Cerebrax from Moonlight Holdings is a nootropic (aka smart pill) that they state may help increase memory recall, boost energy levels, and make you feel happier overall. They promise Cerebrax contains all natural ingredients that will unlock 100% of your brain’s potential, so you’ll have more focus and energy to take care of the things you need to do in life.
What’s in Cerebrax that is so good for my noggin?
Cerebrax is said to contain a “scientifically engineered stack of maximum strength nootropics” that will increase brain activity, focus, and performance. They add these ingredients will give you a burst of energy that will last up to 6 hours.
On the Cerebrax product page they are listed as:
- Vitamin B3 Niacin
- Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)
- Proprietary Blend:
- Bacopa Monnieri
- Alpha GPC
- Huperzine A
- Silicon Dioxide
- Stearate (vegetable)
- Titanium Dioxide
- FD&C Yellow #5
- FD&C Red #3
These are the exact same ingredients as another so-called smart drug that also has a Santa Ana, California address called Accelerin.
As we noted in our review of Accelerin, the main ingredients Niacin (aka vitamin B3) and Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (aka vitamin B6) have no clear scientific evidence that they do anything to enhance your smarts, memory, or focus.
The others, (GABA, Bacopa, etc.) have shown promise in some small clinical studies, mostly conducted on lab rats or in test tubes. “While supplement companies often have an impressive list of references for their products, those references are usually rodent studies of the individual ingredients, not human trials of the product,” noted psychiatrist Emily Deans for an article about nootropics for Men’s Health.
Indeed, Cerebrax (or Accelerin for that matter) don’t cite any specific evidence to back up their claims.
The one ingredient listed that has been proven to increase focus, energy, and help with memory is caffeine. That’s probably why approximately 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every day. In the US, he average amount of caffeine consumed is about 300 mg per person, or about 2-4 cups.
Most scientists agree that caffeine stimulates our central nervous system and the result often gives us the ability to concentrate better as well as wake us up if we are sleepy. One recent study showed that 200 mg a day can improve long-term memory.
However, once you get above 500 mg, caffeine can bring on side effects such as headache, nausea, dizziness, upset stomach, irritability, insomnia, or worse. One study of 45,000 men and women found drinking 4 or more cups a day can lead to an early death.
How much does Cerebrax cost me to try a bottle?
Cerebrax offers an option for 1 bottle ($49.85) 3 bottles ($113.82) or 5 bottles ($149.95) with free shipping.
However, their main selling point is what they call a Trial Offer, where they send you a bottle of Cerebrax for no money upfront.
We couldn’t find any more information about their trial offer in the terms and conditions, even though they claim all the information is “clearly outlined”. We called Cerebrax Customer Service at (888) 279-0644 who couldn’t explain it to us either.
However, as we’ve seen so many times with other supplements and their supposed “free trials” the trial period is usually too short to be able to really know if the product is working before you are charged. The Cerebrax terms do say:
“Product price will be restored to its usual price, without prior notice to you. If your order is processed at the reduced price a new billing cycle will begin from the date of the new payment processing.”
Customer service also told us opened bottles are not available for a refund.
Bottom Line: Is Cerebrax a good way to get smart?
No! How can we be so sure? Because none of the ingredients except caffeine have been shown to have any effect on memory or brain function.
If you’re a coffee drinker, you are already experiencing the benefits of caffeine. If you pop a couple of pills of Cerebrax on top of it, you could risk caffeine overdose.
We also have to point out that if Cerebrax makes people so smart, why is their website full of grammatical errors and bizarre statements? To wit:
“Improve better health”? “Keep focus on sharp”?
Not very smart!
How to be smarter
In all of our reviews of smart drugs, we have yet to come across one that is clinically proven to be effective or received high marks from our readers.
Still, the nootropic craze is real, as everyone from college students cramming for exams to Silicon Valley CEOs struggle to gain a competitive edge. Most of the time they simply end up with a case of insomnia and/or diarrhea.
If you are still interested in smart drugs, you should read up on all the different ingredients such as those listed in the Beginner’s Guide to Nootropics on Reddit.
But generally speaking, we simply say have a cup of coffee in the am (2 max) and go for a midday walk or jog. These simple tricks will help give you the focus, energy, and brainpower you need and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Let us know what you think of our advice below!
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