The makers of Provasil (MEDMARK LLC) recently got in touch and demanded that we remove all “copyrighted” material from this review. They claim we are not “authorized reviewers”, so we cannot use images of the product. They also threatened us with legal action if we did not take the page down. It seems only positive reviews of Provasil are acceptable (such as those published by India-based scammers Consumer Health Digest). As a result of this sad request, no images of the product itself are shown. We would also like to make it clear that we are not an “authorized reviewer”, whatever that means. We are not in any way or form associated with the makers of Provasil. While the Provasil representatives who got in touch with us took issue with our “unauthorized” review, we think the fact that we do not wait for authorization before doing reviews is precisely why our natural nootropic reviews are so valuable. They repeatedly told us we had 24 hours to take the review down without giving us a good reason why we should. The review remains up.
Consumers Beware – Provasil Making Threats
The makers of Provasil (MEDMARK LLC) recently got in touch and demanded that we remove all “copyrighted” material from this review. They claim we are not “authorized reviewers”, so we cannot use images of the product. They also threatened us with legal action if we did not take the page down. It seems only positive reviews of Provasil are acceptable (such as those published by India-based scammers Consumer Health Digest).
As a result of this sad request, no images of the product itself are shown. We would also like to make it clear that we are not an “authorized reviewer”, whatever that means. We are not in any way or form associated with the makers of Provasil. While the Provasil representatives who got in touch with us took issue with our “unauthorized” review, we think the fact that we do not wait for authorization before doing reviews is precisely why our natural nootropic reviews are so valuable. They repeatedly told us we had 24 hours to take the review down without giving us a good reason why we should. The review remains up.
This Provasil review is probably a lot less enthusiastic about the product than many others you will find on the internet. That’s because Provasil uses “lawyers” (who can barely type emails) to lean on sites to remove negative reviews. Their main affiliate has rented office space in India to avoid reciprocal action – very sneaky!
Provasil contains all of the best natural nootropic ingredients, and it contains nothing that would make us concerned about possible side effects for the vast majority of users. That is why our Provasil side effects score is so good.
However, as with many products, the very best ingredients are dosed extremely low. We also think the choice of cholinergic could be much better. In our opinion, the serving sizes, as well as the behavior of the manufacturer, really let this nootropic down.
Where To Buy Provasil
The makers of Provasil use hollow threats and intimidation tactics to silence criticism of their product. We think it unlikely that you can trust an online merchant that employs such tactics. We urge caution when spending your money online.
There are some other sites out there, that seem to present themselves as official merchants. It’s difficult to tell what is the real merchant site and what is not, so be careful!
Full Provasil Review
The first thing you will notice about this Provasil review is that it doesn’t have any images of the distinctive blue bottles. That’s because Provasil didn’t like us telling the truth about their product, so set the lawyers on us.
They bothered our host into removing the images, but they can’t remove our independent Provasil review altogether. That’s because use of the product name falls under nominative fair use. Provasil’s top affiliate knows all about that, but they assumed we didn’t. They tried their best to bully us, but they ultimately failed.
So, let’s get on with this fair, thorough, and important Provasil nootropic stack review.
Provasil is marketed as an all-round cognition enhancing supplement. According to the manufacturer, it is a “maximum strength” formulation, which does a number of things:
- Boosts memory
- Intensifies focus
- Increases mental performance
There are also the usual claims to being able to help clear brain fog, improving attention span, and helping with long-term memory recall.
All of these are now standard claims of nootropics manufacturers; and quite rightly too.
Natural nootropic supplements can’t make you any more intelligent, and there is no such thing as a “real life Limitless pill”, as many shady manufacturers claim.
Yet helping to maintain a good working memory, increasing your ability to focus, and making sure that you are mentally sharper when you need to be are all well within the abilities of well-formulated natural nootropic stacks.
The question is: can Provasil really do any of this?
Does Provasil really work the way the manufacturers say it does?
Does the formula stack up against the best nootropics on the market today?
Why are they using “lawyers” to have negative reviews removed?
Let’s take a closer look at Provasil and find out. Here is our full Provasil review.
The only way to properly review a pre-made natural nootropic stack like Provasil is to take a close look at the formula and see if it can deliver on what its manufacturers promise.
Here is what the Provasil formula looks like:
Here is a quick overview of the main ingredients in Provasil and what they do:
Choline Bitartrate (150mg)
Almost all natural nootropic stacks will seek to increase choline availability, as this in turn increases acetylcholine availability. Well, taking choline bitartrate is one way of doing so. It is much more effective than trying to simply consume more choline through food, but there are significantly more effective substances for boosting choline availability on the market today. 150mg is perhaps on the low side, but it is much more than is found in other supplements, and at this dosage, side effects are rare.
Bacopa Monnieri (100mg)
Bacopa monnieri is an exceptional nootropic substance. Its ability to enhance memory function after just a few weeks of supplementation is well-documented (one study found that 12 weeks was sufficient for bacopa to improve memory function). It is well tolerated, and reliably effective for most people. Our entire review team consume it daily, most of us through Mind Lab. Our only reservation here is that 100mg is a little low for an ingredient like bacopa. You can read more about this fantastic natural brain booster here.
Ginkgo Biloba (60mg)
Another stalwart of modern, pre-made nootropic stacks, this leaf extract is thought to be highly effective at maintaining proper memory function in the long-term. It is not a short-term fix to a faulty memory, and it cannot fix actual physical conditions like Alzheimer’s. Yet used properly, many studies have concluded that it may help people to maintain a fully functional memory for longer. Visit our ingredients page to find out more.
This humble amino acid is steadily growing in popularity among nootropic enthusiasts as more and more people discover just how effective it can be. The benefits of taking L-Tyrosine on a regular basis are surprisingly pronounced for most people. They include heightened energy and motivation, greater focus, and reduced anxiety. However, 100mg falls far short of what most people take on a daily basis, so the amount in Provasil may not make a great deal of difference.
Not usually found as part of a pre-made nootropic stack, DHA is probably nature’s most holistic nootropic. Formally known as Docosahexaenoic acid, this stuff is an omega-3 fatty acid that makes up a surprisingly large amount of the brain’s physical mass. Supplementation is known to help prevent cognitive decline and promote overall brain and circulatory health. Most people take a separate DHA supplement alongside their nootropic stack, as its oily consistency doesn’t lend itself well to being mixed with herbal powders. Its inclusion in Provasil might save people time. We encourage everyone to learn more about DHA; this article might give you a good start!
Formula Analysis – Low Doses Across The Board!
This formula is incredibly weak.
It is massively under-dosed across the board, with the best ingredients being dosed at a fraction of what you would need to consume to experience real cognitive benefits.
A prime example is the cholinergic used by Cognetix Labs, or Medmark, or whoever makes this product.
The makers of Provasil have included 100mg of choline bitartrate in the formula to help elevate acetylcholine availability.
Acetylcholine is a very important neurotransmitter for a whole host of brain functions, from memory recall to focus and processing. To ensure that the brain can synthesize and then utilize all the acetylcholine it needs to to cope with periods of intense mental activity, you need to make sure that it has access to a plentiful supply of choline.
However, increasing the amount of available choline is not simply a matter of consuming more choline. Like with a lot of things, the body doesn’t really work that way.
Rather, the best way to increase choline availability is to supplement with choline analogues. Now, not all choline analogues are the same with regards to their efficacy.
Choline bitartrate is indeed a fairly reliable way to boost choline availability, but it is far from the most effective way of doing so.
To rival the effectiveness of the best choline boosters (i.e CDP-choline or Alpha GPC), we believe that you need to take a relatively larger amount of choline bitartrate. Certainly more than the 100mg found in the Provasil formula.
To really make a difference to cognition, we think choline bitartrate dosage should be closer to 400mg per serving at the very least.
That is not to say that Provasil won’t positively effect cognitive function; it’s just that the choline bitartrate dosage would need to be larger for that specific ingredient to make a significant difference.
This same story is true across the board; potentially good ingredients dosed into impotency.
Look at the Bacopa monnieri content: 100mg of a whole plant powder.
That is far too low for our liking.
We think you will only really start to benefit from Bacopa monnieri content when using a concentrated, standardized extract dosed at around 150mg per day.
Taking 100mg of the whole plant as powder probably isn’t going to give you the same improvements in memory recall and retention that you would get form using 300mg per day, or a smaller amount of a concentrated extract with a good amount of bacosides in there.
This is a major let-down as Bacopa monnieri has so much to offer when it is dosed properly!
Other Issues – Useless Ingredients
The main issue with this supplement is the fact that it has low-dosed the vast majority of the ingredients.
But that is certainly not the only issue with Provasil.
The formula also contains plenty of useless ingredients.
The prime example here is Asian Ginseng.
This stuff is used in many different natural supplements. it is commonly found in bodybuilding supplements designed to raise testosterone levels, as well as in some “male performance” enhancers (scam products to say the least).
It is also increasingly used in natural nootropic stacks, but we have absolutely no idea why.
We have never seen a shred of convincing evidence that Panax Ginseng positively influences cognition in a meaningful way.
It is always a shame to see manufacturers relying on hype to guide their formulation decisions rather than hard science. Until we see robust proof that Panax Ginseng has nootropic action, we assume that this is what happened here.
Provasil Side Effects – Is It Safe?
The risk of experiencing side effects with Provasil seems to be minimal.
We can’t see anything in this supplement that makes us think that the vast majority of users would experience any problems whatsoever.
That is of course assuming that said users don’t have existing health problems, are very old or young, or are pregnant.
Remember, we aren’t doctors, and this is NOT medical advice.
To keep yourself safe, you MUST do your own research and talk to a doctor before you take Provasil.
These supplements cannot cure serious cognitive decline. They are designed to enhance cognitive function, not to treat disease. If you are struggling with severe cognitive impairment, you need to talk to a qualified health professional!
What Are Other People Saying?
Here is a selection of customer reviews we have found online (Amazon). While these aren’t always 100% reliable, it is certainly worth looking at these to get a feel for a supplement before you part with your hard-earned money!
Strangely, this reviewer went to great lengths to break down the formula of Provasil in their review:
Again, verified customer reviews can only tell us so much, but they are worth checking out just in case there are thousands upon thousands of very angry customers.
In this case though, people seem to have received their products after they paid their money. That’s better than a lot of supplements out there!
Conclusion – Is Provasil Right For You?
After reviewing Provasil as thoroughly as we can using the information available online, we can only conclude that it is a pretty weak, bog-standard, and ultimately over-priced nootropic supplement.
It certainly isn’t terrible in and of itself; there are no major side effect red flags, and it contains some good nootropics.
The problem is that the good ingredients have been dosed so low that they’re practically impotent. Other ingredients offer no nootropic benefits at all.
We would have assumed that Cognetix Labs (or MEDMARK LLC depending on who you ask) had their customer’s best interests at heart when they designed the Provasil formula, but since we learned that they try to silence all dissenting opinion, we’ve changed our minds.
This product now screams scam brain pill!
In our opinion, it is unlikely to deliver the same results that other stacks can.
A more focused, and more generously dosed natural nootropic stack would almost definitely, in our opinion, deliver better results for those looking to enhance their focus, memory, and mental stamina.
We think there’s simply not enough of the best ingredients to make a huge difference to your cognitive performance.
We think the tactics used by the manufacturers to silence negative reviews needs to be taken into account.
The fact that they threaten baseless legal action against reviews they don’t like is, in our humble opinion, telling of a manufacturer who doesn’t have the customer’s best interest at heart.
We were told that we had 24 hours to remove “offending material”. We asked for screenshots of what that offending material was; they were unable to point us to anything that constituted copyright infringement. Instead, they just repeated their threats.
They obviously don’t want potential customers to have access to all available information.
We wonder why!