Everyone can use a kick to get them going in the morning…
Some drink coffee or tea, some exercise, and some take supplements to get them through the day. Alternatives to prescription medications like Adderall and Vyvanse are quickly taking over college campuses and boardrooms across the US, and there’s no signs of a slowdown.
Recently we’ve been reviewing more and more of these nootropic supplements, mainly because we get so many guys asking about them.
One recent supplement I got a question about is called Addium, which is apparently a smart drug that is sending shock waves through the medical community. But does it really work as good as they say it does?
Well, throughout this review you’ll learn about the formula behind this supplement, what customers are saying about, the marketing, and more.
The truth may end up shocking you…
ContentsWhat Is Addium?
Where To Buy It
Our Main Problem With Addium – The Claims
My Personal Test Results
Frequently Asked Questions
Watch My Review Or Read More Below
What is Addium?
According to the products own website, Addium is a cerebral enhancement complex that is intended to help increase your energy, maintain focus, and boost your brain performance.
According to the marketing I am reading behind this pill, it seems to be much more then that.
More on that later…
So what’s in Addium that apparently makes it so effective?
Well, for starters the ingredients listed include Vitamin B3 Niacin, Vitamin B6, Caffeine, L-Theanine, Vinpocetine, Alpha GPC, Tyrosine, Gaba, and Bacopa Monnieri.
But the primary ingredient that stood out to me was Huperzine A. Huperzine A has been clinically studied and proven effective at helping patients with Alzheimer’s disease, memory and learning enhancement, and age-related memory impairment. (Source: 1)
However, these studies involved a very small number of participants and the data was not found to be conclusive.
From my experience (which you can read about below) Addium contains a TON of caffeine, although the label doesn’t tell you exactly how much.
The strong effects from the Caffeine seemed to be offset by the amino acid L-Theanine, which reportedly produces feelings of calm and relaxation. (Source: 2)
GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) is a well-known amino acid that plays a role in reducing neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. (Source: 3) However, GABA has a very hard time crossing the blood brain barrier in significant quantities, so its effects are limited.
There also appears to be another product with a similar sounding name called Adderin that just popped up on my radar. My suspicion is that this supplement is the same as Addium, but I can’t say for sure. The bottle / label closely resembles that of Addium, with a few small changes.
I actually had a chance to try it out, click here to see my review.
Where To Buy Addium
The product itself is not that expensive, with a one month supply running at $40 a bottle. They also offer discounts for larger orders, as well as offer a 30 day money back guarantee, which is not uncommon in the industry.
I checked around on a few other sites, and other then Amazon, it doesn’t appear to be sold at any retail stores like GNC, Walgreens, CVS, or Walmart.
Our Main Problem With Addium – The Claims
So originally when I started doing the research for Addium, I came across an ad on Yahoo that had an intriguing headline that read “Controversial ‘Limitless Pill” Used By The 1%.Does taking this pill give you an unfair advantage in life?”
I clicked on the ad and it took me to a page that, at first, looked like an independent article printed in a scholarly magazine.
Through this article there’s mention that their supplement was featured on the hit daytime TV show “The Doctors” (and Dr OZ) and that it was also the inspiration for the movie “Limitless” starring Bradley Cooper.
However, this is completely and utterly false…
As you’ll see here, this is the tweet THEY show from the official Limitless movie twitter page in the article:
And here’s the REAL tweet from the official Limitless Twitter Page:
You can see the real tweet here if you like as well.
They also claim that it’s been seen in a Forbes article titled “Addium: Viagra For The Brain”, as you’ll see in this photo:
But if you check out the REAL Forbes article, you’ll see there is no mention of Addium whatsoever. Just like the Limitless Tweet, it’s false and misleading advertising that leads you to believe it has some real credibility.
While were not sure if the actual company is behind it, or it’s just an internet marketer who’s making these claims, but there’s no denying their existence.
Sometimes they even make claims that celebrities like Will Smith and Leonardo Dicaprio are using them, and I prove it wrong each and EVERY time.
Finally, the makers (or marketers) of Addium state that their supplement was involved in a clinical study by the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit, or NCTU for short. However, upon investigating their website I couldn’t find any published information concerning Addium.
