How We Review the Best Smart Pills
Looking to take the exciting leap into brain supplements and nootropics? Tired of being stuck in the middle of the crowd, without the motivation, energy, and focus to jump ahead? Chances are that those above you are either ridiculously brilliant or they are using one of several smart pills regularly. How do you find out which smart pill is right for you and your situation? Reading reviews helps, but it is hard to believe some of the good words that come from the manufacturers’ websites, since they are just trying to sell their own products.
We help you cut through the crap by providing in-depth reviews of several of the most popular smart pills. Take a look through the reviews on this site or through the articles containing information researched and written by experts in the smart pill industry. These reviews are the key to choosing the right smart pill for your unique situation.
We have researched each smart pill and given it a percentage (%) score, technically ranging from 0% to 100%, although none of the products actually scored 100%, since there are always improvements to be made to the smart pill industry. In addition to the percentage score we give, we give detailed information on the following:
Full ingredients list
One of the best ways to tell whether a smart pill is legitimate or not is to look at its full ingredients list. A supplement maker can claim that the pill makes you focus more or remember more, but why? We look into the full ingredients list and find out if it is all just caffeine or if there are substances of substance.
Having a special proprietary blend is good, right? Wrong! This almost always means that the manufacturer is hiding behind a cheap pill made up of green tea, soy, or other common extract. We have to take a step back and laugh at the supplements whose ingredients are 50% proprietary blend, by volume.
Current retail price
A higher price often indicates that the extracts used in the pill are in high demand, which drives the price for these ingredients and their supplements up. The current market price for high quality supplements should be in the range of $50 – $70. However, one should be careful when adopting this approach. Marketing teams have gotten wise to this concept, and some have begun purposely pricing their supplements much higher ($100 and up) than they should be. Stay away from these supplements – our reviews will single them out.
Dosage instructions are an often overlooked part of the smart pill review process, but we hit that in our reviews. Dosage is directly tied to pricing, since a bottle of pills that seems to just cost $30 could actually have a daily dosage of 3-4 pills per day, meaning that you will be paying well over $100 / month for something that should cost half that.
Comparisons to top smart pills
There are some popular pharmaceuticals (Adderall, Vyvanse, Nootropil) that many of our readers are already familiar with. When it is appropriate, we make comparisons to these well-known pharmaceutical drugs. A note on these: we always discourage long-term use of pharmaceuticals since they tend to wear down essential organs (liver, pancreas, etc..) with continued use. Natural smart pills do not carry this risk.
Full research record of the active ingredients
There is some excellent research on the active ingredients used most commonly, especially bacopa, vinpocetine, and GABA. We look at the differences between cheap powders and expensive extracts and help you choose the highest quality supplement.
While we value our on opinions the most (who wouldn’t?!) we also have looked long and hard at user reviews on mega-sites like Amazon and eBay. It is much harder to control the reviews of a supplement on Amazon and eBay, which usually tells us something about how good the smart pill actually is.
Each review is based on a 12 week trial period of the smart pill, since this is the best amount of time to try a smart pill for. The main difference between smart pills that work instantly (within 1 day) and those that work over a period of time is that the ones that work instantly usually rely on caffeine instead of nootropics substances.