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Neuro Gum Review: A Big Boost in A Small Bite?

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About Neuro Gum

When I was 5 years old, I remember stealing for the first (and only!) time in my life. Zebra Striped Gum caught my little eyes in the checkout line of the grocery store. It looked juicy as the yellows, greens, and fluorescent red stripes were like a siren to my sweet tooth.

I grabbed it in my chubby little hands, not even thinking to hide it but instead showcased it before my mesmerized eyes. Not realizing my mother saw me, that momentary indulgence backfired, and rightly so. Yet, that never deterred me from gum to this day.

I love the chewiness, the satisfaction of those juicy first bites. But what if there was a gum as enticing as my Zebra Gum but instead, offered a moderate boost of caffeine, L-theanine, and vitamins? Welcome aboard, Neuro Gum.

Specially formulated after more than 30 iterations were designed in its making, this sugar-free, aspartame-free, and gluten-free gum wonders have been sold in the numbers of over 50 million pieces. That’s a lot of chewing! (1)

Overview of Neuro Gum

Founded by Ryan Chen and Kent Yoshimura in 2015, Neuro Gum was born out of a necessity to fuel their professional athletic lifestyles, burgeoning academics in the field of neuroscience and economics, while adding an extra dose of energy to support a balanced social life.

Honing from the balmy city of Los Angeles, Ryan and Kent began utilizing their education and own personal need as a catalyst to begin formulating a healthy, safe alternative to boost their energy. Upon initial debut of their gum products, they were pleasantly surprised to find that their fellow compadres were seeking a natural caffeine boost with added benefit.

What better way than to formulate a brand where it can fit in your pocket, with no spill risk, easy accessibility, with delicious flavorings like peppermint and cinnamon? (1,2)

Plus, to ensure maximum quality benefit, Neuro Gum utilizes a patented cold-compression technology that increases the potency of each ingredient for optimum bioavailability. (1) Neuro Gum’s site is engaging and user-friendly for you to explore the four unique niches for you to benefit your wellness no matter the journey of your day.

Their branding gears towards Energy & Focus, Calm & Clarity, Health & Vitality, and Ideal State. (1) As someone who always seeks for a healthy alternative to that afternoon energy boost, I was both inspired and intrigued by a product conceived by pure applicability to their fellow humanity. But before we get carried away from inspiration, let’s get into the chewiest of bits on each of Neuro Gum’s products.

Neuro Gum Review

With the chemical effects known to take into effect within 5 minutes of consumption, let’s review the unique ingredients in each Neuro Gum variation—helping you, the avid consumer, to know the benefits you’ll be receiving.

Energy & Focus:

Neuro Gum’s Energy & Focus comes in both gum and dissolvable mints formulation with two flavor varieties of cinnamon and peppermint. Both flavors have the identical formulations containing B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin), L-theanine, and 80 mg of natural caffeine (average coffee cup contains 95mg for reference). (5) What are the benefits of these ingredients in both the gum and mint formulations?

Vitamin B6: This molecule can be thought of as the instigator of many vital chemical reactions; especially reactions that lead to the production of serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-butyric acid (or, GABA)—vitals neurochemicals that aid in the processing of thoughts and movements in our body. (7) Deficiency in B6 has been known to cause depression, changes in mood and personal affect, as well as poor sleep and poorer outcomes on cardiovascular health. (7)

Vitamin B12: This vitamin is a powerhouse in our bodies. Not only playing an essential role in the production of our red blood cells, but it also aids to breakdown fatty acid components to indirectly fuel the chemical cycle that produces energy in our bodies: ATP (adenosine triphosphate). To bring you back to high school biology, that is the energy currency our body spends. (7,9)

In fact, it has been suggested that B12, paired with B6, are essential molecules in an enzymatic reaction that reduces the buildup of harmful proteins that have been known to cause Alzheimer’s dementia. (7,8,9)

L-theanine: A vital molecule that transforms into serotonin (the chemicals released when you are most happy), and naturally found in green teas like sencha, L-theanine has been proven to assist in optimizing mental functioning by reducing one’s response to stress; aiding in maximum analytical and processing of our thoughts.(6)

In fact, consuming 50-200mg per day for 12 weeks has been shown to improve concentration and attention. (6) Neuro Gum’s dosage of 120mg, with their cold-pressed technologies, suggests that this may be an optimal dosage, indeed.

