*updated and fact-checked by Keefe Memorial Staff
Neuriva Ultra Review Summary
Neuriva Ultra is a food supplement that should improve your memory and mental alertness to a small degree. Much like its predecessors, though (Neuriva Original and Neuriva Plus), its benefits mainly come from Phosphatidylserine which you can buy for far less. We like that Neuriva Ultra is decaffeinated—if you’re sensitive there’s no risk of stimulant-associated side effects. However, the lack of more scientifically studied nootropics is a letdown. Can you find more effective nootropics for less than what Neuriva Ultra costs at CVS? With a bit of research, definitively.
- Ingredients: Cognivive™, Neurofactor, Phosphatidylserine, Vitamins B6 & B12.
- Claimed Benefits: Supports learning, memory, focus, and mental alertness without using caffeine
- Drawbacks: unproven coffee fruit extract, low dose of phosphatidylserine, missing core ingredients
- Price: $79.99 for 60 capsules (30 servings) at CVS.
- Availability: Walmart, Amazon, CVS,…
- Customer Feedback: 4/5 stars on CVS, and 4.4/5 on Amazon.
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About Neuriva Ultra
Neuriva Ultra is the latest addition to the Neuriva lineup of nootropic brain supplements. Designed to enhance mental alertness, memory, focus, and concentration, this decaffeinated supplement is supposed to be an upgrade to the original Neuriva formula – providing you with a more comprehensive brain boost.
Compared to its predecessors, Neuriva Original and Neuriva Plus, the Ultra variant adds new ingredients and boasts a stronger formula. At least that’s along the lines of what the manufacturer claims.
Let’s see if it’s as good as they say!
What’s Inside Neuriva Ultra?
Neuriva Ultra is a blend of interesting compounds. The star of the show is Cognivive™, a caffeine-free Alpinia galanga extract, related to ginger. Alpinia galanga is believed to offer noticeable mental alertness from just one serving. This is unproven in human studies, though.
Another big “player” is Neurofactor. At 200mg per serving, it’s double the amount found in the original Neuriva. This extract from the coffee cherry is said by Neuriva’s makers to boost levels of the neuroprotein BDNF, which supports communication between your brain cells.
The problem is, Neuriva’s makers point to a study showing how whole coffee fruit powder increased BDNF. This is the only study that we have on coffee cherry, and it’s questionable if it’s industry funded.
- Plus, the study used whole coffee fruit powder, whereas Neuriva Ultra (much like all the other Neurivas) uses coffee fruit extract. So just one part of the coffee fruit that is extracted. And we don’t even know what it is! Sure, double the dose sounds good (200mg vs 100mg), but more of something that potentially doesn’t work isn’t better – it’s just more capsule space being wasted!
Neuriva Ultra also contains plant-sourced Phosphatidylserine, which aids neuron health and enhances our memory and learning. The formula is rounded off with essential vitamins like B6, B12, and folic acid.
Comments on Neuriva Ultra’s Formula
These are not bad ingredients by any means. It’s just a question if Phosphatidylserine and a few B vitamins can deliver all the benefits they’ve claimed for Neuriva Ultra. The rest of the formula is ineffective, as we’ve seen. Quite a bit is missing from Neuriva Ultra.
How would we improve upon Neuriva Ultra? We’d start by replacing the ineffective fluff with proven nootropics like Lion’s Mane Extract, CDP-Choline, and L-Theanine. We’d also remove titanium dioxide. would make it a significantly more effective, and healthier, formula.
The recommended dosage for Neuriva Ultra is two capsules per day. Each bottle contains 60 capsules, giving you a month’s supply. We suggest starting with just one capsule for the first few days to gauge any effects, then go from there. Always check with your doctor before using a new supplement if you’re unhealthy and/or taking any medications.
Side Effects – Are There Any?
Neuriva Ultra is unlikely to give you side effects. Most of its ingredients are naturally sourced. It’s also gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly. Generally, it’s well-tolerated by most users as far as we can see by the reviews (more on that in a minute).
However, as with all supplements, there’s always a potential for side effects. Some individuals might experience mild digestive discomfort or headaches. The presence of Phosphatidylserine, although beneficial for cognitive functions, might cause insomnia or stomach upset in sensitive individuals. Titanium dioxide is the biggest concern, though, as long-term consumption could potentially be harmful.
Neuriva Ultra has only recently came onto the market but it’s already getting a lot of attention online.
On CVS, Neuriva Ultra holds a rating of 4/5 stars from over 70 reviews. On Amazon, it boasts a little bit higher rating of 4.4/5 stars based on over 750 reviews.
Pricing & Where to Buy?
You’ll find Neuriva Ultra available at major retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and CVS. The price tag might be a bit steep for many of us, with CVS listing it at a whopping $79.99 per bottle. Given that each bottle contains 60 capsules and the recommended dose is 2 capsules per day, one bottle will last you a month.
Compared to Neuriva Original and Prevagen, it’s far more expensive without offering as much in terms of benefits and ingredients.
Neuriva Ultra is a premium nootropic supplement, at least it’s marketed that way. But when you look “under the hood,” you’ll see some serious flaws.
Its unique inclusion of Cognivive™ and a doubled dose of Neurofactor sounds enticing on paper, but these two ingredients are not proven by any robust human research to do much in terms of brain health.
The lack of other proven ingredients, combined with just a few ingredients in it that do work (B vitamins and Phosphatidylserine), means it falls flat under the weight of its massive price.
For this kind of price tag, or even less, you can find more effective brain supplements on the market, no question.
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