If a supplement like this had ACTUALLY been clinically studied, don’t you think they would be highlighting it more on their website?
Reviews and Testimonials
As far as finding Addium reviews, there was actually a decent amount of them on a few online site like Yahoo answers and Amazon.
However, the legitimacy of these reviews can definitely be called into question.
For one, I read through a ton of the reviews on Amazon, and almost EVERY SINGLE reviewer literally had only left a review of Addium, and not ONE other product.
This is a classic sign of a fake amazon review, which is very prevalent.
Basically, what companies will do is hire people to create a fake Amazon account and “review” their product.
You’ll see the classic signs of this when you click on the “See all my reviews” and notice that they haven’t reviewed anything else.
In fact, the majority of the negative reviews you’ll find on Amazon all point out the very same thing.
The same thing go’s for the reviews I found on Yahoo.
There’s about 18 answers on there, all speaking very highly of their results with Addium.
However, if you click on the name of the person leaving the review you’ll see time and time again that it is LITERALLY the ONLY answer they have ever left on Yahoo Answers.
Again, this is pointed out by the people who had a “negative” effect with the product.
The only “credible” review I could find was on Youtube, where a man describes his experiences with Addium. If you can get through the first 8 minutes or so of him badly pronouncing practically every ingredient on the label, and then giving a description of each, as well as saying the word “beast” close to 20 times, he finally gets to his personal results.
Check it out below:
He uses the example that he could remember someones last name that he couldn’t remember for months, which is actually quite comical. All in all he says his results were pretty good, describing it as a very positive experience.
My Personal Test Results
The makers of addium were kind enough to send us a bottle of their supplement to test out and I finally got around to trying it. If you’ve read some of the reviews at the bottom of the page, you can see that I could / would be a little apprehensive about taking it.
Comments like “it felt like a cocaine comedown” and “I felt like I had 10 mugs of strong coffee” can definitely scare the bajeezsus out of anyone considering taking it.
However, in the interest of keeping a fair and honest review blog, I decided to “take the plunge” and give it a go for a couple of days at least.
The first thing I noted was how huge the capsules were…
I would honestly say they were some of the biggest I have ever seen in a supplement, and I’ve tested HUNDREDS of supplements over the years. The directions on the label state that you should take 1 capsule daily, though it doesn’t clarify whether or not you should take it on an empty stomach.
I’m a bit sensitive to caffeine and other stimulants, so I decided to take 1 capsule with breakfast.
It took about an hour to kick in, but man when it did, I felt the same as one of the other reviewers did. It felt like I had drank 5 cups of coffee in 5 minutes.
Jittery hands, a shaky voice, and an incessant nervous twitch in my eyelid.
Definitely not a comfortable feeling.
I ate a late breakfast and the feelings seemed to subside.
Click Here to see how Addium compares to my top choice for focus and concentration issues, Optimind.
As the hours passed I have to admit I did feel a bit more “motivated” to get some work done.
I wasn’t setting any records as far as getting tasks done, but I was working on tasks I would normally put off for a later date.
I also felt less distracted, and even a bit more sociable than usual.
I also noticed I felt a it more “calm” then usual, which I would attribute to the L-Theanine in Addium.
By the end of the day I definitely started feeling a pretty big crash, which based on the way I felt earlier I wasn’t totally surprised.The most noticeable effect was a headache….a splitting headache.
Fortunately, I popped a couple of advil and it seemed to alleviate it pretty well.
I also felt a bit lethargic, kind of like the feeling you get after a REALLY long day.The kind where you just want to sit around in a dark room and watch reruns of Breaking Bad.
I decided to take it over the course of about 4 days to see its “longer term” potential, and I did feel a bit more focused and concentrated on tasks.
It wasn’t anything “ground breaking”, but the cognitive effect was definitely there.
For me, the effects seemed to kind of wear off over the weekend.
I thought about upping the dose to 2 capsules, but they caution against that so I decided not to.
Frequently Asked Questions We Get About Addium
How do I take it?
As a dietary supplement, the label says you should take 1 capsule daily. I’m not sure if you’re supposed to take it on an empty stomach or not, but I would suggest you do so on your first dosage to assess your tolerance.
