Gorilla Mind Review: Superior Formulations or Unsafe?

Gorilla Mind Review: Superior Formulations or Unsafe?

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Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice, and is just the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to dietary supplements.

Gorilla Mind is a supplement brand founded by a popular fitness influencer named Derek who's the owner of the "More Plates More Dates" YouTube channel. This supplement line is thought to be more potent than the average supplement company.

But are Gorilla Mind supplements really as potent as advertised? Do they contain any questionable additive ingredients? How do real users rate and describe their effects? And which retailer sells Gorilla Mind for the best price?

In this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the formulation of some of Gorilla Mind's most popular products based on clinical studies, to give our take on whether or not they're likely to be effective.

We’ll review Gorilla Mode (the pre-workout), Gorilla Mind Smooth (the nootropic), Gorilla Mind Turkesterone , Gorilla Mind Sigma (the testosterone-booster) and some of the brand's botanical products.

We'll also feature unsponsored customer reviews, and provide a cost comparison to show which retailer sells Gorilla Mind for the best price.

Gorilla Mode Ingredient Analysis

Gorilla Mode ingredients

Gorilla Mode is Gorilla Mind's pre-workout supplement, and its ingredients are shown above. This is one of the most potent pre-workouts we’ve analyzed to date on Illuminate Health.

We consider nearly every active ingredient in Gorilla Mode to be effectively dosed.

L-citrulline is an ergogenic (workout-enhancing) ingredient, and is dosed at 9,000 milligrams (mg) per two scoops of Gorilla Mode.

A medical review on this amino acid found that at doses above 3,000 mg it improves exercise performance and recovery.

Creatine is one of the most well-studied pre-workout ingredients.

A review published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found the effective dosing range of creatine to be 3-5 grams (g), and two scoops of Gorilla Mode provides 5 g.

The study authors noted that creatine supplementation provides both performance benefits and musculoskeletal benefits (increased muscle-building), and that the supplement does not increase fat mass.

Caffeine is clinically shown to improve focus and strength during exercise, as we documented in our Myprotein Pre Workout reviews article.

The caffeine dose in Gorilla Mode is within the effective range, although the 350 mg in two scoops may cause jitters in some individuals.

Kanna (Scelectium tortuosum) may be included at too high of a dose in this supplement.

We cannot identify any safety or toxicity data showing kanna to be safe at a 500 mg dose, nor does the brand cite any on their product page at the time of updating this article.

Drugs.com’s review of the compound mentions that "Information regarding toxicity of S. tortuosum in humans is lacking."

A professor of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Centre was quoted in an article stating that kanna was neurotoxic at doses above 100 mg, but didn’t cite his research.

We’re not suggesting that kanna is necessarily harmful at the dose in Gorilla Mode, but it seems logical to avoid such a high dose of this ingredient until more safety and toxicity data emerges.

There are two inactive ingredients in this formulation that we consider to be unhealthy.

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener which was shown in a 2020 clinical trial to impair insulin function in healthy adults.

Natural & artificial flavors is a broad categorical descriptor that fails to identify the specific flavoring agents used. Some artificial flavors were shown in a 2018 clinical trial to be toxic to animals.

Overall, we consider Gorilla Mode likely to improve performance and focus at the gym, but we don't currently recommend this supplement due to our concerns about kanna and the inclusion of an artificial sweetener and artificial flavors.

A YouTube creator named “Garage Gym Homie" reviewed Gorilla Mode and explains why he considers the supplement to be overhyped:

Gorilla Mind Smooth Ingredient Analysis

Gorilla Mind Smooth ingredients

The ingredients in Gorilla Mind Smooth (the brand's caffeine-free nootropic supplement) are shown above.

Ginkgo biloba extract was shown in a 2002 clinical trial to improve cognition and memory in healthy older adults.

Bacopa monnieri extract was shown in a medical review published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to improve memory when used at a daily dose between 300-450 mg.

Two servings of Gorilla Mind Smooth provides 330 mg of bacopa, which is right within the effective dosing range.

Alpha GPC is clinically shown to have nootropic effects, but has also been shown in at least one clinical trial promote atherosclerosis, as we discussed in our Noocube reviews article on another nootropic supplement using this ingredient.

Kanna is included in Gorilla Mind Smooth, and we explained our concerns regarding this ingredient's safety in the previous Ingredient Analysis section.

The inactive ingredients in this formulation should be safe and non-toxic.

Overall, we consider Gorilla Mind Smooth highly likely to have a nootropic effect, but we don't currently recommend this supplement due to our concerns about the health effects of kanna and Alpha GPC.

A YouTube creator name "Mattjourney"reviewed Gorilla Mind Smooth after three months of continual use:

Turk-Plex Ingredient Analysis

Gorilla Mind Turk-Plex ingredients

The ingredients in Gorilla Mind Turk-Plex are shown above.

This formulation has been changed slightly since we initially published this article (the dosage and plant are the same, but the standardization ratio changed).

Ajuga turkestanica is the plant, and it's standardized to 10% ecdysteroids, which are plant-derived anabolic agents.

Ecdysterone was shown to cause "significantly higher increases in muscle mass" compared to those taking placebo in a clinical trial published in the Archives of Toxicology journal, but the dose used was 200% of the dose in Turk-Plex.

We can't find any clinical evidence that a standardized Ajuga turkestanica extract at the dose in this supplement has performance or aesthetic benefits in humans, nor does the brand cite any on their product page at the time of updating this article.

We do not currently recommend this supplement, and consider it to be the worst-formulated of the three supplements that we've reviewed.

