Zodiac Aquarius Review Summary
This nootropic has an extremely confusing formula. It contains some good nootropics, but the doses are minuscule; there’s about a fifth of the phosphatidylserine we think you need to see effects, and about a fifth of the choline bitartrate. Then for some reason we have over 100mg of Ginkgo Biloba when we never need more than 80mg. We have a pretty ridiculous dose of Guarana (or rather caffeine).
The worst thing about the Zodiac Aquarius formula however is all the ingredients that do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for cognitive function. We loathe paying for dead weight, and there’s plenty here. Grape seed extract does nothing. There are several amino acids in here with limited effects. The Beetroot Extract is redundant. Really, the bulk of the formula is useless. Other nootropics provide much better value for money, and significantly more meaningful results too. Zodiac Aquarius is not our idea of a quality brain supplement.
Where To Buy Aquarius Nootropic
Zodiac Nutrition don’t have an independent website as far as we can tell. They just have this one product on their Amazon store. That’s never a good sign.
Full Zodiac Aquarius Review
We recently came across Aquarius and we were really intrigued by the branding. It’s strange to pick a product name with so much existing notoriety; it will be hard to make people think “supplements” instead of “astrology gobbledygook” when they hear “Zodiac”. In any case, we couldn’t find an independent website for Zodiac Nutrition, unless it was lost among the fortune tellers and quacks.
Their Amazon store only has one product on sale – Aquarius – and it doesn’t give us any further details about the company, their origin, their mission, or anything else. That’s never a great sign in our experience. However, we can’t just write this stack off.
So what is Aquarius nootropic supposed to do exactly?
Who is it designed for?
The bottle describes this stack as an “advanced nootropic formula”. What brain supplement doesn’t, right? Every manufacturer puts “advanced” or “potent” or “next gen” on their labels now, but it rarely means anything!
The bottle also clearly lists some specific benefits that users can expect from Aquarius:
- Increased focus and concentration
- Increased alertness
- Improved mood
- Boosts mental energy
- Enhances memory function
That’s quite a comprehensive list of effects. Clearly, Zodiac Nutrition think of Aquarius as a full-spectrum nootropic, similar to the other comprehensive, all-in-one daily stacks we love so much.
Some stacks focus exclusively on boosting mental energy and alertness; they’re designed for gamers, students, and people pulling all-nighters.
Others focus on long-term brain development, memory function and mood. These are usually marketed at older people, or people who have been under constant mental strain for many years (in their careers or for their sport) and who feel they need a little support.
A few stacks, however, hit everything at once. While there’s not much mention of long-term brain development or neuroplasticity, we do see that this nootropic targets memory and mood, which are definitely long-term targets.
So this all looks very promising.
But is any of it true?
Does Zodiac Aquarius actually work?
How does it compare to other products promising the same things?
Is it safe? Are there any long-term health risks?
Find out by reading our full review of Aquarius nootropic below. We take a closer look at the formula, the major side effects risks, and the price. We use the latest scientific studies as our guide, not hype and hearsay. Have you used this product before? Please share your experiences below! Our other readers would love to hear what you thought!
Let’s take a look at the ingredients and doses used here:
That is a poor nootropic formula if we’ve ever seen one.
It is totally confused. It looks like either Zodiac Nutrition have no idea how any of these substances need to be dosed, or they have no idea how high today’s standards are for nootropic supplements.
Either way, we’re not impressed.
There’s just so much dead weight in here we hardly know where to begin.
There are some effective nootropics, but their doses are all over the place. Phosphatidylserine is dosed far too low to have any kind of effect, which we have more Ginkgo Biloba than we need.
The caffeine dose is absolutely pathetic – why bother including caffeine at all?!
That so much of the formula is taken up by useless amino acids is really the last straw for us. A poor formula overall. No doubt about that.
Let’s get into this is a little more detail.
