The different ingredients used in a supplement are obviously vitally important in determining how effective it will be. However, the dosage of each ingredient used is also incredibly important; if the dose is too low, the product will not work well, if at all. Profiderall contains a proprietary formula, but we suspect that this is covering up just how small the doses of the active ingredients really are.
Below we take an in-depth look at Profiderall to see how effective this nootropic supplement is at improving memory and focus, and at boosting energy levels.
Profiderall is a nootropic supplement that supposedly sharpens focus, improves memory, increases concentration, and boosts energy levels. It contains a high dose of caffeine (150 mg per serving), but the other active ingredients appear to be present in insufficient doses to be fully effective. It is also an expensive supplement.
Each two capsule serving of Profiderall contains 150 mg of caffeine whilst other ingredients appear to be under-dosed, making side effects from caffeine the most likely to occur. Significant quantities of caffeine can cause side effects such as headaches, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations and problems sleeping.
The other ingredients found in Profiderall could also cause a range of side effects. The full list and the advisory information regarding who should not take this supplement are available below under the Side Effects tab.
Each bottle contains 74 capsules; the directions for use are vague, so this bottle could last anywhere between 13 and 37 days of use.
We have a mixed opinion about Profiderall. The product contains numerous ingredients that are thought to improve various aspects of cognition, including memory and focus. The product consists of a proprietary formula, so individual ingredient quantities are not provided. However, we believe that the majority of ingredients are present in smaller quantities than used in successful clinical trials, other than caffeine.
There is a money-back guarantee on offer, but it only covers the most recent delivery on the auto-ship program. Anyone who is slow to cancel the auto-ship program could only receive a partial refund.
Overall, we do not recommend Profiderall to our readers.
Profiderall is a nootropic supplement that supposedly offers numerous benefits, including improved memory, increased focus and concentration, and increased energy levels.
The product was reformulated to remove Piracetam, and so many reviews and comments about Profiderall on the internet are about the old formula of the product. Piracetam is a nootropic, but it is currently not approved by the FDA for medicinal use, and is not considered a natural product. Therefore it cannot be used in supplements sold within the USA.
How to Take Profiderall
For maximum cognitive energy enhancements, take two capsules daily. For a significant boost of focus and concentration take 2 capsules anytime as needed.
Do not exceed 2 servings in any 8-hour period or 6 capsules per day.
Profiderall is sold by Profiderall Laboratories, who are, according to their official website, based at 435 23rd St. Unit C90, San Francisco, CA 94107. The address is seemingly a self-storage unit. This obviously raises questions about the professionalism of the manufacturers. It is most likely that they hire another company (who own a factory), to manufacture the product for them. This is a very common practice within the supplement industry, but usually supplement companies at least rent or buy actual offices, rather than a self-storage unit. Even a PO Box would be more professional. The company can be contacted by calling (888) 881-2542 or by filling out the generic contact box on the contact us page of the official Profiderall website.
- Expensive supplement
- ‘Free’ trial that signs customers up for auto-ship program
- Many active ingredients seemingly present in insufficient quantities
What Does Profiderall Claim To Do?
Profiderall’s cognitive energy complex is the first to pair clinically supported nootropics with powerful stimulants to provide intense focus and incredible energy in a single power-packed “smart pill.” Using the power of nootropics, Profiderall “zooms you in” so you can ignore distractions and focus at work … at school … at home.
Boost energy: Profiderall delivers an incredible burst of energy that takes effect within minutes and lasts up to 6 hours.
Sharpen focus: Profiderall delivers the neurotransmitter GABA directly to the brain … stimulating cognition while decreasing anxiety and stress.
Improve memory: Profiderall increases neurotransmitters in your brain so you can think clearly, process more data, and retain more information.
Increase concentration: Profiderall “zooms you in” so you can ignore constant distractions and concentrate on the task at hand.
Enhance mental performance: Profiderall “wakes up your brain” … Giving you the ability to work smarter, work longer, and accomplish more.
Does Profiderall Work?
Nootropics ingredients are often researched in relation to illnesses or injuries that cause cognitive decline or cognitive impairment (such as Alzheimer’s or severe head trauma), and it is much rarer for studies to focus upon cognitive improvement in otherwise healthy subjects. There is also the issue of the potential benefits being very subjective, and the potential for a placebo effect.
