Addium is a nootropic supplement that the manufacturer claims will help increase your energy, maintain your focus, and boost your brain performance. Ultimately, this is claimed to allow you to think clearly, process data more quickly, retain more information, and make you more efficient. More, more, more!
Because of this, the manufacturer claims that Addium pills can help unlock 100% of your brain's potential, dubbing it “the most advanced and effective cerebral enhancement complex in the world.”
After taking Addium (no dosing instructions are provided on the product’s website), it’s claimed to take effect within minutes and to provide an “incredible” burst of energy for up to 6 hours. Then, it’s claimed to leave your system without a crash and without the harmful side effects associated with prescription medication.
In today’s society, the reality is that those who can work faster, harder, and longer are often the ones who are most likely to succeed. But what if you had something that could give you an extra little edge over the competition? Something that could help you outperform them?
Is Addium that “something?” Consider the following:
What Ingredients Do Addium Pills Contain?
In order to accomplish all of these benefits, Addium claims to contain many of the same ingredients as other brain health supplements we’ve reviewed, including:
- Tyrosine – May help you create neurotransmitters that promote mental alertness.
- GABA – Claimed to prevent over-excitement and maintain focus.
- Bacopa Monnieri – May help increase cerebral brain flow, and by proxy, cognitive function.
- Alpha GPC – Helps neurotransmission function properly.
- Vinpocetine – May help increase ATP energy production.
- Huperzine A – Claimed to help prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine.
But what does science have to say about these ingredients?
Do Addium’s Ingredients Really Provide All These Benefits?
According to WebMD, tyrosine is possibly effective for improving alertness following the loss of sleep, and possibly ineffective for treating adult attention deficit disorder. GABA is possibly effective for high blood pressure and motion sickness, although there is insufficient clinical evidence available for any of its other benefits.
On the other hand, bacopa is possibly effective for improving memory, but only related to specific extracts (KeenMind; BacoMind). Vinpocetine seems to have shown some promise for Alzheimer’s and other diseases that interfere with thinking. Also, huperzine A might be effective for treating patients with Alzheimer’s, as well as for older children with memory problems.
Finally, there appears to be insufficient evidence for any mental benefits associated with alpha gpc.
So what does this leave us with? From an evidence-based standpoint, with continued use, Addium’s ingredients are most likely to:
- Slightly improve your alertness—but only if you’re tired.
- Reduce your blood pressure.
- Improve your thinking—perhaps moreso if you’re suffering from Alzheimer’s or another dementia-related disease.
Because of this, it appears that Addium may help some individuals experience some types of benefits. However, it’s important to note that there isn’t a product label provided on the Addium website, so there’s no way to know how much of each ingredient the supplement contains, or whether or not it contains enough to provide any of these benefits.
Based on the company’s fake news articles comparing Addium to Adderall and their numerous posts on LegalAdderall, it’s clear that the supplement’s name is intended to trigger the association between the two.
However, as we can see from the previous section, although some of the ingredients in Addium aren’t without their benefits, they almost certainly won’t work anything like a prescription medication.
Are Customers Calling Addium the “Limitless” Pill?
Unlike a large portion of the nutritional supplements we review here at HighYa, Addium actually had a fair number of online customer reviews at the time of our research.
SupplementCritique claimed that Addium was previously advertised using some deceptive marketing tactics, such as sending out a tweet with Bradley Cooper’s picture from the movie Limitless. Also, the review claimed that Addium’s manufacturer posted an article online that appeared to come from Forbes, although like the Bradley Cooper image, it was also a counterfeit of the real thing.
In fact, it appears the company continues to use similar tactics, as we found a CNN iReport titled “Real Life Limitless Pill Stirs Controversy on College Campus,” which is 1) not monitored by CNN, and 2) fake.
Interestingly, Addium has an average 4.5-star customer rating (as of 2/9/15) on Amazon.com, although the SupplementCritique article above called into question many of the online reviews for Addium. In fact, such a high density of overly positive reviews (often posted from accounts with only one review), is one of the telltale signs of a fake customer review.
From a company standpoint, Addium is manufactured by Precision Labs LLC based out of Jackson, WY. However, other than that the company was established in September 2014, there wasn’t any additional information available about them online.
Finally, keep in mind that by placing an order on Addium’s website, you’ll be submitting to an arbitration agreement. In short, this means that your rights to a trial by jury or to become part of a class action lawsuit will be severely limited in the event you incur any damages.
Addium Pricing & Refund Policy
You can purchase Addium in 1 of 3 ways:
- 1-Month Supply (30 pills): $39.95
- 2-Month Supply: $64.95
- 3-Month Supply: $89.95
Regardless of which option you choose, $4.95 will be added to your order to cover S&H.
Important note: Unlike many other brain health and nutritional supplements we’ve reviewed, the Addium website doesn’t directly indicate that you’ll be signed up for any kind of autoship program when placing your order. However, an autoship program is mentioned in the product’s Terms & Conditions, but only if “you are placing an order online as part of one of our automatic replenishment programs, your membership in the program will remain in effect until it is cancelled.”
Again, nothing is indicated about an autoship program on the supplement’s website, but it’s worth taking note of.
With this said, Addium comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges, even if the bottle is empty. In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 844-747-8532.
Can Addium Boost Your Brain’s Focus, Energy, & Performance?
As we mentioned in our The Truth About Memory Supplements article, many of these “brain boosters” use inconclusive or incomplete science—not to mention wildly overzealous claims—to sell their products. And considering the lack of evidence for its ingredients, Addium appears to fall into one (or more) of these categories.
Will Addium’s ingredients provide some sort of benefits? With continued use, it’s possible. Will these benefits be in line with the supplement’s high price? In our opinion, probably not.