Addium is a supplement produced in the USA. It is designed to boost brain performance and the manufactures claim the effects kick-in within 15 minutes, allowing the user to “unlock 100%” of their brain’s potential and learn the secret of successful people.
According to the official website, the manufacturer has already sold more than 26.4 million capsules and counting.
Impressed?…hold that thought.
Addium in Summary
Comparing the Addium formula to some of the best products that I have found is like comparing a scooter to a superbike. Similar working parts, but extremely different level of performance. Addium just doesn’t cut it as a nootropic in my opinion.
The major sensation one feels is that of a caffeine kick. Aside from the fact that caffeine is not a nootropic ingredient, the small proprietary formula of 545mg can’t possibly contain much of anything once the caffeine is taken out of the equation. The other ingredients are good, but clinical dosages, they are not!
With this in mind, I would invite you to check out the ingredients and inclusion rates of some of the highest rated nootropics on this site, and then see for yourself if Addium is up to scratch.
The manufacturers claim their “cerebral enhancement complex” can clear the brain and help the user feel more alert, process their thoughts with increased efficiency, and retain all the information they feed their brain.
Promised benefits include:
- Increased focus
- Increased brain power
- Increased energy
Ingredients in Addium
1 capsule provides a couple of B vitamins and then a proprietary blend of 545mg.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin): important for general good health. Some reviewers point the reader toward videos of people having taken it and getting scared because they get flushed in the face and arms. It’s nothing to worry about; this is just flush-form niacin – and is actually a safe side effect.
Vitamin B6: is used for metabolism and assists the production of neurotransmitters. Vitamin B6 deficiency can impair cognitive abilities, so it is a nootropic supplement manufacturer’s favourite. The FDA-recommended Vitamin B6 allowance is just 1-2mg per day, but higher doses are acceptable.
Dangers usually only arise when people consume more than 100mg per day. The amount included in Addium is about right, but the lack of inclusion rates for the other ingredients makes it very difficult to speculate on how the blend is likely to perform.
The Addium proprietary blend of 545mg contains unspecified quantities of:
Caffeine: Caffeine is an energy-providing stimulant that can sharpen the mind and make it easier to concentrate on difficult or boring tasks. The downside is it can also cause jittery sensations, but pairing caffeine with L-Theanine (as is the case here) can often prevent such side effects from becoming an issue.
GABA: Generates alpha waves in the brain, but as an ingredient it might not cross the blood-brain barrier too well.
Bacopa Monnieri Extract: A herb that is often used to support improved memory function. It is a very popular nootropic ingredient and is also believed to have an anti-aging effect on the brain.
Alpha GPC: You only need to read my other articles to know how much I like Alpha GPC.
L-Theanine: An amino acid that is usually associated with green tea, but can also be obtained from several other plant species. L-Theanine has the ability to trigger the production of GABA. The presence of extra GABA generates alpha waves and the end result is a calm, relaxed state of mind.
Phosphatidylserine: naturally occurring in the brain and optimal levels are associated with heightened cognitive function.
L-Tyrosine: neurotransmitter booster
Vinpocetine: a cerebral vasodilator which increases blood flow to the brain.
Huperzine A: inhibits the enzyme which takes out acetylcholine, thereby keeping the neurotransmitter around for longer.
*The capsule casing contains gelatine, so Addium will not be a suitable nootropic for vegetarians.
Customer feedback looks like it may have been engineered to the company’s benefit. The genuine reviews seem to point to one conclusion; there’s a caffeine kick and that’s about it. Close scrutiny of the Amazon five star reviews reveals many of the reviewers have only reviewed one product – Addium. This can often indicate attempts at feedback manipulation
Side Effects & Health Issues
The manufacturers fail to state if any side effects have been reported or are likely to be an issue. However, it seems unlikely that the formulation will be suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.
People who have any health problems or concerns should always consult their GP before trying any new form of dietary supplement. This advice also holds true for people who are taking medications or already using another brand of supplement.
A 30-day money back guarantee is offered.
Purchasing Options & Considerations
Addium can be purchased from the official site and from Amazon.com, but the company does not ship to the UK and the product did not appear to be available via any third-party suppliers at the time of this review.
Recommendations for Best Results
My recommendation would be to pass by Addium and select a high grade nootropic product which is not giving you a caffeine boost and very little else.
The list of ingredients in Addium is a good one, but when another product is putting the same ingredients in (minus the caffeine) and putting them in at dosages 5 times as powerful, it’s a no-brainer.
There is 545mg of active ingredients in Addium – a lot of which is just caffeine!
Check out the top products that I recommend the most. Look at their ingredients. Noocube – for example – has added more milligrams in 2 of its ingredients than is in the entire Addium formula.
Mind Lab Pro has 500mg of Lion’s Mane alone!!!
Dosage is everything.