Because almost none of the individual ingredient quantities used in Profiderall are provided, it is impossible to accurately establish the strength of the nootropic. This means that the likelihood of developing side effects is unknown, as well as the actual effectiveness of the product. Many of the ingredients have interesting preliminary support suggesting that they could aid various aspects of cognitive function. Having said that, we find it extremely unlikely that this supplement contains adequate doses of the active ingredients.
The standard dose of Bacopa Monnieri is 300 mg per day. Studies suggest that the dose of choline needed for improved memory is around 250 mg per day, whilst the dose needed for improved cognitive function in the elderly was four times that amount.
Vinpocetine could both help to improve mental energy and memory, but the clinical evidence is generally inadequate, as the trials that have been conducted are extremely limited, biased and outdated.
Huperzine A could help to boost cognitive function. Caffeine is not strictly a nootropic ingredient, but it can increase energy levels and alertness, as well as providing a small boost to the consumer’s metabolic rate. Bacopa Monnieri reduces anxiety and improves memory, and tyrosine could help to reduce fatigue, if used in adequate doses.
Theoretically, this product will boost energy levels thanks to its caffeine content, and it could have some mild benefits concerning cognitive function, as it uses ingredients with some clinical support, but in insufficient quantities.
What Are The Ingredients of Profiderall?
The ingredients found in Profiderall are detailed below. The product contains a proprietary formula, and so the individual ingredient quantities are not provided. Any ingredient quantities that are listed are per serving of two capsules.
- Niacin 10 mg (50% RDA)
- Vitamin B6 20 mg (1000% RDA)
- Vitamin B12 500 mcg (8333% RDA)
- Pantothenic Acid 20 mg (200% RDA)
- Caffeine Anhydrous 150 mg: Numerous studies have shown that caffeine boosts energy levels and alertness, as well as mildly boosting the metabolism. The effects shown in studies are small, and some studies are inconclusive.
Cognitive Energy Complex 466.05 mg
- Bacopa Monnieri Leaf Powder: Used to reduce anxiety, improve memory, and seems to have a minor ability to treat depression, making it a general mild mood booster. Doses are typically larger than used in this diet pill, and effects can take time to achieve a noticeable level, as the effects appear to accumulate with repeated use.
- Choline Bitartrate: Choline supplementation appears to improve attention, and could improve memory, although the dose was much higher than appears to be used here, and the relevant study focused upon the elderly. Choline is required to make increased levels of acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter which is linked with improved learning, memory retention and recall.
- Taurine: Used often in energy drinks, some studies suggest that this amino acid may play a role in athletic performance, meaning that it is only useful for dieters who exercise. There is no link between Taurine and weight loss known at this time.
- L-Tyrosine: An amino acid that is a building block of protein, this ingredient is found naturally in many foods including meat and dairy products. Some people use it as an appetite suppressant, but there is little evidence that it is effective for this use. Large doses of tyrosine may be useful for increasing alertness, especially in people who are sleep deprived.
- DMAE Bitartrate: This ingredient is marketed as a memory and mood enhancer. There is currently little clinical evidence to support this.
- Alpha-Lipoic Acid: May act as an antioxidant and may increase blood flow, which theoretically improves cognition. However, we could not find evidence of it being studied in relation to cognition at all.
- Vinpocetine: Because it is an entirely synthetic chemical that requires significant lab work to produce, there is some debate as to whether this ingredient actually qualifies as a supplement under US and FDA guidelines. Vinpocetine may increase blood flow to the brain, and so may help to treat fatigue and improve memory; despite claims about research being extensive, most research is outdated and uses biased research methods.
- Huperzine A: Huperzine A is thought to be a cognitive enhancer. It is being researched for combatting cognitive decline in the elderly, but published studies are preliminary at best. Because of the relatively long half-life of this compound, its use should be cycled, with breaks in usage every few weeks.
Does Profiderall Have Any Side Effects?
There are numerous ingredients found in Profiderall that could potentially cause a range of side effects.
Significant quantities of caffeine can cause side effects such as headaches, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations and problems sleeping. Consumers should avoid other sources of caffeine whilst taking this supplement to avoid increasing the chances of side effects developing. Consumers should also stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and should not take this product in the late afternoon or evening. These measures will minimise the chances of side effects occurring.
Although Tyrosine is tolerated generally in very high doses, it can cause some side effects including nausea, headache, fatigue, heartburn, and joint pain.
Huperzine A can cause some side effects such as nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, sweating, blurred vision, slurred speech, restlessness, loss of appetite, contraction and twitching of muscle fibres, cramping, increased saliva and urine, inability to control urination, high blood pressure, and slowed heart rate.
