Nootrobox was one of the nootropics brands that got a lot of hype around them after several big investors wanted to cash in on the growing nootropics trend. The good about this is that it led to a big marketing push to help bring nootropics into the mainstream with Nootrobox becoming one of the more recognizable brands out there. A lot of money was pumped into the brand, and these connections helped the brand get exposure on reputable sites like Bloomberg, Business Insider, and the Wall Street Journal.
But the bigwigs behind Nootrobox later decided to create a conglomerate called HVMN to produce a wide range of products to capitalize off people’s desire to better themselves. But today we’re going to focus on the company’s nootropics, particular the HVMN Rise supplement.
The Nootrobox line initially had hit or miss results. HVMN funded a study behind one of their nootropics, but they discovered that regular coffee works better. But while HVMN’s Sprint product may be no more beneficial than a cup of coffee, we found the original Nootrobox Rise formula to be a solid product. But then HVMN decided to change things… and not for the better.
From Decent to Dud
We’d say that Nootrobox Rise was arguably one of the better budget nootropics out there for anyone who wanted a solid, affordable nootropic. Let’s talk about why…
Nootrobox Rise Original Formula Ingredients
These were the ingredients of the original Rise formula:
Rhodiola Rosea – Rhodiola Rosea is known to be one of the most advanced and potent nootropic compounds available. It’s a powerful compound and that protects your brain from stress related cognitive decline, boosting resiliency and ensuring your brain can perform at maximum power. The downside? Quality Rhodiola Rosea is very expensive so you won’t find it in budget nootropics. The old Rise formula contained an incredible 300mg of Rhodiola Rosea at the essential effective amount of 5% Rosavins and 2% Salidrosides. Sadly, HVMN strips away this ingredient and thus greatly reduces the effectiveness of their product. More on that in a moment.
Alpha GPC – Alpha GPC is the acetylcholine precursor that NooMind and other reputable experts recommend most. It has a high bioavailability and is much better than citicoline, a cheaper and less potent alternative to Alpha GPC that you’ll find in many low grade nootropics products. The old Rise formula even included the widely recommended 300mg of Alpha GPC.
Bacopa Monnieri – Rise contains 300mg of Bacopa Monnieri standardized to 50% bacosides. Bacopa Monnieri is a key nootropic, and it’s good to see that Rise still utilizes a significant dosage of this essential nootropic ingredient. Luckily, this compound isn’t incredibly expensive, so when HVMN were cutting costs, they managed to keep at least one good ingredient in their supplement. You’ll also notice on their Rise product page that they move this ingredient to the top of their list, fitting considering it’s the only recommended nootropic ingredient left in this product.
So that was the old formula. What changed?
HVMN Rise New Formula
As we mentioned… the new version of HVMN Rise still has Bacopa Monnieri, the only ingredient in the product that we highly recommend. Here’s what else is inside…
Ashwagandha – Ashwagandha is the latest hype-driven miracle herb that’s been getting some buzz. If taken in daily dosages up to around 600mg or more for a period of time, some users say that it helps reduce feelings of stress. However, the cheaper and widely available Ashwagandha doesn’t have the brain fortifying benefits found in Rhodiola Rosea, the ingredient that was removed from Rise. Also, the new Rise formula only contains 250mg of Ashwagandha, an ineffective amount of an inferior ingredient. Again, it’s important to note that while HVMN has clearly lowered Rise’s cost, they’ve chosen to replace an expensive but scientifically proven compound that produces greater benefits with a less effective and cheaper ingredient.
CDP Choline (Citicoline) – There are conflicting sources online claiming different things about the effectiveness Alpha GPC vs CDP Choline (Citicoline). But according to science, Alpha GPC is the overall winner, being the more active and bioavailable precursor to the important neurotransmitter acetylcholine. But what a lot of consumers don’t realize is that CDP Choline, while not as effective as Alpha GPC, also happens to be a cheaper alternative to Alpha GPC. Yes, it’s still reasonably comparable, but it’s one of those small things that indicates when a brand is putting their own costs before providing maximum benefit to their customers. Again, HVMN is putting in a lower amount of a less effective ingredient while adding 100mg of junk fillers.
HVMN Rise Review:
So how good is HVMN Rise in general and compared to the original Nootrobox formula? Does is really work?
Well, to start off, we included Nootrobox Rise in our definitive list of the Best Nootropics Supplements on the market in 2018, but going into 2019 we had to pull HVMN Rise from our list due to the drastic changes to what was once a quality product.
We should have been alarmed when HVMN slashed the prices of their nootropics in an attempt to sell their “full stack” collection of products all together at a very low price. We can only speculate that some unfortunate changes have been happening with this company behind the scenes since their leadership has chosen to reduce the quality of their formulas with lesser ingredients. Another red flag was when their self-funded study back-fired and showed their flagship Sprint product was ineffective. Clearly these things put their whole range of products into question. But we’re focusing on Rise which HVMN reduced the effectiveness of.
The only good news we can report is that at the very least, HVMN Rise shows links to cognitive benefits based on the known effectiveness of Bacopa Monnieri alone. But the old Rise formula had 3 powerful nootropic compounds that are linked to improved memory and focus over time. But pursuing budget pricing means that when costs of better ingredients rise (no pun intended), HVMN has to source lower-grade ingredients, putting more skepticism on the direction of this company as a whole.
Rise should at least be theoretically safe to consume even though the new formula does add 100mg of extra junk fillers; however, there are more powerful nootropics available…
HVMN Rise Vs Other Nootropics
The most obvious comparison to make is comparing HVMN’s Rise to NOOESIS Opus since the old Rise was basically like a “light” version of the current best nootropic on the market.
