Excelerol is a cognitive enhancer that we’ve been looking to review for a very long time. It’s quite popular in the market, as well as online, and you might even be able to find it in a Walgreens near you. Excelerol contains Acetyl L Carnitine, Ginkgo Biloba, Vinpocetine, and a few other premium ingredients that we believe make it a strong option for use as a memory enhancer.
When we first happened upon Excelerol’s website, the very first thing to come to mind would have probably been NZT-48 from the blockbuster movie Limitless. There was just something about the guy speaking in the video that vaguely reminded us of Bradley Cooper’s character, Eddie. Perhaps it was just a little Easter egg left there by the people behind Excelerol, but we found it a little funny nonetheless.
While first impressions had us thinking the website was full of useful information relating to studies on Excelerol and similar supporting information, it didn’t take long to discover that nearly all the information on the site is simply Wikipedia style links to information on tests carried out on individual ingredients (and not the product itself). Weirdly enough, a lot of the studies they referenced are from studies made so many years ago.
We were also a little disappointed that we weren’t even able to find a supplement facts label, or even any mention of the dosages for the ingredients they used. It would seem that Excelerol’s business practices are a little archaic – and sadly letting them down. What is a nice formula is let down by a smoke and mirrors approach to exactly what – and how much of that “what” – we are taking.
Their claims may be a little sensationalized (after all, in this market, which product isn’t?), but note that Excelerol isn’t actually marketed solely as a memory enhancer. Rather, its claims hint at more of a success pill, again reminiscent to that from the movie Limitless.
“What if there was a pill that with exercise and proper nutrition,
could increase your chances of success?”
“Support your memory, focus, concentration & alertness today!”
We aren’t sure why the manufacturers did not make a supplement facts label readily available on their website, but they do list all of the ingredients contained in Excelerol. They have also taken the liberty in explaining exactly what each ingredient does and how it affects the brain (of course, we use “explaining” here liberally – copy-pasted descriptions is more like it). If you’d like some further research on the subject, clicking the tab “Clinical Studies” will reveal sources and further reading material. Nevertheless, a quick Google search gave us the supplement facts label.
Full Ingredients List:
Vitamin B12 – 1250 mcg
Niacin (as Niaciniamide) – 5 mcg
Proprietary Formulation – 350 mg:
Guarana Extract, Kola Nut Extract, DMAE, Acetyl L-Carnitine,
Bacopa Monnieri Extract, Peppermint Oil, Tulsi Extract, Green Tea Extract,
Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Rhodiola Extract, Phosphatidylserine, L-Tyrosine,
White Tea Extract, Black Tea Extract, Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine,
Citicoline, Huperzine Extract, Vinpocetine
First and foremost, for those who are wondering, Excelerol uses veggie caps. We know not a lot of our readers are concerned about that, but recently we have been getting a few emails asking us whether a supplement is using veggie caps or not.
Another thing we’d like to bring to attention is the fact that almost 95% of all ingredients in Excelerol are listed under a “proprietary blend”. While we understand that this may have been done to protect their secret formula from the hands of the competitor, they didn’t really have to list ALL their brain enhancing ingredients under here. Knowing the specific milligrams for each ingredient is pretty important as some ingredients may have different effects depending on dosage (low dosage improving focus and high dosage improving memory, for example), and some ingredients may also have varying effects depending on their dosage in respect to other ingredients (caffeine and l-theanine have synergistic effects when in a 2:1 ratio, for example). So having some information on that would have been very nice indeed.
So what of the actual ingredients? While Excelerol’s ingredients appear to be of good quality, the lack of a gold plated box, or a holiday for two to Hawaii leaves us wondering how they seem to calculate a cost per month of $99.90 (we’ll get more into that in the “Pricing” section of this review).
But for the most part, while Excelerol wasn’t made to specifically target memory enhancement, a large chunk of its ingredients go directly into improving memory, information recall, as well as protecting the brain against age-related memory ailments.
It should be no surprise that the formula includes Huperzine A and Vinpocetine – both of which should be familiar to anyone who has researched for similar nootropics and brain pills in the past. When taken in conjunction with each other, these ingredients produce increased levels of acetylcholine, while also promoting better blood flow through the brain. Additionally, they also increase the electrical connectivity in the brain – which means that information is stored and accessed more efficiently.
Acetyl L Carnitine, as mentioned earlier, is great in that it acts as a powerful antioxidant, which prevents deterioration in brain cells. It protects the brain from various diseases, and when in combination with the effects of Ginkgo Biloba as a memory and concentration enhancer and L-Tyrosine for mental fatigue prevention, what you have is one of the best memory enhancers out there… and we’ve only just talked of only less than a quarter of its ingredients.
Test Results: Excelerol
Our tests with Excelerol lasted for a whole 45 days. We had a few volunteers come in to our lab (aged 18-37) who agreed to take Excelerol continuously and write down their findings in a journal. They also had to come report back with our lab every two weeks for general cognitive performance tests.
For the most part, we have to say that Excelerol was a success in this area. From the get-go, we already started receiving very positive feedback from our volunteers. From as soon as day three, we heard great things on how Excelerol improves short-term memory recall. Our volunteers seemed to be remembering day-to-day things a lot more… most notably are things that they’d normally forget on a day-to-day basis. These things could be as simple as actually remembering where they left their keys to remembering birthdays and anniversaries, and in more practical ways, remembering more things to put in a grocery list.
