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 pain relief.
Nerve Control 911 is one of the most popular dietary supplements for nerve pain and central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction. The product is manufactured by Phytage Labs and is described as a “Central Nervous System Protection Formula” that “reduces nervous system inflammation.”
But can a dietary supplement actually fix nerve pain, or are these just marketing claims? Does Nerve Control 911 have research-backed ingredients? Does it contain any unhealthy additive ingredients? And how do real users rate it?
In this article we'll answer all of these questions and more as we review every ingredient in Nerve Control 911 based on medical studies, highlight issues we have with the brand's research section, and share real user reviews of the product.
Nerve Control 911 has five active ingredients: passion flower, marshmallow root, Corydalis powder, prickly pear concentrate and California poppy seed.
Passion flower is included at a dose of 145 milligrams (mg). We cannot identify any clinical trials suggesting that this ingredient is effective at this low of a dose. Most of the clinical research on passion flower appears to use passion flower extract, which is a more potent preparation of the herb.
We consider this ingredient likely ineffective.
Marshmallow root is the second active ingredient, and as we discussed in our review of Total Restore, this herb is typically used to treat cough and not for nervous system inflammation.
We consider this ingredient likely ineffective.
Corydalis is the third active ingredient in Nerve Control 911, and has been studied for pain relief. A medical review published in the Molecules journal detailed that Corydalis extract has been used for centuries in Asia to relieve pain. However, Nerve Control 911 contains the raw powder, which is less potent than the extract.
Because we cannot identify any medical studies suggesting that Corydalis powder at as low a dose as in this supplement is effective, we'll consider it likely ineffective.
Prickly pear is a type of cactus. An interesting medical trial proved the anti-inflammatory effects of prickly pear in healthy human participants. Those taking prickly pear juice had decreased pro-inflammatory biomarkers and increased anti-inflammatory biomarkers.
The dose used in the medical study was 200,000 mg. The dose in Nerve Control 911 is 50 mg of a 20:1 concentrate, which equates to 1,000 mg. So the dose used in the medical study was 200x higher than the dose used in Nerve Control 911.
We consider this an ineffective dose because we cannot identify any studies proving prickly pear effective for pain relief at such a low dose.
California poppy seed is another ingredient that we consider ineffective because we cannot identify any clinical research proving otherwise. The doses used in the studies cited for this ingredient in Nerve Control 911's "Research" section (which we'll share our concerns about later) are vastly higher than the dose in this supplement.
Overall we do not believe that Nerve Control 911 is likely to provide pain or anxiety relief, because it contains no ingredients that we consider effectively dosed based on medical research. This is one of the worst pain relief supplements we've reviewed on Illuminate Health and we recommend that consumers avoid it.
The one positive thing about this supplement is that its inactive ingredients are safe and non-toxic, which isn't always the case with dietary supplements. This product has none of the common filler ingredients like added sugar or artificial flavors that we consider unhealthy.
Highly Questionable Clinical Research Section
On the Nerve Control 911 product page, there is a “View Clinical Research” button where the manufacturer shares some links to webpages to promote the efficacy of their product.
The term “clinical research” when used in a medical context describes studies published in scientific or medical journals evaluating the efficacy or safety of a product or ingredient.
Most of the links in the “Clinical Research” section on the Nerve Control 911 site are not, in fact, clinical research at all. Instead most are links to other health websites.
As a particularly ridiculous example, one of the links is to an Australian website called Plant Essentials which discusses herbs and potted plants.
This is not clinical or scientific research, and we urge Phytage Labs to rename this section of their site, because to some consumers it may suggest that this section of the website features clinical trials testing Nerve Control 911 and proving it to be safe and effective.
Does Nerve Control 911 Cause Side Effects?
Consumers are often curious about whether Nerve Control 911 is likely to cause side effects, given that some pharmaceutical pain medication carries a risk of serious side effects like addiction.
