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Ciltep Review – Does it Deliver the Awesome Results Claimed?

CILTEP Review 

Everything You Need to Know about the Popular Nootropic Supplement

Does CILTEP Work and is it Right for You?


Product: CILTEP 

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Axon Labs: The new subsidiary company created by Natural Stacks with even more potent and powerful nootropic ingredients geared toward optimal cognitive enhancement. The limitations of being all-natural were removed with the inception of Axon Labs to use even more robust, but safe ingredients.

Note: The new products from Axon Labs may not be for everyone and probably not for newcomers, but worth the read to understand the difference between CILTEP vs Nexus & Mitogen Advanced Nootropic Stacks!

Read the advanced nootropic stack review, here.

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Nootropic Supplement Review 

does ciltep workIf you have been following my brain supplement experiment, you know that I have made it my mission one to test and review the most popular nootropic supplements on the market. 

My goal is to determine, which of these supplements, if any, will truly improve overall mental performance. 

CILTEP is one of the more popular nootropic supplements that continues to generate significant buzz.

Therefore, I set my expectations fairly high from day one.

You may have even recently seen it endorsed by the 2014 World Series of Poker Champion, Martin Jacobsen.

The Difference Between CILTEP and Other Nootropics

CILTEP is a little bit “different” from other nootropic supplements. It is comprised of a unique blend of all-natural nootropic ingredients that are not as commonly found in other brain supplements.

Unlike many of their competitors, CILTEP does not simply jam-pack as many nootropic supplements into one compound as possible to make it sound more potent. 

Instead, they focus their efforts on comprising the most effective and potent components that will work synergistically together to achieve optimal cognitive benefits. 

Without further adieu, let's talk about CILTEP and whether or not it may be right for you. 

I personally tested and reviewed the brain supplement over the past month with great care.

I will discuss exactly what CILTEP stands for, what it claims it can do, the ingredients found inside, how it should be taken, and finally, my personal experience using CILTEP for an entire month. 

Famous celebs like Joe Rogan and inspirational entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss went as far as stating that CILTEP was more effective than the popular “smart drug,” called Modafinil. (One we will be reviewing in detail in the near future.)


What is CILTEP and What Does it Do? 

ciltep reviewCILTEP is an all-natural nootropic supplement. The formula includes artichoke extract and forskolin to naturally induce what's called, long-term potentiation.

Long-term potentiation or LTP is a neuroscience term, which is the strengthening of synapses based on specific patterns of brain activity. It is also the subject of clinical research

CILTEP claims to be a healthy way to stay focused, improve memory, stay consistently alert while enhancing mood and motivation throughout the day.

CILTEP is a fast-acting nootropic that is sustainable throughout the day with just one dosage (2-3 capsules). 

CILTEP claims that you should feel the effects of the nootropics for at least 8 hours, but in some cases, it can last longer. It is said to cover all aspects of improving mental focus, which include:

What Can CILTEP Do?

  • Improving and increasing mental performance and overall motivation
  • Improved concentration and long-term memory
  • Increased ability to retain information and concentration
  • Improvements to your overall mood and ease of social environments

Many of these benefits coincide with some of the common ADHD symptoms adults experience on a daily basis, which is especially important to me, as someone who has struggled with ADHD for the majority of their life.

However, these benefits would help anyone who was looking to gain a mental edge and improve overall cognitive abilities. 

Many brain supplement companies make similar claims about their product's capability to significantly improve mental abilities.

My goal was to find out if CILTEP was one of the companies that literally backed up it's claims.

Unfortunately, as I have experienced in the past, some companies put more time, money, and effort into marketing hype than they do to the quality of the actual products.

I wanted to find out exactly where Natural Stacks focused their efforts when developing CILTEP. 

Now that we have a better understanding about what CILTEP claims it can do, let's take a look under the hood at the ingredients that constitute, CILTEP.



CILTEP Ingredients  

Artichoke Extract – This is one of the main ingredients found in CILTEP. CILTEP ingredients

What is artichoke extract?

