Brought to you by Deep Sea Nutrition, CogniQ claims to be a natural, safe, effective, inexpensive, pharmaceutical grade natural supplement that can increase cell membrane strength and plasticity, protect your brain from neurotoxins and free radicals, increase blood circulation, rejuvenate your mind, and more.
Because of this, CogniQ is claimed to be a revolutionary new breakthrough that can provide “the best brain of your life,” while also preventing illness, reversing mental decline, and “dramatically improving your quality of life.” In fact, the company even claims that CogniQ will start working immediately and can “make your brain 12 years younger in a matter of days.”
In order to accomplish this, CogniQ is claimed to contain bacopin, ginkgo biloba, vinpocetine, acetyl-l-carnitine, phosphatidylserine, glutamine, St. John’s Wort, and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE).
According to the company, you simply need to take a few tablets of CogniQ per day in order to begin experiencing these benefits, which is why the supplement is claimed to have helped more than 100,000 clients of all ages.
But is there any truth to these claims? Consider the following:
Is CogniQ’s Ingredients Effective?
Overall, some specific bacopin extracts (KeenMind and BacoMind) have been shown to “improve memory in otherwise healthy brains, although there is insufficient clinical evidence showing its efficacy for any other conditions.”
Gingko biloba is listed as possibly effective for “slightly improving mental function in adults, modestly improving symptoms related to dementia, vision loss, and more,” and vinpocetine for “slightly increasing the thinking skills in Alzheimer’s patients.” Similarly, phosphatidylserine is listed as “possibly effective” for the treatment of age-related mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
However, there appears to be insufficient clinical evidence available showing that acetyl-l-carnitine (ALCAR), St John’s Wort, glutamine, or dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) can provide any of the benefits claimed by CogniQ’s manufacturer, although this is a recurring theme for the majority of memory supplements.
In other words, if your brain is otherwise healthy, you could likely achieve many of CogniQ’s same benefits by purchasing single bacopin and gingko biloba extracts from your local pharmacy, without the high price (more about this in the Pricing section.
With this said, there isn’t a product label provided on the CogniQ website, so there’s no way to know how much of each ingredient the supplement contains, or whether or not this is enough to be effective.
CogniQ’s Side Effects
Regardless if they provide the benefits advertised by the manufacturer, CogniQ’s ingredients should be well tolerated by most individuals, with the most commonly cited side effect as digestive upset.
With this said, vinpocetine may also cause “sleep disturbances, headache, dizziness, nervousness, and flushing of the face,” acetyl-l-carnitine “can cause a "fishy" odor of the urine, breath, and sweat,” and St John’s Wort can lead to “trouble sleeping, vivid dreams, restlessness, anxiety, irritability, stomach upset, fatigue, dry mouth, dizziness, headache, skin rash, diarrhea, and tingling.”
Again, we’re not informed how much of each ingredient CogniQ contains, or whether or not this is enough to cause any unwanted side effects.
Customer Reviews for CogniQ
When searching online for CogniQ reviews, we found a very similar product of the same name (see here as an example), although based on the product’s label and brief description, this appears to be a different nootropic altogether.
Outside of this similar product, there weren’t any online customer reviews for CogniQ available at the time of our research.
However, from a company perspective, CogniQ is manufactured by Deep Sea Nutrition based out of Centennial, CO. At the time of our research, the company held a C rating with the Better Business Bureau based on 7 closed complaints (only 2 of which the company responded to and provided a satisfactory resolution for the customer), which referenced difficulty obtaining a refund and long shipping delay.
In CogniQ’s landing page, a related company named Ocean’s Bounty is referenced, who manufactures another supplement we’ve reviewed named Sea Health Plus. As of 6/22/15, the product had a total of 3 HighYa reader reviews with an average rating of 2 stars, based on complaints of failure to work as advertised and difficulty obtaining a refund.
CogniQ Pricing & Refund Policy
CogniQ is available in the following purchasing options:
- 1 Bottle: $69.95 plus free shipping
- 2 Bottles: $119.90
- 4 Bottles: $199.80
Regardless of which option you choose, CogniQ comes with a 90-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In fact, according to one of CogniQ’s landing pages, the manufacturer will send you a check for $100 if you’re dissatisfied, although based on many of the customer complaints above, we’re skeptical of this claim.
Regardless, if you’d like to request a refund for CogniQ, you’ll need to contact customer service at (800) 287-9221.
Is CogniQ Worth Your Hard-Earned Money?
Chopping to the point: Overall, considering the lack of clinical evidence showing that most of CogniQ’s ingredients work as advertised (which is common among brain boosting supplements), the manufacturer’s relatively low online customer reviews, as well as the supplement’s high price, we might recommend searching for bacopin and gingko biloba extracts from your local pharmacy, versus placing an order for CogniQ.
1 out 2 people found this review helpful
I'm a 61 year old woman in excellent health. I noticed that I'd occasionally be speaking and couldn't "find the right word" to use. I'd feel silly, then frustrated and look to my husband for help. It was really crazy. So I decided to try CogniQ for 30 days. After taking CogniQ for 30 days, my mind was as sharp as in my youth. Like most of us, I didn't think about the improvements with my speaking (because when you're normal you don't think about it, right?). While on vacation I ran out, it was no biggie, just taking it for a trial anyway. What a shock when after a week w/o CogniQ I started losing words again. After the 2nd day of looking to my husband for "help" I thought what's wrong with me, why am I losing words? I haven't done this in a while. "Lightbulb moment"...no CogniQ for a week. I will definitely continue taking this wonderful brain food !
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
23 out 28 people found this review helpful
C'mon, the claims are clearly hype. Don't be a big sucker. This is just a modern day snake oil sales. The product will only make you poorer and upset your stomach. Anything that really does what they claim would not be available to the general public. It would be more expensive than any of us could afford and it would either be a complete secret available only to a special few or on every news channel, non-stop, so much that the government would be putting it in our water within a week. This bunch of crooks is using the images of well known figures without permission and just making up crazy stories to go with the pictures. It's a quick hit and run outfit. You will see more products making same claims because they trick enough people to make millions and then close shop and move on to a new scam. Avoid theses junk products. If it sounds too good to be true, it generally always is.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend