CogniYouth Review Summary
On review, CogniYouth might be a good supplement for your health and well-being, and its ingredients should contribute to improved memory and focus.
It is certainly far from a dud supplement.
However, I don’t think this nootropic stack is correctly balanced, and I think it could have been made a great deal stronger. Some relatively ineffective and potentially side-effect inducing ingredients really let CogniYouth down.
Caution: DMAE has been found to cause birth defects when given to pregnant rodents.
Where to buy CogniYouth
I think the only place to get it is from the CogniYouth website.
Full CogniYouth Review
CogniYouth has just been released, so you probably won’t have heard of it. There are just a few CognitYouth reviews online at present, so I’m assuming those people had a sneak peak.
I only came across it because I spend a lot of time talking to people involved in the supplement industry, and I spend hours researching the latest brain supplements to come on the market.
CogniYouth’s ingredients are certainly very promising. It contains exactly the sort of cognitive enhancing and brain health promoting compounds that I expect to see in a top level nootropic.
In fact, I’d go as far as to say that, on paper, CogniYouth looks like one of the best nootropics around today.
It is clearly marketed towards older people who want to avoid or reverse the mental effects of ageing. As a brain supplement, it promises to:
- Improve memory
- Boost concentration
- Promote brain health
- Increase energy without stimulants
But how much of this is actually true? Here’s my full CogniYouth review.
Who is CogniYouth aimed at?
In case the name wasn’t enough of a giveaway, the makers of CogniYouth (as far as I can tell, a company called CogniYouth.com) are aiming this product squarely at the over 50 demographic.
I can tell this from the “testimonials” that litter their website. They are all from people who are reaching the age when their cognitive performance begins to slip.
Slower processing speed and memory is a natural consequence of ageing.
But, we are increasingly finding that the mental slowdown that accompanies ageing is far from inevitable.
With the right combination of vitamins, minerals, specialist compounds, and exercise, we can keep our brain in peak condition for much, much longer.
That is exactly what CogniYouth is all about; staving off the effects of ageing by giving the brain a particular combination of herbal extracts and vitamins.
Can the young, healthy brain benefit from these brain boosting ingredients? Of course!
Smart drugs are vital for the older person, but that does not mean that the young do not suffer from the same mental impairments for precisely the same reasons.
Just because you are young does mean that your choline levels are optimal. It does not mean that your brain circulation is perfect. It does not mean that you have reached your cognitive performance potential.
Taking smart drugs may not be necessary for a young person to function in a perfectly normal way, but functioning in a normal way is not what nootropic smart drugs are all about. They are about functioning optimally.
CogniYouth’s ingredients are, on the whole, well known brain boosting compounds. The main ingredients have been through numerous clinical tests, and they have all been found effective.
Here’s the full ingredients list:
As I said, there are a lot of proven nootropics in this stack.
What is more, CogniYouth’s makers have done their very best to make sure that you know each ingredient is GMP approved and made in the USA.
Ingredients such as Ginkgo Biloba, Bacopa monnieri and Huperzine A are all standard additions to a professional smart pill. So they should be.
Bacop monnieri is a fascinating nootropic compound. it has
Ginkgo Biloba increases blood flow to the brain, allowing for more oxygenation and nutrient delivery. Bacopa monnieri is an extremely powerful anti-oxidant, helping to prevent brain cell damage.
Huperzine A helps to raise acetylcholine (a key neurotransmitter) levels in the brain by inhibiting the production of the enzyme that breaks it down: acetylcholinesterase. Huperzine A therefore works on the “back end” while cholinergenics (substances that promote the synthesis of choline and acetylcholine) work the “front end”.
Taken together, these ingredients have the capacity to significantly improve brain function, memory, and overall brain health.
Most of the other ingredients are also all effective at improving mental performance. I have discussed many of them in more detail on my dedicated ingredients page.
However, as this is a CogniYouth review, I will not go into the effects of each ingredient in great detail here. A brief overview of the best ingredients will suffice.
DMAE bitartate: DMAE is a choline analogue, proven to raise choline levels in the brain. However, its ability to increase acetylcholine availability is being increasingly doubted. Regular use also seems to cause side effects in many nootropic enthusiasts, and the benefits are rather short-lived.
Rhodiola rosea: This stuff is amazing if you are feeling run down, tired, or mentally drained. This herb has proven to be effective at supporting serotonin and dopamine production, as well as normalising levels of monoamines – neurotransmitters that are responsble for cognition, arousal, and supposedly, emotion (ref)
On the face of things, this seems like a really solid product. But closer inspection unearths some serious problems.
There are some serious down sides to the CogniYouth formula
For starters, although it might seem like a good idea to include choline in a nootropic supplement, it has actually been proven that ingesting choline bitartrate is a relatively ineffective way of increasing the amount of acetylcholine available to the brain.
It is therefore relatively ineffective at maximising brain function.
It certainly isn’t a filler ingredient, and the manufacturers of CogniYouth should be praised for not simply filling their capsules with caffeine or another cheap stimulant.
