Intelectol Review: Good Price Good Effect
What is Intelectol?
Intelectol is a branded form of Vinpocetine made by The Memory Secret, a Miami-based company founded in 2002 who call it ‘the purest form of Vinpocetine available’. Memory Secret don’t appear to have a website, which is rather strange. According to Brain Enhancement Advisor, they can be contacted by telephone on +1 866-673-2738. Other than that, we were unable to find any other information about them, which isn’t a good sign. We need to know who we’re buying from, what kind of quality control processes they have in place and what kind of buyer protection they offer in order to assess whether or not we can really recommend any supplement. Since we can’t do that, we’ll just focus on what we know about Intelectol itself and the effects of vinpocetine..
Anyone who’s familiar with nootropics should already be well-aware of the benefits of vinpocetine. It’s a chemical compound derived from the Periwinkle plant which is commonly-used in nootropics because it increases blood flow to the brain by dilating blood vessels, improving various aspects of brain function and health. It’s used in some of the most popular nootropics stacks, including Alpha Brain, Doxiderol and Synapsyl as its circulatory effects enhance the effects of their other ingredients. Is it just as effective alone, or does it need other ingredients to work with it?
How does it work?
Vinpocetine works by interacting with ion channels and neurotransmitter release systems to fight free radicals, reducing oxidative damage to the brain and allowing it to receive more blood and therefore more oxygen and nutrients. This also improves cerebral metabolism, which means that the brain is able to receive and use energy more efficiently. The results are enhanced memory function, better reaction time and improved mood and energy.
Intelectol is not a nootropic stack, and its only active ingredient is a concentrated form of vinpocetine, of which there is 5g in every pill. Memory Secret’s claim that it’s the purest form available have no backing whatsoever, so unfortunately, we just have to take their word for it. Other ingredients include Hydroxypropylcellulose, Magnesium Stearate and talc, although the quantities of each of these ingredients is not given.
Ingredients Score: 10/25
How to take Intelectol
Recommended dosage is 2 tablets twice a day, taken with food.
Intelectol Side Effects
Vinpocetine is safe and generally well-tolerated, but there are some mild side effects, including stomach pain, nausea, headache and dizziness. It was previously used in a study on Alzheimer’s patients, who were given 60mg of vinpocetine daily for a year. While the study showed no benefits for Alzheimer’s, it resulted in no significant harmful side effects.
Safety Precautions for Intelectol
Vinpocetine has the ability to weaken the immune system in some people and therefore Intelectol should not be used by anyone with any existing medical conditions, especially heart problems. If unsure, always consult a doctor before use. It also slows blood clotting, so should not be taken with any other medications that also cause this, such as Aspirin or Ibuprofren. It should also be strictly avoided at least two weeks before any surgical procedures.
Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should avoid Intelectol as there is a lack of research on the safety of vinpocetine in this case.
Experimenting with Intelectol
Since Intelectol seems so hard to get hold of, at least directly from Memory Secret, we were unable to test it out for ourselves. However, we’re well-acquainted with vinpocetine and can confidently say that it’s a great nootropic to use. We’d just recommend using it as part of a stack, rather than on its own.
Experimenting with Intelectol Score: 15/25
There doesn’t seem to be a way to purchase Intelectol directly from Memory Secret, but a packet of 50 Intelectol pills costs $15.99 from Optimal Health Products. That seems reasonable enough to us.
Reader’s Report – Intelectol Reviews
Here’s what other review sites have to say about Intelectol.
“The lack of information regarding this product makes it a risky purchase.”
“Overall, Intelectol is quite good, we still have to say that since it is a single-ingredient supplement, it is lacking in some areas.”
“People who experience cognitive deterioration or young people and students who want to enhance their memory to increase their intellectual capacity can benefit from Intelectol.”
“Intelectol’s formula is certainly not strong enough for advanced nootropic users, we believe that it may be a good product for those who are brand new to the nootropic industry and just want to test out something light. Be wary of the price tag, though!”
Reader’s Report Score: 10/25
Vinpoectine is clearly a very valuable nootropic with proven benefits, but we can’t say much for Intelectol, specifically. There’s just not enough information out there. Since there is so little information available about its manufacturers, we’d recommend purchasing another source of Vinpocetine over this one. Vinpocetine is available as a single ingredient from iHerb, Powder City and Source Naturals, just to name a few. They’d be much more reliable choices. Alternatively, you could buy a stack with vinpocetine already combined with other nootropic ingredients to optimise your results. Alpha Brain is the most popular, so would be a good place to start.