Neura Spark Review Summary
Nutrachamps Neura Spark is very similar to lots of other nootropics currently sold on Amazon. It is effectively the same old tired formula we have seen dozens of times before, and that we’ll no doubt see again.
This is a low quality formula, with a few good nootropics, some totally ineffective garbage, and low doses across the board. The ingredients are common in brain boosters today, but not because they work. Manufacturers basically don’t want to trouble themselves with research, development, and trial and error to come up with a stack; it’s easier to just look at what others are doing and tweak it a bit.
Don’t fall for this lazy get-kind-of-rich-kind-of-quick scheme. Neura Spark offers little value, and results will be meager.
Where To Buy Nutrachamps Neura Spark
As stated above, Nutrachamps actually run their own website. This is uncommon for these obvious ten-a-penny products. But as always, the product itself is only sold through Amazon. That way, Nutrachamps don’t actually have to invest in storage, fulfillment, or anything like that. Doesn’t inspire much confidence!
Full Nutrachamps Neura Spark Review
Neura Spark is a natural focus and memory supplement sold by Nutrachamps. We’ve never heard of these guys before, so we were surprised to find that they sell an incredibly wide range of products. Their website lists everything from digestive enzymes to heart health supplements, and everything in between.
So what about Neura Spark?
What does this supplement do, supposedly?
Neura Spark is Nutrachamps’ only nootropic stack. They do sell other brain supplements, such as single ingredient isolates and focused energy stacks. But Neura Spark seems to be their ‘all-purpose’ brain booster.
According to the Nutrachamps, Neura Spark delivers enhancement across the full range of cognitive faculties:
- Enhances focus
- Supports clarity
- Improves memory
The only thing not mentioned here is mood and stress levels.
Comprehensive nootropics will deliver improvements in all of these areas while also keeping a lid on stress and anxiety. But only the very best stacks are able to do all of that at once; we don’t expect every supplement to do the same.
That said, the merchant page does mention mood as a potential benefit once. Some of the marketing material also hints at Neura Spark helping with performance anxiety:
We’re also told that this stack is “physician formulated”.
You’ll hear that phrase a lot when shopping for nootropics, and we advise you to not read too much into it.
Essentially, it is meaningless. Just because something has been formulated by a physician does not mean it is good.
It doesn’t mean it works as advertised, or that it is even safe.
The physician in question might know nothing about nootropics. He or she might not care at all if this stack is any good. Or they might have formulated it with different benefits in mind to those claimed by Nutrachamps. In short, “physician formulated” means absolutely nothing to you.
But we will cut the Nutrachamps marketing team some slack. They’re just regurgitating what they read on other websites.
So, how much of this can we really believe?
Does Neura Spark actually do all the things it says it can?
What kind of side effects can users expect?
How does Neura Spark stack up against the best nootropics currently on the market?
In our complete Neura Spark review below, we answer all of these questions one by one. We’ll begin by examining the formula in greater detail, before moving on to the side effect risks. If you read the whole thing and think we’ve left some questions unanswered, let us know in the comments section at the end. We love hearing from our readers!
Neura Spark Formula
Let’s take a closer look at the Neura Spark formula and see if this nootropic can back up the big promises made by the manufacturer:
We’ll not pull any punches here. This is a complete rip-off.
We feel like we’ve seen this exact formula dozens of times before.
Unlike with many supplements reviewed on this site, we don’t actually think we’ve seen this precise formula before. Many nootropics sold through Amazon do all use identical formulas – the so called ‘Amazon Method’ is alive and well, we assure you.
Now, we don’t think this is what is happening here exactly.
But it is clear that Nutrachamps have taken their inspiration from other nootropics on the market.
Some examples might help explain what we’re getting at here. Take a look at the NeuroIgnite formula:
Now take a look at the FOCUSPower formula:
Finally, here is the Zhou Nutrition Neuro Peak formula:
As you can see, many products use a very similar formula to Neura Spark. The FOCUSPower formula is actually used by dozens of nootropics currently on sale on Amazon (we shouldn’t really call it the FOCUSPower formula, because it wasn’t used by them first).
Clearly, Nutrachamps drew inspiration from a lot of popular nootropics when they (or whoever they bought it from) formulated Neura Spark.
This wouldn’t be a problem at all if the formula were of a very high quality.
Learning from the best is how you get good at things. Formulating a nootropic is no different.
But it isn’t a good formula.
Neura Spark has taken its lead from poor role models. The formulas listed above contain sub-standard nootropics, use very low doses, and in places they use completely useless ingredients.
Talk about picking up bad habits.
Let’s go through those points in a little more detail. But first, let’s talk about what we like.
What We Like – Good Ingredients & Good Doses
Neura Spark contains some highly effective cognitive enhancers.
The fact that they are present in good doses means many users will experience good things while using Neura Spark.
For example, each serving of Neura Spark contains 300mg of Bacopa monnieri.
Bacopa is one of our favorite nootropics.
It is an incredibly effective memory enhancer. Several studies have found that it improves memory retention and recall speed (based on clinical memory tests) in people suffering with a declining memory. It has also been shown to reliably improve the memories of otherwise healthy people with no existing issues with memory function.
Check out our Bacopa monnieri ingredient guide for more details.
