And then we found NITROvit – another D-I-Y supplement created by someone who seemed to have little or no obvious experience either in marketing or the medical profession, so we looked a little deeper into Archie Marks and his company Neuro Laboratories.
Like others in the supplement industry, Archie was concerned about the number of prescription drugs circulating around America’s college campuses. NITROvit is hailed as ‘America’s #1 Advanced Cognitive Nootropic’ (at least it is on its website) and is a natural alternative to prescription drugs such as Adderall.
Although there was little in the way of information about Archie himself, we looked a little deeper into NITROvit, so you don’t have to.
And this is what we found.
Neuro Laboratories are very keen to tell us that NITROvit is ‘a source of brain nutrition – rather than a 4 – 5 hour energy pill’.
So they’re thinking long-term, then. According to the website, it’s going to take a while before the effects of some of the ingredients in NITROvit become apparent, so it’s not exactly a short-term solution to the users, but it might just be one for the company.
In the informative PDF that’s available for download at that website Neuro Laboratories cover themselves by stating that, quote: ‘Scientifically, 12 weeks is the optimal amount of time to test a Nootropic substance before gauging and coming to a conclusive answer.’
And if the question happens to be ‘Does NITROvit work for me?’ and the answer sadly happens to be ‘No’, that’s $124.97 (the cost of a three-month supply) you’ll have lost out on.
As the saying goes, time is money. Our time … their money. Or is it the other way round?
If you start at the lowest possible dosage, we don’t foresee any problems, but as you increase that daily dosage there’s potential for twitching muscles, elevated blood pressure, raised heart rate, sleeping problems, gastric upset and a fishy odour.
Although it’s on sale through the official webpage, Neuro Laboratories do offer NITROvit wholesale, which means it’s possible you can find it elsewhere, maybe at a slightly different price.
And, of course, if you look elsewhere online, you might just find something that looks like NITROvit, but that’s as far as the similarity goes. So be warned.
So best to buy from the website, then, where you can get a single month’s supply of NITROvit for $58.97, three months’ worth for $124.97 and a six-month deal including a 45% discount for $229.97.
We’re still not too sure who Archie Marks is – or at least who he was when he was formulating NITROvit. If he’d had some qualifications, or at least letters after his name, maybe we’d stop imagining him experimenting in a homemade laboratory down in his basement.
Many of NITROvit’s ingredients come with some clinical evidence, but what we don’t know is how much of those ingredients are in its proprietary blend. So maybe there’s enough of all of them, or some of them – who’s to say? Not Archie.
But according to respected sources like WebMD and Examine.com, there’s not a lot of clinical evidence for the effectiveness of quite a few of the other ingredients in NITROvit.
And because we’re advised that it could take 12 weeks just to gauge and come to any conclusion about how it’s working for you, well … sorry Archie, but we’re going to have to reject NITROvit.
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It’s interesting to compare our findings with those of other review sites, and in this case they don’t seem to agree with the ingredient list on NITROvit’s website. Some say it contains gingko, others say vinpocetine, and there’s even oat straw listed online somewhere.
In the 13-page user manual supplied with NITROvit Neuro Laboratories go to a lot of trouble to spell out how it could interact with other medications and supplements. And on the website, there’s a very large and impressive warning for those with certain health conditions who might be considering a course of NITROvit.
The recommended dosage is two capsules taken at breakfast time, if that works for you, otherwise one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Depending on your weight, you could raise that dosage to 4 capsules a day, but that’s the absolute maximum.
Neuro Laboratories suggest cycling NITROvit either for 5 days on, 2 days off … or for 56 days on, 14 days off. Or even 90 days on, 30 days off.
NITROvit works by increasing blood flow to the brain, breaking down the residue deposits that can slow down that flow and supporting the brain cells’ production of chemical energy.
But that, as Neuro Laboratories freely admit, takes 12 weeks before you know whether it’s working for you. And 12 weeks might just be too long for some people to wait.
