For many of us, the inescapable notion of aging is one of the scariest things in the world. And understandably so! Getting old means saggy skin, decreased energy and most importantly, a decline in mental functions such as memory and learning. For this reason, scientists around the world have attempted to create vitamin-like supplements that can help us prevent brain cell deterioration as well as neural diseases such Alzheimer’s.
One of these supplements, CogniSmart, was developed out of an interesting story:
Okinawa is one of the Ryukyu islands, located 1,000 miles south of Tokyo, where the average life span is 110 years. Inspired by this incredible fact, the creators of CogniSharp – Kowa Health America – researched the diet of Okinawa citizens, and soon developed a similar formula in form of a pill. CogniSharp is a brain supplement that is specifically formulated to help improve short-term memory, focus and as well as support mitochondrial health.
Their blend consists of two main ingredients – BioPQQ and CoQ10 – which, as claimed by Kowa Health America, is the powerful mixture necessary to bring us better memory as well as enhanced focus. BioPQQ is substance that can be found in many natural foods such as papaya, green tea and soy beans. People living in Okinawa who live longer and experience less episodes of memory loss are known to consume diets that are rich in BioPQQ. When combined with CoQ10, which is another memory-boosting substance, an incredible blend is formed. On the company’s website, a study using BioPQQ and CoQ10 was described. Here, subjects who took the formula performed 30x better than those taking a placebo pill during a Japanese memory test named RBANS. We noticed, however, that the study was cited from a book “Medical Consultation and New Remedies 48(5), 59-67, 2011”, which doesn’t seem to exist beyond Kowa’s official website. Nevertheless, we wanted to try the product ourselves before quickly reaching a conclusion.
Three members of our team took 2 capsules of CogniSmart for 2 weeks. Although the website claims that we should be able to see significant results within 8-10 days, only 1 member experienced a great outcome while the other 2 admitted that we only felt minor changes. The tester who had a positive experience with the product told us that he felt more focused and less distracted during work hours. He also said that his mind felt “clearer” and not packed with unproductive thoughts. Lastly, he claimed that remembering things such as telephone numbers and names of new people became easier after the 9th day of taking the supplement. The other two testers told us that they were able to concentrate better, although did not notice any changes in memory recall abilities.
For your first order, you can get 2 bottles for $45.94. Afterwards, every bottle comes at a price of $35.94. Although this may seem inexpensive at first, we noticed that each bottle only comes with 30 capsules. If the recommended dose of 2 capsules a day is taken, then two bottles would be needed to last a month – which would cost you $35.94 * 2 = $71.88.
Over $70 for a month’s supply of brain supplement is over most people’s budget, and is significantly more expensive than other products available in the market. This is definitely something to consider, especially if you’re a student who’s still worried about getting this month’s rent taken care of.
Pro’s and Con’s
– Uses ingredients that are found in natural foods
– May increase focus and concentration
– May improve short-term memory
– Low research available (weak findings)
– Price is unreasonably high
– May take a long time to work as a memory booster
Summary:Although CogniSmart’s inspiring background story about the Okinawa life expectancy may have caught your attention, it is important to realize that Okinawa citizens have been consuming a diet rich in BioPQQ and CoQ10 all their lives. So taking it for a period of 8-10 days wouldn’t quite boost your memory and focus skills significantly. However, there are a lot of users who have claimed to experience positive results, which suggests that this product has the potential to work for you.
Total Score: (3 / 5)
Effectiveness: (3 / 5)
Ingredients: (3 / 5)
Side Effects: (4 / 5)
Value for the Money: (1 / 5)