However, the fact remains that choline bitartrate is an ineffective way of boosting acetylcholine availability. This is a serious problem, as choline bitartrate is obviously one of, if not the, main ingredient of CogniYouth.
Another huge problem is the tiny dose of Huperzine A. Although it has a half-life of just over 24 hours, Huperzine A should really be included in doses above 100ug: 50ug just doesn’t cut it.
Top of the line nootropics like Mind Lab Pro contain as much as 200ug of Huperzine A. These products actually require some cycling to avoid excessive build up of acetylcholine, but this is preferable to a nootropic stack that doesn’t get the job done at all.
Then there’s the small matter of the gelatin capsule.
Why on earth didn’t they use a veggie capsule? If you have really gone to the effort of developing an industry leading brain supplement, why make it unavailable to vegetarians and vegans? Baffling.
Finally, we come to what may well be the most serious problem with this formula: DMAE.
For starters, DMAE should be avoided at all costs by pregnant or breastfeeding women. DMAE has been found to inhibit choline uptake during the first few days of neural tube formation. While this has only been observed in mouse embryos, the effect on human embryos may, in theory, be the same.
Now, that won’t bother a lot of nootropics users. But that is not my primary concern with regards to DMAE.
My primary concern is that the potentially irritating side effects of regular DMAE supplementation may not be outweighed by its potential benefits as a cholinergenic.
DMAE certainly doesn’t seem as conclusively effective as CDP-choline or Alpha-GPC at raising acetylcholine levels.
That isn’t a terrible thing on its own of course. Just because something isn’t the most effective doesn’t mean it is bad.
But many users have reported some really unpleasant side effects as a result of taking DMAE on a regular basis. Some LongeCity users have reported insomnia, demotivated, and not being able to focus properly. Just as many people love this compound, of course, but the detractors are perhaps too many for my liking.
Since the more effective and robustly supported cholinergenics don’t seem to produce these side effects in anyone, DMAE really takes away from CogniYouth’s formula.
My thoughts on CogniYouth
My initial thoughts are pretty much in line with every other impartial CogniYouth review currently on the internet.
Despite the many ingredients that increase mental performance, focus and memory, I don’t think CogniYouth can deliver as an all-round nootropic supplement.
My only real issue with this product is lack of strength.
I don’t think the formula packs enough of a punch to really give you the benefits that it promises. I certainly can’t see it matching the effectiveness of the industry-leaders.
Any benefits you do experience will probably be indistinguishable from those of a placebo. I might be wrong of course, but I just don’t see how it can deliver on its promises.
The main reason for my reservations may be the relatively small amounts of Huperzine A and the relative weakness of choline bitartrate as a way of promoting acetylcholine.
There isn’t enough of either substance to really increase acetylcholine levels in the brain.
There is a good amount of Bacopa monnieri in this supplement, which is great. However, Bacopa on its own does not constitute a great nootropic stack.
Other stacks contain less Bacopa but more effective cholinergenics and less of the ‘hit and miss’ substances like DMAE.
By focusing on ingredients that promote brain health at the expense of ingredients that improve cognitive performance, I think the makers of CogniYouth have made a weak nootropic.
I expect it will turn out to be great for keeping your brain healthy, but other supplements are able to do that while at the same time significantly improving your ability to focus and think.
Side effects of CogniYouth
As mentioned above, DMAE has been found to cause birth defects in rat embryos.
This might not translate to human embryos, but since DMAE is a dubious cholinergenic, and since regular use seems to make some people feel awful, you won’t be losing out on much if you just avoid it while pregnant.
There aren’t any stimulants in the formula, and the B vitamins generally aren’t in quantities large enough to give you any concern.
As always though, it is unlikely that the ingredients in CogniYouth are substances that you will come across in your day to day life.
You may have an intolerance to one or two, so consult your doctor before taking any. Remember, this is a personal CogniYouth review, and I’m not a doctor!
CogniYouth Price – $$$!
That’s right, you’re not insane. They want $79.99 for 30 capsules.
Considering that you only get 15 day’s worth per bottle, CogniYouth is ludicrously expensive. The price of CogniYouth is perhaps the main reason to not even bother trying it.
There are so many comparable nootropic supplements on the market today, with very similar ingredients but at half the cost, that buying CogniYouth really doesn’t make much sense at all.
CogniYouth Review Conclusion
This isn’t a bad supplement by any means, and the makers have given the nootropics thing a good, honest try.
However, this is another classic case of “best of intentions” producing some pretty disappointing consequences. A tiny Huperzine A dosage does this product no favours.
The inclusion of inefficient and, in the case of DMAE, potentially side-effect ridden cholinergenics really seals the deal for me.
The result is a supplement that might be good for your short and medium-term cognitive abilities. But it will not be much more than good. I don’t think it will ever come anywhere near the industry’s leading nootropic stacks.
Many of the leading products are also better value for money. I would advise anyone looking to try a good nootropic supplement to look elsewhere.