NITROvit does not, repeat not, increase your intelligence – Neuro Laboratories are very clear on that, and make a point of telling us in no way do they make that claim.
What they do claim NITROvit can do is, from their website:
NITROvit offers the following benefits:
- Increased mental focus and concentration
- Heightened memory and learning capabilities
- Improved clarity and alertness
- Slowed cognitive decline
- Clean mental energy boost
- Enhanced sleep and moods
It depends on how long you want to wait before you decide if it does or doesn’t. 12 weeks is pretty expensive for a trial run, but then again, there are many happy people who are more than happy to tell the world that NITROvit works for them. You’ll find their reviews, of course, on the NITROvit sales website.
So if you’re happy dropping $125 for that 12-week trial run, we’d be happy to hear from you with your opinion about how well NITROvit works. Or doesn’t.
NITROvit’s ingredients are divided into 3 stacks: Vitamin, Nitro and Mojo.
The Vitamin stack contains 1,000% daily value of vitamin B6, and 1,250% daily value of vitamin B12.
The Nitro stack comprises the proprietary formula, which contains unknown amounts of:
And the Mojo stack comprises:
Other ingredients: rice flour, vegetarian capsule.
The Vitamin stack could bring on side effects such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, headache, tingling, sleepiness – purely because of the amounts of each vitamin involved.
The Nitro stack, however, doesn’t tell us how much of each ingredient is involved, so we’ll just have to say there’s the possibility of the following side effects, according to the experts.
ALCAR (Acetyl L-Carnitine) – stomach ache, vomiting, diarrhoea, and restlessness, as well as a fishy odour on the breath, sweat and urine.
Alpha GPC – sweating, a fish-like body odour, vomiting, diarrhoea or upset stomach.
Alpha Lipoic Acid – nausea, dizziness, rash or lowered blood pressure.
Bacopa Leaf Powder – increased bowel movements, stomach cramps, nausea, dry mouth, and fatigue.
Centrophenoxine – nausea, headache, stomach issues, and insomnia.
Mucuna Pruriens – headache, nausea, bloating, vomiting, insomnia, abnormal body movements and even symptoms of psychosis.
NALT (N Acetyl L-Tyrosine) – nausea and trouble sleeping.
Phosphatidylserine – upset stomach and trouble sleeping.
And the Mojo stack comprises:
Caffeine Anhydrous 50 mg – even though that’s less than the average cup of coffee, it can still bring on insomnia, vomiting, nervousness, restlessness, upset stomach, anxiety, agitation, chest pain, increased heart rate and irregular heartbeats.
Huperzine A 100 mcg – loss of appetite, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, raised blood pressure, sweating, restlessness, muscle spasms and inability to control urine flow.
Noopept 25 mg – irritability, dizziness, restlessness and headache.
There’s a very large and impressive caution notice on the NITROvit website, but let’s cut it down to don’t take if you’re:
NITROvit can lower blood pressure therefore not to be taken with aspirin or other blood-thinning medications.
Consult your healthcare professional if taking prescription medications or have a pre-existing medical condition.
Heavens, yes – and all positive! So many people are so happy with NITROvit … and by another strange coincidence you can find all those happy peoples’ reviews on the NITROvit website.
We thought there might be some more balanced opinions on Amazon, which is where we usually find them for any product … but since NITROvit isn’t sold on Amazon, there’s no reviews for it there.
They do – and it’s the best we’ve seen in our researches so far. It’s for a whole year. One catch, though: it’s only for unopened bottles.
Please do not under any circumstances fall for any of the discount vouchers and free sample offers for NITROvit that you’ll find all over the internet once you start searching. Come to think of it, that holds true for any supplement you’re thinking about ordering online.
It’s possible that the bottle of NITROvit you hold in a brick-and-mortar store out there in the real world really is the real thing, but we’d still recommend you buy it from the website if you’re planning on buying it at all.