It is a superior quality extract derived from the leaves of the artichoke plant.

Artichoke Extract dates back to ancient times and was prized as a delicacy by ancient Greeks and Romans.

It has been said to aid and protect against many health risks that may include, cancer, liver dysfunction, heart disease, digestive health, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

The artichoke has been considered a superfood, long before it's nootropic benefits and properties were understood. 

It took a little bit of research to comprehend how the artichoke extract in CILTEP, works.

However, I will do my best to explain the science behind artichoke extract in the simplest way possible, as I think it is important to understand how it specifically works in CILTEP.

Artskolin (artichoke extract), is made up of two major components: 


  • PD4E Inhibition

This is an enzyme that breaks down cAMP moleculeswhich are messenger systems that will relay signals in the brain. PD4E will block the breakdown of cAMP (Cyclic adenosine monophosphate or cyclic AMP), which increases the levels of cAMP within the brain.

This can create significant nootropic effects, which include an overall increase in cognition, improved memory, and alertness while providing neuroprotection.

Artichoke extract is considered to be one of the most effective and safest PD4E inhibitors. CILTEP includes 900 mg of high-quality Artichoke extract per serving.

While more research continues, no known negative side effects have been reported from artichoke extract by itself or as part of the CILTEP formulation. 

  • Augmenting cAMP – 

Forskolin (Found in the roots of the Plectranthus barbatus plant, also known as the Coleus Forskohlii plant), is the only supplement known to increase cAMP levels, naturally.

It activates the enzyme called, “adenylyl cyclase,” which increases intracellular levels of cAMP. CILTEP uses a premium Forskolin and contains 4 mg per serving. 


The combination of these two components, work in synergy to generate Long-Term potentiation (LTP).

The result is an overall improvement to cognitive function, particularly for retaining new information and memory. 

Still with me

Yes? No? Maybe? Hang in there…

Neuroscience can sound complicated.

Probably because in many cases, it is kind of complicated. However, it very important to learn, understand, and share with you, the neuroscience behind the development of a nootropic supplement that I am actively testing and reviewing. I prefer to back up claims and even opinions with information based on facts. 

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Summary: PD4e Inhibition + Augmenting cAMP = (creates), Long-Term potentiation (LTP), which in turn equals an overall improvement to cognitive function, particularly the retention of new information and memory


Other CILTEP Ingredients and the Connection of LTP and Dopamine


LTP and Dopamine

The components that make up this regimen make dopamine metabolism more effective at generating learning, memory, and motivation processes.

However, the chemical dynamics of the dopamine system are retained.

You may be wondering about CILTEP:

Why is this significant or what does that even mean!?

It means that it avoids the negative side effects that are typically associated with common dopamine stimulation from prescription medications like, Adderall or Ritalin.

CILTEP's main ingredients are supplemented by L-PhenylalanineAcetyl L-Carnitine, and Vitamin B-6 for a reason.

The following briefly explains how the intention of adding these ingredients was to keep the brain well equipped with the building blocks of dopamine



CILTEP's Additional Ingredients Provide the Building Blocks of Dopamine to the Brain

This is an essential amino acid that is one of 8 other amino acids that must be supplemented through diet because the human body cannot synthesize it on it's own.

In the body, it is converted into another amino acid called, L-Tyrosine, which is ultimately used by the brain to create dopamine, which works in synergy with Forskolin and Artichoke Extract.

The end result is aimed at an overall enhancement to mood, focus, and motivation.  

This is another form of the amino acid, Carnitine. The elevated levels of cAMP caused by the Forskolin, also increases acetylcholinesterase (an enzyme found in the brain).

This increase will actually lead to a reduction in the levels of acetylcholine (organic molecule that acts as a neurotransmitter), which can potentially decrease energy levels and effect short-term memory.

The addition of Acetyl L-Carnitine to the formula, alleviates the increase in these levels, and maintaining optimal levels of acetylcholine. 

