Brain supplements – a $1 billion industry in 2011 is now a $30 billion industry in 2016.
Our love and addiction for coffee dates back to the 15th century when coffee trees were first discovered but now in the 21st century, we expect products and effects superior to what coffee has to offer. Coffee in its own self carries many benefits such as an improvement in energy, helps burn fat, improves physical performance – just to name a few. These benefits are quite staggering, but while it may help you burn fat or reduce risks of various cancer, it does very little towards your cognitive health.
The lack of cognitive benefits provided by coffee had given birth and popularity to brain supplements. An industry that looks towards researching and manufacturing capsules that will drastically improve your mental function. Today, we will be reviewing one of the leading brain supplements on the market today – Cogniflex.
When I first heard about brain supplements back in 2015, I’ll be the first to admit – I was skeptical. I’ve been burnt in the past when it came to buying a “magic pill” that promised the world, but turned out to be another placebo pill. As the old saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”, so this time around, I decided to be as diligent as possible as a consumer.
How did I hear about Cogniflex?
I was watching FoxNews when they were interviewing a medical researcher on whether or not brain supplements are legitimate, or they’re all snake oil products. The medical researcher mentioned that 90% of the industry is filled with shams, but the actual supplements that encompass ingredients such a nootropics are legitimate. Further into the conversation he mentioned a few brain supplements that do work, and Cogniflex was one of them.
Nootropics is a word coined by a Romain scientist by the name of Corneliu E. Giurgea in 1972. In Greek, the word means – to bend or turn.
In the 21st century, nootropics are referred to as “smart drugs” or “cognitive enhancers“; specifically these are substances that improve a person’s cognitive function such as memory, concentration, alertness and motivation.
Here is a slide show of nootropics that have been proven to help cognitive function and several are also found in Cogniflex:
Keep in mind, there are over 30 different nootropics on the market, and that is just a short list of nootropics that are commonly found on the market and several in Cogniflex.
Now that we better understand what nootropics are, and we’ve reviewed a few of them. Let’s finally discuss whether or not Cogniflex is a legitimate brain pill.
How much does Cogniflex cost?
Cogniflex has three different plans.
Monster Plan: 5 bottles for $19.59 each.
Middle Plan: 3 bottles for $25.98 each.
Test Plan: 1 bottle for $47.95 each.
It’s obvious from Cogniflex’s plan option that they reward long term customers. If you’re an avid Cogniflex user, then $20 per bottle is quite the steal when it comes to nootropics. Anyhow, when I initially purchased Cogniflex, I settled with the “Middle Plan” since I felt it was still quite a good deal without a big investment of five bottles.
How many pills are in each bottle and how many do you take daily?
Per Cogniflex’s recommendation, on days when you want to feel the effects of Cogniflex, you should be consuming (2) pills. You would take one pill in the morning, and then the other one in about 6-7 hours. Each bottles contains 30 pills, so if you intend to take the pills every single day, a bottle will last you for a full month.
Did it improve my energy levels?
From Monday to Friday, I’m in my office from 9 AM to 5 PM. In addition to my work, I also have a wife at home with two young children, it’s suffice to say that by Wednesday I’m fairly exhausted. Fortunately I hadn’t been reprimanded by my boss but I’ve always felt that was inevitable. To get through my days, I would average around three cups of coffee and on super important days, I may take a few doses of 5-hour energy if I could muster the taste.
When I first took my morning pill of Cogniflex, it took about 15 minutes before I felt “something” happening. I felt a rush of blood through my body, specifically to my head. While I did become considerably more alert, I wasn’t sold on the product just yet because this might just be a “caffeine rush”. Well, 1 hour passed, then 2, then 3, then 4, and I still felt alert. I would typically get quite drowsy by 12 PM but this time around, I still felt as though I had gotten a good night of sleep and it was only 8:00 AM. Only at around 2 PM did I feel myself to start slowing down again, which was when I decided to take a second one, especially since I had an important project due by the end of the day.
Ever since my first day, I’ve gone down to only drinking one cup of coffee daily, and taking either 1 or 2 pills of Cogniflex per day depending on my work load.
Did it improve my concentration?
I’m a programmer by occupation. For other programmers reading this review, you know that that most efficient way to code is without interruption. If you constantly get distracted by checking your phone, social media etc – you’re productivity goes down tremendously as you struggle to figure out where you left off. Don’t tell my boss, but I loved checking twitter. Every 15-20 minutes of coding, I would take out my phone or open up a new tab and take a look at my twitter feed.
With the inclusion of Cogniflex in my life, I’ve stopped doing so – and I’m grateful. When I sit down and begin my work, I get tunnel vision now, my eyes are glued to the screen and my thoughts have stopped wondering. Do I still check my twitter at work? Yes I do, when I go to the bathroom….
Did it improve my memory?
Originally when I was planning on writing this review, I asked myself this question and it stumped me for a minute. Trying to answer whether or not my memory was better was tricky to discern. I decided that in the coming days, I’ll pay better attention to my day to day activities and see whether or not I’m having a better time recollecting my memory. I did just that, and what I did notice quite soon was that I wasn’t re-checking my work and references as often as I previously was. When I need to implement a script on the server that I’m not familiar with, I would typically do some research, see how it’s done, review the logic behind it, and then use that information to build out the script. Well, it does seem that ever since taking Cogniflex, I’m spending less time going back and forth between the tabs to make sure that I’m doing everything properly.
Did I experience any side effects?
The only side effects I’ve experienced is that the pill should not be taken on an empty stomach. You do want to make sure that you have a full meal before taking a pill otherwise your stomach may begin to bother you. I decided to skip a meal once before taking the pill, and the experience wasn’t great. The company themselves recommends you take it after a meal, so it’s best that you do too.
Is it as good as Adderall?
Many moons ago I was a college student, and as many college students, I was an avid user of adderall. For whether or not Cogniflex is a perfect replacement of Adderall, I say no. Don’t get me wrong, Cogniflex is a fantastic product and likely superior to any brain enhancer you can possibly buy over the counter, but when it came to laser focus and productivity, adderall would still be a winner. With that being said, I do prefer not to involve myself in procuring drugs illegally, so for me, Cogniflex is the perfect legal replacement of adderall.
Will I continue buying and using Cogniflex?
Yes, and yes. Without a doubt, Cogniflex has improved the quality of my life. It’s better than drowning myself in coffee, or drinking red bull, monster drinks, 5 hour energy etc. I’m still going through my original purchase of three bottles, but once those run out, I do fully intend to buy five bottles at a time so I can save money. Keep in mind, when I was first placed my order for Cogniflex, I was highly pessimistic as to what to expect. I honestly figured that there was just fancy marketing surrounding the product, and it would just be another placebo pill, but I was wrong – dead wrong.
I actually have two warnings:
- If you have health problems, and currently take serious medication, I do recommend that you first talk with your doctor before using any brain supplements.
- Do not purchase Cogniflex off Amazon or eBay! When I was initially placing my order for Cogniflex off Cogniflex.com, I noticed that on Amazon and eBay, sellers were selling Cogniflex for less than I can get it directly. I decided to email Cogniflex and ask them why these other sellers have cheaper rates. They told me that for the past six months, their product has been heavily counterfeited and that many of these counterfeits are sold on Amazon and eBay by individual sellers. If you read any of the reviews from either of those two platforms, you’ll even notice that past users of the authentic Cogniflex pills were complaining about receiving a bottle and pills that in no way match the authentic ones, especially when it comes to effects.