How long does it take to kick in?
According to what I’m seeing, you generally start to see results in the first 30 minutes, with the biggest effects seen after about 2 hours.
Users report the effects wearing off about 6 hours after the first dose.
Will It Cause Any Side Effects?
That’s tough to say, because really ANY supplement can cause one side effect or another, and Addium is no exception.
For example, it does contain caffeine, which has the obvious side effects like increased blood pressure, anxiety, and a jittery feeling. It must be noted that the quantity of caffeine is not indicated on the label, so there’s no way to compare it to say, a cup of coffee.
When I originally wrote this review there weren’t too many people complaining of side effects. HOWEVER, in the past few months I’ve gotten ton’s of feedback on Addium and the #1 complaint seems to be that it’s causing a rash to develop on the face, neck, and several parts of the body.
For example, check out this youtube video below:
Pretty scary stuff, and it turns out that it’s likely the heavy Vitamin B3 (Niacin) content, which is 30 mg. The makers of Addium actually responded to this guy on his Google + page, and said that they were planning on completely removing Niacin from their product.
Was Addium Really Featured on CNN / The Doctors TV Show / Etc.?
Likely not. There is an article about Addium on the CNN website, but that’s on the iReport section, which is not vetted by professional journalists or documented / researched properly concerning its claims.
Basically what that means is anyone can post practically anything and pass it off as a journalistic piece.
Within the article they also mention the Limitless Movie reference on Twitter, which as you’ve already seen above has been proven false.
Is this the same as Adderin?
In my personal opinion, yes. I wrote my Adderin review back in August of this year, and as I noted there the first thing I noticed was the striking similarities between Addium and Adderin.
The most obvious similarity was the formula. It was nearly IDENTICAL to that of Addium, minus about 10 mg of Niacin.
My thought is that because Addium is getting a lot of negative publicity, the makers decided to just create a totally new brand and market it under a different name.
5 BIG Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy It
- Most of the “real” reviews are not very positive.
- They use deceptive marketing to promote their product.
- There seem to be plenty of people experiencing side effects from it.
- My personal results were not very favorable.
- There are much better / proven supplements on the market.
I’m a bit torn on Addium…it’s definitely not some “limitless” pill that’s for sure.
I didn’t feel as though I could make millions on the stock market overnight, or solve complicated mathematical formulas at the drop of a hat.
I’ve taken prescription medications like Adderal and Vyvans before, and Addium felt nothing like them.
Apart from the Addium side effects that I feel came from the niacin content, I did feel a bit more motivated to get things done, but nothing truly revolutionary.
Perhaps if one was to take this on a consistent basis it might have a more profound effect.
I’ll continue taking it over the course of a week to see if there’s any difference, so check back for further updates.
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1.) Huperzine A: Can it treat Alzheimer’s? – http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/expert-answers/huperzine-a/faq-20058259
2.) Theanine benefits – http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2006/1/report_theanine/page-01
3.) gamma-Aminobutyric Acid – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma-Aminobutyric_acid
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I bought the product before reading the reviews, but thought “Oh, well – at least I can prove if this is a fake or not."Q
Here is my experience:
I took this on a Friday morning before work. I was nervous about doing so because of the reviews about turning read. Oh well, I take chances.
In the first 30 minutes I did not feel anything, then after 45 minutes I just felt “different” but not by much. I noticed I was a little more playfull with my wife and children that morning and attributed it to Addium,
So far I was not really feeling “much” different, not enough to attribute it to my sleep or any other normal variations.
However, even though I did not feel very different – when I got to work (I am a software developer) and started on my projects I noticed that it was very easy for me to dismiss any distractions. So even though I thought I did not feel very different I noticed a very big difference in my ability to not be distracted. I spent the entire day “in the zone” which was great. This “had” to be attributed to Addium.
The next day, Saturday, I decided to do an “ability” test. Meaning, does this make me smarter? There is a brain exercise call Dual N Back which increases your intellegence by working your short term memory and ability to maintain a constant changing list of items. Its a very demanding exercise. You can can download it here ( link removed ). So I took the Addium, took a shower and let the one hour pass by. I then used Dual-N-Back. Well, it really had no effect – in fact it made it more difficult to play because it was as if I were in a fog.
