Neuro Peak Review Summary
Zhou Nutrition recently updated the Neuro Peak formula, making it a significantly more focused, potent, and ultimately more effective supplement. So, we updated our Zhou Nutrition Neuro Peak review and gave this popular natural nootropic a significantly better score.
The increased Bacopa monnieri dosage, the extra Ginkgo biloba, and the removal of redundant ‘filler ingredients have had a big impact on Neuro Peak’s ability to deliver real, palpable cognitive enhancements.
While there are ways it could be better, we think that this is far from a bad choice for most users. It should be able to deliver improvements in mental performance in just a few weeks. It is not the best stack on the market in our opinion, but it is a solid supplement nonetheless.
Where to buy Neuro Peak
Zhou Nutrition have a good online store system. They are very reputable suppliers. If you do wish to try Neuro Peak, we strongly advise you to buy directly from them!
Full Neuro Peak Review
Since its launch, Neuro Peak has become one of the most searched for nootropic stacks on the market. The popularity of this supplement is bound to grow since the recent re-formulation. It’s really surprising then that so few people have done a serious and impartial Neuro Peak review.
Neuro Peak is made by Zhou Nutrition, who produce a wide range of herbal pro-hormones and supplements.
Zhou Nutrition is based in the US, and prides itself on manufacturing “safe, natural, high-performing supplements to boost your physical and mental performance”.
The overriding “philosophy” of Zhou is apparently: “ancient wisdom meets modern research”.
What about Neuro Peak in particular?
Neuro Peak is the company’s only true pre-made nootropic stack. It is described as “natural brain supplement support for memory, focus and clarity.” According to the website, Neuro Peak’s formula can also help lower stress and anxiety.
But does Neuro Peak really do any of this? Can it improve memory, focus and clarity?
What about possible side effects of using Neuro Peak?
Let’s take a closer look at this natural nootropic stack and see if it really is capable of delivering on its promises.
Neuro Peak Formula
A few months after our first Zhou Nutrition Neuro Peak review was published, Zhou updated the Neuro Peak formula. This was brought to our attention by our brilliant, vigilant readers!
So that you can see how they changed the Neuro Peak formula, and what that means for how the product works, we’ll show you both formula lists. Here is the original formula:
And here’s the new formula list. This is how the ingredient list appears on the new Neuro Peak bottles:
Like their previous iteration, and like all good nootropic supplements, Neuro Peak’s new ingredients are clearly listed on the bottle. Exact serving sizes are given, which is absolutely vital.
Without detailed knowledge of what is in a natural brain boosting supplement, we can’t make an informed buying decision. Natural nootropic substances are typically very dose sensitive; they work wonderfully in certain amounts, but not at all in smaller quantities. Some are perfectly safe at one dose, but side effect prone at a larger dose.
We therefore really need to have a good idea of what is in each pill before we part with our hard-earned money!
That’s a test that Zhou Nutrition pass with flying colours.
Here’s a quick overview of Neuro Peak’s new ingredients and how each of them work:
Bacopa monnieri 20% bacosides (300mg)
It’s no secret to our regular readers that we love Bacopa monnieri. The amount of reliable, robust scientific evidence supporting the notion that this stuff helps improve memory function is overwhelming. We have actually written an entire ingredient guide on Bacopa monnieri and how it works. Here you will find plenty of studies attesting to its ability to boost memory function.
While there is still a lot of disagreement and speculation over how Bacopa actually works, one study we found suggests that it leads to a “significant increase in the dendritic intersections”. Interestingly, this effect wasn’t observed after 2 weeks of supplementation, but it was observed to a significant degree after 6 weeks supplementation.
Bacopa seems to be the perfect natural nootropic in that regard; effects are slow to set in, but they get more pronounced over time, and they do not seem to disappear right away when supplementation ends.
Phosphatidylserine 20% (100mg)
Phosphatidylserine is structurally very similar to fat. It is absolutely ubiquitous in neural tissue. This means that it is a vital part of any nootropic stack that aims to maximise brain function in the long-term.
Numerous studies have found that it can help improve memory in older people. Preventing cognitive decline is particularly important in, but certainly not limited to, older people. A solid supporting ingredient for anyone’s stack. The 100mg of 20% extract in Neuro Peak should be plenty to deliver good benefits in the long-term.
Ginkgo Biloba (24% extract – 100mg)
Gingko helps improve blood flow to the brain, thereby improving oxygen and nutrient delivery, leading to better mental performance overall. A simple but effective nootropic ingredient.
Neuro Peaks used to contain just 50mg of Ginkgo biloba, but the new and improved formula provides 100mg. This is enough to deliver significant improvements without putting users at an increased risk of serious side effects.
Since the most robust and most reputable trials of Ginkgo biloba have involved doses as high as 180mg daily, the 100mg in Neuro Peak is definitely an improvement on the previous 50mg dosage.
