Nerve pain is something that millions of people in this country suffer from. There are some pharmaceutical nerve pain medications available for the treatment of this type of pain, but they are often only effective for a short period of time, come with significant side effects, and can even be habit-forming.
As a result, people have been looking for other solutions. One possible solution that is being offered is Neuracel.
One of my readers requested that I write a review of this product because it has received so many complaints from users, but so much attention online through aggressive marketing efforts. I agreed, of course, and here is what I discovered.
About the Company
Neuracel Supplement Inc. is the company behind this product. They do not provide a lot of contact information, other than being located in Boise, Idaho. The company is registered with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), where they have a C rating due to having received a number of complaints. That said, no legal action was pending against the company at the time of this writing.
Neuracel makes use of a secret Chinese herb that has been placed inside an easy to take capsule. When you buy the product, you will receive 90 capsules, and you need to take three per day.
As a herbal supplement, it contains several ingredients they claim provide relief from nerve damage pain. Neuracel contains a number of key ingredients:
- California poppy, which is believed by some to have medicinal uses. That said, there is no clinical evidence that this product is beneficial in any way. In fact, there are no signs of any short term effects and there is no knowledge of long term effects either. Nevertheless, it is used quite commonly for the treatment of bed-wetting, insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
- Passionflower, which is native to Peru and is believed to have some sedative or calming effects. The scientific community has only recently started to research the potential benefits of passionflower, however. So far, it seems that it could be beneficial for adjustment disorders, insomnia, and anxiety. At the same time, when taken in large doses, passionflower could be unsafe. It is for this reason that pregnant or nursing mothers should avoid it.
- Prickly ash bark, native to North America, which has been used in some native cultures for its stimulant properties. No clinical evidence supports any medicinal benefits at present. However, traditionally, it has been used to treat toothaches, ulcers, and blood circulation problems. It is also being given to “break” a fever. However, none of that is supported by scientific evidence.
- Corydalis yanhusuo, a plant that has been used medicinally in certain cultures for the treatment of nerve damage, depression, negative thought patterns, tremors, intestinal spasm, and high blood pressure. None of these uses are supported by scientific evidence, however.
- Lobelia, which, like prickly ash bark, has been used to increase sweating. There is some evidence to suggest lobelia has some sedative and relaxing effects and that it can benefit people with breathing difficulties, including apnea in premature and newborn babies.
In essence, the ingredient blend in Neuracel is interesting, but none of its five active ingredients have any scientific backing. Additionally, there are no other nerve damage or joint health supplements that use some of these ingredients.
The only suggestion that the ingredients could be of any benefit is that there is some small evidence that they can help to reduce inflammation. When inflammation goes down, some of the purported benefits do indeed happen. However, there is no evidence to suggest that inflammation is reduced significantly enough to create these benefits with the ingredients found in Neuracel.
How It Works
According to Neuracel Supplement Inc., the product is a “major breakthrough for people with nerve pain”. The manufacturers claim that people who suffer from neuropathy of any kind will never require any other product and that they can take Neuracel instead of opting for surgery or pharmaceutical drugs. That is a pretty big claim to make in view of the fact that the five ingredients included in the supplement do not have any scientific backing.
In fact, as you will see, there are some significant concerns associated with them and they could potentially be unsafe. The manufacturer simply claims that they have turned their five key ingredients into a powder and have put this in a capsule that is safe for vegetarians and vegans because the capsule is plant-based.
There are a number of significant potential side effects associated with some of the ingredients in Neuracel. For instance, it is believed that passionflower can actually be unsafe if taken orally in large doses. Additionally, it is known to cause a number of side effects, such as:
- Changes in mental state
- Irregular muscle movements
- Nausea and vomiting
- Inflammation of the blood vessels
- Irregular or rapid heartbeat
Prickly ash bark, meanwhile, has been suggested to be associated with liver problems. If taken for long periods of time, it is believed that it can cause certain liver conditions. At the same time, it can make existing liver problems worse.
Corydalis yanhusuo, meanwhile, is believed to be associated to tremors and to muscle spasms. Furthermore, there is some suggestion that it can increase the chances of having miscarriage. This is the reason why pregnant women must absolutely avoid it. Nursing mothers have the same recommendation.
Pros – What I Like About It
- Some people agree that it reduced discomfort and pain throughout their body.
- There is some evidence to suggest that it may help reduce inflammation, thereby potentially providing relief from arthritis and other joint issues and increasing people’s ability to take part in physical activities.
- It may make walking more comfortable in people who have joint inflammation.
- It could encourage more restful sleep.
- It reduces the need to be reliant on pharmaceutical and medical interventions.
Cons – What I Don't Like
- The quality of the ingredients have been found to be poor.
- Some of the ingredients are associated with significant side effects and some are even unsafe to take.
- There is no scientific or clinical backing for any of the claimed benefits.
Review from Customers
If you were to search for reviews online for Neuracel, you are likely to find just how negative they are. In fact, few other supplements of this kind have attracted such a large volume of negative reports. Not just that, but while the product has received a number of five star reviews on Amazon, those seem to use the exact same text in each review, which suggests that they are not genuine reviews.
Overall, people seem to agree that the product has no benefits at all. Thankfully, it is also difficult to find reviews from people who have actually suffered any ill effects as a result of taking this product, which, as the above has demonstrated, could happen. It is fair to assume that the potency of the ingredients in Neuracel may be too low to pose an immediate danger to people.
John L. on Amazon reviewed Neuracel on June 3, 2014, stating:
“I took the Neuropathy medicine as indicated but I didn’t feel I received any detectable benefits. I was very disappointed.” Some 99 people agreed with John.
Judy W. on Amazon reviewed the product on May 10, 2014, stating:
“My husband used only one container and then got the shingles. The doctor told him not to use any more as he did not know what was in it. He did not feel any relief after using up the contents of the one container. Now we have a four months supply and do not know what to do with it. He does not think he will start again. Very disappointed.”
Where to Buy
Neuracel is available through a range of different online sources, including the manufacturer’s own website and Amazon. Prices do vary but, at the time of this writing, the average price was $53.99 for a single bottle with 90 capsules, which is enough for one month.
Conclusion – Does It Really Work?
Neuracel contains a range of highly unconventional ingredients. No clinical data indicate that these have benefits. Quite the contrary in fact. This leads us to conclude that Neuracel is not an effective product for the treatment of nerve pain or even joint issues, a benefit that it claims to also have.
None of the ingredients in any way benefit the repair or regeneration of tissue, and there is only a very limited indication that it may have some positive impact on inflammation.
The active ingredients listed as part of the Neuracel product are completely untested. This means not just that there is no evidence to suggest that they benefit people, but also that there is no evidence to suggest that they are safe to take.
In fact, there is more evidence to suggest that it could lead to long term health issues. Add to this the fact that it is also a very expensive product, and it should be clear why this product is absolutely NOT recommended.
Neuracel is a very low quality supplement and we cannot recommend it. People are likely find much better results with Nerve Renew. We have reviewed several of the best neuropathy supplements on our site and come to the conclusion that Nerve Renew is the best overall supplement in terms of value for your money, safety, and effectiveness.