NeuroGum Review – Ingredients, Coupon, Side Effects
NeuroGum, as the name states, is a nootropic chewing gum that’s been marketed as clarity, focus and an energy enhancer with the optimal chemical balance of the included ingredients in order to achieve the desired effect in the most optimal way possible, minimizing any downsides or unwanted effects. It’s also marketed as a “fast functioning nootropic“, allegedly providing the desired effect x5 times faster due to it being a chewing gum rather than what you would get if you would ingest the same ingredients via an energy drink. This is allegedly achieved due to the bioavailability of the ingredients on a metabolic level due to the “patented cold compression” system with which the gum is produced. On top of everything, it’s also aspartame, sugar and gluten-free while also being non-GMO.
NeuroGum Breaks The Rules
This peculiar combination of ingredients in its chemical composition should mean that that even though it’s still a chemically processed product, due to the way it’s processed and the attention given to the included ingredients should give out a lasting list of positive effects rather than a short-term burst of effects with the ingestion of a plethora of unhealthy compounds, eventually resulting in a crash, as most energy drinks function. This also means that NeuroGum is going to be available to a much wider spectrum of people than most nootropics, as regardless if you’re practicing a sugar and gluten-free diet due to health reasons (such as being a diabetic) or avoiding GMO products (simply because you want to preserve your health with no current health-related issues), NeuroGum is going to be at your disposal and available for consumption in a much more practical and available sense than most nootropics and definitely than probably all energy drinks.
Side Effects & Caffeine Content
While at this point it’s without a doubt that NeuroGum is a functional nootropic and definitely worth the investment if the things it’s advertised for are what you’re seeking in a nootropic, there are things to take in mind. While caffeine isn’t unhealthy on its own, too much of it can be. As such, if you’re a heavy coffee drinker, I would suggest that you look for a different alternative rather than adding NeuroGum in your (already too high) daily caffeine intake. Similarly, mixing it with energy drinks is thoroughly ill-advised.
People who are not coffee drinkers but are planning to use NeuroGum are the ones that are going to experience the best possible effects from the nootropic, as their bodies aren’t used to caffeine, plus the intake method of the caffeine is one of the healthiest methods out there. For people who are coffee drinkers, I would suggest to be mindful when utilizing NeuroGum and try to use the general benefits of the nootropic not as granted, but to also reduce your caffeine intake as well as a personal bonus (that’ll help not only your body but the efficiency of the nootropic as well).
In retrospect, in order for me to make that statement and prove its validity, I also need to take a close look at the ingredients from which NeuroGum is composed.
As such, the ingredients are the following;
- Vitamin B12 (100% daily value)
- Vitamin B6 (30% daily value)
- L-Theanine (60mg)
- Caffeine (40mg)
Vitamin B12 (100% daily value)
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin for normal functioning and its exclusion in the human body can lead to many serious health complications. While most of the desired levels of vitamin presence in our bodies are achieved with a balanced diet, having Vitamin B12 as a part of the NeuroGum formula properly dosed to meet 100% of the bodily needs for that specific vitamin is a great inclusion. Taking in consideration that most of the foods that do actually contain Vitamin B12 are usually either high in starch (natural sugars) and/or gluten, its inclusion in the formula shows that the manufacturers of NeuroGum stay true to their ideas and do respect the difficulties people practicing non-GMO or gluten-free diets to properly ingest all the required nutrients for proper functioning. This also means that if you’re using NeuroGum but practicing a gluten-free diet, Vitamin B12 supplements is a thing that you’ll no longer need to purchase on an indefinite notice.
Vitamin B6 (30% daily value)
Same as above, Vitamin B6 is also an imperative vitamin required for normal functioning with inclusion in the NeuroGun formula having similar pros and cons as the mentioned Vitamin B12. The only thing that actually saddens me a little is the fact that they didn’t go for dosing the amount to 100% of the daily required value, but I’m sure they had their reasons.
L-theanine is an amino acid that helps with the functionality of your brain’s neurons in their ability to transmit nerve impulses to the brain with higher conductivity. While L-theanine itself has been proven clinically to actually improve brain cognition, affecting focus, improved memorization and general clarity, there has been some debate of the actual ability of NeuroGum to deliver this amino acid to the brain due to the way it’s ingested. While oral ingestion of L-theanine is usually shunned upon, I do believe that having NeuroGum be a chewing gum instead of a pill to be an integral part of “bypassing” this issue, as having a gum to chew helps with the secretion of saliva and other metabolic side effects that may actually help with the ability of NeuroGum to deliver L-theanine to the brain much better than if it were a pill.
