Hi everyone! You may remember that I mentioned I was given the opportunity to review Excelerol, which is a supplement designed to help you with memory, concentration, focus and alertness. They sent me a free thirty-day supply, with the request that I write about my experiences with it.
I want to make sure that, if I review a product, I give you guys a really honest review. And it is actually kind of hard to assess my own attention span, concentration and focus. I don't think that I went through a huge transformation in which I suddenly became a very focused, organized, Type-A person. I mean, that would take a miracle, wouldn't it?
I definitely did notice that it gave me more energy on the days that I took it. Before I started taking this, when I was working, I frequently was exhausted by the end of the day and didn't have the energy to do anything else... I would come home and collapse on the couch. On the days that I took Excelerol, I still got a little tired, but I would just need a brief rest to regroup, and I'd have enough energy to do other things, such as do my laundry or work on homework.
I also noticed that my mood improved while I was on it. I don't even know if this is one of the intended effects, but my levels of depression and anxiety have been decreased since I've been taking Excelerol. I have still felt some depression and anxiety, but these feelings have been more fleeting, and less overwhelming.
Finally, I am not sure how to measure my concentration and focus. ADHD is a strange thing. It is not so much a deficit of attention, but a lack of being able to control what I pay attention to. It is a little like owning a car without a steering wheel. The car is capable of driving where you want it to go, except you lack the one thing that gives you control over the car... so all it can do is randomly drive where it wants to drive.
However, it is worth noting that, since taking Excelerol, I was able to make some important decisions in my life. I had been having a really hard time completing all of the work for my online classes, and I was able to contact all of my instructors and figure out what I still needed to do and the timeline in which I had to do it. I also decided to quit my job as an aide, and instead apply to become a substitute teacher. I was able to figure out the steps I needed to become a substitute, and get all of that done within a few days. When I had looked into subbing a few months earlier, for some reason the process had seemed very daunting to me... but this time, when I looked into it, it seemed very linear and basic. It is very possible that Excelerol did help my brain focus on one thing at a time, instead of getting overwhelmed by everything at once!
I also seem to have found that, although I still have trouble getting started on tasks that I don't want to do (such as my homework, which is incredibly boring, or putting away laundry or cleaning my room) once I get started at it, I've been able to finish it. Yesterday, for instance, I sorted my sock drawer... no easy undertaking, I tell ya! I got all of my socks matched with their partners, and realized I have way more nice socks than I ever realized I had!
In conclusion, my feeling is that Excelerol did help me with my concentration, focus, and alertness, as well as with my mood. The only bad news is, it is a little out of my price range. It is usually $199.95 for 90 capsules, which would be about a 3 month supply if you were taking one a day. (They last for six hours, though, so some people opt to take two or three a day.) Right now they have a deal going for $99.90 for 90 capsules.
For a person who is off of my regular medication because I couldn't afford the doctor visits and monthly prescriptions, this is kind of a high price. I think what I am going to do is finish off the supply they've given me, and then see what happens. If I feel like my focus and energy declines a whole lot, then I will think about signing up for a regular "subscription!"
If anyone else has ever tried Excelerol, I'd love to hear your comments about how it worked for you!