I work on the weekends, programming, and started my work. I again noticed my ability to remain focused without distractions.
My conclusion from this is that the effect of Addium helps me avoid distractions. However there may be more to it. When I went out with my wife and children I noticed how level headed I was – I can usually get irritated fairly easy but I pretty much was able to think before acting and thus eliminate my reaction to be irritated. This makes me wonder if I have some sort of mental chemical disorder and Addium is “fixing it”. I never considered myself, nor ever been diagnosed as, having ADD, but maybe I do have something and that might explain why it hard to control my distractions.
For example, if I don;t feel like working its very hard for me to work and I end up doing other stuff. The Addium helped me get to work.
Thats all, I hope my review helps someone.
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I got my order last week and wanted to share my real review. I’ll be honest, the first time I took it was great! It lived up to the marketing hype. For an entire afternoon I was alert, focused and had lots of energy. I got a ton done and the effects lasted all afternoon.
Unfortunately though, every dose thereafter was different. My second, third, fourth etc. times I took it, I couldn’t tell any difference at all. Just the very first time and that’s it.
Just all marketing hype, save your money folks!
This addium pill is all hype. It's nothing more than a energy pill like a energy pill u can buy at a gas station for two dollars a pack. It did nothing but give me caffeine jitters. Just like a stacker energy pill. Don't waste the money. It's exactly the same as herbal energy pills
I startedAddium 120 days ago! GREAT results! Energy, peak mental acuity! But they change do ingredients on package with each order. The last order contained none of the ingredients of the first two 3 orders I received! I have pics of both labels plus they differ from ingredients on website. Now it does not work! ?
There's Something In It But Not Good
I took this for several weeks. I increased to taking 2 a day. I have been a cocaine and Adderall addict in the past so natural stuff like caffeine have little effect on me. I often chuckle watching people get high of Monster and Red Bull because that\'s so tame compared to the stims I\'ve been on. Addium, though, did have a noticeable effect on me after about 2 weeks into it: it felt like a cocaine comedown - only longer!
I would cry uncontrollably at the drop of a hat, panic and hyperventilate over simple, daily tasks. The crying was the worst. I don\'t ever cry but Addium made me a blubbering idiot. It could be that my nervous system was already screwed from my coke and Adderall days; but there\'s a reason they probably don\'t list their caffeine mg amount on the bottle...
Took this product and I too broke out in a red burning rash ALL over my body! Couldn't take care of my kids and almost rushed to the hospital but realized it was the niacin and I just had to wait it out. Tried again a month later all was great. Took another a few days later and face started burning again. Remove the niacin and product would be great! Good luck cause you don't know which pill will be good and which one will send you to the hospital...
Rob Miller: I guess they're putting Niacin back into Addium again lol
It’s been about a week for me taking one a day. Maybe it’s because I’m already on Wellbutrin or because I was already taking b-vitamins, d-vitamins and green tea enzymes, but Addium did nothing for me except give me a headache.
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User Questions and Answers
Is it true addium is FDA approved and it is made in an FDA approved laboratory ? Is it an all natural product? -Diana
It is natural, and it may be made in an FDA approved facility, but Addium itself is not FDA approved.- Rob
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Has anyone took 2 at once? -Tate
I haven't, and they caution against it. It would probably lead to overstimulation.- Rob
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I'm 15 years old, I have attention and direction following problems, and my grades are dropping. Should I take addium and do you recommend it? -Ray
I don't recommend any supplements beyond basically vitamins and protein for someone your age. Most of these supplements aren't even clinically tested on adults, much less growing teens.- Rob
8 out of 9 people found this question helpful.
My son just had a positive for cocain on a urine test could addium cause this? Lenn -Lenn P
I don't think there's anything in Addium that would cause that.- Rob
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In the official review, caffeine is among the last ingredients reviewed, although listed first on my bottles of addium. Simple question: how many mgs. of caffeine are in one capsule of addium? Thank you. Rico -Rico
The label doesn't indicate how much, but from my experience, Addium contains a lot of caffeine.- Rob
2 out of 2 people found this question helpful.