Nowadays, being present, alert and maintaining focus seems to be increasingly difficult for most of us. Maybe it is a “millennial” thing, or maybe it has to do with getting older, attention span medical disorders, boredom, or whatever the reasons seem to be, one thing is clear: everyone needs help concentrating.
We try to steer clear of prescription drugs, so whenever a natural alternative is available, we give it a shot. Unfortunately, nootropics aka brain supplements aren’t always the most effective and there is no real life “limitless pill” like in the movie.
Who doesn’t love the idea of being laser sharp and getting sh*t done, right?
Whether you’re a college student, stay-at-home mom, computer programmer, athlete, senior, or anything else that might require extra help focusing, a little help never hurt anyone. So let’s talk nootropics!
Specifically, a nootropic called Intelleral.
Intelleral is an all natural nutritional supplement that claims to use Whole Green Coffee Powder (WGCP) to improve focus for hours, without draining adrenal glands or a hard crash after effect.
What Exactly is Intelleral and What Does It Do?
Intelleral is a memory and focus supplement which is presented as an aid to focus and concentration, especially for students or people with long schedules.
The idea behind Intelleral is that it will provide you with mental stimulation that will increase mental focus and attention for long hours without the negative side effects that come from coffee, energy drinks, or from prescription medications.
Since there really isn’t much to the formula used in this supplement, other than the main ingredient (whole green coffee powder), is it likely to offer any benefits? Or is it just another scam? Why not just by whole green coffee powder on its own?
These are all questions we asked ourselves…
These WGC beans are also a natural source of caffeine and antioxidants (substances that may help repair and prevent damage caused by free radicals).
But another question is this: Is there any evidence that the WGCP contained in Intelleral can actually boost your focus?
We didn’t seem to really notice much of a difference.
We ran into a bit of a red flag here. We could not find a full list of ingredients for this product, but as we mentioned, their main stated ingredient is “whole green coffee powder,” which is a product derived from grinding down green, or unroasted, coffee beans.
Before roasting, these beans contain slightly less caffeine per volume and also include some natural plant antioxidants, though they are not commonly used as memory supplement ingredients. Other than that, there was no other ingredients listed.
- The main ingredient is naturally sourced, caffeine helps with alertness and focus
- While the makers refer to a clinical study, they do not provide any clear citation to it – where it was taken, by whom, etc.
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- No other ingredients listed
Intelleral Side Effects
There are no known side effects of this product when it is used correctly. However, it does contain caffeine, so if you already consume a fair amount of caffeine or are sensitive to that ingredient, you should take that into consideration and maybe choose another product.
So, Does Intelleral Actually Work?
As you probably know, caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, which can temporarily improve focus. The problem is that most natural green coffee bean extracts contain about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, so while this can certainly improve your focus for a short while, the evidence doesn’t indicate you’ll experience the same level of benefits promoted by Intelleral.
And some of us would prefer not to use caffeine. So, this product is not intended for everyone.
How Much Does Intelleral Cost and Where Can It Be Purchased?
You can purchase directly from their site here. Intelleral offers a “free trial” which we would advise to be careful with – if you do not forget to cancel, YOU WILL BE BILLED!
So, as long as you are okay with that and remember to cancel, you are good! Otherwise, you can go with the straight sale. Your options are as follows:
- 1 Box: $74.95 plus $4.95 S&H
- 3 Boxes: $149.90 plus free S&H
- 5 Boxes: $199.85 plus free S&H
While we did experience the boost from the caffeine, between a high price, and a formula that only mentions one single ingredient (and that one widely available elsewhere), you can likely get more for your memory-supplement money in many other places — and if you do want a product featuring green coffee bean extracts, you can get them directly for much cheaper.
Keep in mind, results vary from person to person, so if you are into it and feeling optimistic, go ahead and try it for yourself! Let us know what you think.
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