CILTEP Stack – For Energy and Focus

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Introduction to my CILTEP Review

CILTEP is another in the growing list of all-natural nootropic stacks and is popular with students, high-level business persons, and students.  Read my Ciltep stack review for a detailed look at this stack.

The foundation of the formula is Artichoke extract and Forskolin as a way to produce long term potentiation. CILTEP itself stands for Chemically Induced Long-Term Potentiation.

CILTEP is designed to increase focus, motivation, and long-term memory. Being a natural stack CILTEP provides you with a healthier alternative to stay alert with enhanced mood and motivation. General well-being throughout your day.

There are not many components to the formula like you would find in others. The company focuses on formulating the most effective and potent and fast acting nootropics that will work together synergistically and therefore produce the best cognitive benefits throughout the day (8 hours) on just one dose.

When you have such a short ingredient list, each part plays a specific function and therefore the ingredients have to be the best at doing what they are supposed to do.

Forskolin is an Indian Ayurvedic medicine being used to help memory for centuries. Luteolin, a natural PDE4 inhibitor enhances and improves long term memory. These ingredients and the rest I will get into more later in the article.

Before I go on I need to talk about long term potentiation as it is what this nootropic stack is all about.


Long Term Potentiation

In our brains, we have billions of neurons constantly speaking to each other sending information back and forth. The space or junction between these neurons is called the synapse.Long term potentiation

During our lives our brains change, adapt to different things and they do this by strengthening the synapse connections and creating new synapses. They also weaken over time. Synaptic plasticity is the term used to describe the ability of a synapse to strengthen or weaken. This synaptic plasticity is how we learn new skills and then remember them.


What Can CILTEP Do For You?

  • Improved 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 common ADHD symptoms adults experience on a daily basis.

Since this is a quick acting nootropic stack, students wanting to take it for studies don’t have to take it days or weeks in advanced to see the benefits. It simply does not need to take time to build up in their system.


Ciltep stack



Artichoke Extract

Earlier in the article, I mentioned that the foundation of CILTEP is the combination of Artichoke Extract and Forskolin. The reason they are mentioned together is that Artichoke Extract has no nootropic benefit without Forskolin.

When you take Artichoke Extract with Forskolin together they can produce significant nootropic benefits such as higher rates of synaptic generation between neurons (part of LTP), a better memory capacity, and a better ability to retain new information.

Artichoke extract contains Luteolin which is a phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4) inhibitor. PDE4 is an enzyme that breaks down cAMP (Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate), and cAMP is a messenger system that is required for cell communication. Putting that together it says that inhibiting the PDE4 will increase cAMP activity in our brain.

Forskolin increases cAMP. If artichoke is taken alongside Forskolin, long term potentiation will be induced increasing our memory storage and our ability to learn new skills.

You can see how all of this relates to what CILTEP stands for and strives for.



Forskolin comes from the root of a plant called the Plectranthus Barbvatus plant which is also called the Coleus Forskohlii plant. It is also the only supplement we know of that increases cAMP naturally.

It does this by activating Adenylyl Cyclades, an enzyme that increases the extracellular cAMP levels

When you combine Artichoke extract and Forskolin together, they both work synergistically to produce LTP (long-term potentiation).



L=Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid involved in many systems in our brains such as increasing our memory and focus, enhance our mood and reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

The most important way L-phenylalanine works is in the synthesis of the neurotransmitters dopamine (increasing your mood and motivation), epinephrine, and norepinephrine.

It has also recently been suggested that it helps in producing Melatonin. Melatonin is responsible for controlling and regulating our sleep and walk cycles.


Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) (750mg)

Acetyl l-carnitine is an amino acid produced naturally by our bodies This advanced form of l-carnitine is very good at fat burning and helps our body produce energy. This increases energy in your brain and helps boost our cognitive abilities.

The acetyl group allows it to through pass the blood-brain barrier and reach your brain and nerves. From there it can improve your mood, learning, and memory.

People with low carnitine levels feel a big decrease in brain function. Taking Acetylcholine-L-Carnitine improves their brain function.


Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 was added to the formula to add extra capacity to L-Phenylalanine to regulate and maintain balance to dopamine levels.


Does CILTEP Work?

Since this nootropic stack hit the market a couple of years ago, it has been met with very positive reviews and you can read them just about anywhere.

What CILTEP has tried to achieve has been noticed and felt by users worldwide. Improved focus while studying or doing something requiring a lot of focus and concentration has been reported. The ability to retain information better is another achievement as noted by users as is an increased motivation and long-term memory.


CILTEP Suggested Dose

The makers of CILTEP, Natural Stacks suggest the dose to be 2-3 of the pills after you get up in the morning and on an empty stomach.


