What is NeuroGum?
Neurogum is a caffeinated chewing gum on the market which operates as a nootropic stack because it contains L-theanine. This is a formula known to help enhance brain function.
NeuroGum claims that their chewing gum can help promote:
But how effective is it really? In this NeuroGum review, we look closer at this nootropic and see how effective it really is. We’ll be analyzing the ingredients, side effects and the company itself to see if it is a good choice for you.
NeuroGum originally started as an IndieGoGo campaign in 2015 with a target of $10,000 – which was met and exceeded within a matter of days.
NeuroGum Founders: Kent Yoshimura and Ryan Chen who met at the University of California.
Yoshimura and Chen had a combined knowledge of cognitive science and athletics and were looking for a way to develop a portable and effective nootropic stack.
Shortly after it’s release Neuro Gum gained traction in from various media outlets such as TIME, GeekTime, Food&Wine and more.
NeuroGum has gone through several revisions since being released on the market and continues to have a strong following both in customers and on Instagram.
Below is the full ingredient list for NeuroGum:
- Green Tea Caffeine
- Vitmain B6
- Vitamin B12
This is a nice minimal nootropic stack. We have a few concerns with it, but before we get into that, let’s explore what each of these ingredients in NeuroGum can actually do:
- Green Tea Caffeine
Not always a favorite in a nootropic stack, but we can see the appeal in NeuroGum. Caffeine is arguably the best natural stimulant out there.
When supplemented correctly caffeine can help to boost your energy, focus, metabolism and even power output. It’s good for both concentrating at work, or for giving it your all in the gym.
We sometimes fear nootropic stacks that have caffeine in them tend to have energy crashes later on in the day. The L-Theanine in NeuroGum should help to some extent to counteract this – but it can never be 100% off the table.
This is a great ingredient in NeuroGum. It’s another nutrient that you can find in Green Tea. L-Theanine is a well researched nootropic which has been seen to help numerous aspects of cognition.
The main benefit is that this amino acid can help to promote relaxation without drowsiness. Not only that but it can also help with attention span and help reduce anxiety.
Combine that with the caffeine and it’s great for keeping the stimulant side of NeuroGum in check. It can help focus that energy that the caffeine gives you and help manage the risk of jitters to some extent. It’s good for handling any unwanted side effects.
- Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 in NeuroGum is a nice supporting touch. It’s used in your body for various small health benefits.
It may help to a very minor degree to help promote your overall levels of energy and can help to some extent with metabolism.
It’s a nice healthy addition to this gum, but don’t expect anything major from it. This vitamin would’ve been much more potent for cognition if it was combined with Vitamin B9 as well as B12.
- Vitamin B12
This is a much better addition to NeuroGum, But again, if B9 was in the mix this nootropic would supply a great amount of benefit.
On it’s own Vitamin B12 has some evidence for helping with energy, metabolism and to some extent focus. It’s a nice support but we would’ve liked to have seen a combination of B6, B12 and B9.
B6, B9 and B12 are all required by your body for homocysteine metabolism, which promotes chemical synthesis in your brain. Adequate levels of B6 and B12 can help methonine-homocysteine cycle, but a Vitamin B9 cycle is required to for maximum cognitive boosts.
This all helps with mental performance and reducing cognitive decline, together they would’ve all had a great impact here.
Aside from that, this is a very stripped back nootropic – and probably not enough for a general stack. There are plenty of other options which are not included in here which have been seen to make a difference including Citicoline, Phosphatidylserine, Bacopa Monnieri and Rhodiola Rosea.
It would be great if there was a way to incorporate ingredients like this into NeuroGum.
Neurogum Reviews Side Effects
The main concerns that we have with NeuroGum are the side effects you may get from the caffeine. Not everyone can tolerate this stimulant well – and although the L-Theanine may help manage the jitters, it could still have an effect on you.
Potential side effects from NeuroGum for those week to caffeine include:
- Light Headed-ness
- Upset Stomach
- Energy Crashes
We always try and steer clear of nootropics that have stimulants in for this reason. However, the slow release you get from chewing NeuroGum and the L-Theanine may help to manage it.
If you have any concerns we suggest you speak to your doctor before using this nootropic. That goes especially if you suffer from any preexisting conditions or have any allergies.
NeuroGum on Reddit is not a widely talked about topic. There are a couple of mentions of it in the r/nootropics section – we only managed to find one full report.
Here’s what they had to say:
“Not too long ago a company called Neurogum posted on here with a kickstarter for a Caffeine / L-theanine gum they were running a kickstarter for. As someone who lives off of caffeine / l-theanine and chewing gum, I immediately jumped in on it.
Well the package finally arrived today, and I figured I’d post a short review on the product.
The packaging is attractive and effective, didn’t have any trouble opening the gum and it offerred all the information I needed.
Pretty much exactly what I was expecting from 40mg caffeine / 60mg l-theanine. Chewing one piece has a subtle focusing effect, chewing two gives you more of an energy boost, and so on.
High-quality texture, chews well, doesn’t break apart in your mouth and holds taste for a long time.
Here’s the only weak point; it has a bit of an unpleasant bitter taste. I’d assume this is from the l-theanine and/or caffeine. It becomes more tolerable after chewing it for a half hour or so, but not too pleasant until then, imo.
I’m really happy with everything about this except the taste. It’s not intolerable, and I’m definitely going to be enjoying my product, but if they can find a way to neutralize that bitter taste it’ll turn this from something good to something fantastic. They’re talking about offering other flavors, so maybe those will turn out a bit better.”
They claim to have had a good experience with NeuroGum but didn’t go into a lot of detail – the main area they seemed to concentrate on was the taste, which could use improvement.
Aside from that it, it seemed to be well-received.
Where to Buy NeuroGum
You can buy NeuroGum at the following stores:
- Mini Market
And various other retailers. It’s also available from their official website and amazon.com. It shouldn’t be too hard for you to track down and find.
It currently retails at $21.00 for 54 pieces and $39.00 for 108 pieces when bought directly from their site.
NeuroGum have also expanded their range to a non-gum version: NeuroGum Mints. These are the same price as the gum but gives you more units with each purchase (72 mints for $21.00 and 144 for $39.00).
They seem to be comprised of the same ingredients and should have similar effects, with the only difference being that you can consume this version of NeuroGum after chewing it.
NeuroGum Review | Our Take
If you’re looking for a full comprehensive nootropic stack – NeuroGum isn’t what you’re looking for. However, if you want a bit of a boost to help you get through your day, it may be what you want.
It’s not a serious nootropic stack, but it has it’s advantages that we think could help someone who wants some mild cognitive support in a pinch. We’re too keen on the caffeine in this, and there’s a lot more which could be added to it – but hey, it’s a nootropic in gum form, the fact they could do this in any capacity is pretty amazing.