As the test went on, the feedback we had been getting only got better and better. There were even better reports regarding long-term memory. Some volunteers would experience very vivid memories of events that may have happened up to ten years ago. And strangely enough, these memories may not even be that noteworthy to begin with. Enhanced memory was also reported in terms of being able to remember more things for exams, projects, reports, presentations – one college student even attested that his problem solving skills in some of his physics classes have taken a turn for the good as he now remembers more things from class, allowing him to better understand the equations and problems given to him for homework.
What made the test truly a success though was that aside from the improvements to memory, there were a lot of other improvements to other areas as well – energy, fatigue, mood, problem solving ability, and focus. All of these make Excelerol a very well-rounded brain enhancer.
Other Online Reviews
It seems that Excelerol is gathering quite a following online, with a number of very positive reviews attributed to it. You can take a look at more on Amazon, but here are a few:
From B. Johnson on June 25, 2014 (Amazon)
I’ve been using Excelerol for about a year now. I take two tablets per day. One before breakfast and one before lunch.
For me it took a while for the effects to accumulate but I stuck with it. The effects from one use are so subtle I didn’t notice any difference at first. It was the long-term behavioral changes that convinced me. The longer I take Excelerol the more I find myself revisiting old hobbies. I find myself with the energy and focus to pursue the things I enjoy even after a long work day. That was rarely the case before I started using Excelerol.
I combine Excelerol with a daily B-100 complex, Centrum Specialist Energy, and 500mg of standard (with flush) Niacin for maximum effect.
At first glance the price seems high, but when you consider what it would cost to buy this product’s components separately it’s not such a bad price afterall. Or at least the amazon $99 price seems reasonable. I can’t afford the $198 list price but while this continues to sell at $99 per box, I’ll continue to purchase.
From Amanda Monette on October 9, 2014 (Amazon)
So first off I have to say I was skeptic when I saw this but I was surprised by this product, But pleasantly surprised! I have horrible problems with remembering things along with problems focusing. I will change from one subject to another within seconds. I have ADHD but refuse to be medicated for it (though my doctors have tried). When I came across this I decided to give it a try. I was very surprised, Three days on it and I already noticed an improvement! Very satisfied! Would recommend to anyone who is like me, needs help with memory or focus! Just great stuff!
From Arctic Observer on August 22, 2014 (Amazon)
I think this product is over rated. I noticed no benefits from it’s use. I have used other products of this type with far better results. This a very expensive product and I am not sure how it ever obtained a # 1 rating.
From Patricia Medrano Bouapha on December 23, 2014 (Amazon)
This product gave me a headache. It also made me shaky and nauseous. I returned it for money back. If it really works for you, good for you. This is my opinion and my experience with it. Oh and on a side note my partner tried a pill or two and she didn’t like it herself. It made her shaky too, very alert, her heart was racing and when the dose was out of system she ended up with a headache. We have no good affects with this product.
While the majority of online reviews on Excelerol were positive, we were still able to find a considerable amount of negative ones as well.
While none of our volunteers reported any side effects, please note that some user reviews have noted Excelerol giving them headaches and causing nausea. If you experience these or any other adverse side effects, it is best advised to stop using immediately.
Also, Excelerol contains DMAE, so depending on what country you are, the substance might be banned. We know for a fact that it’s illegal in Australia and Canada.
Excelerol seems to be priced at a relatively inexpensive $49.90 with a $5.99 shipping and handling charge. Do not be fooled though. If you look closely at the description under the price, the fine print says “30 Capsule Supply”. Now, using some simple math, with the recommended serving being “1-2 capsules up to three times a day”, 30 capsules isn’t going to last very long. The actual price for a month’s supply of Excelerol is $99.90 with a $9.99 shipping and handling charge on top – a very steep ask, even when considering the good ingredients used.
Note: while they do include a $39.90 option, you’re only allowed to avail of this promotion if you sign up for a monthly credit card subscription. We highly advise against this. You might not like the effects or have some adverse reaction, and then getting out of a subscription will have you jumping through so many hoops.
RECAP: Pro’s vs Con’s
– Available in some supermarkets (though this isn’t always a good thing)
– Good range of ingredients
– Majority of reviews on Excelerol were positive
– Poor value at $99.90 per month
– Unclear information on the website
– Hidden ingredient dosages and no image of the supplement facts
The Bottom Line
Excelerol is a fantastic option for anyone that is looking for a memory enhancer but doesn’t know where to start. It’s also a great choice for beginners looking to delve into the world of nootropics. Its many different high quality ingredients mean that you can get to try a little bit of everything. However, this premium comes at a very steep, almost ridiculous price at $99.90 per month. Considering most alternatives come at only half that price, we can’t recommend it fully for its value.
Still though, if you have the extra money to spare, you’ll be benefiting not only from enhanced memory, increased memory recall, and an overall healthier brain – but you’ll also be getting better states of focus, clarity, mood, and problem-solving abilities.
Excelerol is a great product that is a little too hyped up on its website (learn to read through all the marketing hyperbole) and is a little too overpriced. Nevertheless, judging it purely on its effects and results, and with the inclusion of a great range of high quality ingredients, there are only few who can best it.