Thrivous Nootropics Review: Evidence-Based Qualia Alternatives
This is my review of three novel, evidence-based nootropic stacks from Thrivous. More and more people have been turned on to the nootropics craze.
We turn to online vendors to expand our minds, enhance our abilities, increase our energy and improve our focus.
But as with everything else, there are snake oil salesmen at the ready to barge into a burgeoning industry and rip people off.
One of the most common problems facing the nootropic community is the rash of shady vendors who pay no attention to the science behind their products.
These companies prey upon poor souls just looking to improve their health and better their minds by offering untested products with bogus labels.
Enter Thrivous, a company that strives for superior scientific quality.
Positioning themselves as a worthy alternative to Qualia, another company known for their attention to cutting edge science and quality control, Thrivous seeks to rise to the challenge set by the consumer by providing exceptional cognitive enhancement and top of the line supplements.
As they say on their About page, “Our mission is to help you access technology with the greatest potential to improve your brain and body.
To that end, we combine sustainable business, consensus science and emerging technology into products and services that you’ll love.”
The name Thrivous is emblematic of their agenda—they want to help their customers to thrive.
To achieve this, Thrivous is not only dedicated to selling quality nootropics, they are also taking things one step further by developing geroprotectors, supplements that are poised to revolutionize the anti-aging movement.
Here we will look at their product line and services to get a better understanding of where they stand vis-a-vis other popular nootropic vendors.
We will see what the public has said about the company and how their price points compare to competitors.
Product 1: ALPHA Extended Daily Nootropic
ALPHA Extended Daily Nootropic is said to be a long-term brain function supplement. Each 120 capsule bottle sells for $30 ($40 without a subscription). The one unusual factor about this particular supplement is the label’s recommended dosage.
The bottle says to take four to eight capsules one to two times daily for a total of four to sixteen pills daily. Now I’m no expert, but sixteen of anything seems rather excessive.
ALCAR is often used to treat ADHD and has been embraced by the bodybuilding community for its ability to enhance performance and endurance. It has been shown to help supply the brain with energy and improve activity in the mitochondrian, the human brain cell’s energy generator.
Alpha-GPC is one of the most popular nootropics on the market, a phospholipid form of choline that acts as a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress in the body. It has been found to be beneficial to combating diabetes and insulin sensitivity.
Product 2: Clarity Daily Nootropic Formula
Clarity is a proprietary blend designed to improve mood, focus and memory as well as cognitive support.
Some of these ingredients are nothing special, they can be purchased individually in any pharmacy across the country.
And Lincoln Cannon called my attention to Sulbutiamine, which may reach the brain better than other B1 vitamers; Riboflavin-5-Phosphate, which is a B2 vitamer that may protect against migraine; L-5-Methyltetrahydrofolate, which may be more bioavailable with less risk of adverse effects than other B9 vitamers; and Adenosylcobalamin and Methylcobalamin, which are B12 vitamers that may be most bioavailable when supplemented in combination.
Clarity provides a rare combination of B vitamers.
The most notable ingredients in Clarity are Bacopa Monnieri and Rhodiola Rosea, two powerful nootropics that have been used in ancient medicine for longer than we know.
Bacopa Monnieri is known for being an all-natural stress reliever that can also substantially improve memory and assist people in adapting to new situations.
Rhodiola Rosea, on the other hand, is considered to be “the golden root.” It works to enhance energy and boost brain power.
It has also been espoused by athletes and bodybuilders for its ability to help burn fat during workouts. What’s more, it has been shown to significantly improve symptoms of depression.
As with ALPHA, Clarity retails for $30 ($40 without a subscription).
I asked Lincoln Cannon about the price. He said, “We charge a somewhat higher price for one-time purchases in order to subsidize our subscribing customers, who receive 25% or larger discounts on all our products.
On top of that, we provide free shipping on all orders in the USA, and discounted shipping internationally. So, for example, a subscription to Clarity actually costs less than $25 per month, excluding shipping value.
I believe that makes Clarity the most valuable nootropic stack on the market anywhere in the world.
Product 3: Serenity
Serenity is a nightly nootropic that is said to induce calm, improve sleep and provide next-day focus. This one sells for just $15 ($20 without a subscription).
Serenity contains the following ingredients: L-Theanine, Magnesium and Melatonin. A bottle of any one of these products would sell for $10 to $15 on their own. Together, you’d be looking at somewhere between $30 and $45.
Product 4: Surge
Finally, we have Surge, which is Thrivous’ “acute nootropic,” an open-source stack for energy and focus.
This one hardly seems unique, as it is nothing more than Caffeine, L-Theanine and Panax Ginseng. It’s essentially Smart Caffeine + Ginseng.
That said, L-Theanine has its cognitive enhancement benefits and Ginseng has a reputation for relieving fatigue, and together with caffeine, it makes up one of my favorite stacks.
It appears that Surge is Thrivous’ attempt at spic