Main Problem – Best Ingredients All Under-Dosed
To its credit, there are some great nootropics in this formula. The problem is that their serving sizes are all far too small to have any kind of meaningful effect on cognitive function. There is one exception here, but we’ll come to that later.
For example, each serving provides 20mg of Phosphatidylserine.
This is a superb cognitive enhancer with a sound scientific pedigree. Lots of studies have shown that phosphatidylserine supplementation can have a notable effect on mental performance over the long term.
However, as standard dose is 100mg. Really good stacks will provide as much as 150mg. These aren’t unusual at all; 100mg is a standard dose.
So Aquarius only gives us 20% of the standard dose. This is a real shame because phosphatidylserine can be incredibly effective.
The same is true of the Choline bitartrate content.
For one thing, the choline here just “coated in choline bitartrate”. We expect high quality nootropics today to use highly potent, readily available forms of choline such as Citicoline or Alpha-GPC. At the very least, we expect to see straight up choline bitartrate, not “coated choline”.
But even if this were Choline Bitartrate, we wouldn’t have anywhere near enough to see improvements in cognitive function.
This supplement only provides 100mg of Choline Bitartrate-coated Choline. That is laughable by today’s standards.
Look at any of our current top rated nootropic, and you’ll see that all of them use 200-400mg of top quality cholinergics such as CDP-Choline or Alpha-GPC.
Some might use Choline Bitartrate, but the dose will be closer to 450mg, and there will be lots of other effective nootropics in the mix too.
The way things stand here, Aquarius has pretty much no meaningful cholinergic content.
The final ingredient we’d like to shame here is Guarana.
First things first; there is nothing special about guarana apart from the caffeine it provides. The caffeine from guarana is exactly the same as the caffeine from coffee: caffeine is caffeine!
Guarana seeds contain more of the stuff than coffee beans by weight, but if you’re not eating the damn things then that doesn’t matter. All that matters is how much caffeine we have in our stack.
That’s why we always prefer manufacturers who just use pure caffeine. We don’t want any plant material that we don’t need to be consuming.
That problem is very evident with this formula.
Aquarius provides us with 45mg of Guarana, of which 22% is caffeine. That means each serving of this supplement gives us 9.9mg of caffeine.
That is a complete joke.
Quite frankly, we’d much rather it didn’t contain any caffeine. All this has done is make the stack unsuitable for someone looking to avoid caffeine without giving any added benefit to people who do want to use caffeine.
Nobody is going to get any meaningful benefit from 9.9mg of caffeine.
The rest of the 45mg is just useless guarana plant material.
We think you are better off avoiding stacks that contain caffeine anyway. The best way to enhance cognition is to take a slow and steady, consistent approach. That way, the improvements will be deeper, more meaningful, and longer lasting.
However, some people do need more of an instant kick than deep cognitive enhancements. For them, caffeine is a good option – so long as it’s used properly. A good dose for increased energy in the short-term is 65mg. Many stacks use too much caffeine, but a lot of good quality supplements will use about 100mg.
The 9.9mg we get from Aquarius is, obviously, pathetic.
It’s really strange that all of these ingredients are under-dosed when there is actually more Ginkgo Biloba here than we really need. Anything more than 80mg of Ginkgo is probably pointless; you certainly get diminishing returns above 90mg.
There is also a lot of repetitive redundancy here: Arginine, Beetroot Extract, and Ginkgo biloba all promote circulation. You don’t need them all!
We would have much rather had 70mg of Ginkgo biloba, no beetroot extract, no arginine, and just more of the good ingredients!
Major Problem – Dead Weight
There is probably a bigger problem than the low doses with Aquarius depending on where your priorities lie.
We’re talking about all the useless ingredients we see in this formula.
We’ve already mentioned that the Guarana is dead weight aside from the small amount of caffeine it provides. We don’t want useless plant matter!
But there are more useless ingredients in Aquarius.
A key example is the Grape Seed Extract.
