So we decided to look a little deeper into NervaCORE, to see whether it was just a get-rich-quick scheme as described in that webcast, or whether it really lived up to the claims CEL Nutrition made about it. And this is what we found.
What the company doesn’t mention is that taking NervaCORE will likely turn your urine bright yellow. Maybe that’s something experienced nootropic users will already know, but a warning about that would have come in handy.
It’s one of those supplements which, we’re told, will take time to produce the full benefit. And that makes us wonder how long that would be, or, in more practical terms, how many bottles of NervaCORE should we buy until then?
We’ve already mentioned that little bathroom surprise, but there’s more.
We’re not saying the following side effects are definitely going to happen, but you should be looking out for problems with digestion, sleep, skin, urination, joints, muscles, heart, blood pressure, and a fishy odor in breath, sweat, and urine.
On the website, the price for 90 capsules has been reduced from $79.95 to $69.95, saving us $10.00 – or 12%. Actually 12% of $79.95 works out to just over $9.59.
So it’s better to head for Amazon where you can pick up exactly the same quantity of the same product for $29.95.
And if you’re just the slightest bit curious about who’d sell CEL Nutrition NervaCORE for less than half price, you might be a little surprised to find out it’s CEL Nutrition. Make of that what you will.
Well, for a start the whole website gives the impression it’s been cobbled together in a hurry, which makes us wonder about NervaCORE itself. For example, there’s the pricing difference we’ve just talked about. Then there’s the very sloppy product information sheet (brackets are opened but not closed, ingredients mis-spelled as in “Rice Flower”, and the weight of the proprietary ingredients described there differs from what the company tells us it is elsewhere online).
Then there’s the blog section on the website which is full of very useful information about athletics – even though NervaCORE is a nootropic. And then they can’t make up their mind what to call one ingredient: why they call it “Paullinia Cupana” in one place and call it “Guarana” elsewhere will always be a mystery.
So we’ve got very little confidence in the company, and that translates to our having even less confidence in their product.
It looks to us like someone’s just listened to that webcast selling a course to create a money-spinning supplement, and bought the program. We could be wrong, but to us pretty well none of this feels right, so therefore we do not recommend NervaCORE to our readers.
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We have to start by saying that the ingredients in NervaCORE are found in a lot of other nootropic supplements, in differing quantities and ratios. Those ingredients include a Vitamin B complex to boost memory, maintain the nervous system, and enhance reaction speed.
NervaCORE also contains a proprietary blend (or “Neural Complex” as they want to call it) but the main difference between this blend and those of other supplements is that CEL Nutrition are quite open about how much of each ingredient goes into their blend. If you know where to look. It’s not obvious.
Consume 1-2 capsules daily, preferably with a light meal. Take 30 minutes prior to physical or mental activity. Take consistently for optimal effect, but take 2 days off per week to prevent tolerance. Do not exceed 4 capsules within a single 24 hour period.
Elsewhere, though we’re advised, “We recommend taking a day off here and there to avoid building any tolerance.”
NervaCORE also contains a commercial version of black pepper extract to improve take-up of that blend and its other ingredients. But you might want to think twice if you have issues with soy, because some of those ingredients are sourced from soy.
Good question. On the NervaCORE product page, the only clues we have are headlines which read, “Get optimized with NervaCORE” … “Trouble staying focused?”, “Skip the 2 o’clock crash and take NervaCORE”.
And we had to scroll quite a long way down the page before we found those clues.
However, in much smaller writing around there, we also found, “Effective cognitive enhancer”, “Enhanced mental state”, and “Quality ingredients”.
That really told us a lot. Maybe CEL Nutrition don’t want us to know the details of what NervaCORE can do for us. Feels like it.
Maybe they skipped the part of the supplement creation course material about promoting your product. Features, benefits – basic stuff like that.
The caffeine in the Guarana will certainly give you a boost – but not the kind of boost you’re looking for late in the day – unless you’re bracing yourself for the long night ahead of you.
And it’s not like all those B vitamins in the complex aren’t going to bring some sort of benefit.
But users have left mixed reviews – some said it worked really well (and that, of course, includes the three reviews on the NervaCORE website) while others on Amazon maintain it didn’t do anything for them.
Many supplement companies do include the disclaimer that users may find their products have different effects, so kudos to CEL Nutrition for their “if it doesn’t work for you” money-back guarantee.
Let’s start with NervaCORE’s Vitamin B complex, for the nervous system, memory, and reaction speed. It contains:
Aside from bright yellow urine, you mean?
It’s always hard to say whether or not the quantities of any ingredient in any supplement will bring on any side effects, because some people may be more sensitive to those ingredients than others.
