Is Basis by Elysium Health a Hoax?

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Basis is the same Nicotinamide Riboside that many other brands sell, with the addition of Pterostilbene, a form of resveratrol.

It is produced by Elysium Health, a new company founded by MIT biologist Lenny Guarente, one of the preeminent researchers in the anti-aging field.

They have also enlisted 6 Nobel Laurete scientists to serve as advisors to the company, which lends a great deal of credibility.

However, these scientists have had no significant role in researching,creating or testing Basis or either of the ingredients used.

BASIS IS NICOTINAMIDE RIBOSIDE, PLUS PTEROSTILBENE

NICOTINAMIDE RIBOSIDE IS NIAGEN

hpn-single-bottleNicotinamide Riboside is a recently discovered version of Vitamin B that recent research has shown to raise NAD+ levels in humans.

The only manufacturer of Nicotinamide Riboside is Chromadex, as they have bought up all the patents on production methods for Nicotinamide Riboside.

Niagen is the brand name used by Chromadex.

The two names are synonymous. Basis uses Niagen supplied by Chromadex.

NIAGEN PLUS PTEROSTILBENE

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Pterostilbene is also manufactured by Chromadex.

Pterostilbene is described by Dr Guarente as “a close relative of resveratrol, but is potentially more potent and effective”.

So, Basis MIGHT be better than taking Nicotinamide Riboside plus resveratrol.

But there has been no testing at all to show any synergy from combining Nicotinamide Riboside with resveratrol or Pterostilbene.

All of the recent excitement and dozens or research studies about slowing or halting the aging process is centered around Nicotinamide Riboside.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND

Since all Nicotinamide Riboside is supplied by Chromadex, we recommend the less expensive options below.

Note: If you do want to try NR with Pterostilbene, we have a listing for 1 bottle of Pterostilbene and 1 bottle of Nicotinamide Riboside.

These two bottles provide the exact SAME INGREDIENTS AND QUANTITIES AS 2 BOTTLES OF BASIS, AT HALF THE COST

NOBEL LAUREATE SCIENTISTS

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-2-21-53-pmOne of the main selling points for Basis is the company cofounder, Dr Guarente, and the Nobel laureate scientists shown here that are on the advisory board.

They certainly lend a lot of credibility. It is very doubtful they would lend their name to some scammy fly by night product, which makes me believe in the potential for Nicotinamide Riboside.

WHY BASIS – IS IT BETTER THAN OTHER BRANDS?

Why Logo White red You’ll find very little mention of Niagen in the sales and marketing literature about Basis.

Elysium would like you to think that Basis is some exclusive formula created by their founders.

In fact, they purchase Niagen from Chromadex like several other brands.

The research and testing that has generated so much excitement has been done with Nicotinamide Riboside from Chromadex.

There has been no research published to show that Pterostibene makes Niagen work any better.

Conclusion: ALL Niagen comes from Chromadex, there is no proof that Basis is any more effective than other brands of Niagen.

THE COST

dollar sign moneybagBasis is available only thru their website for $60 a bottle, which would last for one month if taking 2 pills per day (250mg of Niagen).

Recent research indicates that the optimum dosage for maximum increase in NAD+ levels is at least 250mg per day, or more.

In fact, the best evidence on recommended dosage will hopefully soon be available from a recently completed study sponsored by Elysium Health themselves.

This study of 120 elderly patients tested blood NAD+ levels of 250mg and 500mg of Elysium Health Basis vs placebo.

Once this study is published we’ll have a lot better idea if one bottle per month is sufficient

IS IT WORTH THE EXTRA COST?

If you know that Basis is Niagen + Pterostilbene, and start searching for “Niagen”, you quickly realize you can get the same thing for 50% less elsewhere.

Of course other brands don’t have the impressive scientific pedigree that Elysium’s founders have, which some people don’t mind paying the extra $ for.

That pedigree might also lead you to trust Basis more.

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Conclusion: Since ALL Niagen comes from Chromadex, there is no difference in the quality among brands

What does Basis do?

The field of Anti-Aging supplements is littered with scams and hoax products that are supposed to miraculously stop the aging process.

It is for that exact reason that Elysium Health DOES NOT market Basis specifically as an anti-aging pill like some of their competitors.

Rather, they focus on some specific areas that their pill may help with such as:

— DNA repair
— Energy production
— Cellular detoxification
— Protein function

Basis – Conclusion

  • Niagen plus Pterostilbene (similar to Resveratrol)
  • Pre-eminent antiaging researcher as cofounder of company
  • 6 Nobel laureate scientists on advisory board
  • By far the most expensive Niagen on the market
  • One bottle a month may not be enough for optimum results

 

Conclusion: We don’t believe Basis by Elysium Health to be a scam. They go out of their way to avoid making exaggerated claims.

If you want to spend $60-120 a month, Basis is probably a good choice.

If not, you might want to spend your money on some other brand where you will get twice as much Niagen per dollar.