ADDTabz is nothing short of a scam nootropic. There are a lot of these cheap, nasty, rip-off brain pills still on the market (although a lot of them are dying off). ADDTabz claims to be a powerful cognitive enhancer, an energy supplement, and a natural alternative to Adderall. It is none of these things. It is a folic acid supplement with an unknown – potentially harmful – dose of caffeine on top. No thanks! If you’re struggling with focus or concentration, use a professional quality nootropic from a reputable manufacturer.
ADDTabz Review: A natural Adderall alternative?
ADDTabz is a natural nootropic supplement commonly advertised as a natural Adderall alternative. Whenever a natural supplement claims to be a viable replacement for powerful prescription drugs, we know we have a potential scam on our hands. Looking at some of the sites that advertise ADDTabz, we think we might be right.
Many sites claim that ADDTabz have been “doctor verified” or “physician approved”. No doctor has ever said that this product is a natural alternative to ADHD medication!
But what does this supplement claim to actually do?
As you can see from the bottle, ADDTabz claims to be “pharmaceutical grade”. We doubt that, but alright.
According to the ads currently online, ADDTabz delivers the following benefits:
- Increased mental focus
- Heightened concentration
- Increased energy
On the face of things, ADDTabz does sound like a supplement that would be useful for people with ADHD-like symptoms. If you struggle with concentrating in class or at work, then natural nootropics can be a massive help. They can increase your mental stamina, sharpen your focus, and allow you to follow a lecture properly.
But does ADDTabz really do these things? What can it do? Is ADDTabz safe? What kind of side effects should you be worried about? We answer all of these questions in our detailed ADDTabz review below.
Here is the ADDTabz ingredients list as it appears on the bottle:
In case that label isn’t showing, here is a list of the ADDTabz ingredients:
- Folic acid – 1000mcg
- Caffeine anhydrous
- Synephrine hydrochloride
- Choline bitartrate
- Octopamine hydrochloride
Here is a quick overview of each ingredient; what it does, how it works, and what we make of the scientific proof backing it up. We’ll tell you what we think of the doses used in ADDTabz too. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section at the end.
Folic Acid – 1000mcg
Folic acid is more commonly known as Vitamin B9. It has been found in numerous animal and human studies to improve cognitive function in a number of different ways. One study, published in 2016, found that folic acid supplementation improved cognitive function by reducing peripheral inflammatory cytokines (source). Other studies have suggested that folic acid supplementation might be particularly useful for people with mild, age-related cognitive impairment (source). ADDTabz contains 1000mcg, which is a lot of folic acid.
Cytidine disphosphate-choline (Citicoline) – DOSE UNKNOWN
Citicoline is a superb natural nootropic. It rapidly improves focus, increases information processing speeds, and even promotes healthy brain cell formation. It is one of the most efficient ways of increasing choline levels in the brain. However, we have no idea how much Citicoline is in ADDTabz. You really need to be taking more than 150mg per day to feel any effects. With 4 other ingredients to contend with (including another choline source), how likely is it that you’re getting 200mg?
Caffeine anhydrous – DOSE UNKNOWN
Caffeine anhydrous is a dehydrated form of caffeine. Basically, it has had all of its water molecules removed, making it much more powerful and concentrated than regular caffeine. You only need to consume about 50mg of caffeine anhydrous to see noticeable physiological effects. We hate it when people use caffeine anhydrous in a proprietary blend. When it comes to powerful stimulants, we like to know how much we’re consuming!
Synephrine – DOSE UNKNOWN
Synephrine is not a nootropic. It is most commonly used in scam diet pills and weight loss supplements. It is said to be similar in structure to ephedrine; a ridiculously powerful and dangerous stimulant. Now, structural similarity doesn’t mean anything – water and bleach are “structurally similar”, but they don’t react the same way in the body. According to our research, synephrine is bogus. In any case, synephrine has no place in a nootropic like ADDTabz.
Choline Bitartrate – DOSE UNKNOWN
Like Citicoline, Choline Bitartrate confers extra choline to the brain. This allows the brain to create more acetylcholine – the primary executive neurotransmitter – and more phosphatidylcholine – a lipid used for the construction of brain cells. However, Choline Bitartrate is nowhere near as efficient at crossing the blood-brain barrier as Citicoline. Nor does it contain Cytidine like Citicoline does. Why not just dose the Citicoline properly and drop Choline Bitartrate? Because ADDTabz are cheap!
Octopamine – DOSE UNKNOWN
Octopamine got its name because it was originally isolated from an octopus. Seriously, we’re not kidding. It is an important neurotransmitter in invertebrates. It seems that the makers of ADDTabz don’t know that humans aren’t invertebrates. We know that the makers of these scam supplements are often spineless, but that doesn’t mean octopamine has any use in their brain. It certainly has no role to play in yours. A bogus nootropic.
Our Thoughts On The ADDTabz Formula
We cannot stress this enough – in our opinion, ADDTabz is a complete scam.
You should always avoid proprietary blends regardless of their composition. They’re always a rip-off. There is simply no good reason why a supplement manufacturer would need to use a proprietary blend. They only ever use them to cover up a bad formula.
Formula theft doesn’t happen.
There is nothing in the ADDTabz formula that would be worth stealing – we know what the ingredients do, how they work together, and how they should be dosed.
So the only reason they would be hiding the individual ingredient serving sizes is to hide the fact that it’s garbage.
This is obvious when you look at the ingredients in ADDTabz.
ADDTabz contains a excellent cholinergic in Citicoline, and a cheap, less effective one in Choline Bitartrate.
Which do you think has the higher dose?
Why would you include any choline bitartrate if you already had a large dose of Citicoline?
ADDTabz also contains an unknown dose of caffeine anhydrous.
As the proprietary blend is 375mg in size, it is possible that ADDTabz contains a MASSIVE dose of caffeine anhydrous (which is more powerful than regular caffeine anyway).
Manufacturers of scam nootropics often use large doses of caffeine to make their products seem powerful. They don’t care that caffeine is cheap and readily available, nor do they care about your health.
Well, we’re not falling for it. Neither should you. Stay clear of ADDTabz.
When dealing with nootropic supplements like ADDTabz, you need to ask yourself why the manufacturer has chosen to hide the ingredient doses. Most manufacturers show each individual ingredient serving on the bottle – it’s actually a point of pride for them.
There’s no need to put your money and your health at risk for supplements like ADDTabz. There are lots of high quality products out there offering total transparency.
ADDTabz Side Effects – Is it safe to use?
No – we do not think that ADDTabz is safe for you to use.
We believe that ADDTabz is highly likely to cause side effects in the vast majority of users.
Whenever a proprietary blend contains two stimulants, the chances that the manufacturer has used at least one of them to spike the formula is very high.
When a 375mg proprietary blend contains synephrine and caffeine anhydrous, we’re confident that there is a lot of one or even both of stimulants in there.
ADDTabz is explicitly sold as an energy and focus supplement. Usually, manufacturers just load up these kinds of supplements with caffeine. Users feel the ‘kick’ of caffeine, and they think the product really works.
In reality, they’re just damaging their health and paying way over the odds for caffeine.
Side effects from consuming too much caffeine anhydrous (anything over 100mg in our opinion) can include:
- Stomach cramps
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
Obviously, the severity of side effects depends on your tolerance, existing caffeine intake, and so on.
It is really important that you calculate your current caffeine intake from tea, coffee, and other supplements, and think carefully about whether you can really afford to be consuming more.
Commonly reported side effects of synephrine consumption include:
- Stomach cramps
- Heart palpitations
We advise against the use of synephrine entirely. It is an ineffective weight loss supplement. It has no nootropic properties whatsoever.
In conclusion – Is ADDTabz a good nootropic?
There’s no other way to put it – we think ADDTabz is a terrible nootropic.
We would go as far as to call it an outright scam.
Everybody knows that there is no real need for proprietary blends. All they do is hide poor formulas from naïve, unsuspecting customers.
Every successful nootropic on the market today shows the formula on the bottle. So why do the makers of ADDTabz feel the need to hide?
If you’ve read our full ADDTabz review, you’ll know why!
ADDTabz contains obvious filler ingredients. We think it’s highly likely that Citicoline is dosed very low, with choline bitartrate making up most of the proprietary blend.
Either that, or they’ve gone for a caffeine-stuffed proprietary blend.
We certainly hope that it’s the former, but we’ve seen many supposed natural Adderall alternatives that have turned out to be 99% caffeine!
If you want a supplement to help you focus better, concentrate for longer, and learn more efficiently, then opt for a professional-quality nootropic with an open and transparent formula. ADDTabz is not the product you’re looking for – it’s a scam.