About Cogniflex

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Sep 29, 2015

Cogniflex is the latest in a line of brain-enhancing supplements which uses a variety of ingredients to supposedly boost brainpower.

A preliminary look at the website’s home page features a “Made in the USA” graphic and a gold-seal graphic which reads, “Best Price, Best Offer, Bestseller” We’ll check out the validity of the “Bestseller” claim later in this article.

The homepage also has a photo of the Cogniflex bottle. The label of the bottle notes the name of the supplement, the “Unlock Your Brain’s Potential” motto, as well as a logo which says “Sure Science”. According to the website’s Terms and Conditions, Sure Science LLC is a Wyoming-based limited liability company.

You’ve probably come to this review because you’re looking for a product that can help you boost your brainpower, give you a mental edge and sharpen your focus and memory. We want you to find that help because we think it’s important, but we also want to make sure you choose a product that will do what its manufacturers claim it will do.

Over the next few minutes, we’re going to help you understand what Cogniflex claims to do and whether or not science backs it up. Then, we’ll give you our conclusions about what we’ve found.

What Does Cogniflex Promise?

According to Cogniflex’s website, the supplement offers you five advantages: elevated concentration, improved creativity, boosted energy, enhanced memory recall and a spike in your work productivity.

Cogniflex claims to take effect within 30 minutes and can last up to 6 hours. The active ingredients (included in the next section) are claimed to have increased visual information processing, learning rate and memory consolidation, as well as exhibiting the ability to boost test scores by 8.4 percent and reduce stress within three days of starting the supplement.

The company provides a simple, bullet-point list of each of its benefits along with the active ingredients which supposedly produce them.

Each of the bulleted points includes a “Source” link which takes the consumer to a scientific study which is supposed to back up the claim. Cogniflex’s sources are third-party studies that were not affiliated with the company.

How Does It Claim to Do It?

In the “How Does Cogniflex Work?” section of the supplement’s website, they claim that coffee and energy drinks are the favored remedy for boosting energy. However, Cogniflex claims, boosting energy doesn’t improve things like focus and memory. That’s where Cogniflex is supposed to excel – it offers you a more comprehensive solution to your fatigue.

Cog​niflex does this by loading up their pills with helpful ingredients which unlock your potential maintain your focus and increase your energy.

The specific benefits of the product are related to the supplement’s proprietary blend of nootropics (products designed to boost brain function). The pills include the following active ingredients listed on the site: bacopa monnieri (brahmi), rhodiola rosea, tyrosine, L-theanine, vinpocetine and huperzine-A.

The supplement’s website asserts that bacopa monnieri has been proven to positively impact brain function, but that the positive effects of bacopa monnieri are more pronounced after 12 weeks of use compared to just four weeks of use. A numberless graph accompanies this claim and shows a steady increase from what is assumed to be the beginning of the trial on the left of the graph to the end of the trial on the right side of the graph. The graph shows a doubling effect – the end amount is twice as much as the beginning amount. Again, the website does not specify what the graph means or from where the graph was taken so it may or may not be true.

Does Science Back Up Cogniflex?

As mentioned earlier, Cogniflex’s active ingredient-related benefits are listed in six succinct bullet points. Each bullet point includes a “Source” link, giving the consumer a sense that each claim is legitimate because it is backed up by science. We took a look at each source to verify the claims.

Bacopa Monnieri

According to Cogniflex, bacopa monnieri has been shown to improve the speed of visual information processing, learning rates and the ability to consolidate memories. The source link takes the reader to a 2002 study.

Here’s where the information gets interesting. The study pointed out that taking bacopa monnieri had no significant effect on short-term memory, working memory, attention or psychological conditions like depression.

There was, however, an effect on the way subjects were able to recall, after a brief time, pairs of unrelated words they were asked to memorize.

This being the only solid evidence of improved memory performance, the study seems to suggest that Cogniflex’s claims of better visual processing, learning rates, and memory consolidation are a jargon-ish way of saying that bacopa monnieri has the ability to improve a very specific type of cognitive function.

Rhodiola Rosea

Cogniflex claims that rhodiola rosea “significantly” reduces physical/mental fatigue and can boost test scores by 8.4 percent. The source link took us to the abstract (an abbreviated version) of a 2000 study by researchers from Russia’s Volgograd Medical Academy. The study shows that students who took a 20-day regimen of rhodiola rosea extract SHR-5 showed significant improvement in physical fitness, mental fatigue and neuro-motoric tests.

Though the link took us to an abbreviated version of the study, we were able to find the full study on a different site. While we could not verify Cogniflex’s 8.4 percent claim, the full study confirmed significant improvement in physical fitness, mental fatigue and neuro-motoric tests.

The next bullet point in Cogniflex’s claimed benefits – that life-stress symptoms were decreased after only three days of usage and more effective after 4 weeks of use – links to the same study. Like the 8.4 percent claim, this claim was not included in the study’s abstract. The full text of the study did not mention the specific claims of this bullet point.


Cogniflex’s claim that Huperzine-A enhances memory and learning performance is pulled straight from the title of the corresponding source text, a 1999 study of Chinese middle school students.