Sorbitol / Xylitol: Sorbitol, like xylitol (also an ingredient), in a non-fermentable alcohol that come from natural sources and has no evidence of tooth decay with minimal spikes in blood glucose levels. (10,11) In fact, a study suggested that chewing xylitol may reduce bacterial carries in the mouth that causes chronic periodontitis (inflammation and infection of your gums that can eventually spread to your teeth). (11)

Sucralose / Monk Fruit / Stevia: A synthetic sweetener alternative to actual sugar, this chemical acts on similar chemoreceptors in your mouth and upper gastrointestinal tract, to induce a moderate insulin spike and to provide the sensation of sweetness along with the natural sweeteners, Monk fruit and Stevia. (12)

Calm & Clarity:

Oh, how dreams gum true. GABA, L-theanine, and vitamin D3 are included in this mighty pack of tranquility. Coming in the form of a mint “chill pill,” Calm & Clarity is formulated in two flavors of your choice: Ginger Chai or Honey Lemon. In terms of ingredients, we already mentioned the role of L-theanine in the brain, but what about GABA and Vitamin D3?

Gama-aminobutyric acid (GABA): Think of this as the “chill” molecule of the mind. It has an ability to reduce neuronal transmission between cells or inhibit a cell from receiving information. (14) Had an abnormally stressful day? GABA may add that extra ease.

Vitamin D3: Aids in the increase of intestinal uptake of calcium and aids in the release of calcium from our bones to ensure adequate calcium levels in our blood; regulating our muscle contractions including that of the heart. (12, 13)

Health & Vitality:

The newest edition to the Neuro Gum family, Healthy & Vitality come in Blueberry Guava and Passionfruit Orange mints containing essential Vitamin A, C, and E for vital retinal support, facilitation in iron absorption, and essential antioxidant properties, respectively. (12) A tasty, accessible way to gain some essential vitamins in your daily diet.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin): A multifaceted vitamin that regenerates energy molecules for nearly every chemical reaction in your body and has even been known to treat hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol levels). (12)

Vitamin B9 (Folate): Found in natural, leafy greens, folate is what creates the components of your DNA; the very cellular essence of you! (12) Why not take this on the daily? Even though luscious leafy greens are readily available in most grocery stores across the nation, 5% of the US population remains deficient. (15)  

The Ideal State:

A thoughtful combination of Energy & Focus mints with Clarity & Calm mints, these two power packs are included to assist in the undulating happenings that occur in our daily lives. Energy flavor combos are diverse:

  • Peppermint + Ginger Chai
  • Peppermint + Honey Lemon
  • Cinnamon + Ginger Chai
  • Cinnamon + Honey Lemon

Does Neuro Gum Keep Up to Standards?

Neuro Gum is NSF approved, WADA compliant, and even FDA compliant. What does this mean? NSF, the National Sanitation Foundation, is a non-profit, independent, third-party body of professionals that continually regulates via uninformed, on-site facility inspections. (16)

This ensures the highest quality, untainted, and extensive full-production review before a company may receive the NSF formal certification. All companies that have received formal approval from NSF will demonstrate the NSF seal of approval. (16)

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) compliancy ensures that a company’s product is in keeping with the WADA Compliance Taskforce to enforce anti-doping properties of products introduced into the market that may be utilized for energy enhancement. (17) Neuro Gum honors these regulations as not only on an ethical basis, but one from their own experience as high-performing athletes.

Aside from being FDA-approved (Yay, Neuro Gum!), Neuro Gum was wise to avoid placing aspartame in their products. Aspartame, a molecule used in the food industry to enhance flavoring, has been known to cause mood changes such as depression and headaches. (18)

This harmful chemical has also been suggested by a few preliminary studies to negatively alter the natural gut microbiome and even increase cortisol levels. (18) Kudos, Neuro Gum, to leaving out this mainstream additive.