Last, but not least of the ingredients of NeuroGum is caffeine. Caffeine, by default, is a natural stimulant and one of the most common nootropics out there. Caffeine is the most notorious ingredient in the chemical formula of NeuroGum, with many people either praising its addition as an imperative part of NeuroGum’s effectiveness, while others shun it as an unhealthy addition with possible side effects. Which statement holds more merit will be discussed a tad later in the article.
My Neurogum Routine
NeuroGum is one of the most peculiar nootropics I’ve come across during my journey of testing and reviewing any and every widely recognized nootropics I can get my hands on. The most intriguing element about the formula of NeuroGum is that, well, is a gum. At the time, it was the first nootropic I tried which wasn’t a pill which I had to take every day, either take it on an empty or semi-full stomach, pay attention to the timing of the intake or of the dosage for maximum effect and so forth. As a nootropic that comes in the form of a chewing gum, during the period in which I used NeuroGum, some other subtle life changes also happened besides the effects of the nootropic itself (which we’ll talk about later).
Since at the time I was working in an office with a no smoking or gum chewing policy (during work hours at least), the only time I could reliably get to chew NeuroGum to ingest its ingredients in order to produce the desired cognitive boost was during lunch break (which was after half of the working time). At first, this was a deal breaker, as no matter how efficient a nootropic was, if I could experience its cognitive benefits for only half of the time when I needed them the most, the continued practice of using the nootropic was nonsensical.
As such, I had to make some deeper changes in order to fully experience the effects of NeuroGum.
Since my shift started at 9 am, my usual routine up until I picked up NeuroGum was to get up at 8 am, have a coffee, drink the nootropic of the day and simply drive to work. This routine was fine with the use of other nootropics but didn’t hold up well with the intake change that NeuroGum brought with its formula. As mentioned before, the only real time I could get to chew NeuroGum at work was during lunch, and that was rather wasteful of the full potential which the nootropic (potentially) had. So, simply chew it in the morning, right?
Well, not quite.
Since I’m a coffee drinker and NeuroGum already has a caffeine content included in its ingredients, mixing the two is rather a bad idea. While an average cup of coffee usually has caffeine content twice as much higher than a whole NeuroGum chewing gum (usually even a tad more), adding NeuroGum on top was not a thing I was willing to do. So instead of drinking coffee, I switched to tea in the morning so I could chew NeuroGum and then have coffee at lunch. But as any gum, NeuroGum needs to be properly chewed to release its contents, the more you chew it the better so to speak. While putting the news on and drinking coffee was enough to hold my attention in the morning before work, drinking tea and chewing gum wasn’t. Deeper changes needed to be introduced.
The Final Verdict On NeuroGum
In order to continue using NeuroGum as intended and to properly experience its effects, I had to totally revamp my morning ritual. I was a bit skeptic at first, but the payoff would soon be visible. Instead of getting up at 8 am, I started getting up at 7:30 am. I would have my tea, put NeuroGum in the mouth, start chewing it and go off to work by foot. Since NeuroGum needed time to be chewed properly, instead of rushing off to work by car, I thought to simply walk there to properly buy the time to experience the effects. To further mimic my mourning routine of putting the news on, I would put my headphones on and listen to a podcast, usually related to nutrition or a layman terminology one about neurology and how substances affect the way our brain operates. While it was Oskar Wilde that said that “The best ideas come during long walks”, I do believe that the general energization and clarity of mind improvements I started to experience were not solely due to my increased physical activity; NeuroGum was finally functioning properly!
As I mentioned, caffeine is one of the most prevalent nootropics (on pair with nicotine) out there that’s not exclusively found in pills. But a normal cup of coffee usually has more than twice the amount of caffeine that a NeuroGum gum has and by itself is rather a hard substance for the body to metabolize. The combination of lowered caffeine intake and the (subtle) change in lifestyle that helped my body metabolize the caffeine and all of the other cognitive function improving substances of NeuroGum, I was finally experiencing the proper effect of the nootropical gum. I even stopped drinking coffee at lunch after a week and a half as my need for caffeine was reduced due to the nature of NeuroGum.