Vitaligenix Neuro Review Summary
Low doses really ruin what could otherwise be a really great nootropic. There are plenty of effective focus and memory enhancers in Vitaligenix Neuro. However, they have almost all been dosed far too low to really have a meaningful effect on cognitive function. Lion’s Mane Mushroom, for example, is usually dosed over 400mg. You need to be taking about 500mg for it to have a real effect on long-term brain development. We only get 50mg from Vitaligenix Neuro; a laughably small serving. We could say the same about several of the best ingredients in this stack, but LMM is the biggest offender.
That said, this supplement does provide a good serving of Rhodiola rosea, which is probably the best natural anxiolytic around (if your goal is enhancing focus during stressful situations). There’s also plenty of caffeine, although this makes it unsuitable for regular, long-term use. It also makes side effects quite likely. The nail in the coffin is the all the dead weight – several ingredients in this stack provide no added benefits whatsoever.
All-in-all, this really isn’t a great nootropic. It doesn’t have much going for it, and it has plenty of serious flaws. It certainly can’t compete with the best brain supplements on the market today.
Where To Buy Vitaligenix Neuro
The best place to pick this up is probably from GNC.
MuscleTech Vitaligenix Neuro Review
MuscleTech is a major bodybuilding supplement brand. One of the biggest in the world in fact. So it might surprise some of you to see them mentioned on this site. However, more and more sports supplement brands are branching out into cognitive enhancement. They usually get things totally wrong, but a few manufacturers have produced solid, effective brain supplements. Vitaligenix Neuro is MuscleTech’s attempt at making a proper nootropic.
Have they done a good job?
Does this nootropic really work?
Let’s find out!
As we said above, this is clearly a proper nootropic. It is not a kind of hybrid pre-workout/nootropic as you might expect from a company like MuscleTech. This is definitely a good thing; most of the time, the nootropic/pre-workout supplements fail to do either thing right.
Vitaligenix Neuro is described as a “neurosensory formula”. It is explicitly billed as a “focus and energy enhancer”.
The product bottle tells us exactly what this supplement is designed to do:
- Enhanced mental focus
- Smooth energy
- Advanced neurosensory matrix
We rarely see a brain supplement using the word “neurosensory”. We aren’t entirely sure what this is supposed to mean. “Neurosensory effects” normally refers to changes in your vision; your vision becomes sharper, you see color more intensely, or things just become a bit more “high definition”.
In any case, the formula will tell us exactly what “neurosensory” means in this context.
Neither the bottle nor the MuscleTech website mentions memory function. There’s no mention of neuroplasticity or long-term potentiation. Nor is there any talk of long-term brain health.
It looks as though Vitaligenix Neuro is very much a short-term nootropic. It seems to be designed for people who need a quick, sharp increase in focus and mental energy. It is clearly not a full-spectrum, daily nootropic. It doesn’t aim to improve all-round cognitive function.
There’s nothing wrong with products like that. They are extremely useful for people who often need to smash through huge piles of work to meet deadlines.
The question is, does Vitaligenix Neuro actually work?
Is it safe? What are the main health risks involved?
Is there a more effective supplement out there for boosting focus and energy?
Find out by reading our full Vitaligenix Neuro review below. We begin our review, as always, with a detailed analysis of the formula. We’ll then discuss the side effect risks, value for money, and more. Have you tried this nootropic? How did it work for you? Tell us in the comments section at the end!
Vitaligenix Neuro Formula
Here is the Vitaligenix Neuro formula, as it appears on the packaging:
This is definitely a mixed formula; there’s some good, and some bad. Unfortunately, we think the bad outweighs the good here overall.
The first thing we notice about this formula is the quality of the ingredients.
MuscleTech have included lots of scientifically-proven, effective, reliable brain boosters. In fact, high quality nootropics make up the majority of this formula; something we rarely get to say! The quality of those ingredients is also excellent – they have generally opted for potent, refined extracts instead of low grade powders or whole plant material.
However, when we look a little closer we see a major problem – LOW DOSES.
Pretty much every good nootropic in this supplement has been dosed too low for our liking. Many of the effective brain boosters in this stack are actually dosed below the minimum dose we think you need to take to see real benefits.
Another problem we see is the use of ineffective ingredients.
We hate dead weight; if it doesn’t improve cognitive function or brain health in some way, we don’t want it taking up valuable space in our stack. It’s a waste of money and a waste of formula.
Overall, we think this stack looks great at first glance, but on closer inspection it is seriously over-priced. We’d rather MuscleTech cut the number of ingredients in half and just dose the best ones properly!
Main Issue – Low Doses
The main problem with this supplement is the fact that the best ingredients have all been dosed too low.
In most cases, the effective nootropics in Vitaligenix Neuro are dosed below the minimum dosage we would recommend for optimal results.
For example, the formula lists three different sources of choline.
Two of these, Cognizin and Alpha-GPC, are extremely potent choline analogues. They effectively raise choline availability in the brain, allowing for the creation of more acetylcholine. These are really great nootropics; either one has a place in every nootropic supplement.
However, the total choline serving is 50mg.
