Cognizera Review Summary
We think you should pass on proprietary blends at the best of times. But when they are clearly over-stretched and full of ‘filler’ ingredients – as Cognizera is – then you should definitely stay well away. We have no idea how any of the ingredients in this nootropic are actually dosed; for all you now, you could be paying $69.99 for 500mg of Tyrosine (a good nootropic, but not that good). That’s to say nothing of the serious side effect risks. Cognizera contains an unknown – and potentially huge – dose of caffeine. We could have up to 500mg in here and we’d have no idea until our jaws started clenching and our blood pressure shot through the roof.
We’re tired of seeing cheap, low-grade formulas like this showing up on Amazon. The nootropics market has moved on from proprietary blends, dud ingredients and ghost manufacturers. It is now a serious industry with a lot of research behind it (not to mention serious money). People rightly expect more than this; don’t waste your money, and don’t gamble with your health. Use a proper nootropic from a serious brand.
Where To Buy Cognizera
As far as we can tell, this nootropic is sold exclusively through Amazon.
Full Cognizera Review
Cognizera is without doubt one of the most popular natural nootropic supplements on sale today. It is getting a lot of exposure on Amazon, and it has been reviewed by some very respectable websites. There isn’t a lot of chatter on the forums about this cognitive enhancer yet. It doesn’t have much of an advertising presence either. But we think it is inevitable going to be one of the more popular stacks over the next few months.
What is it supposed to do exactly?
Why should anybody be interested in Cognizera?
As you can see on the bottle, Cognizera describes itself as an “ultimate cognitive enhancement formula”. Show us a nootropic that doesn’t, right?
The bottle gives us some more specifics about what effects we supposedly get from this supplement:
- Improved memory
- Enhanced concentration
- Increased energy
- More mental clarity
- Maximum focus
- Greater alertness
- More mental “sharpness”
This sounds like it is meant to be an all-in-one, full-spectrum nootropic.
That’s great news for us. We think the best results are always to be had by using a comprehensive stack which tackles multiple different aspects of cognition. The narrow focus-boosters just tend to be weaker by comparison, even if the energy kick is greater.
Cognizera claims to hit everything from memory and focus to energy and alertness.
If it really does what it says it can on the bottle, then this will definitely be one of the better cognitive enhancers on the market right now.
But are any of these claims really true? Or are they all just lies?
After all, every manufacturer says this stuff about the supplements; very few actually come through and deliver.
Does Cognizera really work?
Is it safe? What are the main side effect risks?
Is it worth the price tag? Is there a better value alternative out there?
We’ll answer all of these questions and more in our full Cognizera review found below. We cover the formula, side effect risks, and value for money in great detail. In the end, we’ll tell you our final verdict on this nootropic; is it worth a try or not? If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section at the end. Have you tried Cognizera? Please share your experiences below!
Let’s check out the formula and see if the claims made by the manufacturer have any substance:
That’s a pretty terrible formula by anybody’s standards.
For one thing, the manufacturer has chosen to hide the serving sizes behind a proprietary blend. It’s not 2005 anymore; proprietary blends are totally unacceptable. We’ll explain why we hate them so much below.
The Cognizera proprietary blend poses some specific problems on top of the general issues associated with not knowing serving sizes.
It contains a couple of ingredients that could easily be used to bulk out the blend.
If GABA is being used as a ‘filler’, then we have a serious issue because GABA doesn’t do very much when supplemented orally. If it’s Tyrosine, then the only issue is value for money – $70 for a mid-strength Tyrosine supplement is a total rip!
The main issue for us though is probably the dosing.
There’s absolutely no way that the effective nootropics in Cognizera – and there are a lot of them – can all be dosed how they need to be. This stack contains some awesome cognitive enhancers, but the need to all be dosed in the hundreds of milligrams to have optimal effects. At just 545mg, there’s simply no way the main blend can accommodation them.
Let’s get into these issues in more detail.
As we said above, our main issue with Cognizera (aside from the prop blend) is the dosing.
