#42. Cognitex

by Life Extension Foundation
8.08 out of 10 based on 19 user ratings
Written by: Brain Research Supplements
Date Published: 2011-06-17
8.08 / 10 stars
Cognitex Review

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Effectiveness of Cognitex

We believe that the right scientific approach is to provide the right environment for the brain to manufacture its neurotransmitters by feeding it with the vital amino acids and neuro-nutrients that the body cannot produce alone or under-produces because of various reasons. However, this formula appears to focus on targeting the synthesis of certain neurotransmitters in the hopes of artificially stimulating them.

Life Extension Foundation is using an unusual marketing strategy to promote this supplement. According to them, Cognitex contains standardized extracts of powerful phytochemicals. They claim (although we were unable to find any relevant studies to support this) that Phosphatidylcholine-grape seed extract compound adds superior antioxidant protection and improves blood vessel tone and elasticity, helping to enhance blood circulation and oxygen flow to the brain. These are all interesting claims. Unfortunately, without scientific evidence to support this, it’s hard to say how effective this formulation is. One of the key components of this supplement is a patented extract of the orchid species Gastrodia Plata, known as Gastrodin. Apparently, the extract has a broad spectrum of benefits against age-related degradation of cognitive processes, although actual evidence is still limited. The plant works by balancing certain neurotransmitters as well as improving blood flow and minimizing memory loss incidence.

The manufacturer states that Wild Blueberry extract has been added due to new studies showing that blueberries help suppress free radical and damage due to inflammation in the brain, but it also may repair some of the changes seen in aging neurons thus improving memory. The claims and studies mentioned in the above paragraphs allude and not mentioned elsewhere in the sales copy, and there are no links provided. We are left to wonder where and when these studies took place and how they relate to the product in question.

Cognitex reviews from consumers are mixed, with numerous reports of the formula having no or minimal effects on memory and cognitive function.

Cognitex Price

The price for Cognitex is quite high, and some people may not be able to afford it. A bottle contains 30 soft gels, which should be enough for ten days of treatment at a recommended dosage of 3 soft gels per day. A consumer will need three bottles of Cognitex for a full month of treatment, which may prove inconvenient. 90 capsules bottles are also available for sale.


Does Cognitex Work?

This product is similar in nature to many other herbal remedy approaches and may provide some health benefits. The issue is whether it will offer the boost in short-term memory and cognitive functioning that it states, over the long term and not simply an immediate, short-lived solution. Even if this were the case, the way it artificially enables this to take place is not what the brain demands.

Based on the ingredients listed and the information we have found during our research, Cognitex may be appealing for those who are seeking a natural way to support their cognitive function. It does have antioxidant properties and has ingredients that have been proven to boost the immune system. Still, it does not convince us that it can nourish the brain and create an environment where cognitive performance is supported in the long run.

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Final Score


Ranks #73 of 790 (better than 97.2%) of all supplements.

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