  • Vitamin B6 – B6 is an essential vitamin in the B-vitamin complex.

This was added to the formula aid and adds that extra capacity to L-Phenylalanine to regulate and maintain balance to dopamine levels


Dopamine Brain Food and Serotonin Brain Food

Natural Stacks recently released two new unique and natural brain food products that create a nootropic stack that can potentiate the effects of CILTEP. 

I was incredibly surprised by the noticeable effects felt from Dopamine Brain Food, especially when stacked with CILTEP. dopamine brain food

It really does exactly what it says. I found that it provided a nice subtle, but noticeable boost in motivation, a smooth increase in overall mental alertness, and an overall feeling of well-being. 

We have discussed the importance of various brain foods and achieving a proper balance of dopamine levels in the brain.

Dopamine levels that are too high or too low can have drastic and undesired effects.

Dopamine Brain food allows you to achieve that balance and stacked with CILTEP, it seemed to provide the perfect balance.

If you want to learn more about their all-natural Dopamine Brain food, click here

Serotonin levels are also critical in maintaining a healthy brain and achieving the right balance will provide the best feeling of mental well-being.

This is a key neurotransmitter that is frequently depleted and responsible for those suffering from depressionserotonin brain food

Serotonin Brain Food balances a lot of things out that you simply don't find in many pre-formulated nootropic supplements and stacks these days. 

You will notice an improvement to your overall mood and social capabilities. The better mood you are in the easier social anxieties and concerns are to handle.

I personally noticed a significant decrease in overall stress and anxiety, while finding that my sleep was improving. That is saying a lot coming from a guy that is consistently struggling with sleep deprivation. 

The same way that I feel CILTEP should be regulated and cycled on and off, I found that cycling Dopamine brain food and Serotonin brain food supplements were very much the same. 

However, I would not recommend stacking all three at the same time, but each brain food supplement can be individually stacked with CILTEP. 

The overall importance of brain foods cannot be understated. It is a topic that we discuss frequently. 

At times, it is not always as easy as we would hope to attain all of the benefits from brain foods through simple diet alone.

These two supplements are an excellent addition to supplement on those days where you are struggling to consume all of the brain foods that you need. 

The Bottom Line about CILTEP Ingredients 

CILTEP was designed to increase dopamine levels in a completely natural way without interfering with it's metabolism, as well as eliminating the common side effects felt from prescription stimulants that also target dopamine levels. 

CILTEP natural ingredients


The CILTEP Review – My Personal Experience with CILTEP

Now that we have gotten all of the science out of the way, let's talk about whether or not CILTEP works.

Research, studies, and neuroscience are all important factors, but it still doesn't always mean that it will be one of the nootropics that work for you.

I spent almost a full month taking CILTEP. During that time, it was the only nootropic supplement that I had been taking.

The only thing that I supplemented with CILTEP was my other natural ADHD treatments, which include my daily routines, which include meditation, creating lists, organization techniques, a daily multi-vitamin and a fish oil supplement. 

I really didn't know much about the supplement before deciding to test and review it, other than the fact that it was quickly gaining momentum and becoming more popular from the endorsement through the World Series of Poker. Well, that and the fact that it had one of the more “unique” (strange) names for a supplement that I had come across, so far.

It only took a few days to arrive after ordering, which was more than fine, since shipping was Free.


First Impressions of CILTEP


CILTEP modafinil

I personally found the two nootropic supplements to be very different, but Tim Ferriss is not the first to literally live by CILTEP and claim it's superiority to the popular smart drug, Modafinil.

Transparency From The Natural Stacks Team

One of the first things that I noticed was that ALL of the ingredients and amounts were clearly listed on the bottle. 

I have seen quite a few other nootropic supplements that have “proprietary blends” that may list the ingredients that make up these blends, but do not provide a specific breakdown of the amount of each ingredient within that blend.

One of the more unique things about this “open-source” nootropic compound was that technically, you can add additional nootropics to “stack” with this supplement. 

