About Ion Z
Ion Z Brain Pill is a fast-acting cognitive enhancement supplement that promises to deliver a blend of ingredients to improve memory and energy levels, boost mood and mental clarity, and increase short and long-term recall.
To experience these benefits, the manufacturer claims you just need to take one capsule of Ion Z in the morning, along with a glass of water, and the patent-pending formula will get to work.
In fact, we’re told Ion Z works so fast that it will deliver an “unparalleled boost” within minutes (sometimes just seconds)!
Despite its rapid onset and claimed benefits, the manufacturer tells us you won’t have to worry about any side effects with Ion Z, since it’s studied and produced in a US-based state-of-the-art facility.
Here’s the big question, though: While all of this sounds fantastic, can you realistically expect the ingredients contained in Ion Z to help you “experience limitless possibilities”? This is precisely what we’re here to help you decide.
But before we get there, we need to lay a solid foundation and understand what we’re discussing.
How Does Memory Work?
In a very real way, our collective memories are what make us who we are. However, when it comes down to it, there’s a lot that modern science doesn’t understand about the process.
In fact, it’s safe to say that there’s more we don’t know about how the brain works—including how it processes memories—than what we do (which can fill entire libraries).
With this said, the current understanding is that nerve cells (called neurons) pass along information to other parts of our brain and body, coded in the form of electrical impulses and chemical messages (called neurotransmitters).
At a fundamental level, this is how your brain tells your body to function (breathing, heartbeat, muscle movement, etc). However, at an admittedly simplistic level, this is also how memories are “formed.”
Despite what you might believe though, memories aren’t a single thing, like placing a sheet of paper inside a filing cabinet. Instead, as HowStuffWorks puts it:
“What seems to be a single memory is actually a complex construction. If you think of an object -- say, a pen -- your brain retrieves the object's name, its shape, its function, the sound when it scratches across the page. Each part of the memory of what a "pen" is comes from a different region of the brain. The entire image of "pen" is actively reconstructed by the brain from many different areas. Neurologists are only beginning to understand how the parts are reassembled into a coherent whole.”
However, it seems to be the case that the signal strength between neurons plays a large part in how well we’re able to form new memories, as well as to retrieve existing ones. Unfortunately, as we age, our brain cells naturally die and our body produces increasingly less key neurotransmitters, so our memory suffers as a result.
Given this base knowledge, will any of the ingredients found in Ion Z help improve memory, increase neuron function, boost neurotransmitter function, or deliver on any of its other claimed benefits?
First, let’s talk about the nutritional supplements industry.
The Curious Case of Nutritional Supplements
We won’t go into unnecessary detail here, but (again), we need to make sure we have a solid foundation to work with.
Thanks largely to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, from a regulatory perspective, nutritional supplements are basically looked at as food.
Essentially, as long as they include some type of disclaimer on any promotional bearing their name (e.g. “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”), manufacturers are free to make just about any claim they like.
In fact, supplements companies don’t even have to let regulatory agencies like the FDA know about their existence before hitting store (or virtual) shelves, or provide a single shred of evidence that their claims are in any way supported by reality.
It gets even crazier, though: If one of these companies is caught doing something illegal, such as making medical claims or engaging in false advertising, it then becomes a legal issue that can take months (or years) to make its way through the court system.
And often times, by the time these companies see their day in court, they’ve moved on to other products and the process continuously repeats itself.
Pro tip: For more, be sure to read our Nutritional Supplements Buyer’s Guide.
Why are we telling you this? Continue reading and we’ll explain everything.
Are Ion Z’s Ingredients Effective For Anything?
Important Note: We didn’t purchase Ion Z or test it firsthand, so any claims of effectiveness (or otherwise) were pulled from authoritative websites like WebMD.
With this said, a big stumbling block in answering this question is the fact that, on the supplement’s website, we’re not directly told about a single ingredient contained in Ion Z.
On their Citations page, the company lists 12 different studies, although it appears only four different ingredients are found among them:
Of these, WebMD lists propolis, a resin-like substance usually obtained from beehives, as “possibly effective” for addressing cold sores, genital herpes, and recovery following mouth surgery.
They also indicate that 150mg daily of tyrosine has been shown to help improve alertness following a lack of sleep, as well as for improving mental performance and memory under stressful conditions (like military training and cold-induced stress).
Outside of this, authoritative websites indicate there isn’t enough clinical evidence to support any of the manufacturer’s claims made by Ion Z’s manufacturer.
And even for tyrosine, the only ingredient we’re told about that may provide some real-world benefits, we can’t know if the supplement contains enough to deliver.
Finally, within these citations is a 2010 study conducted by the University of Central Florida titled, “The effects of acute and prolonged CRAM supplementation on reaction time and subjective measures of focus and alertness in healthy college students.”
After a quick search online, we found a supplement still sold under this name that contains many ingredients commonly found in brain-boosting products (more about this soon).
Before including CRAM’s ingredients here though, we reached out to the company and will update this review as soon as a response is received.
