A new wave of “brain drugs” has taken the supplement market by storm in the last year or so. These smart drugs, affectionately known as nootropics, use all natural ingredients to help mimic the effects of prescription medications.
One recent one I came across is called CogniFlex, a once a day all natural supplement designed to boost your productivity, enhance mental clarity and concentration, and achieve laser like focus.
The vast majority of supplements that we come across that make these claims usually end up being terrible. So, will this one be any different?
Lets learn a bit about the supplement first.
What is Cogniflex?
Deceptive Marketing and Fake Facebook Ads
What’s Up With Their Free Trial?
Does it work better than Adderall?
Was it Approved by the FDA?
Is it sold in stores?
How can I get a refund?
Cogniflex Reviews – Where are they??
Are there any side effects?
Does It Work?
What is CogniFlex?
Made by a company called Sure Science, this supplement is a patented “brain boosting supplement”, designed to help skyrocket your concentration, improve your creativity, and enhance memory recall.
Basically, they market it as an over the counter equivalent to ADHD medications like Adderall, Vyvanse, and Ritalin.
Among other claims, they promise to help you unlock 100% of your brains potential, help you to maintain your focus, and increase your energy.
So what’s in it that apparently makes it work so well? The ingredients in CogniFlex include the following: L-Carnitine, Rhodiola Rosea, L-Theanine, Bacopa Monnieri, Caffeine, and Vitamin B6.
Here’s a picture of the label:
There’s nothing really “revolutionary” about this formula. These exact same ingredients can be found in hundreds of other cognitive enhancers, pre workout supplements, and even weight loss pills.
I can say, however, that some of these ingredients when combined can produce some pretty solid nootropic effects.
For example, taking Caffeine with L-Theanine is a great stack to help you focus on boring tasks.
If you look at this Wikipedia article, you’ll see that in a 2014 systematic review, using caffeine along with L-theanine showed enhanced performance, including increased alertness, attention, and task switching.
One interesting thing to note is that they don’t list the amounts of each ingredient, but rather that they are part of a proprietary blend. That’s good and all, but if you are someone who is sensitive to caffeine you’ll have no idea how much it contains.
It could have as little as 50 mg, or upwards of 300 mg, there’s just no way to tell.
There is another company that sells a very similar supplement called Cogni-Flex (made by Douglas Labs), but they have nothing to do with the supplement in this review.
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Deceptive Marketing and Fake Facebook Ads
The way I found out about this particular supplement was I came across an ad on Facebook that proclaimed “First approved Brain Super Drug, Online only”
Another ad I’ve seen to come across features Wolf Blitzer from NBC and some really hot chick with big boobs with a title screaming “We can now access 100% of the brain”.
The first time I clicked both of these, it took me to a page that appeared to be the CNN website, complete with links to their news, video, and opinions section.
A big feature ran across the top, with an image of what looks like a brain literally cut in half, followed by a headline that said this supplement appeared recently on the TV show The Doctors, and scientists were calling it “Viagra for the brain”.
However, I bookmarked the page and when I returned a few days later, now all of a sudden Cogni Lift was being featured on the NBC News website.
The layout was essentially the same, but they did change up a few things.
However, the simple fact is that this entire page is one BIG lie. Let’s pick it apart so you can see the REAL truth behind it.
1.) This is not an NBC news article, but what’s referred to as a “Farticle” (Fake Article).
How do I know this?
Well, because if you look closely at the URL, it doesn’t say nbcnews.com (the real site address), but rather it says locallytrustednews.com/brain/
Check it out:
2.) CogniFlex was NOT featured in a Forbes magazine article titled “Viagra For The Brain”.
As you’ll see here, the real Forbes article makes no mention of CogniFlex (or any other supplement for that matter), There’s ton’s of other nootropic supplements that make this claim, and they reference this very same Forbes article every time.
Except what they do is find a clever way to crop in the name of their supplement.
3.) It was NOT the inspiration for the movie ‘Limitless’ starring Bradley Cooper
When you were reading this article, you might have come across a screenshot that showed the Limitless Movie official Twitter page proclaiming Cogniflex as the “inspiration” for the movie.
Well, here’s the REAL tweet that was released by the Limitless twitter page.
I’ve seen literally DOZENS of other products doing this exact same thing, all claiming they were the inspiration behind Limitless.
4.) It was not studied by the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit (NCTU)
One often cited claim about Cogni Flex (and various other nootropics) was that it was clinically studied by the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit, located in Nottingham, UK.
This prestigious research facility conducts high quality trials of products used to treat everything from cancer to pregnancy, but one thing is for sure…It did NOT conduct a clinical trial of Cogniflex.
I searched their entire website and could not find one mention of the supplement.
5.) All the comments are fake.
If you still have the page open, scroll to the bottom and try leaving a comment. You’ll find that it’s virtually impossible.
“Why is this?”, you might ask…
Well, that’s because they are all completely fake. They post these fake comments, which are made to look like Facebook comments but are clearly not, in an effort to make you think “hey, look at all these people using it and getting such great results”.
But What About Their Free Trial??
One other thing I noticed is that the makers of CogniFlex are offering people a free sample of their product.
All you need to do is pay a small shipping fee of $4.97, and you’ll receive your free bottle in just a couple of days.
However, what you probably COMPLETELY missed was the part where they tell you (in VERY fine printI might add), that you have 10 days to try it out.
If you don’t call and cancel, Cogni Lift will bill you $139.97 for that bottle that was supposedly “free”.
What’s even WORSE is that if you don’t cancel, they will keep sending you another bottle every 30 days, AND bill you every month.
If you’re someone who doesn’t check their bank statements very regularly, you could be in for a bit of a shock.
You’re probably reading this right now and freaking out, but you should be fine…
How do I cancel this?
If you don’t want to be billed close to $140, you can either call them at 1-800-767-4440, or email them at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it work better than Adderall or Provigil?
Very unlikely. Although they say it’s a healthy, all natural, and more effective alternative formula, I have a VERY hard time believing it can work better than synthetic amphetamines.
I also wouldn’t recommend you take Cogniflex and Adderall at the same time. If you do decide to try this, I would recommend that you take the Cogniflex on a day you don’t take your Adderall, and see what kind of effect it has on you.
Taking Adderall with ANY other stimulants (including caffeine) can have the tendency to create some really nasty side effects.
Was it approved by the FDA?
Nope, because it doesn’t have to be. The FDA only approves drugs. Since Cogniflex is an herbal supplement, it does not fall under FDA regulations.
Is it sold in stores?
I visited my local GNC, Walmart, Walgreens / CVS, and Vitamin Shoppe, and none of them seemed to carry it. I also looked on Amazon and eBay, and it doesn’t appear to be for sale on those sites as well.
As far as I can tell it’s only sold on their official website, http://cogniflex.com/
How can I get a refund?
They do offer a 30 day money back guarantee, but there are NUMEROUS terms and conditions that apply. For example, if you purchased it via the free “sample”, you’re out of luck.
They will NOT refund your money if you ordered a sample.
Additionally, if you opened the bottle you will also NOT get your money back.
Lastly, assuming you didn’t get a sample bottle and haven’t opened it yet, you have to send back the unopened bottle at your own cost, PLUS they charge you a 35% restocking fee.
So essentially what that means is you’ll pay close to $55, JUST TO RETURN IT!
Cogniflex Reviews – Where are they??
The one thing I noticed right off the bat in my research was the sheer lack of user reviews of this supplement. If it is as good as they say it is, wouldn’t people be sharing their experiences in forums, message boards, and tons of other places?
Well, luckily some people are leaving reviews on this site, just click here to see them.
It’s not a pretty picture.
I searched through all of the unbiased sites like Erowid, Reddit, and Snopes, and could not find one SINGLE person talking about it.
I don’t know about you, but that puts up a HUGE red flag for me. Searching through youtube, much of the videos I see here are nothing but promotions for the supplement, and lack any substance as to the effects you might receive.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Of course they tell there isn’t, but as with any supplement, including Cogniflex, side effects are possible. To give you an example, one of their primary ingredients L-Carnitine, can cause a wide range of side effects.
