Update 3/5/20. Do you have trouble remembering names? Do you forget where you put things? Are you loosing your mental edge at work? These are some of the questions asked as I watched an infomercial for Cebria, a memory supplement. In this Cebria review, you'll learn about the ingredients in this nootropic supplement and the clinical study which supports its use. You'll see how it differs from the Ultra version too. Does it have any side effects? That will be covered too. So, does Cebria work? Let's look at the ingredients and evidence and see what we can discover.
What Is Cebria?
Cebria is a dietary supplement touted to “improve short term memory” and to help people “think faster and remember more” in “just 30 days.” Cebria contains different ingredients than other reviewed memory supplements:
According to Cebria.com, each capsule contains the following ingredients:
|Neuro Pep 12 Proprietary Blend||282.8 mg|
|Composed of the following:|
Basically, this list tells us that there is only one active compound (which they call “Neuro-Pep-12″). That compound, in turn, is composed of 15 other ingredients, most of which are amino acids.
While they don't tell us the amount of each of the ingredients making up Neuro-Pep-12, they are listed in order. As such, we can assume that those at the top of the list comprise most of the Neuro-Pep-12 proprietary blend and those at the bottom, making up the least.
Cebria also contains these other ingredients that play no role in its effectiveness:
- Magnesium stearate
- Silicon dioxide
What is Neuro Pep 12?
The key ingredient in the supplement is called Neuro-Pep-12. In the studies, it's actually called N-Pep-12.
This compound, is derived from a substance called Cerebrolysin. Cerebrolysin is also a mixture of various amino acids. Cerebrolysin is sometimes derived from pig brains.
There have been some studies which find Cerebrolysin can help people with mild to moderate dementia. One problem with Cerebrolysin, however, is that it has to be given by injection. N-pep-12 (Neuro-Pep-12) – which is derived from Cerebrolysin – can be taken orally.
There is a patent on the Neuro Pep 12 substance. While the patent does not specifically mention Cebria by name, it does describe a supplement that appears to bear a strong resemblance to it.
If you saw the Cebria TV infomercial, you may have noticed that they also mentioned a clinical study. Let's talk about that now. The study is titled “Effects of N-PEP-12 on memory among older adults.” It was published in 2005 in a journal called International Clinical Psycopharmacology.
Here is a summary of the study and its results:
- The study lasted 30 days and involved 54 men and women over age 50.
- The average age of the people was 68 years of age. Most of the people in the study were women.
- None of the people had dementia.
- The people were broken up into two groups: the placebo group and the N-Pep-12 group
- The people took memory tests before and 30 days later
Results: Those taking N-Pep-12 (Cebria) performed better on some of the memory tests than those getting the placebo after 30 days.
Normally, studies have equal or near-equal numbers of people in the placebo group and treatment group. In this study, there were twice as many people getting N-Pep-12 as getting the placebo (36 vs. 18). Some researchers have advised caution when it comes to studies that have unequal numbers of people.
Other Cebria Studies
Here is a breakdown of other investigations using the key ingredient in the supplement.
This is a study of chicken brain cells. Researchers noted that N-Pep-12 prevented brain cell death during aging and when the cells were subjected to various insults like trauma.
Researchers recruited 6 people older than 50 years of age and gave them 180 mg of N-Pep-12. After 6 hours, the brains of the people showed differences in some of their brain waves and the people performed better on memory tests. There was no placebo group in this study.
This study involved rats that were given either N-pep-12 or a placebo for 3 months. Rats treated with N-Pep-12, appeared to show improvement memory compared to rats given a placebo. The brains of rats getting N-Pep-12 also show some positive physical changes compared to the other rats too.
Who Makes Cebria?
The company is Cebria LLC. According to their Better Business Bureau file, they are located at 14724 Ventura Blvd Fl 200, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403-3514. The phone number is (800) 214-8347. The BBB gives the company an A+ rating. See the BBB file for more information.
The address for the company is the same as that listed for Prosvent, a prostate supplement.
Cebria LLC is related to another company called TheraBotanics LLC. I can't find a website for TheraBotanics. According to this article from Forbs.com, it appears its parent company is called Ideal Living (IdealLiving.com), which seems to be an advertising/marketing company. The BBB gives Ideal Living a rating of “A+.“ See their BBB file for updates and more information.
The Cebria TV commercial has stated the maker of this supplement is a company called Ever-Neuro Pharma which is located in Austria. Their website is EverPharma.com.
How To Contact Cebria
The company can be ordered by calling 800-550-3801. Another number is 800-214-8347.
Who is Dr Marcus Laux, ND
The supplement website used to say Dr. Laux was the spokesperson for Cebria. He is a naturopathic doctor and has authored several books.
Who is Bella Shaw?
Bella Shaw is the host of the Cebria TV commercial. According to the Internet Movie Database, she has a BA in journalism and appeared in several movies and TV shows.
How To Take Cebria?
The product website says that Cebria is to be taken in the morning with water or another liquid.
Does Cebria help Alzheimer's?
Cebria appears to be marketed to people over the age of 40 who have age-related memory loss. There is currently proof the supplement helps people with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.
Cebria Side Effects
Currently the research does not show any significant side effects from taking the ingredients in Cebria. Here are some things to keep in mind when taking this supplement
- The supplement has lactose which may be a problem for those who are lactose intolerant.
- If pregnant or breastfeeding talk to your doctor first
- Not intended for kids
- Stop taking at least 2 weeks before having surgery
- If you take any medications, ask your doctor first
Does Cebria Work?
The research on Cebria's ingredients is interesting although a few more studies would be nice to have. The good news is if it works – or doesn't – you should know in 30 days.
Here is Cebria on Amazon if you want to see what others are saying.