What about potential side effects?
Will IonZ’s Ingredients Cause Any Side Effects?
Will so many bee and pollen-related ingredients in their formulation, it almost goes without saying that those with bee or pollen allergies should stay away from Ion Z.
Outside of this, authoritative sites indicate you probably won’t experience anything worse than mild digestive upset—assuming you experience anything at all.
How much will you pay?
How Much Does Ion Z Cost?
Ion Z’s brain supplement is priced as follows:
- 1 Bottle (30 capsules): $74.95, plus $7.95 S&H
- 3 Bottles: $153.90, plus free S&H
- 5 Bottles: $179.95, plus free S&H
Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll also be charged a $3.34 “secure processing” fee, so be sure to factor this in as well.
All Ion Z purchases come with a 20-day refund policy, less S&H and a $5 restocking fee—even if you’ve used the entire bottle
In order to request one, customer service can be reached at 844-303-0096 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Are Ion Z Customers Saying In Their Reviews?
If you type the phrase “Ion Z reviews” into your favorite search engine, you’ll find that the first page (and beyond) is filled with websites that seem to provide what you’re looking for.
However, after clicking, you’ll find that in most instances these are fake customer reviews posted by affiliates, or those with ulterior motives (in other words, to sell instead of inform). Granted, this is true of most nutritional supplements and certainly isn’t unique to Ion Z.
Note: Some of these sites listed a handful of different ingredients, but again, we’ll wait until we hear back from the manufacturer before listing any of them here.
Outside of these affiliate websites, we didn’t encounter any legitimate customer feedback for Ion Z at the time of our research.
However, by all appearances, Ion Z is brought to you by the same company who manufactures another brain supplement named Geniux. How can we tell?
First, if you compare Ion Z’s bottle with Geniux’s, you’ll see that they’re very similar. Second, there was a one-minute promotional video for Geniux featured on the Ion Z website.
This screenshot was taken directly from the promotional video on the Ion Z website. The problem? It’s a completely different product, although with a similar bottle design.
While we didn’t find any customer feedback for Ion Z, 50 HighYa readers had given Genuix an average rating of 1.4 stars at the time of our research. Why?
From a product perspective, the vast majority seemed to complain that it didn’t work. Regarding the ingredients mystery we discussed earlier, one reviewer named Linda wrote:
“I took one and started feeling jittery and sick. I read the label and one of the active ingredients was caffeine. This was not listed on the website. I got the bottle and checked all the ingredients and not one of the ingredients listed on the website was listed on the bottle. The ingredients on the bottle are all available at the grocery store. Nothing mysterious.”
From a business perspective, multiple customers claimed they received (and were charged for) far more bottles of Geniux than they ordered, along with difficult customer service experiences (usually related to difficulty obtaining refunds).
This is also a large reason why the company, based out of Akron, OH, had an F Better Business Bureau rating and nine closed complaints (as of 10/31/16).
Are There Other Brain-Specific Supplements Like Ion Z?
In four words? Yes. A whole lot.
In fact, we’ve reviewed dozens of brain boosting supplements like Ion Z over the years—some of which list their ingredients, some of which don’t—including popular options like Brain Storm Elite, Neuroflexyn, Adderin, and more.
We even wrote an in-depth guide titled The Truth About Memory Supplements: What to Look for & How to Buy One.
As low as Geniux’s customer ratings may be here on HighYa though, the reality is that it’s a similar story for most of the other supplements in this genre.
Having said all of this, we’re fully willing to concede that, along with its rebranding, Ion Z may feature a completely new formulation than Geniux, along with a renewed approach to customer service.
Until reviews start rolling in though, we think this information is important to keep in mind.
Is Ion Z the “Brain Pill of the Future”?
Is it technically possible that Ion Z—and its currently unknown formulation—will deliver on the lofty promises noted on their website? Sure, it’s possible.
However, for all intents and purposes, Ion Z seems to be a rebadged version of Geniux, which comes with very poor feedback from HighYa readers.
Along with its incomplete ingredients list (nearly all of which authoritative websites indicate aren’t effective for their stated purposes), ultra-high price, and similarly low reputations for other supplements in this niche, we think this indicates your money might be better spent talking with your doctor about memory issues, instead of ordering a bottle of Ion Z.
Before you click away: Tell us about your Ion Z experience by writing a review below!
4 out 4 people found this review helpful
Good Product - Unethical Sales Technique
You can attempt to buy one bottle of Ion Z but you will be charged for 3. Instead of $78.00 you will be charged $156.00. If you holler loud enough they will offer to refund you the $78.00 but you have to fight to get it, as I am now.
However, the product seems to work! Obviously, it's got enough caffeine in it to dope an entire race track so the energy is there for sure. I went from 2 bottles of 5 Hour Power every morning to just taking one Ion Z and it lasts all day and evening. I do have greater focus and have noticed some improvement in memory issues. That's why I question why if it is a good product, do they have to scam people when they order? That makes no sense and makes me doubt their credibility.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend