This is our review of Cognetics Excel, a brain supplement also known as a nootropic designed to elevate your cognitive function naturally.
Nootropics are becoming more and more popular nowadays with people searching for ways to optimize their focus, memory, and productivity.
Gone are the days when your only options were Ginkgo Biloba and Adderall. You now have people of all ages taking advantage of the safe and healthy brain benefits of nootropic supplements.
But, just like with any supplement, nootropics can be a hit or miss, depending on your goals and unique bodily chemistry. Some nootropics use cheap ingredients and skimp on the ingredient dosages while stuffing the formula with caffeine. The end result is an illusion that the nootropic works due to caffeine but long-term, it only leaves you burnt out.
The best nootropics, instead of relying on caffeine, use a combination of proven compounds that address multiple aspects of brain functions such as focus, information processing, memory retention, and brain cell nourishment among others.
The question is, which of these two groups of nootropics does Cognetics Excel fall into?
Cognetics Excel Review Summarized
- 100% transparent ingredient label with all doses disclosed
- Natural and non-addictive
- Ingredients such as Lion’s Mane and Rhodiola help to boost your memory & concentration
- Generous serving size – 4 capsules per day
- Some ingredients are underdosed
- Huperzine A needs to be cycled on and off (taking a break from) to avoid side effects
- Taking a break limits the effects of other ingredients which need to be taken daily (e.g. Lion’s Mane)
SUMMARY: Cognetics Excel is sort of a letdown. It uses ingredients such as Rhodiola Rosea and Lion’s Mane which are highly effective at improving mental energy, focus & concentration, mood, and long-term brain health. However, in order to achieve this, you need to ingest these compounds daily for weeks or months. But this isn’t possible due to the fact that Cognetics Excel uses Huperzine A which needs to be cycled on and off every few weeks due to side effects. For the price of $49.95 per bottle, there are better supplements to be found on the market, no question about that.
What do we recommend?
About Cognetics Excel
|🙂Benefits:||Increases productivity, improves memory, increases motivation,…|
|💊Ingredients:||Huperzine A, Lion’s Mane, Bacopa Monnieri, L-Theanine,…|
|☑️Availability:||Official Website, Amazon|
|💵Pricing:||$49.95/bottle (30 servings)|
Cognetics Excel dosage is 4 capsules per day, ideally, with food. Avoid taking it too close to bedtime. Even though Cognetics Excel doesn’t have any stimulants, there is a potential for some of the ingredients in the formula to cause insomnia in sensitive individuals if taken too late in the day.
Ingredients – What’s Inside Cognetics Excel?
Here is the ingredient label of Cognetics Excel:
Here are the ingredients in Cognetics Excel in case that isn’t quite clear:
- Choline Bitartrate (250mg)
- Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder (500mg)
- Bacopa Monnieri Whole Plant Powder (350mg)
- L-Theanine HCI (350mg)
- L-Tyrosine (350mg)
- Rhodiola Rosea Root Powder (200mg)
- Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (100mg)
- N-Acetyl L-Carnitine (100mg)
- Huperzine-A (200mcg)
We’ll now go through each of these ingredients to see how they work and whether the science agrees with the claims made by the manufacturer.
Choline Bitartrate (250mg)
Choline is an essential molecule that your brain uses to repair, build, and maintain healthy neurons. Choline also acts as a building block for a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which regulates your memory and executive functions.
Most of us get enough choline through food, however, supplementation can sometimes confer additional benefits. The two best forms of choline that get easily absorbed by the brain are CDP-Choline and Alpha GPC. Choline Bitartrate is a cheaper-to-make form of choline that has a hard time crossing the blood-brain barrier – therefore, it has no real use as a nootropic.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder (500mg)
Lion’s Mane Mushroom is one of our favorite ingredients in nootropics. It has been consistently shown in studies to repair and protect your brain cells.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom boosts the so-called NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) which leads to improved cognitive function, mainly focus and mental clarity.
Bacopa Monnieri Whole Plant Powder (350mg)
Bacopa Monnieri is another good choice. This Ayurvedic herb is known to increase dendrite branching in the brain. Dendrites are small extensions of your brain cells; you can think of them as branches on a tree. The more developed your dendritic branching is, the faster and smoother your brain cells are able to communicate with each other.
Studies show that long-term supplementation (8-12 weeks every day) of Bacopa Monnieri is needed to fully bring about benefits like improved memory, elevated mood, and reduced anxiety among others.
L-Theanine HCI (350mg)
L-Theanine is a compound best known in green tea. It works by enhancing alpha brain waves which are associated with states of deep focus and relaxation.
L-Theanine helps you to remain focused and calm throughout the day without making you drowsy, and when paired with caffeine, it can enhance caffeine’s benefits while minimizing negative reactions. The dosage of 350mg per serving is plenty.
Tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid that helps your brain stay awake and alert, especially during stressful situations. However, the optimal Tyrosine dosage is 500-1000mg per day. The 350mg that is in Cognetics Excel is unlikely to give you the full effect.
Rhodiola Rosea Root Powder (200mg)
Rhodiola Rosea is another adaptogenic herb in Cognetics Excel. If you already haven’t heard of the term, “adaptogenic” literally means it helps your body to adapt hormonally.
In Rhodiola’s case, it can help to lower your stress hormones while boosting your natural energy production. This is why it’s been traditionally used for many years in Siberia to fight off fatigue.
Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (100mg)
Ginkgo Biloba is the one nootropic most of us have heard of. It is known to improve blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain, resulting in improved memory and cognitive functions.
Ginkgo’s effects are felt the most in the elderly who suffer from poor circulation. In younger adults, Gingko doesn’t look to be nearly as effective.
N-Acetyl L-Carnitine (100mg)
N-Acetyl L-Carnitine is an amino acid that your body used for numerous functions, including the burning of fat for energy. The “N-Acetyl” part is what allows carnitine to cross the blood-brain barrier more easily, where it helps your brain cells to produce more energy.
For most people, the effects of ALCAR aren’t strong enough to be noticeable, but some experts speculate it may be useful in promoting overall brain health in the long run.
Last on the list of ingredients in Cognetics Excel is Huperzine A. And we’d certainly be happier if it wasn’t included at all.
Huperzine A is a compound known to elevate acetylcholine levels. This results in improved memory and executive function – similar to what choline does.
The problem is, unlike choline, long-term use of Huperzine A can actually impair memory function along with causing headaches, insomnia, and other side effects. Because of this, Huperzine A needs to be taken a break from every few weeks.
But doing so makes other ingredients in Cognetics Excel that need to be taken every day to work ineffective.
Our Commentary on Cognetics Excel’s Ingredients
Cognetics Excel is a mixed bag. The ingredients list started out well but the bottom part is what I’m concerned with.
The main issue is the usage of Huperzine A, which, as we’ve explained, prevents other ingredients from working effectively because you need to take breaks from using it.
Another issue with Cognetics Excel is that it also uses some ineffective ingredients like choline bitartrate along with having some key ingredients underdosed (L-Tyrosine, we’re looking at you!).
Cognetics Excel isn’t the most popular nootropic out there – it only has a small number of reviews online. That said, “reviews” from other users should always be taken with a grain of salt as they can easily be faked nowadays – especially if we’re talking about Amazon.
Pricing & Other Things to Consider
A bottle of Cognetics Excel will set you back by $49.95.
Is it a good value for money?
We think it would need to improve upon some areas before we recommend it over the current market leaders. Namely, Cognetics Excel should remove Huperzine A to allow other ingredients in the formula to work properly, along with adding more L-Tyrosine to be effective.
Cognetics Excel should also add an ingredient like Pine Bark Extract for supporting long-range brain function and replace the cheap choline bitartrate with the more bioavailable CDP-Choline.
Cognetics Excel doesn’t contain any stimulants, so in that regard the risk of side effects is low. However, some people may experience headaches, nausea, and short-term memory issues from Huperzine A in Cognetics Excel, especially if you don’t take breaks from using this compound.
Conclusion to Cognetics Excel REVIEW
Cognetics Excel is a decent supplement for those who’re looking to naturally improve their brain function in the short term.
If you have a deadline coming up and need something to give your memory & focus a slight boost, Cognetics Excel should help you to an extent.
However, for anyone looking to improve their all-around mental performance and long-range brain function, Cognetics Excel is not a supplement I recommend.
It is missing several core ingredients along with using Huperzine A which makes it unsuitable for long-term use. The otherwise decent effectiveness of Cognetics Excel is severely diminished as you need to take breaks from using it (due to Huperzine A).
With a little research, you can easily find more effective options on the market.
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