A YouTube creator named Chase Dela Cruz shared his experience taking Gorilla Mind Turkesterone (the previous formulation) for one month:

Gorilla Mind Sigma Ingredient Analysis

Gorilla Mind Sigma ingredients

The ingredients in Gorilla Mind Sigma are shown above. This supplement is used to support optimal testosterone (T) levels.

Vitamin D3 levels are positively associated with T levels according to a 2020 medical review, which suggests that men with low T should get their vitamin D levels tested regularly and optimize against the test results.

Fadogia arestris extract was shown in a 2005 clinical trial to increase sexual behavior and testosterone levels in rats, but we can't find any trials with human participants showing the same effect.

Tongkat ali was shown in a clinical trial published in the Maturitas journal to increase testosterone levels in aging men, and to improve erectile function.

Another clinical trial found that tongkat ali improved testosterone levels by an average of 37% in a stressed but otherwise healthy patient population. The dose used was the same as that in Gorilla Mind Sigma, and the researchers concluded that this plant “appears to have significant potential for restoring hormone balance (cortisol/testosterone).”

Ashwagandha extract is clinically shown to increase testosterone levels by around 15%, as we documented in our T Hero reviews article.

Overall, we consider Gorilla Mind Sigma likely to improve testosterone levels. This is one of the most impressive T-boosting supplement formulations that we've reviewed to date.

The inactive ingredients in this supplement should be safe and non-toxic.

The vitamin and mineral doses in two servings of Gorilla Mind Sigma are relatively high, so we'd recommend that consumers using this dose daily speak with their doctor about getting regular blood tests to ensure their blood levels of these nutrients don't rise too high.

Where to Get the Best Price

Gorilla Mind supplements are sold at a variety of online retailers. Here's a price breakdown for a one-time purchase at the time of updating this article:

Gorilla Mode

Brand website: $49.99 (plus shipping, link)

Vitamin Shoppe: $49.99 (free shipping, link)

Amazon: $49.99 (free shipping, link to official Amazon listing)

Gorilla Mind Smooth

Brand website: $44.99 (plus shipping, link)

Amazon: $44.99 (free shipping, link to official Amazon listing)

Gorilla Mind Turkesterone

Brand website: $49.99 (plus shipping, link)

Amazon: $49.99 (plus shipping, link to official Amazon listing)

Nutrastop: $49.99 (free shipping, link)

Gorilla Mind Sigma

Amazon: $59.99 (free shipping, link to official Amazon listing)

Brand website: $49.99 (plus shipping, link)

The price of Gorilla Mind supplements varies significantly between online retailers, when factoring in shipping fees.

Our Clean Nootropic Picks

Mind Lab Pro by Performance Lab is our top premium nootropic pick.

This is the first Illuminate Labs Certified supplement, and has been shown to be effective for short-term cognitive improvements in two clinical trials published in peer-reviewed journals.

Performance Lab MCT Oil is our top food-based nootropic pick.

MCT oil is derived from coconut oil, and improved memory recall by 20% in adults in a 2022 meta-study.

Illuminate Labs Ginkgo Biloba Extract is our top herbal nootropic pick.

medical review published in the Psychopharmacology journal found that ginkgo biloba supplementation improved attention and cognitive performance in healthy, young adults.

Real Customers Review Gorilla Mind

Amazon is a better resource for unbiased customer reviews than a brand's website in our opinion.

Gorilla Mode is the brand's most-reviewed product on Amazon, with over 13,000 total reviews and an average review rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars at the time of updating this article.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named "wickhoi" who gives the product a 5/5 star rating, and likes the product's effects:

"This does not give me the jitters or that uncomfortable feeling of being 'wired'. I find it gives me consistent and noticeable energy throughout even the longest workouts. Amazing pumps, great clarity, clean energy. Love this stuff!!"

The top negative review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named "Jon" who gives the product a 1/5 star rating, and claims it caused side effects:

"I tried it a couple times one scoop then two the following time, both cases this did nothing but make me nauseous to the point I had to end the workout early...Tried to request a refund but they never responded to my claim. Horrible customer service, would not recommend."

Gorilla Mode currently has an average review rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Google.

Pros and Cons of Gorilla Mind

Here are the pros and cons of Gorilla Mind as a brand in our opinion:


  • Highly potent formulations
  • Great value
  • Gorilla Mind Sigma is one of the best T-boosters
  • Capsule formulations have no unhealthy additives
  • Brand publishes third-party testing of some ingredients


  • Seems to be a lack of focus on safety data
  • Gorilla Mode and Gorilla Mind Smooth have high doses of kanna
  • Gorilla Mode has an artificial sweetener and artificial flavors
  • Gorilla Mind Smooth contains Alpha GPC
  • We can't find evidence that Turk-Plex is safe or effective in humans
  • Products don't appear to be clinically tested
  • Brand website charges for shipping
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Gorilla Mind is vastly superior to the average supplement company from an efficacy perspective.

The formulations sold by the company are potent, and in almost all cases contain research-backed doses of active ingredients that support the functional benefit of the product.

We're unimpressed by Gorilla Mind's formulations from a safety perspective.

Two of the products reviewed in this article contain a high dose of kanna, and we can't find any clinical evidence suggesting that continual use of such a kanna dose is safe in humans.

Gorilla Mind Smooth contains Alpha GPC, which has been shown in at least one clinical trial to be associated with atherosclerosis.

None of the potent formulations that we reviewed in this article appear to be clinically tested.

To the credit of Gorilla Mind, the brand has started publishing third-party testing for some of their active ingredients, and this information did not exist on their product pages when we first published this article.

Third-party testing is the gold standard for ensuring ingredient purity and potency.

At the time of updating this article, prices for Gorilla Mind supplements vary considerably by retailer. We recommend checking the price comparison section of this article to see where to buy each product reviewed for the best price.