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NeuroSurge 2.0 Review: An Expensive Lethal Dose of Caffeine
NeuroSurge 2.0 takes on the nootropic market in a form of an energy nootropic drink. Formerly known as NeuroBlast, it was rebranded due to the recent banning of the ingredient DMAA, which was previously included in their formula. Interestingly, Neuroblast sold out way before the completion of the ban in July 2012. NeuroSurge 2.0 brings it back, though, with tweaks in their ingredients and a formula that has been reiterated to suit their market of bodybuilders.
The new NeuroSurge 2.0, by Neogenix, includes a short list of ingredients, however, it seems like they’ve also included a lot of filler that might take away from the overall potency of their nootropic ingredients. That aside, the amount of caffeine at 300mg seems quite high – maybe even lethal – in comparison to even Red Bull’s 80mg dosage.
Overall Dose Potency: 13/20
It seems like NeuroSurge has got it right with their decision of only including 13 ingredients into their formula – a very good number in terms of overall nootropic potency. However, looks can be deceiving. If you look closely at their ingredients, you’ll see that a lot of them are actually filler ingredients. It seems that there are really only 4 ingredients in the mix that have to do with nootropic effects. Those are Choline Bitartrate, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Idebenone, and Rohdiola Rosea.
All work towards providing benefits for the brain such as focus, mental alertness, and countering brain fog. However, it might just not be as potent as you’re led to believe, due to the fact that these four ingredients only account for around half of the real estate in their drink. The other half going to filler, such as caffeine and other nutrients that take away from the pill’s nootropic potency.
Short Term Results: 17/20
NeuroSurge, as the name suggests, gives you a large surge of energy from the amount of caffeine that’s contained in their drink. Again, we stress the potential effects of this incredible amount of caffeine – there’s even a warning on the label to only drink NeuroSurge once a day.
NeuroSurge was a toss-up, though. It was difficult at first, and a lot of us had to stop drinking coffee altogether just to avoid overdosing on caffeine. However, even having taken precautions, some of us just couldn’t handle it, and started getting jitters overall affecting work efficiency throughout the office. Those that could handle it, though, loved the extra energy, as well as the focus and motivation provided to get work done.
Long Term Results: 12/20
Eventually, we had to take some of us off NeuroSurge just due to the fact that they weren’t able to handle that amount of caffeine – that should you tell you something. However, those who kept at it were able to get some productive work done, at least for a while. At around the 2-week point, those who were still taking it received a drop in productivity back down to what would be considered normal levels. A few though that they should double dose their NueroSurge to counter this, but we had to constantly remind them that there was 300mg of caffeine in there. This was most likely to the tolerance-building effects that caffeine had.
Surprisingly, toward the end of the trials, there were no noticeable effects on brain capacity and cognitive effects. We were quite surprised to see that the tests results proved that it was almost like normal. This might have been due to the reduced potency in the pill.
We weren’t able to finish the 15-week trial basically due to the fact that consuming that amount of caffeine every day for 15 weeks might just be detrimental to our overall health, and we don’t recommend anyone to keep at it for that long either. We finished at around 7 weeks of trials.
Side Effects: 16/20
It was quite expected to undergo a severe caffeine crash towards the end of our trials, but after discontinuing at 7 weeks, we thought it wouldn’t be as bad as we expected – it was worse. The pain of caffeine withdrawal was quite unbearable. It really was quite an experience. Who knows how much more intense it would have been had we stopped at 15 weeks, but we were glad we stopped when we did. Thankfully, though, there were no long-term side effects from NeuroSurge.
At $49.95 for a bottle, it’ll last you around a month with the one serving a day suggestion. It’s quite an average mid-range price in terms of nootropics, but then again, it seems that there aren’t much nootropic benefits demonstrated by NeuroSurge. In fact, the motivation and focus that we initially experienced might just be linked to the effects of caffeine on the body. That being said, you’ll get the same type of feeling with larger doses of coffee which is much cheaper. It might be a cheap deal at around $50 for a month, but there’s no value in terms of nootropic benefits.
NeuroSurge 2.0, rebranded and reformulated, seems to bring nothing new to the table. It offers a large caffeine dose similar to taking coffee a few more times a day than you normally would, at a price that’s more expensive than you’ll ever spend for coffee in a month! Towards its nootropic effects, there was only a slight increase in effects, however, we were only able to test it for 7 weeks, which might attribute to that. That being said, it is still not recommended to take that amount of caffeine in a day, let alone every day. We’ve suffered the severe caffeine crash to let you know that you’ll experience similar effects from discontinuing its use. It seems that NeuroSurge 2.0 has a lot to improve upon, and in terms of nootropics, they’re going to have to reduce the amount of filler ingredients to allow a consumption of their product that is consistent and non-lethal.