This ingredient, Cogniflex claims, is supposed to increase memory and reduce reaction time. The source study indicates that a group of 12 female volunteers who took vinpocetine of varying amounts (10, 20 and 40 mg) showed improved short-term memory function. Reaction time, however, was not mentioned in the study.


Cogniflex’s claim that L-Theanine helps reduce stress without sedation is not entirely true, according to the source study abstract to which this bullet point linked. Subjects who suffered from high anxiety and took L-Theanine did show a significant increase in the release of “alpha power waves”, which are known to foster relaxation and concentration. However, there were no significant changes in subjects who did not suffer from high anxiety. Also, there was no mention of the effect of L-Theanine on sedation.


The conclusions which Cogniflex draws from the sources linked to their claims are marginal, according to the studies used. While some of the facts (Huperzine-A) were accurate, others were not.

Cogniflex’s own Terms and Conditions (TC) state that the company has not reviewed any of the source materials included on the website and is not responsible for their accuracy. We feel as though this discredits the claims made on the site.

Furthermore, Cogniflex’s TC state that website users must be at least 18 years of age, yet several of the studies referenced on the site were conducted on subjects who were younger than 18 years old.

Our conclusion, when considering the evidence found in the claims, the sources and the TC, is that Cogniflex’s claims are shaky and at times, misleading.

Cogniflex Cost and Return Policies

Cogniflex offers attractive pricing tiers. One bottle of 60 capsules costs $48, three bottles cost $96 and five bottles cost $144. Based on details provided in the product’s TC, one bottle lasts 30 days (two pills per day).

According to their TC, Cogniflex can change the price of the product at any time.

Like other supplements we’ve covered, according to Cogniflex's Terms & Conditions, once you make your purchase you will be enrolled in an auto-ship program in which you’ll be sent new product every month and be charged for it.

However, we were recently contacted by Cogniflex informing us that at this time they not enroll anyone into their auto-recurring monthly programs and it's only a one-time purchase. They claim to have added the “monthly autoship enrollment” into their terms and conditions as a legal technicality for future reference.

In the future should Cogniflex decide to create a monthly membership, they will frame your purchase not only as a purchase but as enrollment in their “program.”

The website doesn’t indicate how much product you’ll be sent, but the safe choice is to assume you’ll be auto-shipped the same order you made: $48, $96 or $144.

If you’ve already bought Cogniflex and you want to take yourself out of the auto-ship program, call this number to cancel: 1-800-767-4440.

Also, like other supplements we’ve reviewed, once you buy Cogniflex, you’re bound by their arbitration agreement, which means you cannot file a class-action lawsuit against the company.

Cogniflex purchases come with a 30-day, money-back guarantee. The site’s TC show that the guarantee is a legitimate one, with the caveat that the money-back offer is available for a single refund per product ordered.

If you aren’t satisfied with your purchase, you can return your Cogniflex containers -- even if they’re empty -- for a full refund if the return is received within 30 days of receipt. The initial purchase price will be refunded, less shipping and handling.

Bottom Line: So What Should You Do about Cogniflex and Improving Focus?

Cogniflex is an interesting product because research shows that some of the ingredients in the supplement actually do improve brain function.

However, because we could not find ingredient levels listed on the company’s website, there’s no way of knowing if the amount of ingredients in the pill are equal to the amount (and effectiveness) of the ingredients tested in the referenced studies.

Because Cogniflex bends the facts of the studies it references and then takes no responsibility for the accuracy of those studies gives us pause.

We were also concerned with the misleading nature of the “Bestseller” seal featured on the website’s home page. There is no evidence given on the website to prove the claim the seal makes.

Based on our observations of the evidence provided, we recommend that you steer clear of Cogniflex and search out other proven options for enhancing your memory, energy, and mood.

Get More Sleep

One of the most powerful ways to increase your energy and make your brain work like it should is also one of the simplest solutions: sleep.

Harvard University has an entire section of their website dedicated to the power of sleep. According to their researchers, sleep can:

  • Improve your ability to learn new tasks
  • Positively affect your mood, judgment, motivation, and perception of events
  • Strengthen your memory and your learning

Kill the Stress

Stress also plays an important role in how your brain functions. A 2012 article from Yale News pointed out the brains of individuals who’ve undergone short, long or extended periods of stress actually shrink! Not only that, but stress is also linked to addiction, depression, and anxiety.

Cutting down on stress will require some changes in your life, but your body and your mind will thank you.

Exercise More

A regular regimen of exercise can produce some pretty amazing changes in your brain. Just a little bit of exercise every day can aid in creating new blood vessels in the brain (vital for cell health), decrease inflammation and reduce insulin resistance. In addition, regular exercise can improve your memory and thinking skills.;

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Average Consumer Rating: 1.8
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  • 4 out 7 people found this review helpful

    First nootropics a noticeable success!