As far as we know there is no hard, convincing evidence which shows that grape seed extract supplementation leads to enhanced cognitive performance. It depends on what the extract in question is, of course. This extract is mostly polyphenols, and we don’t know which ones. These contribute to overall good health and longevity, but not in any major way. They just generally help keep you healthy.
We’ve never seen a study showing that grape seed extract increases focus, memory, or mental energy levels.
We only get 10mg too; a pretty pointless dose.
And just take a look at all those amino acids!
50mg of Taurine.
25mg of Carnitine.
100mg of Arginine (when we already have too much Ginkgo Biloba).
The 25mg of theanine is just pointless too. Substances always have a minimum active dose, and 25mg is not it for theanine! It’s not enough to really have an effect, so that’s 25mg of dead weight in practice.
We are seriously averse to paying for dead weight. You should avoid it when you can. In all honesty you should only be paying for ingredients that helps you achieve the benefits listed on the bottle.
Side Effects – Is Zodiac Aquarius Safe?
The main consideration for many of you will be product safety.
In our opinion, Zodiac Nutrition have not made a dangerous supplement here. It uses standard ingredients that have been thoroughly tested for supplementation purposes. They are all thought to be generally safe for even long-term human supplementation.
All of the ingredients in this stack are widely used in nootropic supplements today – that’s not necessarily a good thing, given how useless some of these substances are!
But we can’t see anything in here that is going to pose a significant, immediate risk to health for most users.
There are however some ingredients that require careful consideration if you’re going to stay safe and healthy for the long run.
First of all, there’s the caffeine.
Now, Aquarius only contains 9.9mg of active caffeine. That’s not going to make a difference to the energy levels of 99% of you. But a small number of you will be extremely sensitive to caffeine. Some of you will also already be consuming too much caffeine, be it through supplements, coffee, or tea.
For you, the 9.9mg of caffeine makes this stack unsuitable for long-term use and likely to cause side effects in the immediate term, including:
- Heart palpitations
Supplementing with large quantities of caffeine over long periods of time raises your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Calculate your existing caffeine intake carefully before adding in more through supplements, and be realistic about your tolerance level.
The other thing that you need to think about before using this supplement is the somewhat excessive use of substances which increase blood flow.
There are three ingredients in this nootropic which cause vasodilation; the expanding of your blood vessels.
We have Arginine, Ginkgo biloba, and Beetroot Extract.
These three substances are all used by themselves to increase blood flow. Arginine is usually used by bodybuilders to increase ‘pump’ in the gym. Beetroot Extract usually means nitrates, which decrease blood pressure by opening up your arteries, veins and capillaries.
Ginkgo biloba seems to open up your cerebral blood vessels – allowing more oxygen to reach your brain cells – without raising systemic blood pressure and without triggering serious vasodilation body wide. That is, it selectively boosts cerebral blood flow.
Now, we’re dealing with a lot of this stuff. The Ginkgo Biloba dose is far larger than what you will get from 90% of stacks out there. Then we have two more vasodilation-promoting substances thrown in on top.
If you have a history of stroke, or you have a high chance of experiencing some kind of cardiovascular event, then THIS IS NOT GOOD.
You need to really take this seriously. You absolutely MUST consider your current physical condition and medical history before using any substance which works through vasodilation.
Ginkgo biloba use – whether you’re using large doses, using it long-term, or coupling it with other substances that have similar actions – is associated with some side effects which range in severity from irritating to worrying.
Things to watch out for include:
- Low blood pressure
If you experience any of these side effects, discontinue use and seek medical attention asap.
Zodiac Aquarius Review Conclusion – A Good Nootropic?
To put it bluntly, we don’t think Aquarius is a good nootropic.
If you haven’t read the full review, we recommend you at least read the “main issue” section.
We thin this stack represents terrible value for money. End results are always going to be underwhelming.
Other products on the market right now are better able to improve cognitive function in both the short and long term. The best nootropics reviewed on this site are far more effective, safer, and offer more bang for your buck.