NOOESIS Opus contains Alpha GPC, Bacopa Monnieri, and Rhodiola Rosea at maximum potency and has 4 more ingredients that push it into “super nootropic” territory.
Also, Mind Lab Pro is comparable to Rise in that it also contains 250mg of Citicoline although it has less Bacopa Monnieri (150mg) that’s also only standardized to 24% bacosides. (For comparison both Rise & NOOESIS Opus contain 300mg Bacopa Monnieri at 50% bacosides.) But Mind Lab Pro does have other ingredients that make it superior to Rise including Phosphatidylserine and L-Theanine.
While Rise once had a moderately effective formula and was a decent starter nootropic, we can’t really recommended it as the best choice, even for budget-minded buyers looking for a cheap brain booster.
HVMN did take a few notes from leading nootropic brands like NOOESIS and Mind Lap Pro and ditched the gelatin capsules in favor of veggie caps similar to what Opus and MLP use. But while Opus is free of junk fillers, Rise also still has Magnesium Stearate which we’d also like to see them remove.
HVMN Rise Review Verdict:
HVMN Rise is no longer the solid beginner nootropic it once was. In their pursuit of lowering costs, HVMN stripped away the potent nootropic ingredients that once made Rise a worthy and effective nootropic supplement. Potential buyers would be better off taking a closer look at a premium brain supplement like NOOESIS Opus or Mind Lab Pro and comparing the differences for themselves. As is, Rise is a poor value and not a product we’d recommend for anyone who wants to experience the real benefits of using nootropic supplements.
Nootrobox is one of the nootropics brands that got a lot of hype around them because of several big investors who wanted to cash in on the growing nootropics trend. The good thing is that this led to a big marketing push to help Nootrobox become one of the more recognizable brands out there. The bigwigs behind the brand later decided to create a conglomerate called HVMN to produce a wide range of products to capitalize off people’s desire to better themselves.
Unfortunately, HVMN funded a study behind one of their nootropics, but they discovered that regular coffee works better. While Nootrobox Sprint may snake oil, how does Rise fare?
We’d say that Nootrobox Rise is arguably one of the better budget nootropics out there for anyone who wants a decent product that is cheap. Let’s talk about why.
Nootrobox Rise Ingredients:
There are the three main ingredients you’ll find in Rise.
Alpha GPC – Alpha GPC is the acetylcholine precursor that NooMind and other experts recommend most. It has a high bioavailability and is much better than citicoline, an alternative you’ll find in lesser nootropics products. Rise even includes the recommended 300mg of Alpha GPC that you’ll find in the premium nootropic, NOOESIS Opus.
Bacopa Monnieri – Rise contains 300mg of Bacopa Monnieri standardized to 50% bacosides, again mirroring the quantity seen in NOOESIS Opus. Bacopa Monnieri is a key nootropic, and it’s good to see that Rise utilizes a significant dosage of this essential nootropic ingredient.
Rhodiola Rosea – This it yet another critical nootropic compound and again Rise goes head to head with the market-leading NOOESIS Opus by putting in 300mg of Rhodiola Rosea… at the same essential 5% Rosavins and 2% Salidrosides!
It makes sense that Rise would contain these amounts of these essential ingredients as according to the science behind Opus, these are 3 of the most effective nootropics.
HVMN Nootrobox Rise Review:
So how goes is Nootrobox Rise? Does is really work?
Well, while HVMN has slashed the prices of their nootropics in an attempt to sell their “full stack” collection of products all together, their self-funded study that back-fired and showed their flagship Sprint product doesn’t work puts their whole range of products into question.
The good news we can report is that at the very least, their Rise supplement does show links to cognitive benefits based on the effectiveness of the 3 ingredients it features.
Rise has 3 powerful nootropic compounds that are linked to improved memory and focus over time. While the budget pricing of Rise lends skepticism about the sourcing of low-grade ingredients, they theoretically should be safe to consume, and in our testing Rise seemed get solid results over a period of 3 months. However, there are more powerful nootropics available…
Nootrobox Rise Vs Other Nootropics
The most obvious comparison to make is comparing HVMN’s Rise to NOOESIS Opus since Rise is basically like a “light” version of the current best nootropic on the market.
Both products have the same doses of the initial 3 ingredients: Alpha GPC, Bacopa Monnieri, and Rhodiola Rosea. But NOOESIS Opus has 4 more ingredients that push it more into “super nootropic” territory.
While NOOESIS Opus may be the objectively better nootropic supplement from a strictly factual scientific standpoint, Rise is still a solid choice from the perspective of just wanting a little extra mental boost, not a full on cognitive upgrade.
The ingredients in Rise are effective, but it’s more like a starter nootropic or a choice for budget-minded brain booster buyers.
It looks HVMN took a few notes from NOOESIS and ditched the gelatin capsules they were using in favor of veggie caps similar to what Opus uses. But while Opus is free of junk fillers, Rise still has Magnesium Stearate which we’d like to see them remove.
Still, like we’ve said, Rise is a solid choice for those just starting to get into nootropics and aren’t ready to commit to purchasing a premium nootropic.
HVMN Nootrobox Rise Review Verdict:
Nootrobox Rise is a solid beginner nootropic for anyone who isn’t ready to invest in the full cognitive upgrade of a premium brain supplement like NOOESIS Opus. It has 3 effect ingredients, and while we’re skeptical of the sourcing quality in a supplement so cheap, users can expect some marginal cognitive boosting at the very least.