Ginkgo is usually well tolerated and seems to be safe for most people, but you do always need to bear in mind that, when it comes to natural nootropics, the more is not always the merrier!
Rhodiola Rosea Extract (50mg)
Rhodiola is a staple ingredient in many natural nootropic stacks, although its popularity does seem to be declining. This doesn’t necessarily mean that better ingredients have been found; it more likely means that other ingredients are currently ‘in fashion’.
Over the years the benefits people have attributed to Rhodiola rosea supplementation have changed dramatically. As more research is done, it seems that it is in fact capable of improving everything from mental performance while under stress, subjective feelings of well being, and cognitive performance more generally.
As you will no doubt see from these studies, Rhodiola rosea seems to be particularly useful when trying to maintain cognitive performance during times of stress. This makes it a good stack addition for anyone with a mentally taxing, stressful job.
Every professional, high-spec nootropic stack designed for genuine cognitive enhancement needs to contain some kind of cholinergic.
That’s exactly what DMAE is; it helps boost choline availability, thereby boosting the availability of acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is an incredibly important neurotransmitter, involved in everything from muscular contraction to working memory function.
Ensuring that you have sufficient amounts of acetylcholine is thereofre vital if you want to ensure that your brain can function to its full potential. However, DMAE is far from the most effective cholinergic, and 50mg is unlikely to deliver the same benefits as the 100mg+ of more potent cholinergics that you will see in comparable products.
Zhou Nutrition Neuro Peak Formula Review
There is absolutely no doubt that the changes made to the Zhou Nutrition Neuro peak formula represent significant improvements on the original iteration.
Our first Zhou Nutrition Neuro Peak review took issue with the presence of redundant, ‘filler’ ingredients such as Glutamine and Carnitine. It also pointed out the other major flaw with neuro Peak’s formulation: under-dosing.
The new and improved formula has addressed both of these problems.
Weak, under-dosed ingredients have been ditched, and the extra ‘space’ that this has freed up int he formula has been allocated to where it was needed most: to the best ingredients – Bacopa monnieri and Ginkgo Biloba.
Many manufacturers of pre-made natural nootropic stacks get too pre-occupied with stuffing their supplements full of weird and wonderful ingredients. But more often than not, this leaves genuinely useful ingredients under-dosed.
It is much better to have an adequate amount of one ingredient than nowhere near enough of 20. The new Neuro Peak formula seems to have taken this principle to heart, and it is a better supplement for it.
Why Is It Better?
The original Neuro Peak formula contained just 100mg of Bacopa monnieri. This falls far short of the 150mg we usually recommend as the minimum effective dose for Bacopa monnieri.
While we think that 300mg is a little excessive, it is certainly better than not having enough!
Many clinical trials have been conducted using 300mg of Bacopa daily, so it is clearly safe for the vast majority of people. The only side effects that people seem to encounter at this dosage is intestinal discomfort, and this is rare.
At this new higher dosage, Zhou nutrition Neuro Peak should be able to deliver genuine, palpable improvements in memory function in as little as 6 weeks. Many of you will think this is too long to wait for a better memory, but that is a foolish way to treat cognitive enhancement.
We think the best natural nootropics build enhancements incrementally, but they are also much more robust and longer lasting than short term fixes. This is what appropriate doses of Bacopa monnieri are capable of doing, which is why the higher dose in the new Neuro Peak is such a big improvement.
The removal of Huperzine A is also an improvement.
Huperzine A is not a fundamentally bad ingredient.
However, it does require cycling.
Huperzine A works by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, which means that every few weeks, you need to stop using it so your acetylcholine levels can return to “normal”.
Substances like Bacopa monnieri and phosphatidylserine work best when taken continuously. Many users also prefer a set routine, not having to worry about keeping track of cycles. As such, Zhou Nutrition’s ditching of Huperzine A can be seen as a major positive.
Room For Improvement?
There are, in our opinion, two main ways that Zhou Nutrition Neuro Peak could be improved upon:
1. Using a better cholinergic at a higher dose
2. Including some long-term adaptation support
Number 1 is obviously referring to the use of DMAE as the stacks only cholinergic.
We expect to see a serious cholinergic component in any serious, professional, high-spec natural nootropic.
A cholinergic is a substance that increases choline availability in the brain. This elevated choline availability in turn elevates acetylcholine availability.
Acetylcholine is an incredibly important neurotransmitter, involved in everything from muscle contraction to memory acquisition.
Ensuring that you have plenty of acetylcholine is a good way to ensure that your brain can operate at full potential during times of peak demand.
So, we expect the best all-round nootropic stacks to take care of this.
The 50mg of DMAE in Neuro Peak does not come close to satisfying that expectation.
For starters, there are significantly more effective cholinergics available.
The likes of Alpha GPC and CDP-Choline are much better at boosting acetylcholine availability than DMAE. Even Choline bitrartrate is preferable as a cholinergic, and this is typically found in cheaper, beginner stacks.
The likes of Alpha GPC and CDP-Choline also offer peripheral benefits that DMAE does not. You can learn more about these from our detailed article on the two best cholinergics.
While substances such as Alpha GPC, CDP-Choline and choline bitartrate have been scientifically proven to be able to boost acetylcholine availability, we are yet to see similar evidence for DMAE. Until we do, we will remain skeptical about its efficacy as a cholinergic.
Number 2 refers to the lack of any substance which promotes physical adaptations in the brain.
Some natural substances are able to encourage the secretion of nerve growth factor (NGF), which in turn encouages the growth of neural dendrites.
Put simply, by using the likes of Lion’s Mane Mushroom, you may be able to encourage the brain to make physical adaptations to the greater strain it is being placed under. By doing that, you may be able to turn the enhancements you get from using nootropics into long-term, lasting improvements in cognitive function.
The lack of any such substance is not, by any means, a flaw in a supplement. A stack does not need to promote long-term changes to be a valuable, effective brain booster.
It is simply one way in which Neuro Peak could be improved.
Concerns About DMAE’s Safety?
A review of Neuro Peak’s ingredients can’t be complete without a discussion of DMAE.
I’m personally becoming more and more pessimistic about DMAE. As of the time of writing, I really don’t know where I stand with this compound.
Some people swear by it, others seem to get no benefit from it at all. This is indeed part of the nootropics experience – what works for you might not work for everyone else, and vice versa.
Turns out, brain chemistry is complicated. Who knew?
That said, I think there’s good reason to doubt DMAE’s efficacy as a cholinergenic.
As of the time of writing, a definite link between DMAE and acetylcholine has not been established. This is made all the more suspect by the regularity with which users report that DMAE simply doesn’t work for them.
Although taking DMAE is widely regarded as a reliable and safe way to increase acetylcholine availability in the brain, many regular users report that it causes unpleasant side effects when taken on a regular basis.
I’m not talking anything serious, but headaches are a common one. DMAE is associated with some serious side effects, but I will come to these later.
Regardless of how effective and side effect free it is for most people, it is clear that better cholinergenics could have been used.
Finally, it really irritates us when manufacturers put things in a gelatin capsule.
Vegetarians make up an increasingly large proportion of the population. Furthermore, vegetarianism is, in my experience, more prevalent among intelligent people who take their health and well-being seriously.
These are exactly the kind of people most likely to seek out natural nootropics. Why on earth would you make your product unsuitable for them for the sake of a cheap capsule?!
Using cellulose is not that difficult or expensive anymore. Products like Mind Lab Pro go as far as to make their capsules composed of nothing but plant matter. Everyone should be held to that standard.
Neuro Peak Side Effects
In general, Neuro Peak seems to represent little risk to the vast majority of users. The ingredients with the largest serving sizes (Bacopa Monnieri, Phosphatidylserine, and Ginkgo Biloba) are all well-tolerated.
Lots of people use these substances on a regular basis and experience no adverse effects. The serving sizes are reasonable and have been tested in laboratory conditions.
The ingredients are also, at the end of the day, completely natural substances.
I also have total faith that the manufacturing quality of Zhou’s supplements is top notch.
However, this does only apply to pregnant or breastfeeding women. I have no reason to believe that DMAE at 50mg will cause serious side effects in healthy adults.
The removal of Huperzine A could also potentially be seen as having made this stack safer, or at least less prone to causing side effects.
As always, we strongly advise you to consult your family doctor before taking a new pre-made nootropic stack. This is true even if the ingredients are all natural and seemingly very safe.
You don’t know how your body will react to exotic new substances. The likes of Bacopa monnieri have been well-tested, but such ingredients are not found in your natural diet.
Neuro Peak Review Conclusion
Our original Zhou Nutrition Neuro Peak review pointed out several major flaws with the supplement’s formula.
Since that review was published, Zhou Nutrition have made significant changes to the Neuro Peak formula, ditching some ingredients and increasing the dosage of others.
These changes have unquestionably made it a stronger, more valuable supplement.
The higher doses of both Bacopa monnieri and Ginkgo biloba will no doubt translate into better user experiences. The removal of Huperzine A from the formula altogether will help make the larger Bacopa monnieri dose even more effective by removing the need for cycling.
There remains one big problem with the product: DMAE is still the cholinergic.
There is also no long-term adaptation support. This is not a requirement for a good natural nootropic, but it would undoubtedly make the stack better.
Overall, this is now a much better stack than it once was. While we think there are better, more effective and better value nootropic stacks on the market, we think Zhou Nutrition have done a good job with the Neuro Peak reformulation.
Users looking for genuine cognitive enhancements could do a lot worse than Neuro Peak. At just under $20, it represents good value for money. It could be better, but it is significantly better than most stacks reviewed on this site to date.