The recommended dosage is 2-3 capsules on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning when you wake up (No more than 3 per day). 

I went ahead and took 2 on the first day and settled in to get some work done. I would suggest taking 2 in order to gauge your sensitivity and get a feel for the effects. 

Is CILTEP more effective than Modafinil, as the claim has been made by entrepreneurs moguls like, Tim Ferriss? 

Personally, I find CILTEP and Modafinil to be very different.

They serve different purposes and are both effective in their own way. Modafinil will be another smart drug that we will discuss at length in the near future. 

The bottom line about CILTEP and Modafinil:

They are different and serve different purposes and while, they share some of the same overall effects, I have found CILTEP to be a more effective and natural option for promoting alertness, especially when it is stacked with something like, Dopamine Brain Food

We are going to discuss Modafinil at length in the near future, but I have also found that it is more difficult to find, many places it is illegal and is prescribed for a reason. If you want to find a true natural Modafinil, simply look at Adrafinil.

It works the exact same way, but without a fraction of the jitters and many people find it to be just as effective. I would look into Adrafinil before CILTEP if Modafinil is more in-line with the effects that you are seeking from a nootropic supplement. 


How CILTEP Made Me Feel

What felt like no more than 30 minutes later, I was feeling very alert. Not only alert, but I just felt “good,” for lack of a better word.

I felt like I could get a lot of things accomplished with my day and within that first hour, I honestly felt more motivated than usual to do it. 

While testing my first few nootropic supplements, I would always keep the “psychological effect” in mind and test supplements out for at least a week to make certain that the effects were genuine and not psychological.

What Does CILTEP Do?

However, my experience has allowed me to more quickly, confidently and accurately identify when a nootropic supplement is working and when it's not.

This was definitely working and I not only felt productive, but I was actually being productive and getting more done with my days!

CILTEP had a different feel than some of the other top nootropic supplements that I had tested and reviewed in the past. It significantly increased my alertness and energy but didn't leave me feeling jittery at all.

I felt more awake and alert using CILTEP than I had with others, but the energy was pleasantly complemented by a streamlined focus that helped me get more done and increased my confidence levels throughout the day.


Stacking CILTEP with SMART Caffeine ciltep reviews

CILTEP also provides the option to purchase their “Smart Caffeine,” if you are looking for an added boost, as natural stimulants are said to provide a nice stack alongside, CILTEP.

Their Smart Caffeine formula is made up of one of the safest and most common nootropics. The supplement combines natural caffeine with the amino acid, L-Theanine to provide the alertness that coffee provides, but without the jitters or upsetting your stomach.

Many users have reported that the Smart Caffeine in combination with CILTEP gives a significant boost to it's overall effects.

Limited Time Offer with CILTEP

For a Limited Time, they are including a FREE sample of Smart Caffeine with EVERY CILTEP purchase, so if you do decide to try CILTEP, you will get to experience the extra stack for free. 

They also offer a combo pack of both CILTEP and a 60 Ct. bottle of SMART Caffeine for $52.90, which knocks a good $10 off the price of purchasing them separately. You can order the combo pack, which comes with the same 30-day guarantee. 

I ordered CILTEP alone because the combo pack and free samples of Smart Caffeine were not available at the time. However, after a few days of using CILTEP, I decided to experiment a little on my own and drank a large cup of coffee with my CILTEP one morning to see if I could feel any kind of boost.

Even from the caffeine in the coffee, I distinctly felt that “boost” they were talking about. CILTEP seemed to kick in faster and a bit stronger. I was a little concerned that it may cause me to feel jittery, since I supplemented it with regular coffee. However, I never felt jittery. I felt a boost in alertness and overall focus.

The only downside was that the coffee didn't do any favors on my stomach. This is probably why a natural caffeine is more effective. 