What Do Customers Think?

From celebrity accolades from Dr. Oz who acclaims: “Neuro Gum would get the caffeinated crown” to the influential podcaster, Joe Rogan, stating “I f***ing love this stuff!”, it may be safe to say that Neuro Gum has effectively reached the mainstream culture in a positive rush. But what about the everyday consumer?

With Neuro Gum’s Energy Focus coming in at 4.8 stars at 2,200 reviews and counting, their most-recent review on their site has the title: “Beats Adderall and Ritalin!” Reviewer then stated: “Pleasant experience. I can focus without feeling hyper.”

Another Neuro Gum review states: “It gets me up & going when I’d rather be down & out. Besides that – it tastes great and freshens my mouth!” Win-win, indeed!

Another candid account shared:

“I heard about Neuro products on the Joe Rohan [Rogan] experience and decided to give them a try. I took the mint over a couple of stressful days at work. The product seemed to reduce my frustration and anxiety. I am a self-employed farmer and need any advantage I can get when **** hits the fan. I would recommend this product. I really believe it helped me.”

We love the honesty and the fact that a true effect was experienced by this hard-working soul!

The only notable negative reviews we could find were a few souls who felt the honey lemon flavoring of the Calm & Clarity was a little too much. Or a select few who felt no difference. There will, of course, be variability in the effectiveness of a product as we are each uniquely variable.

We hope these select few who had a “meh” experience found another Neuro Gum flavor or modify the dosage to fit their daily needs.

Where Can You Find Neuro Gum?

Neuro Gum is sold on their site, NeuroGum.com and in Whole Foods, Amazon, and in any local CVS pharmacy across the nation. Of course, we always encourage buying directly from Neuro Gum so you can benefit from their subscription program and a few additional perks for you and your fellow humanity.

Promotions, Discounts, & Subscriptions

Neuro Gum supports its people. With a student discount, a senior discount, and an essential worker (teachers, military, first responders, and healthcare workers) discount. If you’re in any three of those honorable groups, click on those links to receive 20% off your orders!

You can sign up for Neuro Gum’s subscription upon check out to receive 10% off all current and future orders. All subscriptions can be paused, cancelled, and reinstated with no additional fees.

Shipping for all orders (both one-time and subscription) receive free shipping.

Besides the most honorable journey Neuro Gum’s founders partook to make this dream a success, Ryan and Kent donate 1% of all proceeds to local non-profits in the spirit of thanksgiving to their fellow humanity that inspired them to create Neuro Gum in the first place. Well done, guys.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Neuro Gum Worth the Hype?

Our brain can process 11 million bits of data per second. (3) Compared to our ancestors, in just the course one day, we are bombarded with 175 newspapers-worth of information compared to our ancestors a century ago. (3,4)

To put it differently, your great grandfather only had one-fifth of the information that you experienced throughout the course of today. (4) Compile that into days, months and years, our brain needs some legitimate support while evolution catches up with this exponential informational climb!

While there are many brands promising heightened energy states and mental clarity, why not try a formulation that comes in the form of gum and mints? Throw them in your gym bag, stick them in your hospital scrubs, pop one in between meetings or on your way to your child’s soccer game.

You get the idea. Replenish your energy, calm your psyche, and restore yourself with essential vitamins –all in one chewy, tasty delight.

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Grace Morse

Grace Morse is a passionate advocate of holistic healing. Over the past two decades, in conjunction with her graduate-level medical knowledge, Grace has gathered ample knowledge of integrating omegas to promote neuroplasticity, healing depression via amino acids, replacing melatonin and sleep pills with L-theanine and bringing her gut health back to homeostasis by avoiding high-inflammatory foods. Grace practices hot yoga, meditation, and outdoor activities like paddle boarding. Inspired by Ayurveda, she seeks to deepen her understanding of holistic practices and encourages others to embrace mind-body wellness for overall well-being.
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