    Other than taking Focus Factor over a decade ago, I hadn't yet tried any nootropics. So I gave Cogniflex and another maker a try. I started with the Cogniflex and within a week to week-and-a-half, I absolutely noticed a change. Not exactly earthshattering, but realistically enthusiastic. I was energized and actually desired to creatively work, as it now gave me new purpose! Loving that feeling inspired my happiness to grow, and again my work was now merely "solutions getting done." Oh, sure, my recollection was also somewhat better; some things I recalled were strange and insignificant, while others seemed to assist me with my search for enlightenment. Certainly, I lost my keys far fewer times, if any.

    There may be many other products out there, and there are info and miss info alike, so when making a choice, I'd consider after trying two different nootropics, I truly felt Cogniflex was more effective, period. I'm so glad I tried it, and I plan on staying on it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Complete and total fraud

    This stuff doesn't do anything that a cup of coffee would do, it's just caffeine with some other stuff that doesn't do anything. And the company was very deceiving when I ordered. They over charged me and made it almost impossible to cancel and get a refund. STAY CLEAR!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Deserves less than one star

    • Dallas, TX,
    • Jul 10, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Please, do not purchase this product. When you take as recommended there no change in performance at all. I attempted to get my money back, and it was a nightmare. They make you jump through hoops and give you specific time frames to call back in hopes you forget. After two weeks of calls, emails and getting my credit card company involved, I am supposedly getting a refund.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 24 out 25 people found this review helpful

    Consumer beware!

    • Kentucky,
    • Mar 14, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered Cogniflex on March 2, 2017. Upon further investigation, I learned that the ingredients affected my health. A few days later I contacted customer service and made a phone call.

    I explained my dilemma and was given a return authorization number ($144).

    The package arrived, and I took it right to the post office to return. The package was unopened and returned in the same shipping package. A couple of days later I received an email from them that only $94 would be returned.

    I looked up the return money back guarantee they have on the website. No restocking fee mentioned there.

    I called customer service back and was told of a 15% restocking that was expressed to me in my comment conversation. So, I asked to speak to her supervisor, and she said she was unable to do that. That she was the end of the line.

    Again, consumer BEWARE!

    When insisting that I wanted to speak with her boss, I was put on hold again. She said she would see what she could do. When she returned, she said I would receive all but $9.95 of my purchase price. When persisting to speak to a boss, she put me on hold again and said she would look further into the matter. When she returned she said, I would be refunded the purchase price of the product.

    WOW. Consumer beware!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 21 out 24 people found this review helpful

    False pricing

    I just placed an online purchase. When the total came up, it was not the same as the advertised pricing, and the website didn't allow me the option to change the order. It then took an hour on hold and three callbacks to get the order canceled.

    I just wanted to change my order, not cancel the whole thing. Now I have to go back and place my order all over again. Is it worth the effort?

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 131 out 134 people found this review helpful


    • California,
    • Aug 14, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    I've been taking this for over 3 months now and haven't had any positive results, I truly believe this is a scam. I'm so mad that I didn't do the research I normally do. Hopeful this review will help someone else not to be scammed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 133 out 137 people found this review helpful

    Hate this product and company

    • Northlake,TX,
    • Jun 5, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased this product a little over a month ago and have tried taking it with and without food. However, it gives me a horrible feeling of burning and itching. So I called to return it only to be told because it has been a week more than the month they will not take it back and refund my money. So I will get on every website possible to let everyone know it's a terrible product and to NOT purchase it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 113 out 116 people found this review helpful

    Altergic Reaction (hives)

    • El Paso, TX,
    • May 30, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased Cogniflex online. After receiving it in the mail, I tried Cogniflex and about one hour after the first dose, I broke out in hives all over my body. About one week later, I tried it again in hopes that it was not the Cogniflex that I had an allergic reaction to. Again, I had an allergic reaction and developed hives all over my body. I do not know what is in Cogniflex and I do not recommend anyone ingesting this product.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 123 out 124 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money and time

    • Tennessee,
    • May 17, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    This pill is nothing like advertised. My husband and I ordered 4 bottles of this. We are now on bottle 4 and cannot tell we are even taking this pill. We gave this pill a little bit of time to get into our system before writing this review because like most pills, it needs to get into your system before you can feel the effects. This was a complete waste of time and money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 96 out 97 people found this review helpful

    Double Scam!

    • Austin, TX,
    • May 14, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    If I could rate a product negatively, I'd rate Cogniflex a -5.

    The product was totally ineffective, even at double or triple daily dose. I did not experience any cognitive changes. That is the first scam

    The second scam is their return policy. There is a $9.95 restocking fee for each bottle, even for the "free" ones they give you and the empty ones you send back. I reminded them that these fees are not in the terms and conditions and the returns policy does not exist.

    They also will not refund a second order that was never received by me anyway.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 31 out 84 people found this review helpful

    Although not quite a limitless pill, still an amazing product

    After reading the reviews I almost canceled my order. Then I decided I was just going to send back once I received it. I'm so glad I didn't. As much as I had convinced my self that it wasn't going to work, I decided to give it a try. Since taking this product I find myself having much more productive days, increased energy, I'm picking up extra shifts at work, cleaning my car often. etc. So although you won't be reading hieroglyphics just by simply taking this, you will find yourself being way more productive than usually. Truly amazing product.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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