In our opinion, Nerve Control 911 is unlikely to cause side effects based on its ingredients. All of the active ingredients in Nerve Control 911 are well-studied and appear to be safe and non-toxic. The inactive ingredients are inert.
Phytage Labs has not funded a clinical trial of their product to prove whether or not it causes side effects, so it's impossible to say for certain. We can only estimate based on ingredients. That said, we consider the risk of side effects from this product to be lower than most supplements and pharmaceutical medications we've reviewed on Illuminate Health.
Where to Buy Nerve Control 911
Nerve Control 911 is available for sale on the official manufacturer website, on Walmart and on Amazon. Here's a price breakdown at the time of updating this article:
Walmart: $111.70 (doesn't appear to be sold by official manufacturer)
Manufacturer's website: $69.95
Amazon: $58.28 (link to Nerve Control 911 on Amazon)
Amazon currently has the best price available for Nerve Control 911. It's nearly half-off compared to the Walmart price. While we do not recommend Nerve Control 911 overall, for consumers intent on purchasing it, it seems like Amazon is the best choice.
Can Food-Based Supplements Relieve Pain?
Cinnamon is a spice that has been studied for its ability to reduce pain and support joint health.
A clinical trial published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that cinnamon supplementation at a daily dose of 500 mg reduced inflammation and joint swelling in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
A 2020 clinical trial found that cinnamon supplementation reduced inflammatory markers. The study authors concluded that “Cinnamon could be regarded as a safe supplement to relieve pain.”
Illuminate Labs manufactures a Ceylon Cinnamon Extract supplement that’s potent (standardized to minimum 8% flavonoids) and third-party tested to ensure purity and label accuracy (test results published transparently on the product page). It only costs $15 for a monthly subscription.
Interested consumers can check out Illuminate Labs Ceylon Cinnamon Extract at this link.
Collagen is the core structural protein in joints. The body produces it naturally, but its production decreases with age. Medical research has shown that collagen can reduce joint pain in athletes at a 10 gram (g) daily dose, and can reduce arthritic pain (meta-study, doses ranging between 40 mg and 10 g daily dose).
We recommend Bulletproof Collagen Powder as our top collagen product because it provides an effective collagen dose per serving (20 g) and contains one single ingredient: collagen peptides sourced from grass-fed animals. There are no questionable additives. This supplement only costs $45.16 for over a month's worth of product.
Interested consumers can check out Bulletproof Collagen powder at this link to the brand's official website.
Cornbread CBD Lotion is our top pick for a topical CBD product.
This lotion also contains menthol, which was shown in a 2022 clinical trial to reduce pain scores.
Interested consumers can check out Cornbread CBD Lotion at this link to the product page on the official brand's website.
We do not recommend using dietary supplements to treat any specific medical condition related to pain, and we recommend that individuals speak with their doctor prior to using any supplement for pain relief.
Real Customer Reviews
Nerve Control 911 has a 3.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, which we believe is a more objective source of reviews than a brand's website. This is a relatively unimpressive rating.
The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named "Adriana" who claims the supplement restored feeling to her feet:
"Been a diabetic for more than 10 years with no feeling in my feet or bottom portion of my legs. After 3 weeks of taking this I felt the cold tile floor for the first time in years. My pain is slowly improving as well. Can’t wait for the next few months."
The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named "daisey" who claims the product was ineffective:
"well I have 4 pills left and I haven’t felt relief yet it’s actually getting worse. My sleeping patterns change I use to get at least 2 hours of sleep now it’s like catnaps here and there. So there is officially nothing that can help my sciatic or neuropathy"
Of the over 1,200 reviews of Nerve Control 911, 21% of them are 1-star reviews, and many of these complaints have a similar theme: that the supplement did not relieve pain at all.
Nerve Control 911 Pros and Cons
Here’s our take on the pros and cons of this product:
- Most ingredients have some research backing
- No harmful filler ingredients
- Questionable health claims
- Unimpressive user reviews
- Most ingredients appear underdosed
- Questionable “Clinical Research” section on website