That’s 50mg spread across three different sources of choline. One of those is choline bitartrate; a significantly less efficient choline source than either Alpha-GPC or Cognizin!
You aren’t going to see any significant differences in cognitive function supplementing with 50mg of choline!
We don’t think you’d see much of an improvement in mental performance taking 50mg of Cognizin. We recommend using 150-250mg daily for heightened focus, mental clarity, and enhanced memory function. You are unlikely to even notice 50mg per day.
But 50mg spread across three sources of different potencies?
Forget about it.
We rarely see multiple different choline sources used. Manufacturers tend to choose one and to dose it properly. If Cognizin, they’ll go for about 200mg. If choline bitartrate, they’ll usually up it to 300-400mg.
50mg is well below what we expect from modern natural nooropics!
Another example of Vitaligenix Neuro’s frugal dosing is Lion’s Mane Mushroom.
We won’t go into too much detail about how LMM works. We’ve already explained that at length in this article.
But we will say that it greatly increase the expression of Nerve Growth Factor in the brain. This in turn promotes the maintenance and growth of neurons (source).
However, most studies seeing good results from LMM supplementation have used more than 300mg per day. For example, one study used 3g of Lion’s Mane per day; the researchers noted significant improvements in people with mild cognitive impairment and “no adverse effects”.
Yet here we only get 50mg.
That’s 50mg, when studies are using up to 3g and seeing good benefits with few to no side effects!
We’re not aware of a single study showing improvements in cognitive function from 50mg of LMM per day. We therefore don’t expect to see the significant benefits associated with LMM supplementation while using Vitaligenix Neuro.
Side Effects – Is Vitaligenix Neuro Dangerous?
One of the main things we dislike about this supplement is the fact that it contains a rather large serving of caffeine.
Consuming over 150mg of caffeine in a single serving is probably going to cause side effects.
That’s true for 99% of users – only people with an unusually high tolerance for caffeine can consume that much caffeine in one hit without any adverse effects. And no, you don’t have an unusually high tolerance for caffeine. Few people do. Most people are hit hard by this incredibly powerful stimulant!
Each serving of Vitaligenix Neuro contains 175mg of highly refined caffeine anhydrous (which is more potent than regular caffeine).
This is about the same amount of caffeine contained in 3 shots of espresso.
There’s very little theanine in the formula to counteract the large caffeine dose. We think an ideal theanine to caffeine ration is 2:1. This usually takes the edge off the worst side effects. We get no such protection here!
We think the likely side effects of consuming this much caffeine in a single shot include:
- Shaking hands
- Light headedness
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid resting heart rate
- Difficulty concentrating
And that is assuming you don’t consume any other caffeine. You really need to calculate your existing, baseline caffeine intake before you start adding in more through supplements.
If you’re a heavy coffee drinker, if you use pre-workouts, or if you drink energy drinks, then an extra 175mg can tip you over into “danger” territory.
You also need to consider the long-term effects of consuming this much caffeine on a regular basis. We strongly advise against the use of caffeine supplements on a daily basis. We think you should really only use them sparingly; perhaps once or twice a month. Ideally, you wouldn’t use them at all!
Long-term effects of consuming large quantities of caffeine include an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke, insomnia, generalized anxiety, and addiction.
Obviously this is not an exhaustive overview of all possible dangers. Your own circumstances, unique medical history, and current diet will all influence your susceptibility to side effects (as well as the severity of those side effects). That is why it is imperative that you speak to your regular family doctor before you use any natural nootropics. You must also remember the following: Nootropics are not cures for cognitive decline. If you think your memory is failing, you need a professional medical opinion. Supplements are not the answer!
Obviously this is not an exhaustive overview of all possible dangers. Your own circumstances, unique medical history, and current diet will all influence your susceptibility to side effects (as well as the severity of those side effects). That is why it is imperative that you speak to your regular family doctor before you use any natural nootropics.
You must also remember the following:
Nootropics are not cures for cognitive decline. If you think your memory is failing, you need a professional medical opinion. Supplements are not the answer!
MuscleTech Vitaligenix Neuro Review Conclusion – Worth The Money?
This is a seriously over-priced supplement in our honest opinion.
All of the potentially effective ingredients are dosed too low to have the kind of effects we expect from modern nootropic supplements.
Things like Cognizin and Lion’s Mane Mushroom need to be dosed in the hundreds of milligrams. Cognizing or Alpha-GPC should always be dosed above 200mg; at such levels, their effects are pronounced but side efects limited. LMM can easily be dosed above 500mg without causing problems.
Yet we only get 50mg of choline in total from this focus supplement. Some of this – we don’t know how much – is from the inefficient choline bitartrate.
Why haven’t they just dosed Cognizin properly?
Why not include plenty of Lion’s Mane?
The answer, probably, is price. They want to keep costs down. Yet they are not pricing this as a value option. Each bottle is $69.99; higher than Mind Lab Pro!
We think when you compare this formula to any of the best nootropics on sale today, it’s obvious that this product is over-priced. The ingredients are mostly good, but the doses really let it down.