cycling and risk of side effects posed by the Huperzine A…we could go on.
But the main reason is simply the use of a proprietary blend.
Main Problem – Proprietary Blends Are Always Bad
When we look at a premium nootropic supplement, we don’t want to see proprietary blends of any kind. We don’t care how big they are, what they contain, or anything else for that matter. We don’t want to see ANY proprietary blends at all.
There is no good reason for a manufacturer to use a proprietary blend. They often say it’s to stop anyone from stealing their formula, but that’s total BS.
Formula theft doesn’t happen. There is no point in stealing anyone’s formula – you can find all the information you need to create your own formula online, or ideally, through your own research!
Nootropics don’t contain anything surprising or top secret. There’s definitely nothing special or novel about this formula!
So why has the manufacturer chosen to hide the formula behind a proprietary blend?
Why are they reluctant to tell us the truth about the formula?
We think they’re obviously hiding the fact that the formula is 90% composed of the cheapest, least effective ingredients, with the effective, expensive ingredients all under-dosed.
That’s why 99% of proprietary blends exist – to keep the truth from potential customers, because the truth is ugly.
Major Problem – NeuroCell Prop Blend Too Small
All proprietary blends are bad. They lack transparency, which we value very highly. Plenty of supplements reveal their full formulas on the label and on the website. All of the best nootropics show you how each ingredient is dosed.
So why would anyone opt for a supplement that doesn’t?
However, not all prop blends are equal. Some are much worse than others.
The NeuroCell proprietary blend is particularly bad in our opinion. This is true for several reasons.
For one thing, the total serving size is too small for all of the good ingredients to be dosed properly.
This proprietary blend is just 545mg, which is split between 9 ingredients.
That gives us an average serving size of 60.5mg.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that each ingredient is dosed at 60.5mg.
What is does mean is that, for every ingredient dosed above 60.5mg, another needs to be dosed lower than 60.5mg.
You realize what a serious issue this is when you look at the minimum recommended serving sizes for the best ingredients.
Bacopa monnieri should be dosed between 150mg (for a high quality extract) and 300mg (for a standard extract). We aren’t given the extract strength here, so we assume it’s standard.
Alpha-GPC should be dosed above 200mg for optimal results.
Theanine should always be dosed at a 2:1 ratio with caffeine. We think the caffeine is probably dosed far too high in this stack, which means the theanine would have to be dosed even larger.
This is just unworkable.
Either all of these ingredients are under-dosed (which we think is highly likely), or one of them is dosed properly and the rest of them may as well not be here.
Major Problem – Filler Ingredients
A major issue with NeuroCell is the fact that the proprietary blend contains some obvious filler ingredients.
These are ingredients that manufacturers use to bulk out the formula. They can be bought in large amounts for very little money. By using them, the makers can cut right back on the more expensive ingredients, increasing margins. The prop blend means that this happens without the customers knowing a thing!
L-Tyrosine, for example, can be bought for very little money. It can be consumed in amounts of up to 500mg with little risk of causing side effects.
It provides few extra nootropic benefits when dosed above 200mg – you get diminishing returns above this amount. Using 200mg will give you similar results to using 500mg.
It makes for a perfect filler.
The same is truth of Theanine – you can buy this stuff relatively cheaply, and it is well tolerated in large doses. You don’t need to be using large amounts at all. Like Tyrosine, a little gives you some good benefits, but large amounts are pointless.
It also makes for a great filler ingredient.
That’s 2 potential fillers in a 545mg prop blend.
NeuroCell Side Effects – Is It Safe?
The major NeuroCell side effect risks stem from the fact that we don’t know doses.
Proprietary blends always present this problem. However, it is not always a particularly serious problem. It depends very much on what the proprietary blend contains.
This stack contains some ingredients that pose serious risks when we don’t know the doses involved.
The main danger with NeuroCell is obviously the unknown dose of caffeine.
Caffeine is an incredibly powerful stimulant. It is not a substance that you can afford to take lightly. We don’t care how much coffee you drink, or how high you think your tolerance is; caffeine can be really dangerous.
There could be as much as 544mg of caffeine in NeuroCell for all we know. That is just the reality of the situation.
That would be an absolutely absurd amount of caffeine to consume from a supplement.
That is the equivalent of about 6-7 shots of espresso.
Even if the dose was half of that – say 250mg – then side effects are almost inevitable.
Common side effects of consuming more than 100mg of caffeine in a single sitting include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Energy crashes
- Shortness of breath
Many people think that caffeine isn’t a big deal because they already consume lots every day and they’re fine. But that is actually the most dangerous assumption to make.
You need to carefully consider your existing caffeine intake and work out if you can really afford to add in more through supplements. After all, refined, purified caffeine is a different animal to sipping a cappuccino!
We wouldn’t advise anyone to use a supplement containing an unknown quantity of caffeine. NeuroCell is far too potentially dangerous for us to take a risk on!
Another risk factor is the Huperzine A content.
Huperzine A needs to be cycled on a regular basis if you are going to avoid side effects.
We really need to know dose when we figure out how long we should be taking Huperzine A for and how long we should take off. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend using Huperzine A for no more than 4 weeks before taking a break. But that depends on the dose, as does the severity of the potential side effects.
Some common side effects of Huperzine A consumption include:
- Loss of focus
- Loss of motivation
- Low mood
- Muscle cramps
If you experience any side effects whatsoever while using Huperine A, stop using it immediately and seek medical attention right away.
We do not advise people to use this supplement. It contains a potentially large dose of caffeine.
You also need to keep the following facts in mind while reading our reviews:
- This is not medical advice
- We aren’t doctors
You must do your own research and talk to a qualified health professional before you use any nootropic supplements. If you think you have actual cognitive decline, then you need medical attention, not natural supplements.
NeuroCell Review Conclusion – Should You Use It?
Simple as that.
This is a scam brain supplement in our opinion.
The only reason why anybody uses proprietary blends is to hide some unpleasant truths from potential customers. It’s almost always the case that they have used the cheapest ingredient to bulk out the formula. The prop blend lets them get away with that without the customer knowing.
It’s a cheap trick, and a commonly used one at that.
This product has its own specific problems, of course.
The prop blend is too small for all of the good ingredients to be dosed right.
It contains an unknown dose of caffeine.
The Huperzine A means that it needs to be cycled, which reduces the efficacy of the good ingredients anyway.
All in all, a terrible brain supplement.
If you want to see real improvements in brain function – if you want to feel a genuine improvement in focus, memory, information processing, and mental energy – then use a good quality, premium nootropic. Don’t waste money on dated, cheap, rip-off scams like this.