Nootroo is a nootropic supplement manufactured in California. As with any number of other nootropics on the market, some big claims are made about Nootroo's brain-boosting capabilities, but it differs from most of the completion because it consists of two formulations.
One formulation is housed in a gold-coloured pill, the other in a silver one. Users have to take one pill each day and alternate between the two colours; so if a gold pill is taken on day 1, a silver pill must be taken on day 2.
The gold pill provides Noopept and the silver contains Phenylpiracetam. Both ingredients are very popular nootropics, so the pills' distinctive appearance might make the difference for some people. If that's the case then it makes sense to have gold pills.
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Nootroo in Summary
Oof! Gold pills. Yes please! Where is Ali G when you need an awesome commercial opportunity?
Never mind, I would only buy these to put on my shelf and count every so often, like some wizened billionaire that's gone a few spades short of a straight flush.
Seriously though, the formula is quite good and I'm a big fan of most of the ingredients.
The only thing is, I think the money spent on packaging and fancy pantsyness detracts from what they could stack into the capsules if they toned down the looks.
Is it recommended? Maybe if you're a Bond villain, or the type to have a gold toilet and a harem of Ankhesenamun lookalikes.
Follow the link below to read more about the products I think are the real golden eggs (I just wanted a Jack and the Beanstalk reference, don't get me started on magic beans, I'll be reviewing those next week).
The Nootroo marketing campaign is built around the reputation of Corneliu E. Giurgea.
Giurgea was a Romanian psychologist and chemist who is remembered for creating the term “nootropic”. He believed man should not have to wait for evolution to provide superior brain function, so he endeavoured to give nature a helping hand in 1964 when he created the drug Piracetam.
The drug is often used to treat dementia and other mental problems, such as dyslexia, but to this day there is insufficient evidence to support the many claims made for Piracetam.
According to Giurgea, in order to be classed as a nootropic a substance should have several characteristics.
- Enhance memory and learning.
- Have a very low toxicity and cause few if any side effects.
- Protect the brain from physical or chemical injuries.
- Enhance the tonic cortical/subcortical control mechanisms.
- Enhance the resistance of learned behaviours/memories to conditions which tend to disrupt them.
The manufacturers of Nootroo claim their pills meet all the above criteria.
Ingredients in Nootroo
The manufacturers do not supply any information about the quantities involved, but both pills contain CDP-Choline and a proprietary blend of caffeine and L-Theanine.
CDP-Choline: is a psychostimulant that appears to be able to increase dopamine receptor densities and provide protection against memory impairment caused by environmental conditions. Standard doses range from 500-2000mg per day. If the pills fail to provide this the CDP-Choline content may offer little or no benefits at all.
Caffeine & L-Theanine: Caffeine can boost energy levels and improve concentration. L-Theanine is a compound that is naturally occurring in green tea. It can increase dopamine levels and improve the mood. L-Theanine also helps reduce stress levels and improves overall brain health. Combinations of L-Theanine and caffeine are very common because L-Theanine can help calm caffeine's harsher qualities and protect against jitters and crash.
Flakes of Gold & Silver: Rather than use artificial food colours in the formulation, the manufacturers have opted to colour the pills with flakes of 23.5 carat gold and flakes of (100% pure) silver. This may sound a strange choice, but both metals are indigestible, so they pass through the body intact and exit with the stool.
Why the use of gold and silver is deemed preferable to natural food colours is hard to say, and can only push up production costs, which will then, of course, be passed on to the consumer.
Noopept: The main ingredient in the gold-coloured pills, Noopept is a patented blend of N-phenylacetyl-L-prolylglycine ethyl ester.
It can provide a boost to cognitive ability and exerts a mild psychostimulatory effect. After it has been ingested it can also provide neuroprotective benefits, however, there is no evidence to suggest supplementation with Noopept offers benefit to anyone who is not already suffering from cognitive ailments.
Phenylpiracetam: The main ingredient in the silver pills. Phenylpiracetam is a form of racetam nootropic derived from Piracetam. It is believed to be capable of enhancing physical performance.
Some studies suggest it can also be good for easing the symptoms of cognitive decline. One study showed it may have potential as a cognitive enhancer as well, but the study was conducted on laboratory rats. The effects on the human brain may be entirely different.
There are a few testimonials on the Nootroo homepage that are attributed to satisfied customers, but comments that come via manufacturer's website's are apt to be biased and should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Independent reviews are always preferable, but in this case none could be found.
Side Effects & Health Issues
Nootroo is not suitable for people who are under 18-years of age or for pregnant or nursing mothers. People who have existing medical conditions or are taking medication should consult a doctor prior to commencing supplementation.
There is no money back guarantee.
Purchasing Options & Considerations
Nootroo is only available via the manufacturer's website. A one month supply of Nootroo costs $64.95 (£42), but customers who subscribe to the monthly automated billing and shipping program secure a discount of $10 per bottle. However, customers based in the UK will also need to pay an additional $20 (£13) for postage and packaging.