Procera Review: Effective, but Slightly Flawed.
Overall Percentage: 89%
Retail Price: $35.99 (20 day supply)
Dosage: 3 per day
Online Shopping: www.gnc.com
GNC’s solution to the brain fog issue that a lot of us have is Procera AVH, a supplement that supposedly increases memory, focus, mental clarity, and mood. Quite a generic claim, but their 4 star review on their website seems quite spot-on with our findings.
GNC’s Procera is good, but not that good. We didn’t like the hidden ingredients, but their low amount of ingredients were intriguing, to say the least.
|Full Ingredients List:|
|Procera AVH (Proprietary Blend)||1515mg|
|Includes: Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Vinpocetine, Huperzine A|
GNC Uses a Proprietary Blend?
Yes, what was surprising to us was the fact that GNC’s Procera had the words “proprietary blend” in their ingredients. We don’t normally like those words being on any of our products – would you like to try a product out if you didn’t exactly know what was contained in them? Usually, proprietary blends are used to either hide a super-secret, super-effective formula, or to hide low quality ingredients. We don’t like making assumptions, but GNC, being the large company that they are, we expected that it would be the former reason. We cannot expect anything less than greatness from GNC.
However, what’s interesting is that it is only the proprietary blend that is stated in their Supplement Facts, making no claims that they have anything else in their tablet.
3 Ingredients: Vinpocetine, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, and Huperzine A
Diving into their proprietary blend, the only 3 ingredients included in their tablet are Vinpocetine, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, and Huperzine A. They’re doing wonders with this type of approach, due to the fact that not many other companies realize that less is more. Some companies including up to 60 ingredients in a little 750mg pill. With increased ingredients also come decreased potency.
With that being said, GNC has (thankfully) realized this, and have only included 3 ingredients. However, is 3 enough? Doesn’t that seem to be quite a low number? Vinpocetine, an antioxidant acts by helping all around movement in the brain. With increased connectivity, neurons fire faster, allowing quicker response times and more effective memory retention. Acetyl-L-Carnitine increases alertness and mental energy. It gives you a boost when you need it – like having to pull through one more rep in the gym when you’re feeling beat under the bench press bar. Huperzine A also helps in memory, with an added effect of allowing vivid dreams for their users. It seems that these 3 ingredients, although few, might have allowed Procera to cover all its bases in terms of nootropic benefits. However, speculation must always be backed up with results, and that’s why we also test all the products that we review.
Where’s the Choline?
One thing that worried just from looking at their ingredients list was the lack of a form of Choline in the mix. Nootropics create headaches in its users, and thus choline is an essential part of any nootropic. GNC’s decision not to include it might have been a dumb move. GNC does offer choline tablets separately, however. That might have been a move to make more money. Most nootropics today include choline in their set of ingredients already, that’s why we thought it was quite odd that GNC did not include it in Procera.
The Results: Procera Needs Choline
What we noticed initially from taking GNC’s Procera was the improved mental function. Yes, there were increases in focus, alertness, and clarity, in general. There were reports of the vivid dreams that were purportedly supposed to arise. Yes, basically, we’re trying to say that Procera works as it claims to work.
However, we felt that the 3-ingredient formula did not work as well as some other products that had a ballpark at around 10 ingredients. It didn’t work as well, but it still worked great! Definitely much better than the other nootropic alternatives out there.
It seems like their exclusion of choline does cause headaches which become severe at times. The week of testing Procera was great, but with that, we needed to quickly add choline into the mix just to keep testing it. It would be very unadvisable to take nootropics without choline. The good news is, there are nootropics out there that include it already off-the-bat.
Summary: Overall Great, But Could Be Better
GNC’s Procera, in short, was able to live up to their claims. They had all the check marks that they needed to keep up with the growing nootropic industry. However, their 3-ingredient formula didn’t work as well as some of the other products that had a larger set of ingredients. The bad thing about it was, we weren’t able to tell which ingredient was too overpowering and which one was lacking, due to their unspecified milligrams in their proprietary blend. It still works well, though. In comparison to many other products out there, Procera could be godsend. However, it still lacks the inclusion of choline, which some other nootropics do include. To that, Procera still lags behind a few others. It still does the job, though.