There’s also the question of how well individual ingredients combine in a person, too.
What we’ll do here, then, is briefly look at each ingredient for potential side effects and hope none of them happen to you.
Niacinamide – can bring on skin problems, particularly on the face arms and chest, together with headaches.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCL) – can bring on digestion problems, headache, tiredness and, if taken in high doses over a long time might cause brain and nerve problems.
Folic Acid – can bring on digestion and sleep problems, confusion and irritability, skin reaction, excitability, and seizures.
Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) – this is considered safe, apparently, even in doses as big as 8350% of a person’s recommended daily intake
Pantothenic Acid (Calcium Pantothenate) – this is considered safe, as well.
Paullinia Cupana – this can cause problems with digestion, sleep, urination, breathing, heartbeat, blood pressure. Then there’s also the possibility of headache, anxiety, tremors, and delirium. (Coincidentally, these are the exact same potential side effects you could get from Guarana).
L-Tyrosine – this can bring on nausea, tiredness, headache, heartburn, and joint pain.
L-Taurine – research hasn’t found any side effects, according to WebMD.
L-Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine (Alpha GPC) – can cause skin and sleep problems, dizziness, heartburn, and confusion.
Phosphatidylserine – can bring on problems with sleep and digestion.
Acetyl L-Carnitine – can cause restlessness and digestion problems, as well as a fishy odor of the breath, sweat, and urine (no matter what color it is).
Huperzine-A – has been known to bring on problems with digestion, speech, vision, muscles, heart rate and blood pressure, together with increased production of saliva and urine.
Vinpocetine can bring on problems with digestion, sleep, and balance, as well as headache, nervousness, and flushing of facial skin.
BioPerine® (Black Pepper Extract) – large amounts of pepper in its natural form can pose a serious danger to children if they swallow it and it gets into their lungs.
DO NOT use if pregnant, nursing or under the age of 18. Consult a health care specialist if you have or suspect a medical condition or taking any medications before using this product. If you are experiencing any adverse reaction from taking this product discontinue immediately and contact your health care practitioner. Do not use if safety seal is broken or missing. Store in a cool dry place. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Yes, and they make interesting reading. Leaving aside the ones on the NervaCORE website (well, you could say they’re just that teensy bit biased) we found some interesting comments, including this five-star Amazon review,
I like the color scheme of these pills as they are blue which is my favorite color.
It gave one user pimples, and another user apoplexy when CEL Nutrition more than doubled the price.
It may be a nootropic, but for many users it seems to have completely destroyed their writing ability, as in “You’ll feel more alter and a little sharper”, “It gots good ingredients”, and “definitely cleara the mind”.
But our favorite review just has to be this one,
Oh. My God. I know things I’ve never even known I could of known before taking these miracle pills. I used to watch the kardashian show and TMZ, then one day I mistakingly took 3 of these little guys when I was too drunk to tell the difference between my normal vicodin bottle and this mammoth – big enough for peanutbutter – might as well call it a jar – bottle. Next thing you know, I’ve got jeapordy on and I’m getting every answer right before Ken Jennings, and that’s while writing an opera! Anyone ever wonder why you always see I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review in like, every other review?
It does. From the website, “Although most of our customers are very happy our products, we realize that herbal supplements may not work for everyone. If this is the case for you, we are happy to honor our money-back guarantee”, and “Yes, as part of our 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, we will refund you every penny of your product cost if you aren’t 100% satisfied (minus the cost of shipping).”
They’ve said it twice, so it must be true.
Yes, you can buy NervaCORE from the CEL Nutrition web page, but you’ll find yourself paying twice as much there than if you moseyed down to Amazon instead.
You might want to go for the Amazon option for another reason: the NervaCORE website offers a free 14-day trial from the day you put in your order (and how long would it take to deliver that order, we wonder. The website says 4-5 days within the US).
On Day 15, you’ll be charged for the bottle you’ve bought and automatically enrolled into the company’s “membership program”, whether you like it or not.
And clicking on the free trial link takes you to a whole new loud and shouty website trying to sell you NervaCORE – this time at a completely different price from Amazon ($28.45) or their main website ($69.95). It’s plainly a freebie website they’ve set up, which really doesn’t impress us.
Here, you can get it for $47.95. Plus shipping.
We’ll leave you with one final question about CEL Nutrition, taking all those inconsistencies into consideration, especially regarding their pricing policies (oh, and the weights of the ingredients in their proprietary blend still don’t add up): What are these guys on? Certainly not any kind of brainpower enhancing supplement, from the looks of things.
Let’s just hope they don’t decide to revisit that supplement-creation course and produce another product.