300mg per day is more than you need to be taking to enjoy the benefits of this potent memory booster. Most users start seeing a difference after 6 weeks of supplementation. With 300mg, results may appear faster.
What We Don’t Like
Our main issue with Neura-Spark is the same issue we have with many of the supplements referenced above: the use of useless, over-hyped ingredients.
For example, Neura Spark contains 50mg of St. John’s Wort.
St. John’s Wort is said by many to be a natural cure for anxiety, stress, and to some degree, depressive symptoms. It is used by thousands of people around the world for this very reason, and it is clearly very popular.
Two problems, though.
For one thing, St. John’s Wort is usually consumed in doses exceeding 300mg. The 50mg in Neura Spark is therefore a pretty lame dose.
But more importantly, there isn’t any evidence that St. John’s Wort actually works as described.
We haven’t seen a compelling clinical trial or scientific paper saying that St. John’s Wort helps with anxiety, stress, or depression. It is certainly not as effective as rhodiola rosea, which is also present in Neura Spark but in a feeble dose. We’d like to see at least twice this much – why waste formula space on St. John’s Wort?!
Until we see some concrete evidence that St. John’s Wort works, we’ll remain skeptical.
Gotu Kola is another example of a totally ineffective ingredient in Neura Spark.
This substance finds its way into many supplements; pre-workouts, energy supplements, and yes, nootropics.
But it has no robustly validated nootropic properties. Gotu Kola doesn’t influence cognition in any respect; memory, focus, mood – all of it unaffected.
The proof for this is the absence of any evidence that it works. If you have no good reason to believe in something, then don’t believe it.
There is one study which seems to show that Gotu Kola has some power as an anxiolytic.
In this trial, published in the Nepal Medical College Journal in 2010, participants were given 1000mg of Gotu Kola each day and then monitored for symptoms of stress and anxiety. The conclusions drawn from this study were pretty emphatic: “The observations revealed that, CA (Gotu Kola) not only significantly attenuated anxiety related disorders but it also significantly reduced stress phenomenon and its correlated depression.”
However, this is a single study. We haven’t seen many more replicating these results. We don’t know how reliable the Nepal Medical College Journal is, and we don’t know how robust this study actually was in practice.
We’ll remain skeptical about Gotu Kola until we see more evidence for its effectiveness.
Neura Spark Side Effects
There are a couple of things to worry about here with regards to side effects.
For one thing, Neura Spark contains Huperzine A.
This substance blocks acetylcholinesterase; the enzyme which breaks down acetylcholine.
Acetylcholine is often labelled the “learning neurotransmitter”, as it is involved in many cognitive processes and inter-neuronal communication.
Many nootropics work by boosting acetylcholine levels. But the fact that Huperzine A works by preventing it from being broken down and removed is very important.
Huperzine A effectively takes away the brain’s safety valve for excess acetylcholine levels. While using Hup A, acetylcholine will just keep piling up, and the brain will have no way of regulating it.
More acetylcholine is good, but as with all things, there is such a thing as too much.
Side effects commonly associated with Huperzine A and the ensuing acetylcholine build-up include:
- Lack of focus
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor memory function
- Muscle cramps
A good way to mitigate or completely avoid these side effects is to cycle Huperzine A.
It is highly recommended that you take Huperzine A on a cyclical basis; something like 4 weeks on, at least 1 week off.
Ideal cycle lengths aren’t known – it isn’t an exact science.
Another potentially bothersome ingredient in Neura Spark is DMAE.
This stuff also boosts acetylcholine levels; in theory at least.
The problem is that is is highly unreliable. Some people love it, some people get absolutely nothing out of it.
Side effects are relatively rare, but they seem to be more common with DMAE than with other, more effective cholinergics (such as CDP-Choline or Alpha-GPC).
Do your own research, and if you experience any side effects whatsoever while using Nutrachamps Neura Spark, discontinue use and seek medical attention immediately.
We are not doctors!
This is not medical advice!
All we can do it point out likely trouble spots.
Every person is different, and you need to look at the ingredients with your own personal medical history in mind.
Neura Spark Review Conclusion – Does It Really Work?
If you haven’t had time to read our full Neura Spark review, we’ll try to summarize the most important points here. But we do recommend that you at least read the section on useless ingredients and the side effects section carefully before you use this supplement.
Nutrachamps Neura Spark’s formula is very similar to dozens of other nootropics out there.
We have the same depressing combination of St. John’s Wort, L-Glutamine and DMAE that we see in far too many stacks being sold through Amazon.
The chances that these ingredients will deliver significant cognitive enhancements are slim indeed.
Most of the ingredients here are dosed extremely low: 25mg of L-Glutamine isn’t going to make a blind bit of difference to your memory, focus, energy levels – anything at all.
Many of them have no known benefits anyway – St. John’s Wort has a serious lack of scientific evidence behind it.
There are some good ingredients in here, and their doses are good.
But a good serving of Bacopa monnieri and Phosphatidylserine does not make for a good nootropic stack. Not in today’s market.
There are lots of nootropics which provide these ingredients and much more to boot. Neura Spark might have been competitive at one time, but now it is well behind the pack leaders.
Some side effect concerns and the need to cycle Neura Spark are the icing on the cake.