Cycling CILTEP

Natural Stacks, the makers of CILTEP, recommend that you take 2 to 3 pills early in the morning on an empty stomach. This helps your body absorb the nutrients in the supplement.

They also suggest cycling the product by taking a day or two off every week to avoid tolerance.


Stacking CILTEP

Naturalstacks suggest that if you want an extra boost of mental energy you can add their Smart Coffee to your daily serving of CILTEP

Their Smart Coffee combines high-quality natural caffeine with L-Theanine. This combination can even be a stack on it’s own because it gives you the alertness of the caffeine without the jitters.

To make this affordable, they offer their CILTEP + Smart Caffeine Combination Pack.


Side Effects

CILTEP is a completely natural stack and as such has no side effects associated with it.

If you are pregnant or nursing, you should not take CILTEP. Studies have not been done on the lounge term effects of these nootropics on the growing mind of a child. This applies to all supplements.

If you take medications that interact with neurotransmitters you would speak to your physician before taking CILTEP.


Pros of CILTEP

  • A significant increase in alertness and attentiveness
  • Improvement in overall focus
  • Increased Motivation


Cons of CILTEP

  • Tolerance. It is important to cycle your usage of CILTEP. The company suggests you use it for 4-5 days and take 1 or 2 days off. This will help avoid building a tolerance.
  • Difficulties With Sleep: Taking CILTEP later in the day may interrupt your proper sleep cycle.
  • 60 in the bottle: Each bottle has 60 capsules. At the rate of 2-3 capsules a day, you will have enough for 30 days at 2/day and at 3/day you will have enough for 20 days.


Where to Buy this CILTEP Stack

I recommend that you purchase CILTEP directly from the manufacturer’s website. They give you advantages for doing this:

  • There are no surprises, you know what is in the bottle and who the supplier is.
  • You get free shipping to your home or office.
  • They offer a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • They have manufacturer coupons and discounts

To Wrap it up

One of the first things that I noticed was that all the ingredients and amounts were clearly listed on the bottle. This I find important because each supplement will require a minimum amount/serving and they are transparent about that.

The ingredients are minimal, but the selection and grade very high.

CILTEP lends itself very well as an addition to another stack or to add additional nootropics to it.

I give CILTEP a thumbs up!


Quality of Ingredients 8.0
Benefits 8.5
Price 7.0
Side Effects 9.8


  • A significant increase in alertness and attentiveness
  • Improvement in overall focus
  • Increased Motivation


  • Tolerance. It is important to cycle your usage of CILTEP. The company suggests you use it for 4-5 days and take 1 or 2 days off. This will help avoid building a tolerance.
  • 60 in the bottle: Each bottle has 60 capsules. At the rate of 2-3 capsules a day, you have enough for 30 days

9 thoughts on “CILTEP Stack – For Energy and Focus”

  1. Hi, I just read your review of the best nootropics for creativity and found one that I want to try.

    Now, energy and focus is also something I could improve. I think one supplement at the time is enough though. Is there one that improves creativity, energy, and focus? Would it be a problem if I took two different products at the same time?

    • Generally no it wouldn’t.  They usually don’t cause any problems and enhance each one’s effect without side effects of taking too much of one.

  2. Interesting article. I was wondering about side effects, but you addressed that at the very end. My other question is whether or not any of the claimed benefits have been evaluated by the FDA?  Is there any reputable medical studies backing up these claims?  Thank you in advance and keep up the good work!

    • There are a lot of scientific studies done, but usually not on stacks.  The individual ingredients are loaded with studies and if you want to check up on them, find the links on my site to them and you will find plenty of references to the studies 🙂

  3. Nootropic another amazing review on this great supplements on how to improve our mental health. Mentlw health can be very expensive to treat in the mainstream medine and hence aproduct like this should be celebrated and introduced into mainstream medine for management of mental issues that can be prevented if we take these supplements on time .

  4. Hey Stew, I had heard about CILTEP and thought that I’d have to go to several different websites to research this product. You did a damn good job of giving me all the details of CILTEP! Thanks for that. You’ve made my decision an easy one.

    I’m a fan of the rest of your site as well. I have it bookmarked for future reference.

    Thanks again,


    • Thanks for that Jerimy.  Love to hear that stuff.  CILTEP is pretty unique in what it.  Go for it tries to deliver and is very successful. Go for it!!

  5. Hey stew ,

    CILTEP is a mind blowing natural nootropic stack used by thousands of people around the world . I ordered this product along with the dopamine brain food stack made by natural stacks . .It worked really great . It definitely helped me get through the long days and stay focused all the way through . It keeps me clam and clear headed . Thanks for sharing an interesting article .. 

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