With a name like Neurosurge, you can’t go wrong – right?
Formerly known as Neuroblast, Neogenix has decided to rebrand their product as Neurosurge 2.0. Before you purchase a product, it would be very good advice to research the background about the product first. In this case, we’ve done the research for you, and as to why Neuroblast is now Neurosurge 2.0.
When a company decides to rename their product like the aforementioned, it’s usually due to one of two reasons. Reason 1 being the good reason they’ve been making so many sales already, and their profits are blasting through the roof, but they’ve found something in the formula that they could improve upon, and found that they should reenter the market with a different niche. Unfortunately for Neogenix, their reason falls upon reason 2. Reason 2, being that they’ve messed up.
Yes, according to the DMAA (not to be confused with the DMAE), Neuroblast contained some ingredients in its lineup that were considered illegal, as advised by a direct warning from the US FDA. In this light, Neuroblast was completely banned by July 31st, 2012. However, interesting to know was that their remaining stocks sold out way before that!
So with this in mind, Neogenix’s Neuroblast must have been one heck of a supplement with that kind of demand. Here we are today, with their newer product, Neurosurge, containing a reiterated formula from Neuroblast.
With this new, clean slate, how does Neurosurge compare to the top nootropic supplements out there on the market today?
Neurosurge is marketed as a supplement for the gym, something we’ve seen before already. Usually, though, nootropics that are marketed for the gym rat also contain energy providing stimulants like caffeine. Please be advised. However, it is also a brain enhancing supplement containing nootropic qualities. Thus, we here at bestsmartpills.com feel obligated to review Neurosurge as well.
As with most of nootropic energy supplements, one of the main components is caffeine. In Neurosurge, it’s in the form of caffeine anhydrous, and it’s a whopping 300mg. Some would say that’s a dangerous amount, however, that would subjectively depend on a case by case basis. However, just to put it into perspective, a mug of coffee only contains 40mg of caffeine, while a shot of Red Bull contains only 80mg of caffeine. Therefore, with the use of basic Algebra, bestsmartpills.com’s Tom (we couldn’t have calculated that otherwise, Tom!) claims that a serving of Neurosurge gives you the amount of caffeine equal to almost 8 cups of coffee!
Caffeine aside, though, Neurosurge actually contains a substantial amount of good brain enhancing ingredients in it too! Acetyl L-Carnitine and Rhodiola Rosea, for example, which increase mental alertness and focus, as well as giving you an overall better mood!
We were also delighted to see the inclusion of Idebenone in Neurosurge’s lineup. Ideobone helps cognitive function by clearing out the fatty acids in the brain, allowing better overall blood flow, and thus indirectly aiding cognitive functions like memory and learning.
Neurosurge is not in the form of a pill or capsule, but is in powder form, which you mix with 6-8 oz. of water, and only taken once a day.
Ingredients score: 19/25
Experimenting with Neurosurge
As hard to believe at it might be, everyone here at bestsmartpills.com loves testing caffeinated nootropics. In fact, everyone cheered at the news of testing Neurosurge. I guess a few of us really like the effects of good ‘ol caffeine. Who doesn’t like reliving their college years? For our tests, though, we tried to keep as objective as possible.
One of the things we first noticed after the intake of Neurosurge was the surge of caffeine itself. Everyone was supercharged with energy and went on to work. What happened afterwards was weird, as productivity seemingly increased, however, the results stated otherwise.
Apparently, what happened was that some of us could handle the effects from the caffeine and did some really productive work with the aid of the other active ingredients that enhanced brain function. However, others did not really handle caffeine all too well, and started getting the jitters, affecting overall performance. The caffeine, 300mg, was just a little too much to handle for some.
This caused differences in productivity between people in a case-to-case basis, finally leveling out the curve. We expected results like this. Finally, we had to let those who could not handle the results of caffeine off the hook, and those that could, continued on with the experiment.
Caffeine aside, for those that continued, the results were great! In line with the ingredients, people did experience a degree of mental clarity, focus, advanced learning, while maintaining an overall good mood.
At the end of our 2 months of testing Neurosurge, though, the caffeine crash set in. It was excruciating, something that most of us would not want to experience again.
Experimenting with Neurosurge score: 18/25
We got our batch of Neurosurge from bodybuilding.com at a discounted $34, however, the standard retail price for Neurosurge is actually closer to $50. With this in mind, a bottle contains 25 servings, requiring only a daily dosage of 1. This was a price that we found okay. The price is in a lower-mid range, similar to that of Neuro Optimizer.
Many times, a manufacturer will try to cheat you by either having the price of a bottle extremely low, only for you to find out that there is a large amount of servings required per day, and that you will require 2 or even 3 bottles to get through a month’s usage.
However, Neurosurge does not suffer from the aforementioned. For the amount of enhancement to the brain, and the added benefit of having to save money by skipping all your daily Starbucks, it’s a good price.
Price score: 24/25
A substantial percentage of our readers are, interestingly, also active users of bodybuilding.com, and it was out of their extreme enthusiasm for Neurosurge that was the deciding factor as to why we decided to review Neruosurge.
That being said, most of those that emailed us concerning Neurosurge used it in the gym, while still retaining some effects into the office. There were only a handful of emails from non-gym-going people concerning Neurosurge.
The vast majority of emails were similar to each other in that they all were positively claiming increase in stamina, workout focus, and even strength. Aside from that, there were also reports of increased clarity while in the office, and also learning in general. People also claimed that these benefits “stacked” or increased over time. People reported vivid dreams, and also a general feeling of happiness. This was congruent to our own reports and also the ingredients labeled in their Supplement Facts.
Consequently, there were also reports of bad caffeine crashes after discontinued use of the product, but these reports were not too many.
Readers’ Report score: 23/25