A new dietary supplement is targeting gamers, promising it can “supercharge your memory,” “improve your reaction speed by 6-10 percent” and help you “think faster/smarter.” But the supplement’s claims are raising eyebrows with federal regulators.
Frisco, Texas-based Boss Level Labs’ new brain supplement GodMode is sold online and its label says its ingredients are “FDA approved.” But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) didn’t approve its ingredients. In fact, a reporter with C-Net contacted the agency and learned that it doesn’t approval the ingredients in any dietary supplement.
“What I learned is that more than a dozen scientists, health experts and universities I contacted either said that the product is bogus or didn’t want to discuss it at all. ‘No one in the department wants to talk about it because it is all hype and there is no scientific evidence’ to support these types of claims,’” a Johnson Hopkins University School of Medicine representative told the C-Net reporter.
GodMode contains 14 ingredients, including theobromine, caffeine, and a mushroom extract called yamabushitake, ingredients intended to improve memory and attention span, reduce anxiety, and serve as a cognitive enhancer. Whether the ingredients actually make a difference is mostly subjective since there is no scientific evidence to back up those claims. Boss Level Labs says conducting clinical trials is expensive, so they relied on previously published studies on individual ingredients in GodMode to make their claims.
But the claims on GodMode go a little too far outside the FDA’s comfort zone. “Companies and individuals who manufacture or market supplements are responsible for ensuring their products are safe and properly labeled,” an FDA representative told C-Net. “Labeling cannot be false or misleading, and the FDA makes determinations on a case-by-case basis after careful analysis of the labeling in full context.”