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Neuro Gum Review — Is the coffee gum better than coffee?
Updated on August 16, 2022
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There are two kinds of people: tea drinkers and coffee drinkers. If you are the type who prefers coffee (like I do), then you probably enjoy it for the kick.

In fact, many of us depend on coffee to stay energized. 

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According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), 62% of Americans drink coffee every day. On average, we consume a little over 3 cups in a day.1

Neuro® gives you the same boost of energy with a nootropic gum. Nootropics are substances that boost brain performance. 

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Neuro Gum - Formulated to optimize memory, focus and energy.

What is a Neuro Gum?

The Neuro® Gum is a caffeinated chewing gum that claims to provide energy and focus. The company also offers Neuro® Mints for mental clarity and calm.

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Kent Yoshimura and Ryan Chen, co-founders of Neuro®, developed these dietary supplements so you can achieve the right state of mind needed to accomplish tasks.

Whether you want to finish a paper or a yoga class, these products are for anyone looking to increase their energy levels and enhance brain function.

Neuro offers two variants of its products:

Energy and Focus

These energy supplements give you physical stamina and mental endurance. You can take them if you need energy or a mental boost.

It has four (4) active ingredients:

  • Natural caffeine
  • L-theanine
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin)

Neuro offers them as gums and mints. Flavor options include cinnamon and peppermint.

Calm and Clarity

The supplement induces calm and mental clarity so you can stay focused. It can be helpful if you are anxious and nervous, or jittery from having too much coffee.

It has three (3) active ingredients:

  • Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)
  • Vitamin D3
  • L-theanine

Neuro only offers them as mints. There are two flavors: honey lemon and ginger chai.

Meet the Expert

Elise Harlow is a registered dietitian with a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences. She is the founder of an online nutrition consulting and coaching business.

Elise helps people use the power of food to lead healthier lives. She works with various clients, including those who want to achieve a healthier weight, improve their gut health, lower cholesterol, manage their blood sugar, or balance their hormones.

How Do You Use Neuro Gum?

Pick the gum or mint that you like. You can choose between Energy & Focus and Calm & Clarity.

Neuro says you can take up to 2 pieces at a time or up to 10 pieces a day.

Chew the Neuro Gum for at least 5 minutes or longer. But if you are taking the Neuro Mint, keep it in your mouth until it’s completely dissolved.

How Much Do Neuro Gums Cost?

Neuro Gums and Neuro Mints are available in three package options:

  • Six pack — $24 paid one time or $21.60 per month for subscribers
  • Twelve pack — $42 paid one time or $37.80 per month for subscribers
  • Bulk bag — $45 paid one time or $40.50 per month for subscribers

Neuro packages their mints and gums a bit differently, although prices remain the same.

One (1) pad of Neuro Mint contains 12 pieces. So you'll get 72 mints with a 6-pack, and 144 mints with a 12-pack. One (1) pad of Neuro Gum contains 9 pieces. It will give you 54 gums with a 6-pack, and 108 pieces with a 12-pack.

The bulk bag contains 180 pieces regardless of which one you choose. You can order each variant separately or buy a combination of both.

The Ideal State package is a 12-pack with six pads of Energy & Focus and six pads of Calm & Clarity. There’s no option to get it as a 6-pack.

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Neuro Gum - Formulated to optimize memory, focus and energy.

How Does Neuro Gum Work?

The secret lies in Neuro’s active ingredients. They are specially formulated to help you get into “the zone” as Neuro describes it. 

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Their nootropic properties will start to take effect as soon as they are absorbed. Here is a closer look at Neuro’s active ingredients and what they can do for you:

Natural Caffeine

Each piece of Energy & Focus contains 40 mg of caffeine. Studies show that when taken in low to moderate doses of 50 to 300 mg, caffeine can:2

  • Increase energy
  • Heighten alertness
  • Improve concentration

You can take up to 7 pieces of caffeinated gum or mint to stay within these limits.

L-theanine

Energy & Focus and Calm & Clarity contain 60 to 65 mg of L-theanine. This is an amino acid that naturally occurs in green tea. L-theanine has been shown to:3,4

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve mood
  • Promote memory and attention
  • Increase cognitive ability

L-theanine may also enhance the positive effects of caffeine while neutralizing its negative effects, such as anxiety, restlessness, and jitters.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

One (1) gum or mint of Energy & Focus provides 60% of your daily recommended intake. According to research, vitamin B6 supplementation may help with stress relief.5

Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin)

Energy & Focus provides 100% of your daily recommended intake. This can give you an additional boost of energy and improve your mood.

The micronutrient binds with proteins so they can be easily absorbed and converted into energy.6 It also helps with the production of the happy hormone, serotonin.7

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)

This is the main active ingredient of Neuro’s Calm & Clarity. Each mint contains 65 mg.

GABA is a neurotransmitter that can induce relaxation and relieves anxiety. It acts directly on the central nervous system by increasing alpha waves and decreasing beta waves.8

Vitamin D3

Calm & Clarity provides 32.5% of your daily recommended intake. Studies show vitamin D facilitates the production of serotonin.9

At optimum levels, vitamin D3 also maintains serotonin levels in the brain and directs it to brain regions where it is needed.10

9 Things We Like About Neuro Gum

We tried Neuro Gum and Neuro Mints for a few days. Here are 9 things we liked:

1. Made by experts

Neuro co-founders Kent and Ryan led physically active lifestyles. They were also academic achievers, holding degrees in neuroscience and chemistry.

The fact that they personally developed Neuro’s entire line gave me the assurance that I was in good hands.

2. Cheaper than coffee

Did you know that Americans pay an average of $2.70 for coffee? Neuro can give you the same energizing effects and more for less than half the price.

