CortyX Clarity Is NOT the Clarity You Want

29 June 2018
Lincoln Cannon

Scam Risk

Don't confuse CortyX Clarity with Thrivous Clarity. As it turns out, "Clarity" is a popular name for nootropic brain supplements. Both CortyX and Thrivous sell products by the same name. But they aren't the same product -- not even close.

CortyX launched their product earlier this year. Since that time, Thrivous has received a considerable number of customer support requests from unhappy persons asking us to cancel their subscriptions to CortyX Clarity. Typically, the customers are confused and frustrated. They claim that they were charged more than they thought they had agreed to. And they appear to be having a difficult time figuring out who to contact to solve the problem. So we explain that Thrivous has no affiliation with CortyX, despite the common product name. We suggest that they contact their credit card company to solve the billing problem. And we encourage them to consider Thrivous Clarity instead.

In the process, I've learned a thing or two about CortyX. And there are approximately a gazillion reasons why CortyX Clarity is NOT the Clarity you want. Below are 8 of those reasons.

First, CortyX uses manipulative marketing tactics. For example, on their main webpage, they claim that their product has a limited supply that is "available until midnight only," but it appears that the've been making that claim since the day they launched. And on the billing webpage, they claim to offer a 60% discount that expires in 5 minutes, but the associated countdown timer resets to 5 minutes indefinitely.

CortyX Manipulative Marketing

CortyX Manipulative Marketing

Second, it's difficult (maybe impossible) to find the supplement facts for CortyX Clarity on the Internet. There are pictures of the front of the bottle, but I've found no pictures of the sides or back. So it may not be possible to know for sure what the ingredient claims are without first purchasing the product. I hope no one reading this article would ever buy a dietary supplement without first reviewing the supplement facts, which are required by the FDA.

Third, CortyX Clarity hides its ingredient doses. How do I know this, given that I can't find their supplement facts on the Internet? I know because they claim a "proprietary blend" on the front of the bottle. This is allowed by the FDA, but it's a poor practice. It enables vendors to disclose only ingredients without disclosing their individual doses. Consequently, most customers will have no idea how much of a given ingredient they may be consuming.

Fourth, it appears that CortyX Clarity provides ineffective doses of its active ingredients -- placebo dust. Despite the hidden doses, I can make this educated guess based on a citation list that I found buried in a "disclaimer" webpage linked from tiny text in the footer of one of their webpages. The citation list includes 12 links to clinical studies for Alpha GPC, Bacopa, Tyrosine, and a couple other ingredients. To provide doses of these ingredients that reflect the doses used in clinical studies, each serving of a product would need to contain at least 1400 mg of material (at least 300 mg Alpha GPC from 600 mg 50% material, 300 mg Bacopa, and 500 mg Tyrosine). However, CortyX Clarity claims on the front of its bottle to contain only 545 mg of material per serving. That's about one third of the doses that clinical studies have demonstrated to be effective. To get that dose from CortyX Clarity, you would need to take three capsules instead of one per serving. And because the bottle claims to include only 30 capsules, that means the bottle would provide only 10 effective servings.

Fifth, it's difficult to know whether or how CortyX is testing the quality of their product. Are they using standardized herbal extracts? Are they verifying the material identity and potency claims of their suppliers? Are they testing for microbes and heavy metals? Are they making any reasonable effort to ensure that their customers are receiving what they're paying for? I can't say. I doubt any of their customers know. That's because, apparently, CortyX doesn't publish any evidence to support the quality of their product. That's disconcerting. I, for one, wouldn't put it in my mouth.

Sixth, the product reviews for CortyX Clarity are of dubious authenticity. For example, why is it that "John D." in Fort Lauderdale and "Dan Brown" in California look so much alike and yet prefer different products? Do you think it's because they are both "very satisfied, real customers?" How about "Jane M." in Bakersfield and "Janie" in New York? Maybe they're just confused people who can't keep their names straight, like they can't decide whether they prefer CortyX Clarity, Focus ZX1, XLR8 Plus, or Cerebral X? Nah. I'm going to stick with my hypothesis that CortyX reviews are of dubious authenticity.

CortyX Dubious Reviews

Focus ZX1 Dubious Reviews

XLR8 Dubious Reviews

Seventh, CortyX may be obfuscating an extensive track record of poor customer service. I mentioned the unhappy phone calls that Thrivous receives from persons who claim to be CortyX customers. And there's more. The mailing address on the CortyX website is "PO Box 692208, Orlando FL 32869." If you search for that address, you'll find that it's associated with some additional business names, such as "Skin Scientific," "Bella Serata," "Trim Fit," "Power Slim," "Novellus Naturals," "MenGenix," and more (seriously). They all appear to be loosely associated with health and nutrition products. And they mostly have "F" ratings at the Better Business Bureau. See the links for some product reviews that aren't so dubious -- or so flattering. Who would want to do business with these folks?

Eighth, CortyX charges a mind-boggling high price for their product. The best deal I can find is 3 bottles for $189.99. Supposedly, that's a discount of $365 on a normal price of $545.99. Surely no one has ever paid $182 for a 30-capsule bottle of Cortyx Clarity. But apparently some people are paying at least $63.33 per bottle. And yet, even at that supposedly reduced price, usage at a clinically demonstrated dosage would still cost nearly $200 per month. So of course probably no one is actually purchasing a clinically effective dosage of CortyX Clarity.

By way of contrast, Thrivous Clarity is currently only $21 per bottle ($28 without a subscription). Each bottle contains 60 capsules. Each serving of 2 capsules provides nootropic nutrients at doses that correspond to clinical studies. So each bottle provides an effective 30-day supply. Thrivous publishes the supplement facts for all of our products prominently. None of our products hide doses behind proprietary blends. All of our products pass multiple rounds of rigorous quality control, the results of which we also publish prominently. And Thrivous currently has an "A" rating at the Better Business Bureau.

Clearly, Thrivous is the Clarity you want.

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