Thrivous Nootropics Review: Evidence-Based Qualia Alternatives
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 $40. The one suspicious 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.
Most of these ingredients are nothing special, they can be purchased individually in any pharmacy across the country.
The only notable ingredients listed here 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 $40 which is pretty steep when compared to other proprietary blends on the market.
Product 3: Serenity
Serenity is a nightly nootropic that is said to induce calm, improve sleep and provide next-day focus. Unlike the former, this one sells for just $20 which is a fair price when you consider what is in it.
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,” a proprietary formula 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 spicing up the long-adored Caffeine+L-theanine stack, with a twist. I will definitely be trying this out more, at the gym and out at the bar.
Thrivous as a Company
As far as product line, that’s all she wrote. The only other thing they offer are stacks that combine the products listed above.
Their FAQ page is pretty thorough in terms of questions customers might have about their orders, showing me that they are laying the groundwork for a strong and long-lasting product line.
Their News section is, perhaps, one of the most attractive things about the Thrivous site, offering transparency about their staff, news about new doctors joining their team and press releases about their product line.
What Are People Saying?
Little has been written about Thrivous; they do not appear to have much word of mouth on sites like Reddit or on forums dedicated to the nootropic movement.
That being said, they have been reviewed favorably by several nootropic websites and they do not appear to sell through consumer sites like Amazon.
Although Thrivous is a company that is still in its infancy and building a reputation for themselves, their products generally seem to be of fair quality and reasonable prices.
Consumers are advised to conduct their own independent research before shopping at Thrivous.com.