Studies have shown that Bacopa leaf causes upset stomachs in participants much more than placebos. This has led to the recommendation that this ingredient be taken with a meal, rather than on an empty stomach, as this will minimise the chances of getting an upset stomach. It may also cause nausea, cramping, bloating, and diarrhoea.
DMAE can cause constipation, itching, headaches, drowsiness, insomnia, excitation, vivid dreams, confusion, depression, increased blood pressure, an increase in schizophrenia symptoms, and unwanted movements of the face and mouth.
Vinpocetine can cause some side effects including stomach pain, nausea, sleep disturbances, headache, dizziness, nervousness, and flushing of the face.
Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. Not suitable for anyone who is taking any medications, whether prescription or over the counter. Not suitable for anyone who is sensitive to caffeine and other stimulants, or who has any cardiac-related health issues, including but not limited to high blood pressure. Individuals taking MAO Inhibiting Drugs, or with a known medical condition should consult a physician before using this or any dietary supplement. Discontinue use 2–3 weeks prior to some surgical and dental procedures due to increased risk of bleeding. If you are unsure about the suitability of this nootropic supplement, or any other supplement, consult your doctor before purchase.
Are There Any Customer Reviews For Profiderall?
There are several customer reviews for Profiderall that have been left on the Amazon sales page for the product. We believe that there are only a few customer reviews because the product was reformulated to remove Piracetam (to adhere to FDA guidelines), and so older reviews about the original formula were deleted.
I have been using this nootropic blend for months. Pleased with my productivity and mental stamina. I needed to work on my focus issues so I was willing to try this out. Glad I did.
Before the gym or even at the gym (whenever I’m feeling out of it) I pop a Profiderall. I get more out of it than those pricey preworkouts. Helps me focus on my reps and make the most of my workout. Nice energy boost too!
Does what it says. Sometimes only need 1 pill instead of 2. Play around with what works for you.
Rip off. Does not help with anything. Makes me very tired and gives me a stomach ache. Waste of money.
I have taken many different smart pills and I was very excited to try this one since I have seen positive reviews. I will start by saying that it honestly did not give me any energy. It actually gave me less energy than a cup of coffee. I also did not notice a significant increase in my ability to focus or concentrate. I have found better smart pills for a cheaper price. This did not do much for me.
Does Profiderall Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?
The manufacturers of Profiderall state that they do offer a money-back guarantee and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
When customers are trying to get a refund on products sent to them through the auto-ship program, they can only get a refund on the most recent delivery, making it important that customers do not delay in contacting the company after they decide to cancel the auto-ship program! On bulk orders, customers can return a maximum of one opened bottle, along with the rest of the bottles from the order, which should still be sealed.
Where Can I Buy Profiderall?
Profiderall can be purchased from the official Profiderall website. A single bottle costs $54.99, plus delivery charges. Customers in the USA can get free shipping, but international customers will be charged $19.99 for shipping and handling.
The company also offer a ‘free’ sample of Profiderall; customers pay $4.99 for the delivery fees ($19.99 for International orders outside of the USA), and will receive a 7-day supply of the supplement. Whilst this initially sounds like a good offer, we advise against potential customers choosing this option! Customers are automatically signed up to the company’s ‘exclusive preferred customer programs’, which is another term for an auto-ship program. The company try to act as if they are doing the customer a favour by doing this, by making it convenient for the customer to get their continuing supply of Profiderall, and by stating that the ‘enrolment in the preferred customer program’ is a ‘bonus’ with a value of $32.99. Customers will then be charged for a new bottle of Profiderall monthly, starting 10 days after the order is made; there is a slight discount, with each bottle costing $52.24 instead of $54.99.
The official website states: ‘Starting 10 days from receiving your sample pack free trial order, you’ll receive a new monthly supply of Profiderall every month for only $54.99 $52.24 (you save an extra 5% on every bottle, forever, as long as you are enrolled in the preferred customer program) plus FREE US S&H, which will conveniently be charged to the credit card you provide today. We will continue to send you monthly shipments of Profiderall until you email to cancel. There is no minimum purchase obligation, but prices are subject to change.’
Profiderall is also available from Amazon, with a single bottle (containing 74 capsules) costing $56.99, with free regular shipping. Customers with an Amazon Prime membership can get free two-day shipping. This product is also available on Amazon’s Subscribe and Save Program, where customers can get a 5% discount if they set up a reoccurring delivery (typically monthly, but other options are available). On the Subscribe and Save Program, a single bottle costs $54.14.