Nootropics fan and expert James Dixon examines this personalized supplement in our Thesis Nootropics review. Find out how he rates it after testing it below…
Nootropic supplements – so called ‘smart drugs’ – are all the rage. They represent a rapidly expanding corner of the supplement market and have had genuinely life altering effects on many, many users – myself included.
They’re not actually ‘drugs’ as you would think of them. This isn’t medication we’re talking about, here. Rather, these supplements are compounds of natural ingredients designed to work together to boost your cognitive health and brain function.
A good nootropic should help you feel smarter… which is a bold claim. There is something to it, however. They should aid your focus, learning skills, memory, and creativity. They should reduce brain fog, anxiety, and lethargy, replacing them with clarity, calm, and plenty of low-key energy.
If you struggle with any of these symptoms, there is a good chance that you could do with a good nootropic, which is exactly what we’re looking at today. Though perhaps not the best of the best, Thesis Nootropics offer a range of products that are all intelligently crafted and, to a degree, fairly personalized.
And when I say they aren’t the best of the best, this doesn’t mean much. The nootropic market is crowded. There are a couple of standout items out there – NooCube springs to mind, here. Playing second fiddle to these is still a large accomplishment. Let’s dive in and take a full look as I dig in to this Thesis Nootropics review.
Quick Verdict: Thesis Nootropics
Can’t wait to read the whole article? Thesis Nootropics have a great range of different nootropics aimed at different needs. They also have an excellent nutritional coaching system to support you.
However, the reality is that most people won’t really gain from this additional 5% and products such as NooCube offer far greater value for money with similar (if not better) nootropic benefits.
Introducing Thesis Nootropics
As above, Thesis Nootropics are smart drugs. They offer high quality nootropics that are designed to help with various aspects of your cognitive health and function. Their products all contain top shelf ingredients all proven to help your brain to work optimally.
They also do something a bit different. Where most nootropics – and most other supplements, for that matter – offer you the same over the counter pills as they would offer anyone else, Thesis bring personalized supplements to bear. Through their online store, you can fully personalize your nootropic options to make the most of your own specific needs and circumstances.
It’s really quite clever.
They started out as FindMyFormula.com before rebranding a few years back. So, although ‘Thesis Nootropics’ may seem like a newcomer to the market, they have actually been around for a long time. They bring this pedigree to the fore with this product.
With a customer base of over half a million users, they have proven themselves and then some. The data they hold from their research into nootropics is peerless – I can’t think of anyone with better. And they use it well, crafting and re-crafting their formulae with proper, diligent science and data in mind.
The personalization process is actually quite straightforward too – at least, it is for the customer, which is always nice.
You start off by going to their website and taking their questionnaire. Don’t worry, it’s not all that comprehensive, asking for only basic information. There is no need to take any lab tests or divulge your medical history. However, it’s enough for them to make a match for the nootropic blends that will best suit your needs.
There are two ways to read this, of course. Either, it’s a non-invasive way to tailor your supplements, or it’s not a deep enough dive, so how well tailored can they really be? I felt a little let down, here. When I came in being promised ‘personalized supplements’ I had higher hopes. Instead, it’s just sort of asking what you want and pointing you in the right direction.
It’s nice, it’s just not quite as revolutionary as the literature and branding suggest.
The next phase is good, though. They’ll send your shipment out to arrive with 1-3 business days. However, they ask you to treat this as a sample; they invite you to try out a few different blends of theirs before picking it. This data is fed back to their algorithm, further enhancing their future prescriptive capabilities.
Again, you can read this cynically or not. Either it’s a great way to search out what works best for you, or it’s doing their job for you and getting you to buy plenty of their products in the process… if their original diagnostics are that good, why do you then need to cycle through their catalogue?
Except that they allow you to try up to four before committing to a longer term formula. Pair this with that original questionnaire and, cynicism on hold, you have an excellent and innovative product. It helps you to refine your own choices without having to do the legwork, which can often take months, a lot of money, and a fair amount of trial and error.
