Formulated by Dr. Charles Day PhD, Cognivance is claimed to be a breakthrough brain health supplement that is scientifically formulated improve memory and recall, improve focus and clarity, and fight the onset of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Because of this, Cognivance is claimed to help you take charge of your brain health and to prevent cognitive decline.
In order to accomplish this, Cognivance is claimed to be a “revolutionary” supplement that includes the highest quality clinically validated ingredients available on the market, such as SelenoExcell to help provide your brain with antioxidants to maintain cognitive health, VITACOG Blend to help reduce brain atrophy and gray matter degeneration, in addition to:
- Vitamin A 5,000IU, Vitamin C 60mg, Vitamin D3 1,000IU, Vitamin E 30IU, Vitamin K 25mcg, Thiamine 1.5mg, Riboflavin 1.7mg, Niacin 20mg, Vitamin B6 20mg, Folic Acid 800mcg, Vitamin B12 500mcg, Biotin 300mcg, Pantothenic Acid 10mg, Iron 9mg, Iodine 150mcg, Zinc 15mg, Selenium 200mcg, Chromium 120mcg, Molybdenum 75mcg, Boron 75mcg, Nickel 5mcg, Silicon 10mg, Tin 10mcg, Vanadium 10mcg
- BCM-95 250mg – A proprietary and patented form of Curcumin claimed to be highly bioavailable and to balance your immune system’s response.
- Sharp-PS Gold 100mg – A phosphatidylserine-docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) compound that may help deliver DHA to the brain.
How Should You Take Cognivance?
In order to begin fighting memory loss and improving your brain’s health, Cognivance’s manufacturer claims that you should take 2 capsules daily with food, one in the morning and another in the evening, for optimum absorption. However, the company claims that the supplement should only be used by individuals 18 and older, and that you should never exceed the recommended daily dose.
There is no mention of side effects on the Cognivance website, although the FAQ section claims that it’s generally safe and well-tolerated, although it should not be taken along with other supplements containing iron.
According to the manufacturer, Cognivance is manufactured in the USA in a GMP certified facility, but contains both domestic and imported ingredients. Although Cognivance is claimed to contain no copper, aluminum, or other metals, it does contain soy and fish, so keep this in mind if you have allergies to either of these (or if you’re vegetarian).
Cognivance Pricing & Refund Policy
Cognivance is only available through the manufacturer, and a 30-day supply (60 capsules) is priced at $49.99, including free shipping.
If you choose, you can also sign up for Cognivance’s subscription (read: autoship) program and pay a reduced price of $47.50 per month. This means you’ll continue receiving a one-month supply every 30 days, and your credit card will be billed accordingly until you call to cancel.
There is no refund policy listed on the Cognivance website, so we called 855-231-8888 and learned that there is no official time limit for refunds, although all requests are taken on a case-by-case basis. In other words, if you take the supplement for the recommended amount of time and don’t experience any benefits, the company will gladly refund you your money. On the other hand, if you take the whole bottle and wait 6 months before requesting a refund, it may be declined.
At any rate, we found that the representative we spoke with was eager to help and was clearly passionate about the product.
Can Cognivance Help Improve Memory & Clarity?
Given its long list of ingredients and the number of clinical studies it references, you might think it’s a foregone conclusion that Cognivance can help improve memory and clarity, and can help prevent cognitive decline. But is this the reality? Consider the following:
Do Nootropics Have a Reputation for Working?
Scientific claims and marketing hype aside, do brain supplements generally have a reputation for working as advertised? As we mentioned in our article The Truth About Memory Supplements, the short answer is no. We’ll talk more about this in a moment.
Who is Dr. Charles Day PhD?
When searching for this exact phrase, the only results returned during our research were directly related to Cognivance. Outside of this, we didn’t locate any information online that would suggest Dr. Day is a specialist in brain function. However, according to the Cognivance website, he holds a Doctor of Philosophy in biochemistry and organic chemistry from the University of Louisville, and has over 40 years of experience as a research scientist.
Keep in mind that although many of the ingredients it contains have been clinically studied, Cognivance itself has not.
With this said, instead of looking at each of Cognivance’s ingredients individually—since most of these can be obtained through the foods you eat, and would therefore help you avoid purchasing a supplement in the first place—let’s take a look at the three primary ingredients that are claimed to set the supplement apart from the competition.
- BCM-95 – A patented form of curcumin. WebMD claims curcumin (also known as turmeric) has insufficient evidence showing it can effectively address Alzheimer’s symptoms or other brain-related conditions.
- Sharp-PS Gold – Basically this is a form of DHA, which, according to WebMD, is “possibly ineffective” for mental performance, claiming, “Research suggests that taking 400-1000 mg of DHA daily for 2-4 months does not improve mental performance in healthy children. Taking DHA daily for 4 months also does not improve memory and learning in elderly women.” On top of this, DHA is listed as having insufficient evidence for treating Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other conditions.
- SelenoExcell – A patented formulation of selenium, which has insufficient evidence showing its effectiveness for anything other than selenium deficiency.
Cognivance is a new brain supplement, and didn’t have any online consumer reviews available at the time of our research. Although, we did learn that the supplement is manufactured by Union Springs, LLC based out of Ft. Mitchell, KY, who holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, with no complaints filed over the past three years.
On top of this, it should be mentioned that, compared to many of the hundreds of nutritional supplements we’ve reviewed, Cognivance’s website stands out as well-built with a lot of information available, and it appears that the company takes a great deal of pride in its products. They also don’t engage in less-than-stellar marketing practices such as writing fake reviews or providing fake celebrity endorsements.
While it’s a positive sign that the manufacturer provides clarity into their supplement, and appears to have hired professionals to help them formulate it, there doesn’t appear to be anything contained in Cognivance that has sufficient clinical evidence showing it can improve memory, recall, focus, or clarity, or that it can fight the onset of neurodegenerative diseases.
However, if you do decide to give Cognivance a try and are dissatisfied, the company appears to stand behind their product with a 100% money back guarantee.