The main blend is 545mg in size.
It contains 9 ingredients.
That gives us an average serving size of just over 60mg.
However, they all need to be dosed over 100mg in order to be truly effective.
Depending on the potency of the extract (which we don’t know), we would ideally like to see between 150 and 300mg of Bacopa monnieri, about 150mg of Phosphatidylserine, and 200mg of Alpha-GPC.
But that would equate to more than the total blend size!
That’s without even accounting for the minimum 175mg needed for Tyrosine to be effective, and the equal servings of theanine and caffeine (both pointless unless taking more than 75mg). In fact, we prefer to see theanine dosed at a 2:1 ratio to caffeine, so we’d need a minimum of 225mg just for these two ingredients.
Do you see the problem?
For all the ingredients in Cognizera to be dosed properly then the blend would have to be almost 1000mg in size. That is at a minimum.
Clearly, some of the ingredients in this stack are going to be seriously under-dosed.
That’s why they’ve used a proprietary blend; so you can’t see how under-dosed they really are!
Obvious ‘Filler’ Ingredients
The fact that the blend can’t possibly accommodate the best ingredients is a serious issue. Clearly, some ingredients are being heavily under-dosed.
But things might be even worse than that.
It’s possible that all of the effective nootropics are heavily under-dosed.
There are a couple of ingredients in this supplement that make ideal ‘filler’ ingredients. A ‘filler’ is an ingredient used to ‘bulk out’ a formula. The manufacturer can skimp on the expensive ingredients, use the ‘filler’ to make up 99% of the blend, and then hide it all behind a proprietary blend.
There’s no good reason to use a prop blend; formula theft just doesn’t happen. Nobody needs to steal your secrets – we all know how phosphatidylserine works and how it needs to be dosed.
So why else would the makers of Cognizera be using one?
We think it’s possible that they’re using fillers to keep costs down.
For example, the blend contains GABA.
GABA is often sold as a potent anxiolytic. Because it is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the human CNS, the reasoning goes that taking GABA will help you feel relaxed, content, and combat your anxiety.
The problem is that GABA is not well absorbed by the human digestive tract. When it is, it is used primarily by the enteric nervous system (the “second brain” in the gut).
The GABA that does make it to the brain has a hard time passing the blood-brain barrier. Most of the GABA which acts on your CNS is synthesized in the brain.
It’s possible that GABA is being used to ‘bulk out’ the formula here. It is, after all, cheap and readily available.
Another potential filler here is Tyrosine.
Tyrosine is an effective anxiolytic. It helps keep you focused and alert during times of acute stress. It has a place in any comprehensive nootropic stack, ideally in combination with another, complimentary anxiolytic.
However, Tyrosine is not so effective that it should make up the majority of a stack. Taking more than 200mg for cognitive enhancement is a bit of a waste.
175mg as part of a wider stack is great.
Paying $70 for 500mg of Tyrosine, not so much.
It is cheap to purchase in large quantities, easily obtained, and is not known to cause side effects at large doses (it’s an amino acid).
So Tyrosine makes an ideal ‘filler’; using it to bulk out 90% or more of your formula will help keep costs down without causing anybody any side effects. You get to charge $70 for a Tyrosine supplement, and the placebo effect keeps your customers happy.
We aren’t certain that Cognizera is using these ingredients to bulk out their formula.
But the use of a prop blend definitely means we have to consider the possibility. It’s our job to do so when manufacturers withhold vital information like that!
Of course, we’d love it if Cognizera would tell us we’re wrong and show us the full formula specs! That would be great! Until that happens, be aware!
Side Effects – Is Cognizera Safe?
Cognizera poses some serious dangers to health that you need to be aware of before you even think about using it.
A proprietary blend always poses problems. Risks are directly associated with dose; a substance can quite easily be safe at 100mg but harmful at 1,000mg. Proprietary blends make things uncertain, and when we’re talking about our health and safety, the last thing we want is uncertainty.
