I have checked out a number of supplements now that claim to have nootropic benefits. This next one is a little different in terms of the packaging and that in one pack is only two capsules.
Promising to add focus to your day, Addall XR is marketed as the solution to stay energized and focused throughout the day.
I can’t help but think the guys behind this product are attempting to capitalise on the similarity with Adderall (ADHD medication) in terms of the brand name.
Sounds great, but does the claims stack up? And can just two capsules give you that mental boost at an affordable cost?
Are you convinced that Addall XR is the solution to “adding focus” to your day? I have my doubts, but I will try to keep an open mind as I give my honest review of these focus pills.
The brand is bright and bursting with energy with the vibrant orange and yellow colors. I find it visually pretty good and I like it.
I find it funny that the marketing says this nootropic helps you go the extra mile “without coffee or energy drinks” when one of the main ingredients in caffeine!
What’s the significance of the name, Addall?
It’s hard to ignore the similarity with the medication Adderall, which is a prescription drug originally to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – ADHD patients.
Even the Addall XR capsules look similar to Adderall! Check out the similarity in a side-by-side comparison below.
In my opinion, it’s a little tricky when you have a brand that is similar to a prescription drug. This doesn’t convince me that its a better product, in fact the opposite!
Background on Addall XR
I could find nothing out about the company or team behind Addall XR supplement. Even attempts to sign up to the newsletter didn’t provide any answers.
The company address on the website shows the company is based near to San Diego in the state of California. Other than that, not a lot of information to go on regarding the guys behind the Addall XR brand.
Checking out their social media profiles and little seems to have been updated since December 2018 for both Facebook and Instagram. This makes me wonder if the brand has run out of steam.
What Ingredients Are Inside Addall XR?
There are very few ingredients in these nootropic pills. Other than Vitamin B1, B2 and B6, there are only three other ingredients all within a proprietary blend that amounts to 1,413mg.
Here are the ingredients in full:
- Thiamin (Vitamin B1) – 15mg
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) – 21mg
- Vitamin B6 – 51mg
- Proprietary blend: Caffeine, gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) and Bacopa Monnieri – 1,413mg
Depending upon which package of Addall XR you have, each pack comes with capsules that makes one dosage or has two capsules that can be taken separately or at the sametime.
[UPDATE February 2020]
There has been some confusion with regarding the ingredient profile for AddAll XR, triggered by a visitor highlighting the different formula in the version that they purchased in-store. They kindly sent a screenshot of the label for comparison, which I have included above. My review is based on the information available from the official website as this is what the manufacturer of AddAll XR is showing. It’s unclear why the formula in store is different from this and so have reached out to the company to find out.
Are There Any Side Effects To Addall XR?
Considering the ingredients, it’s unlikely there are side effects but then again, we don’t know the exact breakdown of the ingredients in the proprietary blend.
The FDA requires the ingredients to be listed in order of quantity and so we know that caffeine is the main ingredient in the blend. But how much caffeine in each serving is unsure!
One of the other ingredients in the proprietary blend (GABA) has some commonly reported side effects, such as upset stomach, headache and sleepiness, but these are short lived and will stop once you have stopped taking the supplement.
Does Addall XR Actually Work?
How effective a supplement depends 100% on the ingredients and importantly their amounts in the formula. There is no question that the B vitamins in this formula are essential for normal bodily functions, but you may be getting these already in your diet or from any other multi-vitamin / supplement.
The effectiveness of this formula then falls on the proprietary blend of three ingredients.
The first ingredient caffeine you will be familiar with, it could well be the first thing you reach for in the morning.
The benefits of caffeine to boost alertness and focus has been well established. Whilst its effectiveness can decline with over consumption you will likely experience a short-term buzz from ingesting caffeine.
The second ingredient was a new one for me and I didn’t know too much about this one. Gamma-Aminobutyric acid (or GABA for short) according to Healthline is a natural occurring amino acid that works as a neurotransmitter in your brain.
GABA is important because it can have a calming effect by reducing feelings of anxiety and stress.
You may not be too familiar with the last ingredient Bacopa Monnieri, I have outlined more on this Ayurvedic herb that has proven nootropic benefits. The science so far highlights you need at least 300mg per serving to get the benefits of boosting brain function and alleviating anxiety and stress, amongst other benefits.
We don’t know the amounts of these ingredients so it’s impossible to know if they are in sufficient amounts to be effective.
This means that Addall XR could be just a caffeine pill, and despite the marketing very much JUST like a cup of strong coffee!
Addall XR Customer Reviews
Checking out the feedback from Amazon reviews and it’s varies a lot, in fact polarised from shoppers giving either 5 or 1 star!
From the 11 customer reviews on Amazon with an average 3.2 out of 5. Here are a couple examples of typical Amazon feedback.
My absolute favorite keeps me going on hardly any sleep doesn’t make u feel sick I wish came in a bottle with more It works !!!!5 star
Wish there was a bigger bottle5 star
Basically expensive caffeine2 star
Zero percent focus one hundred percent vomit1 star
Some customers have reported the capsules broken upon arrival, so that the powder had leaked out and capsule crushed.
How To Take Addall XR
Adults are recommended to take two capsules per day and no exceeding four capsules. Considering the cost, you wouldn’t want to be regularly taking four capsules! More on this later.
Any Money Back Guarantee?
Well, sort of, possibly maybe. Confused, yes so was I.
Looking at the FAQs on the refund policy it simply states when asked if they offer refunds “Yes, depending on the situation”.
That answer doesn’t really inspire me with much confidence.
The refund policy page gives a better answer in they do offer a 30-day refund only if UNUSED and in the original packaging.
Where To Buy Addall XR
What’s The Cost Of Addall XR?
I thought I had mis-read the pricing when I first took a look at how much Addall XR costs. But nope, to buy a 3-pack of two capsules is going to set you back a whopping $26.97.
That works out to be $4.50 per capsule!
You can make marginal savings by buying more packs such as the 6, 12 or 24 packs, but the price saving is marginal ($3.82 per capsule for the 24-pack bundle).
It’s also worth noting that a single dose is 2 pills, so in reality you are paying between $7-9 per serving. Crazy expensive when you consider the price of other nootropic pills are typically around $1 per capsule.
My Verdict: Addall XR
Addall XR doesn’t appear to be that popular looking at the 7 Amazon reviews alongside the inactive Facebook and Instagram profiles.
But these concerns aside my main issue is more to do with the cost and ingredient profile.
The high cost and the sub-par ingredient list make Addall XR a definite no for me. In my opinion you would be much better taking a multi-vitamin to get the same results, if any.
Even my super greens supplement packs more of a punch than this product, it’s way cheaper too.
If you’re looking for a serious cost-effective nootropic pill than alternative option is Mind Lab Pro (you can check out my review here). At only $2 per daily serving it’s a much cheaper for a better ingredient profile, that’s a lot more likely to work.