You need 2 gums or mints to get as much caffeine as the average cup of coffee.11 A 2-piece serving will only cost you $0.5 to $0.88.

3. Coffee in a pocket

Call me old school, but I usually carry a coffee tumbler with me. It’s more practical than lining up at a coffee shop. Plus, I like my coffee warm.

Coffee tumblers are clunky, however. Despite its large size, the average tumbler only holds 2.5 cups of coffee or 200 to 250 mg of coffee.*

A pad of Neuro Energy & Focus gives you 360 mg of caffeine or 3.6 to 4.5 cups of coffee.* It lets you carry more caffeine in your pocket than a 20-ounce coffee tumbler.

*A standard 8 oz. cup of coffee contains 80 to 100 mg of caffeine.11

4. Natural flavors

One of the things I like about their gums and mints is the flavor. They have a fresh taste and won’t leave a chemical-like flavor in your mouth.

It makes sense because Neuro uses natural ingredients, including:

  • Spirulina extract
  • Monk fruit
  • Stevia
  • Fruit and vegetable juice
  • Turmeric extract

5. Clean and balanced energy

Most healthy adults can consume 4 to 5 cups of coffee (or 400 mg of caffeine) in a day without any negative side effects.

Unfortunately, it's easy to go beyond 4 to 5 cups a day. It can happen when you're preoccupied — such as when you're working or studying.

Too much caffeine may cause unpleasant symptoms, such as:12

  • Headache
  • Shaking
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping

Energy drinks pose bigger problems. The average 16-oz energy drink contains 160 mg of caffeine and 40 mg of sugar, giving you a high dose of energy in a short time.

Getting energy from sugar isn’t always the best formula for productivity, however. Too much sugar can lead to a sugar crash.13 

Thankfully, Neuro Gums and Mints are sugar-free. They also have natural caffeine content, making them a clean source of energy.

Each piece has 40 mg of caffeine, equal to half a cup of coffee. This allows you to control the amount of energy you get throughout the day.

Compared to drinking coffee, low-dose coffee gums are associated with fewer side effects and a lower risk for caffeine overdose.14

6. Fast-acting effects

When you drink coffee, it has to pass through the digestive tract before your body completely absorbs it. Because of this, it takes 15 minutes before caffeine kicks in.15

Neuro Gums and Mints dissolve in your mouth. Their ingredients are immediately absorbed buccally (between the gums and cheeks) and sublingually (under the tongue).

The quick absorption allows them to take effect within 5 minutes.

7. More benefits than coffee

Neuro Gum is not just a caffeinated gum. It is a nootropic designed to give you an overall boost, both physically and mentally. 

The company also offers Neuro Mints that reduce stress and calm you down. All in all, their products are brain-boosting supplements that do more than coffee.

8. Safe to use

As long as you take Neuro Gums and Mints as recommended, they are safe to use. The company has acquired three certifications to ensure the safety of its products:

  • NSF International Certification
  • World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Compliance
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Compliance

Neuro also uses a patented cold-compression technique which increases the bioavailability of ingredients.

9. Subscribers get perks

A subscription can save you $2.40 to $4.20 for each month that you are subscribed. You can also choose to have orders delivered every month or every 2 months.

Shipping is free for subscribers. (Normally, it is only free for orders over $35.)

Neuro sends email updates each time your subscription is scheduled to ship out. You can change, cancel, or pause it any time you change your mind.

The best part? Signing up for a monthly subscription is free.

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Neuro Gum - Formulated to optimize memory, focus and energy.

2 Things We Don’t Like About Neuro Gum

Here are things we did not like about Neuro Gum:

1. No coffee flavor

Neuro’s coffee gum does not come in a coffee flavor. And while I don’t mind having peppermint or cinnamon, it would be nice to have coffee as a flavor option.

2. Overdose risk

Vitamin D3 and caffeine are some of the active ingredients in Neuro’s products. Both carry the risk for overdose.

The body stores vitamin D in fat, versus excreting any excess through urine, increase your risk for toxicity.16 While caffeine is not as dangerous, the body can only tolerate up to 400 mg a day.12

Registered dietitian Elise Harlow explains how this is different for everyone.

"The amount of vitamin D a person needs and can tolerate depends on their specific blood vitamin D levels. It is best to get this level checked with a medical professional, so you can become aware when you're taking too much."

Elise Harlow, M.S., R.D.N.

If you are taking Calm & Clarity Mints, limit it to 1 to 2 pieces a day so you don’t take more vitamin D than your body needs. But you can take up to 10 pieces of Energy & Focus.

Is Neuro Gum Worth It?

Neuro Gums and Mints are a practical, convenient, and affordable alternative to coffee. While coffee can give you that much-needed energy for the day, it is not enough.

We need energy and the right state of mind to perform our best. Neuro provides nootropic products that help us achieve the ideal state.

Whether you need a boost or something to calm your senses, Neuro has a pill for that.

Healthy Coffee Alternatives to Stay Awake

Coffee is well-known for its health and energy-boosting benefits. Sadly, not everyone enjoys drinking coffee or is able to tolerate its side effects.

In high concentrations, caffeine can make you feel jittery and restless. It also causes:12

  • Dizziness
  • Fast heart reate
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety

Thankfully, you can substitute coffee with healthier options like MUD WTR and Neuro Gum. These products contain very little caffeine — but still enough to give you a jolt.

MUD WTR is an excellent choice if you don’t want to give up the experience of coffee-drinking. But if you want to have your ‘coffee fix’ in pill form, we suggest trying Neuro Gum instead.

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Ada Sandoval
Ada Sandoval
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Ada Sandoval is a B.S. in Nursing graduate and a registered nurse with a heart for abandoned animals. She works as a content writer who specializes in medical-related articles and pet health.
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