While researching the web for brain supplements, we came across Provasil, located at www.provasil.com, a pill that bills itself as a powerful, all-natural maximum strength cognitive formula and promises if you take it regularly, will boost your smarts. According to their website, Provasil says this patented concoction will increase memory, keep you more focused, and enhance mental performance.
What are Nootropics in General?
Nootropics, or “smart drugs” are man-made or natural compounds that claim to improve memory and brain function. The first one was piracetam, created in a lab in 1964; ever since there’s been a “gold rush” of products that purport to have super cerebral-enhancing properties. Although scientists and the general public are clearly fascinated with the concept and there are lots of small scale studies of their benefits, according to a report by ABC News, there is still little clinical evidence to prove nootropics in general really work.
Nootropics are generally considered non-toxic and non habit-forming and they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. That’s why companies like Provasil are allowed to make claims that their pills enhance brain function without having to prove it. All they have to do is put somewhere on the website: “Our product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Individual results may vary.”
$49.95 for the “Starter” (1 bottle) $149.95 for “Extreme Value System” (4 bottles) or $249.95 for the “Super Special” (7 bottles) – all orders come with a bottle of Green Tea Energizer and there is free shipping on purchases over $50. Provasil promises a 60-day money back guarantee.
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Bottom Line: Is Provasil a “Smart” Idea?
Everyone would like a little brain boost, so we can’t blame you if Provasil intrigues you. No we haven't directly used Provasil, but based on our research using publicly available information at the time of the writing and overall experience we have gathered throughout the Nootropics industry, we'd like to remind you of a few things.
First, based on our opinion and observation of provasil.com, we believe that this is not a pharmaceutical drug. The good news is that there are probably little-to-no side effects and that its ingredients are natural; you’re not going to O.D. on these smart pills. Here is the Provasil label:
As you can see, the main ingredient is Folic Acid, which is commonly taken by pregnant women but may also help with depression. The other ingredients won’t harm you, but the jury’s still out on whether they can really improve focus, memory, or brain power.
Also, it's our opinion, that while they promise “premium quality” and state Provasil is manufactured in an FDA-inspected facility under the strictest Good Manufacturing Practices, at the time of our research, it appears that there is no independent analysis of Provasil’s ingredients located on the company's website. According to a New York Times article, a recent DNA testing of various herbal supplements in the marketplace by Canadian researchers found that many of them did not contain the ingredients listed on the label.
If you’d like more information about Brain Health supplements in general, we can also recommend the article The Truth About Memory Supplements that we wrote. And let us know what you think of Provasil and/or nootropics below!