Official Site: www.mcclearyscientific.com
We have to give this one to Lucidal: it’s probably one of the very few supplements we know of that is actually backed up by a true doctor. Granted, Dr. Larry McCleary is a neurosurgeon, but when we checked him out, we were surprised to find out that he was real.
Lucidal is definitely one of the more popular options for a brain supplement out there, and that may be largely influenced by the fact that McCleary scientific also has two other popular supplements. Judging by these three products, for bone, brain, and body, you can almost say that they’re all geared towards the elderly – and you’re right, in a way. However, this doesn’t mean that people like you can’t take Lucidal. Its formula includes many powerful nootropic ingredients.
If you’ve never heard of Lucidal before, don’t fret. Checking out their website, you’ll be pleased to find out that it actually contains a lot of information about the product, the brain and memory in general, FAQs, testimonials, and if you’re interested, there are even some eBooks for sale. It really seems like a lot of work has been put into compiling the information on the website, and it seems like McCleary is a pretty knowledgeable man.
“Dr. Larry McCleary’s brain enhancing formulation Lucidal ® is a holistically designed, patented nutritional supplement for the brain that contains more than 50 ingredients. It represents the culmination of many years of work investigating the benefit of nutritional support on brain health.”
Vitamin C 75 mg
Vitamin D3 100 IU
Vitamin E 15 IU
Thiamin 20 mg
Riboflavin 20 mg
Niacin 25 mg
Vitamin B6 50 mg
Folate 800 mcg
Vitamin B12 125 mcg
Biotin 300 mcg
Pantothenic acid 25 mg
Magnesium 80 mg
Zinc 15 mg
Selenium 200 mcg
Chromium 400 mcg
Potassium 9 mg
Proprietary Carotenoid Mixture 9mg
Beta Carotene, Alpha Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Cryptoxanthin
Proprietary LUCIDAL Mixture 820mg
Creatine, L-Glutamine, L-Pyrogutamic Acid, Inositol, Alpha-Ketoglutaric Acid, Glucosamine HCl, L-F Glutamine, L-Pyroglutamic Acid, Inositol, Alpha-Ketoglutaric Acid, Soy Bean Oil Poweder, Taurine, Trimethylglycine, Ginkgo Biloba, Green Tea Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, PABA, Bilberry, Grape Seed Extract, Maritime Pine Bark Extract, Coenzyme Q10, Lycopene, Reservatrol, Huperzine A, and Vanadium
What was missing, however, from Lucidal’s website was a supplement facts label. We don’t know why they’d decide to keep the supplement facts hidden though, but it was a pretty strange move indeed.
We did find Lucidal’s formula list with a Google Images search though, and under first impressions, we were actually a little baffled with how many ingredients Dr. McCleary decided to include in Lucidal’s formula. It was just jam packed with more vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients than you could think of. These ingredients of course could be easily found in your daily multivitamin.
Then again, we should consider that Lucidal was created with the elderly in mind, which means that taking a multivitamin, on top of Lucidal, and then their own medication as well could quickly become a big hassle. So in that regard, we can’t really complain with the choices they made in Lucidal’s ingredients. For us normal folk though, it could possibly be a little more potent if the formula swapped out the ‘filler’ for more nootropic ingredients.
Acetyl L-Carnitine: The “enhanced” version of Carnitine has not only shown to aid in fat burn, but also offers benefits to the brain due to its ability to cross the brain-blood barrier. It aids in the production of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter responsible for sharpening memory, learning, problem-solving ability, and general cognition.
Ginkgo Biloba: America’s best-selling herbal supplement that helps benefit the brain in two ways: improved blood flow to tissues and organs, and as an antioxidant preventing oxidative damage to cells. Ginkgo is believed to greatly help enhance memory and concentration, while also working on reducing brain fog.
Huperzine A: A natural supplement that is known to increase the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain. It has in many studies shown effectiveness in enhancing focus and clarity, while also having positive effects on memory recall and the storage of information in the brain.
