A relative newcomer to the nootropic scene, Neurorise combines some of the most trusted brain enhancing ingredients into a single supplement; a first look at the label, and we began to think this was one of the most broadly encompassing and full stacks we’ve seen (not counting supps that throw in a bunch of superfluous vitamins to increase the visual impressiveness of their labels).
But a look at the label doesn’t tell the full story, so we put Neurorise to the test to see if its stack hit an effective sweet spot or proved to be overkill. Read below to find out our take.
Vitamin D3, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12
These are some of the most common vitamin ingredients, in forms good for brain-friendly metabolization, we see in nootropic formulas. They also interactions with other ingredients in the formula that boost individual and combined effects on cognition, memory recall, and focus.
Rhodiola Rosea (3% Rosavins, 2% Salidrosides)
Rhodiola Rosea is an herb and noted adaptogen used to combat fatigue and fight the effects of stress. Many of our testers like it on its own as a stress-fighting supplement, and it’s been linked to very few negative side effects, if any.
L-Thanine is an amino acid that supports mood, helps with repetitive tasks, and is often paired with caffeine to prevent jitteriness.
The world’s most popular stimulant, caffeine actually blocks androgen receptors in the brain, fighting fatigue. We like the pairing with L-Theanine in this supplement.
Bacopa Monnieri P.E. 20%
Bacopa Monnieri is an herb used as an antidepressant and a cognitive booster. While performing stressful cognitive tests, subjects taking Bacopa Monnieri experienced the herb’s nootropic effects and reduced both stress and cortisol levels.
Also known as Deanol, DMAE is a chemical used to improve memory and boost brain function. It’s especially important in the production of choline (see Choline-Bitartrate, below), one of the building blocks of acetylcholine, vital for nervous system function.
Soybean Extract (standardized to 20% Phosphatidylserine)
This form of phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid that is involved in maintaining healthy nerve membranes. It supports the brain’s ability to learn and process new information.
Choline-Bitartrate is a vitamin-like chemical thought to help enhance levels of acetylcholine.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant that has been used to treat memory loss and chronic fatigue.
Vinpocetine is a chemical derived from the periwinkle plant. It can increase cerebral blood flow.
Huperzine A is a compound that has been used to improve cognitive performance in patients with Alzheimer’s.
Other Ingredients: Gelatin, brown rice bran, silicon dioxide, vegetable magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide.
To help support increased mental performance, begin by taking 1-2 capsules preferably with food. Depending on desired effect, tolerance, and body type, you may increase the dosage to a single serving of 3-4 capsules. Do not exceed 4 capsules per serving or 6 capsules in any 24 hour period.
What Our Testers Say
“I’ve seen these ingredients before across a lot of nootropic supplements, and this particular combination worked well for me. On their site, Neurorise says the supplement can ”˜boost your performance and exercise capacity’ in the gym, so I’ve been trying it before workouts, with great results.”
“I really liked this supplement and worked up to four capsules in a morning serving, always with breakfast (pills on an empty stomach is a nausea risk for some, and I’m not immune from that). With its caffeine content, Neurorise is a supplement I’d probably want to cycle, maybe a week on and then a few days off before going back to it. I appreciated the energy and clean-feeling focus it gave me.”
“I’d definitely recommend sticking to the usage guidelines on this one, it can be powerful! One or two capsules in the morning does plenty for me; I also had success by taking one capsule with breakfast and one with lunch, splitting up the dosage. Nothing in this stack is blow-you-out-of-the-water innovative, but it’s got some tried and true compounds in a good combination. I liked the focus and sense of motivation I got while taking it. It doesn’t act as fast as Lumonol, but it felt nice and sustained.”
“I’ll never give up my morning coffee (unless I have some serious prodding), but this is a supp that can stand on its own, no additional caffeine required. I worry too many capsules in one serving would cause jitteriness, but I kept to the recommendations and only experienced energy.”
- Consider taking Neurorise without coffee, you probably won’t need the additional stimulation.
- Take with food to boost absorption and for more sustained energy throughout the day.
- Two of our testers felt diminishing effects after roughly a week of taking Neurorise. After a few days off from the supplement, taking one or more capsules of Neurorise once again produced a good rush of energy. We recommend cycling it every week or so.
- As with any supplement or nutritional regimen, you should talk to your doctor or medical professional before use, especially if you have a sensitivity to any ingredients in the supplement.
Neurorise may not be the most innovative stack on the market, but after testing it out, we actually respect that. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel and falling flat, Neurorise built a supplement that delivers on its promise of both energy and focus.
It’s not the fastest acting or quite the longest lasting nootropic we’ve tested, but it’s probably all you need for a brain boost in a convenient delivery system (as opposed to combining multiple supplements or trying to time things precisely).