The final part is my favorite part. This dispels much of my lingering cynicism. As a Thesis customer, you are assigned a nootropics expert, a sort of coach and pharmacist in one. You can consult with them virtually at any time. They can help you to further refine your nootropics regime, optimizing what can be optimized, tracking your progress and wellbeing, and generally educate you by ably answering any questions you might have.
I love this. It takes Thesis to the next level – it’s less a supplement and more a course focussed on wellbeing.
It’s not cheap, I’ll warn you now. A starter kit will go over a hundred dollars. A prescription will run to a monthly bill of around eighty. This is roughly twice what you would pay for something like NooCube or Mind Lab Pro, supplements I consider to be the best of the best. It’s around four times what you could pay for a lower end, yet workable, nootropic.
You’re presented with a choice, then: pay extra for the support and tailoring, or pay a far more reasonable amount for something that will still do the job incredibly well.
Why Choose Thesis Nootropics?
The benefits of Thesis Nootropics are fairly straightforward.
Firstly, Thesis shares the same benefits as any other good quality nootropic supplement. They offer several blends (more on this below), which between them can improve your cognitive function from pretty much every angle. You can boost your cognitive energy, improve your clarity, improve your memory and learning abilities, clear brain fog, improve your mood, reduce your stress levels, and boost your ability to focus, among other things.
This is all good. It’s what you’re looking for in a nootropic in the first place.
But, of course, the benefits go beyond this. The two main things you get from Thesis, that set it apart and above most of its competition, are really very special.
Firstly, of course, you get the personalization mentioned above. This can be fantastic. Or it can be a little superfluous. If you try something like NooCube, you will probably find it working for you. It may not be 100% scientifically optimal, but it will be 95% there for most of us.
However, if others haven’t worked for you, personalization may be a very good idea. You can really zero in on the aspects of your own cognitive health and function that you feel need improving. Also, if you want to get that final 5% (figures not accurate, of course) and don’t mind parting with a little extra cash, Thesis can be well worth it. You will be as cognitively optimal as modern nootropic research can make you, which is no small thing.
Then there is the access to their experts. Again, this can be superfluous. How much do most of us really need to know about nootropics above and beyond what you can read in any good review or rundown? Just learn the basics, throw back a couple of NooCube capsules, and get on with your life.
But, again, it can be wonderful. This is where the extra price begins to seem really quite minimal.
Our Preferred Alternative To Thesis
Although we found Thesis Nootropics to include high quality ingredients, the personalization for most people is not required and adds a lot of expense to an already pricey supplement.
We prefer NooCube, the nootropic taken by our tester and writer – thanks to its high quality formula, high impact results and value for money cost.
Thesis Nootropic Ingredients
Thesis Nootropics offer several different blends, relatively personalized towards the individual, focussed entirely on aiding different facets of cognition and brain health. Given these differences, it’s no surprise that each blend contains a different list of ingredients – though there are of course some commonalities between them.
The energy blend is one of their most popular. The formula is made to boost your energy levels whilst fighting fatigue and improving your mental stamina. It makes use of choline, which is known for aiding memory and learning. It also uses bot NAC and NALT, which aid detoxification and nerve cell communication, respectively.
It also includes some of their own ingredients, notably Sabroxy®, for increased dopamine output and a memory boost, TeaCrine®, for improved energy levels alongside motivation and cognitive function, and Zynamite®, purely for physical and mental energy.
It also includes some more standard energy inducing nootropic ingredients, notably caffeine, for energy, and l-theanine, to improve your stress response.
Next up, we have Thesis’ Clarity, which goes off book on the ingredients list. However, it still contains plenty of the ingredients I would expect to see in any good nootropic. You get 7,8-DHF and Alpha GPC, which both aid neural communication, neurogenesis, and neuro-protection. Epicatechin and Lion’s Mane also both provide neuro-protection, whilst also improving mood, memory, blood flow to the brain, and memory consolidation.