While we do have some gripes with Lucidal’s formula, it’s mainly due to the inclusion of so many multivitamins and minerals that we consider to be ‘filler’.
Effects and Benefits
What’s so great about our tests with Lucidal is the fact that everyone in the office is of varying age groups, meaning we were able to see whether it was more effective on a 60-year-old when compared to a 30-year-old or a 20-year-old.
In the beginning, the effects were a little hard to spot. You could definitely ‘feel’ something when taking Lucidal, but this did not directly mean that you were more focused or everything was suddenly clearer. Take note that it is mentioned on their website that the effects take some time to build up… and take time, they did.
We were only able to start ‘fully’ experiencing Lucidal’s effects at around the 10-14 day mark in our tests, where you could actually feel marked improvements in focus and concentration. From then, getting work done would be a lot easier since distractions would no longer be a big problem, allowing us to maintain focus for extended periods.
Potential Side Effects
In our month’s experience with Lucidal, we were fortunate enough not to experience any negative side effects. Rather, a lot of us felt generally pretty positive when we were on Lucidal. I guess you could say that Lucidal lifts your mood too, and that might have something to do with certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
Of course, if you experience any adverse side effects or allergies, make sure you discontinue Lucidal from your regimen immediately.
A bottle of Lucidal with 90 capsules will cost you $74.99, lasting you an entire month when following the suggested serving size (3 capsules a day). There are no other pricing options available, but they have a few other products there like an Omega-3 Booster that we believe you can take with Lucidal for even further enhanced effects.
There’s also an eBook and an audio book that isn’t too expensive, so that might be worth checking out if you’re still new to brain enhancement.
The price itself is quite steep, especially if they were thinking about selling these to senior citizens living off their retirement plans. Then again, Lucidal manages to bring a lot of positive effects, and the price isn’t too ridiculous either.
The opinions online about Lucidal were rather mixed, but many of them were pretty positive. Surprisingly, there weren’t many average reviews on Lucidal. They were all either praising it or bashing it. Strange that the reviews only exist in the extremes.
Expert Review by Brainreference.com
People generally think that supplements based on vitamins and minerals can do no wrong: even if they have little effect, they still can’t harm you. This is not the case, though, as vitamin poisoning is a serious risk and the main reason for which even multi-vitamin formulations come with a maximum recommended dose.
In the case of Lucidal, there seems to be little risk in consumption for most people, although the manufacturer’s claim of the product being safe for children has yet to be clinically tested. All of their other claims have been tested though, with promising results: this supplement actually does what it’s supposed to.
User Review by Susanne on Brainopinions.com
I use this in order to improve low energy and concentration. It improved my memory and also I have a better sleep at night. Excellent product!
Expert Review by Nootriment.com
At a retail price of $59.63 plus shipping for a one month supply, our Lucidal review concludes that it’s simply not effective enough to warrant recommendation. There are far more effective cognitive enhancers on the market for far lower monthly price points. For example, you can buy as many as 200 daily doses of Acetyl L-Carnitine for under 20 dollars. That’s more than a six-month supply!
User Review by Philip R. on Brainopinions.com
Here’s a piece of advice: do some research before taking this. I did a lot of research before deciding on Lucidal. There are many similar products out there so just make sure you get what you want. Lucidal works but not quite as well as I was expecting.
- Actually endorsed by a real doctor (not as common as you’d think)
- Great source of multivitamins and nutrients
- Great for those who don’t like the hassle of taking multiple different pills
- A little on the expensive side at $74.99 for a month’s supply
- Formula could be a bit weak for serious nootropic users
- A lot of ingredients that could be purchased inexpensively
If you’re buying a brain supplement for your dad or mom, then this should be a consideration. It’s got everything they might ever need in a brain health supplement… and more, replacing their daily multivitamins and B-complexes. If you’re deciding to buy for yourself, however, we’ll have to say it depends. If you’re new to brain enhancement, this might be an okay place to start, but if you’ve been delving in other similar smart drugs before, choosing Lucidal might set you up for disappointment.
Is it a good supplement? Yes. Could it have been better? Absolutely.