Pros and Cons of CILTEP



  • Pros and cons of CILTEPSignificant increase in alertness and attentiveness
  • Significant Improvement in overall focus
  • Increased Motivation
  • Superior Retention of Information 
  • Improvement to Overall Mood 
  • Improved Memory 



  • Tolerance of CILTEP – 

After about ten straight days taking CILTEP, the intensity of the effects I felt in the beginning, seemed to slightly drop off.

I was disappointed at first because I thought that I had built up a tolerance and would quite possibly, never feel the same level of effects from the supplement again. I decided to take a couple days off from taking it.

Once the weekend hit, I didn't take CILTEP for about 48 hours and then started up again on Monday. Fortunately, this not only helped kick things right back to the level I had hoped, but I noticed that stopping for a couple of days, did not leave me feeling particularly tired, lethargic, or “crashed.”

  • Sleep Difficulties – 

This was kind of my fault, but the few days that I took CILTEP later in the morning and once in the early afternoon, sleeping was difficult. Especially, if you are stacking CILTEP with any type of caffeine, you want to make sure you are taking it early enough in the day.

It provides an intense alertness and attentiveness, which is great, but keep in mind that the effects can last anywhere from 8-12 hours. Try to plan your day accordingly so that you can make sure you are taking it at a time that won't interfere with sleep.

If you find that it may be too late, you may want to use that day to take a break and start taking it again earlier in the morning. I wouldn't try to compensate for missing a dose earlier by taking it later in the day or you may find yourself wired all night.

  • Serving Size of CILTEP –  

Each bottle comes with 60 capsules. The recommended dosage is 2-3 capsules daily and not to exceed 3 a day. Especially, if you are supplementing CILTEP with their Smart Caffeine, you may want to only take 2 per day.

If you take 3 each day, you will have enough from one bottle to last you 20 days or 20 total servings.

If you take 2 a day, you will have enough for 30 days/servings.

This is another thing to keep in mind and is actually one of the main reasons that I would recommend getting the “Smart Caffeine” to supplement it. 2 CILTEP with 1-2 Smart Caffeine capsules each day should more than easily get you through a full 30 days.



Final Verdict on CILTEP 

I have never taken a brain supplement that made me feel as alert and attentive as CILTEP, without also, making me feel jittery.

I have tested and reviewed other nootropic supplements, such as Addieup that claim to be the most effective adderall alternatives, which provided the energy, but also made me feel like my heart was about to jump out of my chest.

CILTEP really surprised me. I'm not exactly sure why, but in the back of my mind, I expectedCILTEP this to be a run of the mill, mid-level nootropic stack and nothing more. 

My expectations were simply not as high as I tried to make them, based on the popularity of the supplement. However, I get it now!


CILTEP vs Modafinil and Other Prescription Medications

I continue to see posts and comments online, where people have been comparing CILTEP to ADD/ADHD prescription medications like Adderall and Ritalin.

Most frequently, it is compared to the Modafinil, which is a medication that is frequently prescribed for people with various sleep disorders, like narcolepsy, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue, etc. 

While, I can't really speak to the comparisons with Modafinil, I can see where some people may draw a comparison to Adderall or Ritalin (both of which I was prescribed at different times), especially when it is supplemented with caffeine.

However, the biggest difference between CILTEP and these medications was that CILTEP didn't leave me with that same uneasy edge. It also didn't leave me feeling so asphyxiated on one task that if I got distracted, my intense focus was being directed at the “wrong” things.  


CILTEP is one of the Top Nootropics

CILTEP not only delivered the benefits that it claimed but the effects were unique and distinguished.

It was different from other nootropic supplements that I had tested and is one that I would absolutely consider one of the top nootropics available today.

CILTEP provided a positive energy that kept my mood elevated and my mind motivated and focused.

Remember, if you decide to try CILTEP, take a break here and there for a couple days. 

I think you will find that the break allows the supplement to work at peak performance when you start taking it again. Also, don't take it too late, as you may have trouble sleeping.

I have seen some other nootropic supplements advertised as lasting for 8 or more hours, but found the effects wearing off after about 4-5.