It also contains caffeine and l-theanine, making it good for stress response and energy levels.
Motivation is a bit of a funny one, as motivation is inherently a hard metric to either properly define or measure. However, in this context, motivation means a boost to willpower and productivity, and help in warding off procrastination.
It manages this with a good ingredients list. Artichoke extract kicks things off, improving circulation and helping with stress response (and management). Then there is Dynamine®, for a mood boost and plenty of long-lasting energy, without the kind of crash associated with caffeine.
Forskolin and l-phenylalanine work together to improve cognition function, mood, and attention. All of this should inspire greater motivation. It gives you a good dose of vitamin B12, too, for improved energy and to look after your nerve. It rounds out with caffeine and theanine.
Again, the Creativity formula is an odd one – can one scientifically boost creativity? Well, Thesis give it a good shot. It’s designed to improve verbal fluency and confidence, which should result in greater inspiration and the will to follow through with it.
The Creativity formula contains agmatine, ashwagandha and l-theanine, all of which help with managing stress levels and anxiety. It also contains Alpha GPC, which is great for memory, neuro-protection, and neurogenesis, and Zembrin®, which improves mood regulation and increase the flow of blood to the brain.
You also get a good caffeine hit with Thesis’ Creativity blend.
Finally, we have Thesis’ latest blend, Confidence. As you may well imagine, this leads to a boost in confidence!
Confidence’s ingredients all target stress, especially stress responses to insecurities, whilst promoting a feeling of self-assurance. These include magnesium, ashwagandha, saffron, sage, and DHH-B, all of which combine hopefully make you feel more confident in your own skin.
How to Use Thesis Nootropics
Nootropics are amongst the easier supplements to live with. There are no special timings or anything like that to hit, and the portions are all very manageable. Thesis Nootropics fit this pattern nicely. For all of their different lines, simply take them in the morning, ideally when you first get up, on an empty stomach with a decent glass of water.
If you need a bit of an extra boost during the day (particularly if you’re going for the energy blend), feel free to take a second dose at lunchtime to see you through until the evening. This will ensure clarity and energy all day long.
Using Thesis Nootropics
I was quite sceptical of nootropics when I first heard about them in the early 2010s. They sounded too good to be true – over the counter supplements made from all-natural ingredients that can boost your brain health and cognitive function? No way.
Many are too good to be true. Plenty of nootropics out there don’t do anything above and beyond giving you a brief energy kick, and this is usually down to their caffeine content. You’d be better off having a cup of coffee or cheap caffeine supplement.
Thesis Nootropics are not too good to be true. They are good – very good, in fact – and highly workable. I’m not entirely sold on them. I find them to be a bit gimmicky. They shouldn’t be gimmicky, of course – tailoring to your users and offering coaching is no gimmick. However, it’s just a little shallow to be truly tailored – they are simply giving you a selection of stacks, which many supplement stores offer (CrazyBulk, for instance).
And the coaching is perhaps a little superfluous for most people.
But the supplements themselves are good. They are well developed, well made, high quality, and will absolutely elicit the effects they claim in many, many people.
I got on well with them. I took their Energy blend first, which is always my priority (I’m always juggling seven or eight different projects at any time, so an energy boost will always be welcome!) It did what it said it would. I found my focus improving and my energy lasting me through the day. I usually drink a lot of coffee, which tends to give me spikes and crashes. The spike wasn’t as high with the Energy blend, but nor was there any kind of crash.
I also tried Clarity, as I take a couple of prescription medications that can lead to a touch of brain fog. It cut through my brain fog well, lending me a great deal of clear sighted cognitive energy. There was no coming round in the morning, no chugging espressos just to form a coherent sentence. Or, at least, I came round quicker and reduced my espresso intake.
I also wanted to know a bit about Thesis’ coaches, or whatever they call themselves. I got in touch and was chatting to a woman with a highly relevant, impressive array of academic credentials just a few days later. She explained how the components in the blends I was trying worked and interplayed, and pointed me in the direction of a couple more that I might to try.