That’s a big reason why we hate proprietary blends.
Aside from the fundamental uncertainty posed by the prop blend, the Cognizera formula has some issues which we think make it too dangerous for us to recommend.
The main problem, obviously, is the unknown caffeine dose.
We have no idea how much caffeine is in each serving of Cognizera.
It could be 1mg.
It could be 544mg.
All we know is that it is somewhere in between.
We wish this wasn’t the case; we wish the manufacturer would just tell us how much caffeine is in there right on the label. But they haven’t, so we must consider the worst case scenarios!
The likely side effects of consuming this much caffeine in a single serving include:
- Erratic heart beat
- Elevated heart rate
- Shortness of breath
Caffeine overdose can be fatal. Seriously. It is a powerful stimulant that must be taken seriously.
You need to think carefully whether you can afford to risk consuming 500mg+ of caffeine in a single sitting. It is highly unlikely that you can; 500mg would be a ludicrous dose of caffeine for anybody to take. Yet that is how much we might have in this formula – we just don’t know.
Even 150mg is likely to cause some of the side effects listed above. Think carefully before you proceed with this nootropic!
Another concern is the unknown Huperzine A dose.
We’ve written about Huperzine A – how to use it and its many side effects – in this article.
Huperzine A is an effective nootropic, but it needs to be regularly cycled if it is going to be used safely. You also need to use it sparingly.
Using too much Huperzine A, or using it for too long, causes the following side effects:
- Loss of focus
- Loss of motivation
- Muscle cramps
- Low mood
Be sure to read up on how to use Huperzine A properly before you experiment with it.
As for Cognizera, we think the fact that we have no idea how much Huperzine A we’re taking is ridiculous. It is irresponsible for the manufacturer not to give us this information. It prevents us from cycling it properly and makes the chances of side effects far too high.
You need to talk to your doctor and get his or her advice before using any nootropic supplements at all. We aren’t doctors, and this isn’t medical advice. We don’t know you or your medical history, so we can’t tell you if this supplement is safe for you or not. All we can do is point out the most obvious dangers for the average user. Don’t gamble with your health. Get proper advice before you use cognitive enhancers, regardless of how safe they seem. Everyone is different, and allergies can be unpredictable!
You need to talk to your doctor and get his or her advice before using any nootropic supplements at all.
We aren’t doctors, and this isn’t medical advice. We don’t know you or your medical history, so we can’t tell you if this supplement is safe for you or not. All we can do is point out the most obvious dangers for the average user.
Don’t gamble with your health. Get proper advice before you use cognitive enhancers, regardless of how safe they seem. Everyone is different, and allergies can be unpredictable!
Price Tag – Is It Worth The Money?
Cognizera costs a whopping $69.99 per bottle.
That’s the same price as the most potent, comprehensive, effective nootropic supplements on the market today.
In fact, it’s more expensive than some of our current top rated stacks; products we know will deliver on their promises.
So for us there is absolutely no way that Cognizera can justify this price tag.
Even if it was half this price, we’d recommend staying away. We don’t think there’s ever a reason to use a proprietary blend, even if it was $10 a bottle. There’s no need to use them, so we think the manufacturers must be hiding something. With so many options available, why take the gamble with both your money and your health?
Cognizera Review Conclusion – Is It Worth A Try?
Simply put, no. We don’t think it is worth trying Cognizera.
It doesn’t matter who you are, what your specific goals are, or anything else for that matter.
This nootropic is a total rip-off.
There is absolutely no reason for anybody to be using a prop blend today.
The fact that it contains some obvious fillers – coupled with the fact that the best ingredients can’t possibly all be dosed properly – makes us highly suspicious. We think it’s likely they’ve just thrown in trace amounts of Alpha-GPC in with a Tyrosine supplement and are selling it for $70.
If you are looking for improved cognitive function, then take a look at some of our top rated products. Our independent review team have found that they provide good value for money and real results.
Don’t waste your money on cheap garbage like this stuff!