Although rare, instances of nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, heartburn, diarrhea, and seizures have been known to occur from high levels of L-Carnitine. (Source: 1)
Another ingredient, Bacopa Monnieri, has similar side effects which include stomach cramps, nausea, dry mouth, and fatigue. (Source: 2)
As far as mixing Cogniflex with alcohol, all the research I’ve done on alcohols potential interactions with the ingredients tells me that you LIKELY would be safe.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor regarding the safety of taking herbal supplements like Cogniflex, as it may also have the potential to interfere with any medications you may be taking.
Does It Work?
It didn’t for me. I ordered a one month supply of the stuff, took the suggested dose, and experienced practically no results. The only effects I seemed to get from it was a mild increase in energy and concentration, but no more than if I just drank a simple cup of coffee.
While I only took it for about a week, there was certainly no mind blowing sense of concentration or improved memory, no increased productivity, and certainly no improved creativity.
All of these seem to be their key selling points, but it just wasn’t happening for me. Compared to the 30 or so nootropic supplements I’ve tested thus far, I would easily rank this in the bottom 1/3.
Cogniflex “might” actually work for some people. However, by resorting to deceptive advertisements like this, I personally feel that this is just another fly by night company looking to bilk unsuspecting customers out of their money.
There’s no revolutionary formula, no glowing reviews (apart from their website), and certainly no reason that leads me to believe this is some secret brain pill that will give you mind blowing clarity and concentration.
My own personal testing has solidified my opinion of it.
I can’t tell you how many scams like this I see practically every day. You can do YOUR part by helping me (and your friends and family) spread the word on this…
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Just placed and order for the buy 3 get 2 free. Went through buying process online and the company never confirmed the total amount before completing my order.
Final page shows total of $144. Immediately called to get clarification on pricing. I was advised the 28.80/bottle is for the 5 bottles and not 3. So basically, they advertise your savings and not the actual cost.
Customer service immediately offered me 5 bottles for $104 so they were willing to issue a $40 credit, the call disconnected as we were discussing refund policies. I called back right away to let them know I just wanted to test out 1 bottle for now, they advised me all products are final sale and no refunds will be issued.
However, they wanted me to keep all 5 bottles and return within 30 days if dissatisfied. I am not interested in a 30 day trial if I am calling ahead of time to cancel the order before it even ships and you are willing to issue a $40 refund then why not allow me to change the order to just 1 bottle?
Great customer service, seeing as how now you have lost a potential customer and received a bad review when all you had to do was refund and ship out the 1 bottle. I advised the rep I would be disputing the charge with my bank and they would also be losing a customer and getting an honest unsatisfactory review.
The customer service rep’s reply was.. “Well if that’s what you have to do…” Great work.
763 out of 829 people found this review helpful.
Worst experience I ever had. Made me deathly sick.
I called for refund and customer service rep was so rude and condasending. No refund nothing.
Do not buy this product.
607 out of 633 people found this review helpful.
This was a scam. It makes me sick.
My stomach hurts all the time
452 out of 474 people found this review helpful.
I've used cogniflex for a couple days and I haven't seen any amazing results yet. I think it might be slightly working but certainly wouldn't call it limitless.
417 out of 447 people found this review helpful.
Not worth it
Yeah. Not worth it.
It works as well as a monster.
383 out of 421 people found this review helpful.
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User Questions and Answers
did you try it yet? Before reviewing? -Tim
I haven't, but if you read the review, our beef with Cogniflex is mainly about the deceptive marketing and free trial scam, neither of which require trying it to discuss.- Rob
146 out of 162 people found this question helpful.
What's the name of the real limitless pill? -Max
Unfortunately, there isn't one. My top pick for nootropics is Optimind.- Rob
94 out of 109 people found this question helpful.
Why is it so expensive? -Bill
Haha, good question. You'd have to take that up with the company that makes and sells it.- Rob
88 out of 109 people found this question helpful.
Does it show. on a drug screen? -tom robinson
It shouldn't, but you might want to bring the label to your testing agency just in case.- Rob
69 out of 90 people found this question helpful.
How can I order it? -Wadij
You can purchase it on their official website, http://cogniflex.com/- Rob
41 out of 68 people found this question helpful.