The advice was kind of handy, though it wasn’t anything I would struggle to find out just from perusing their website. The information was interesting to a health and supplements nerd, but that was it. I can’t imagine it being in any way helpful. I can’t even imagine it being interesting to most people.
It’s not a good use of money (and you will be spending a lot of money on Thesis). The supplement is strong – the blends I tried were strong. But none of them gave me the kinds of results I have experienced whilst taking cheaper, better nootropics, namely NooCube – this is what I personally tend to take on an ongoing basis.
There is no harm in trying Thesis. They offer a one-month money-back guarantee, so you can get that hefty price tag (generally around $119) back again if you’re not satisfied. But I think you will be satisfied. Thesis is a satisfying product. It’s just not the best, and the best happens to be an awful lot cheaper.
Do also bear in mind that nootropics can cause side effects – Thesis’ blends are no exception. They can lead to blurred vision, high blood pressure, an accelerated pulse, circulation problems, and insomnia, though severe or long lasting cases are rare.
Pros and Cons
Thesis Nootropics Pros
- Personalized for optimal benefits
- Comes with access to their experts
- High quality ingredients
- Highly reputable company
- Different blends for different uses/needs
- Ability to try out different blends before committing
- Easy to take
Thesis Nootropics Cons
- The personalization is a little shallow
- It’s very pricey (about twice as costly as other leading nootropics)
Are Thesis Nootropics’ products vegan?
All of Thesis Nootropics’ products are indeed suitable for vegans. All ingredients are free from animal products. However, they do note the possibility of cross contamination, so the product is not certified vegan.
Are Thesis Nootropics’ products gluten free?
Thesis Nootropics’ blends are all free from gluten, eggs, and nuts, as well as being dairy free. However, once more, they note the possibility of cross contamination. Their lines haven’t therefore been certified gluten free.
What is Thesis Nootropics’ shipping policy?
Thesis Nootropics have a fairly fast delivery service. They promise to dispatch all orders within one business day, with the packages being delivered between 1-3 business days after that. They do not offer international shipping, however, and they calculate costs at checkout, so do beware price hikes.
Thesis Nootropics are good. In fact, they are very good. The personalized aspect, whilst admittedly a little shallow, is still very welcome. I like it a lot. As a bit of a supplements nerd, I also love the idea of being able to chat to an expert at any time – this really is a nice touch.
However, I can’t help but feel that it’s all a little superfluous. Most people know their own needs. A quick Google search will show you what nootropics will be best for you. If in doubt, go for a cover-all nootropic. I keep mentioning NooCube with good reason – it should do pretty much everything that all of Thesis’ blends do.
Then there is the price. You’re paying a lot for a good product with plenty of customer care involved. However, as above, the customer care is largely excessive. If you really want it – and I can see plenty of people wanting it, with good reason – then by all means fork out extra. However, it’s just a little much for most people.
For a month’s supply (at non-subscription prices), you can buy around three months’ worth of NooCube. For this, you’ll be getting just about the best nootropic on the market with no extra legwork – just simply take it each morning, save some money, and get on with your life with your cognitive health in near perfect shape.
Verdict: Thesis Nootropics
Thesis Nootropics have a great range of different nootropics aimed at different needs. They also have an excellent nutritional coaching system to support you.
The reality is that most people won’t really gain from this additional 5% and alternative products such as NooCube offer far greater value for money with similar (if not better) nootropic benefits.
This article was written by: James Dixon – SOMA Analytics PT, Nutritionalist & Published Author
James Dixon is one of the key players in the SOMA Analytics’ team. He is a personal trainer and is educated to Masters level. He is a published author and is a keen advocate of high quality nootropic supplements. James enjoys helping others to reach their peak both physically and mentally and believes that expressing his knowledge through his writing is an effective way to positively impact the wellbeing of others on a larger scale.