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Lumonol: Underdosed, Lacks Scientific Data To Back Claims

October 11, 2017 // In Supplement Scams // By saab

Lumonol is a nootropic supplement that is marketed to be ‘engineered to elevate overall cognitive performance.’ Additionally, this supplement promises to upgrade one’s memory, focus, speed processing, and overall brain function. The manufacturer boasts that these brain pills contain “noopept,” a ‘breakthrough’ patented ingredient that is claimed to be one of the most powerful nootropics available. Priced at $59.97 for a month’s supply, Lumonol can be purchased from their official website.


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The TL;DR to this post is that Lumonol is another nootropic that is more likely to rip a hole in your wallet than to accurately deliver on its promises. Not only underdosed, but some of its ingredients are also lacking scientific data to validate its claims on providing cognitive benefits. The ingredients found in Lumonol are two things: underdosed and/or lacking scientific trials to prove efficacy in providing cognitive benefits. For $59.97 a bottle, this nootropic just appears to be really pricey. If you are looking for supplements that can help boost your cognitive performance, check out our nootropics section.


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Vitamin B12 (250mcg) - Otherwise known as cobalamin, vitamin B-12 is a water-soluble vitamin that is known for its roles on neurology. Supplementation of this B-vitamin tends to be around 1,000mcg.


Focus Blend (515mg)


Phosphatidylserine - A fat-soluble amino acid derivative compound, phosphatidylserine is naturally found in in the brain where it plays a role in cognitive functioning. It can also be consumed through the diet as this compound is found in high amounts in fish. While this is vital for cognitive function, supplementation isn’t necessary as phosphatidylserine is synthesized in the body. Supplementation is beneficial for the elderly, with 100mg, taken three times daily for a total of 300mg, as the standard dose, while doses of 200mg-400mg provide benefits in adult non-elderly population.


Acetyl L-Carnitine - L-carnitine is a compound involved in mitochondrial protection and energy metabolism, with Acetyl L-Carnitine (simply ‘ALCAR’) being a related compound that can alleviate the aging and disease on the mitochondria. ALCAR is most commonly used as a nootropic for its ability to boost both alertness and mitochondrial capacity, as well as to provide support for the neurons. The standard dose for L-carnitine tends to be anywhere between the 500mg-2,000mg range; while ALCAR supplementation tends to be in the 630mg-2,500mg range. That said, the amount of ALCAR found in Lumonol’s prop blend is obviously underdosed.


L-Tyrosine - L-Tyrosine isa dietary amino acid involved in producing dopamine and adrenaline, and supplementation may improve mood, cognitive function, and memory. Additionally, supplemental L-Tyrosine may also reduce the adverse effects of stress, and alleviate stress-induced memory deficits. This amino acid tends to be taken at doses of 500mg-2,000mg.


Noopept - N-phenylacetyl-L-prolylglycine ethyl ester, brand name Noopept, is a synthetic nootropic molecule. It possesses similar effects to piracetam, the prototype for racetam supplements, which provides mild cognitive boost and subtle psychostimulatory effects. According to, “noopept provides a general neuroprotective effect after supplementation. This neuroprotective effect occurs during various states of cognitive trauma, including oxidative stress and physical trauma. There is, however, no evidence to suggest Noopept provides benefits for people with no cognitive ailments.” As for supplementation 10-30mg tends to be taken once daily for up to 56 days at a time. However, it is still unclear what the optimal standard dose of noopept for humans.


Energy Blend (430mg)


Panax Ginseng - Referred to as “True Ginseng,” Panax Ginseng appears to have potent efficacy on improving mood, immunity, and cognition. This ginseng tends to be taken in doses between 200mg-400mg for general preventative medicine, and a dose of 400mg has been found to confer the most cognitive benefit.


Hordenine - A molecule found in different plants, Hordenine (N,N-dimethyltyramine) has been associated with having adrenergic effects after IV administration. Its adrenergic-like properties is currently being underinvestigated, along with its possible effects on fat burning. However, this molecule lack enough research and comparative analysis to recommend an optimal standard dose for human consumption.


Guarana - Otherwise known as Paullinia cupana, guarana is a seed that contains more caffeine than coffee beans. It is most commonly supplemented for its stimulatory effects. Essentially this seed contains xanthines, such as caffeine, catechins, tannins, and procyanidins but more research is still needed to determine how these alkaloids interact in guarana. Additionally, even though guarana has high caffeine content, the average dose for this extract is not potent enough to let caffeine play an active role. Supplementation on guarana is typically taken in doses of 50-75mg, once a day, before noon, while two divided doses of 50mg can also be taken (once after waking up, and once shortly after noon) for a total of 100mg. However, further research is needed to accurately determine the optimal standard dose for guarana supplementation.


Memory Blend (170mg)


Gingko Biloba - Gingko Biloba is among the most common herbs ingested for brain health. It is supplemented for cognitive enhancement and to alleviate cognitive decline in the elderly population. While it may appear to effective on the latter, its effects are not very reliable. Supplementation tends to be taken at doses of 120-240mg, to be taken an hour or four before performance. For the purpose of alleviating cognitive decline (in elderly people), 40-120mg, thrice a day, tends to be taken.


Alpha GPC - Alpha GPC is a cholinergic compound used for its cognitive benefits and its ability to improve athletic performance and power output. Supplementation is most commonly used for nootropic purposes, as this compound appears to have properties that can enhance cognition and alleviate cognitive decline in the elderly. However, no human clinical trial exists to support this claim in otherwise healthy population. The standard dose of Alpha GPC for attenuating symptoms of cognitive decline is 400mg, given thrice daily for a total of 1200mg.  Anything lower than this dosage remains unsure how it would benefit cognition.


Despite the odds, Lumonol is still highly recommended by most supplement reviewers


Upon examining Lumonol’s ingredient profile closely, it is easy to tell that this supplement may not exactly deliver on its promises. However, despite its possible ineffectivity, a lot of review websites still highly recommend Lumonol, among many others.


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But we all know that’s credibility on their reviews is questionable, as thoroughly discussed in this article we published a while back and seeing Lumonol make it to their top 10 brain supplements list kind of makes this nootropic shady.


So I did some further digging and found out one big reason why Lumonol, despite its poor ingredient profile and possible inefficacy, is still recommended by many supplement review websites - and not so surprisingly, here’s what I found out:


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Clicking that link will redirect to this:

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An affiliate referral-generating script that will tell the manufacturer which sales referral came from who (in this case, a referral from


Additionally, it is easy to be an affiliate to Lumonol, as published on their official website:

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Wait - there’s more! Lumonol is so generous that is also has a “rewards program” for its buyers.


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Which then leaves me with one question: how much money is actually spent on making these pills if Lumonol is willing to give away affiliate commissions, referral discounts, and rewards credit that easily?


The Bottomline


Lumonol comes with bold promises, but after having a closerlook at their ingredient profile, it is safe to say that this supplement might not deliver on its claims. Moreover, for its price tag, it is a little expensive; and its affiliate and rewards program appears to be too generous. Don’t fall for marketing schemes like this. If you are looking to enhance your focus and cognition, check out our list of nootropics; all the supplements listed are tried and tested by our reviewers who don’t earn a single penny from their honest recommendations.

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