CILTEP really will get you through the ENTIRE day. If it's too late and you haven't taken it yet, use that day to take a little break. 


CILTEP is Not for Everyone

CILTEP worked for me and it may work for you, but that does not mean it will work for everyone. Every person is different and so is their brain chemistry. Unfortunately, nootropics are not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. 

What may even work for MANY people, may not be ideal for you. It depends not only on your individual brain and body chemistry, but also on your particular needs. Keep that in mind when deciding which nootropic supplement will be best for YOU.

It's easy to get pessimistic or skeptical if the first one or two you try, don't end up being the ideal nootropic stack for you.

That is one of the main reasons started my nootropics experiment.

Perhaps, the new and more potent and powerful ingredients that comprise the Nexus and Mitogen nootropic stacks will be best suited for you. Again, everyone is different. Nootropics work, but they do not all work the same for all people. 

The Difference Between Brain Supplements

I not only wanted to find nootropic supplements that work for me, but also provide you with as much information as possible to make an educated decision before deciding on the brain supplement that you feel would fit you best.

I find it incredibly fascinating to test and feel the difference from one nootropic supplement to the next.

If you are looking for a nootropic that can be taken daily, provides immediate release and delivers more of a calm, laser-like focus, but that goes a little lighter on the energy factor, while delivering extremely consistent results every day, you may want to check out my OptiMind review

If you are looking for a nootropic that is centered around one of the oldest, safest and most effective nootropic ingredients, contains incredibly high quality ingredients (in liquid form), and significantly reduces stress, while requiring a short loading phase before delivering astounding results, I would recommend checking out my truBrain Review

And if you want to know the type of nootropic supplements I would avoid, which for me are the ones that have inordinate amounts of stimulants in their blend and leaves you feeling jittery, check out my Addieup Review


Where can I Buy CILTEP? 


LIMITED TIME – Get a FREE Sample of SMART Caffeine with ALL CILTEP Purchases!

Purchase CILTEP directly on their website by Clicking HERE. It's the lowest price you will find and they have some pretty decent, discounted offers, if you decide to purchase CILTEP with the Smart Caffeine or any of their other package bundles.

You can also save money, if you decide to sign up for their auto-ship program. They will send you a new bottle of CILTEP each month at $34.95, instead of $42.95, but I would suggest ordering one bottle and getting a feel for it to see if it is for you, first.

CILTEP is one of the more reasonably priced nootropic stacks out there.

Most high-quality nootropic supplements will run at least $50 a bottle. You can get both CILTEP and the Smart Caffeine for around that price and it certainly doesn't hurt that they offer FREE Shipping on ALL orders



Axon Labs – The Same Creators of CILTEP Develop Nexus Advanced Nootropic Stack and Mitogen Advanced Mitochondrial Support:

We recently completed an extensive, one-month testing period to review the first two products released by Axon Labs, a subsidiary of Natural Stacks that breaks away from the limitations of all-natural ingredients to utilize even more potent and powerful nootropic ingredients. 

Be sure to check out our comprehensive review of the Nexus advanced nootropic stack and Mitogen advanced mitochondrial support nootropic stack.

It may be the most potent and powerful on the market, today. However, it is not for everyone. Find out what we had to say and whether the two new powerful nootropic stacks from Axon Labs lived up to our high expectations. 

If you prefer to keep things all-natural, I would recommend giving a natural nootropic like CILTEP a try, first.

Here's the deal:

All of the nootropics from Natural Stacks and Axon Labs are effective but in different ways. Find out what sounds best for your particular needs and goals!

As always, please feel free to comment below with any questions, comments and/or experiences that you may have had using CILTEP and/or any other nootropic supplements. Also, I would love to hear from you regarding the following:


What nootropic supplements have you tried? What did you have a positive experience using? What did you have a negative experience using? What nootropic supplements would you like to see reviewed next? I am always taking requests and quick to answer, order, test and review. Please comment below and let me know! All the best!

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