What I love about this journey into the supplement world is not only discovering more about the spectrum of ingredients being used in the formulations but also digging a little deeper into the marketing messages we are absorbing when we research each product.
There is competition, and we need to be more discerning now than ever, especially now that buying online in minutes – seconds even – has become the consumer norm.
So how do we choose between the myriad of nootropic products out there? Do we look at customer reviews and testimonials? Are we looking for a celebrity influencer to sell us a lifestyle change?
Take for example Neuro-Peak by Zhou Nutrition which tells us it is for anyone who wants to feel on top of their game. That’s everyone, right? So it’s a great catch-all for really reaching out to consumers and grabbing our attention. I like the simple messaging and want to know a little more.
In this Neuro-Peak review I’m going to look at how the product is marketed and also look at the specific ingredients to see whether it’s something I’m interested in taking for my mental performance. I’ve taken a look around the website and it seems, on first look, to be a good value nootropic supplement with really smart labelling and marketing.
But I want to take a deeper dive to see what I can find out about the people behind the product, do they have any specific messages they want to share with us, and what is the story behind the formulation? They say that it’s appropriate for all – from gamers to CEOs, business professionals to students. So how can it be that it will suit absolutely everyone?
We do know that Zhou Nutrition Neuro-Peak quickly became a pretty popular nootropic, especially on Amazon, and this could be explained by its clear messaging and marketing. The label and logo are neat and direct, the ingredients simple (covering all the key nootropic essentials) and the price is mid-range.
Background on Zhou Nutrition
I’m pleased to see that from their ‘About Us’ pages Zhou Nutrition definitely practice what they preach. They are selling products that fit into a holistic approach to wellness and, accordingly, they practice yoga and ‘nerd out’ over herbal concoctions. Zhou offer ‘tailored, purposeful’ formulations, meaning they are strongly focused on the personalisation of their products.
Not only this, the company is clear on how they source their ingredients and then test in their lab. The team consists of nutritionists and scientists and they are proud of their sourcing credentials and safety procedures. The ‘learning’ section on their site (blog) is full of deep-dives into specific ingredients and topics, which adds value to the brand and gives some helpful insights into areas you may not be so clued-up on.
Zhou Nutrition was recently bought by Nutraceutical Corp.
What Ingredients inside Neuro-Peak?
I’m immediately pleased to see that this formulation isn’t a proprietary blend and the manufacturers have been honest enough to include the amounts used on their ingredients listing.
This level of transparency creates trust between the maker and the consumer and in this way I can do a little research of my own to see whether I can be happy that the product is likely to have any of the effects that it claims.
So, what’s inside the NeuroFuse formula?
The ingredients are listed as follows:
- Vitamin B-12 (as Cyanocobalamin) – 500mcg
- Bacopa Monnieri (20% Bacosides) (whole plant) – 300mg
- Phosphatidylserine (20%) – 100mg
- Ginkgo Biloba (24% Ginkgo Flavone Glycosides) (leaf) – 100mg
- Rhodiola Rosea Extract (Salidroside 3% Rosavins 1%) (root) – 50mg
- DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol Bitartrate) – 50mg
So let’s take a deeper look at the amounts within the Neuro-Peak ingredients and see what this really means for the claims of the product.
I already know a little about Bacopa Monnieri and Rhodiola Rosea, two plant extracts which are key nootropic ingredients. Said to prevent fatigue, the herbal usage dates back centuries into the roots of Ayurvedic medicine. The adaptogenic properties of these herbs is key in the nootropic blend as it enables the body to reach a relaxed-yet-focused state.
Examine.com states that effects are likely to be observed in the following amounts: Bacopa 300mg (at 50% bacosides) and Rhodiola anywhere from 50mg (minimum) to 288-600mg for acute effects (3% rosavins and 1% salidroside).
Research into the use of Ginkgo Biloba in cognitive function is ongoing and the usual dose is around 120-240mg an hour before performance, with a daily dose recommended between 40-120mg per day (source).
Vitamin B12 (also known as the compound Cobalamin) is water-soluble and is known to participate in cognitive functioning. It is advised that vegans and older people supplement with this vitamin at about 1mg (1000mcg) as they tend to be dietary deficient. The research on this vitamin and cognition is mainly around stroke survivors.
Phosphatidylserine is an amino acid-derivative found in the brain, mostly bio available in fish. It is known to have effects on cognition and lowers cortisol, the stress hormone, hence its usefulness in nootropics. Usual doses are around 100mg taken 3 times per day (300mg) (source).
DMAE is often supplemented for cognitive decline in the elderly. It is advised at a dose of 1500mg (studies are ongoing – but check resource so far here).
We can see from the above that the amounts of the nootropic ingredients in Neuro-Peak are likely to be sufficient to see some effects, and it is a definite plus that they have kept the serving to just one capsule, therefore you are getting all you need in just one serve.
Are There Any Neuro-Peak Side Effects?
It looks unlikely from the ingredients that a person with no pre-existing sensitivities to anything included in the formulation would suffer side effects. From the reviews I have noted that someone suggested they had headaches, and another said it made them nauseous.
It’s important to talk to a healthcare provider if you are considering supplementing, just to go over your full dietary needs and make sure you are not making up for any other deficiencies.
Does Neuro-Peak Actually Work?
For the ingredient amounts I would say that it looks to be a pretty legitimate product. The makers say Neuro-Peak can support memory and cognition and offer mood and stress support.
From the ingredients they have chosen and the research I have done around amounts I would say there are likely to be positive effects, however it would definitely depend on the levels of stress and cognitive performance testing you are under at any given time.
The interesting thing about the people they are reaching out to (gamers, students, business professionals, CEOs) is that there seems to be an assumed level of need from these groups, and while I find it hard to believe that a gamer might be under the same pressure to perform as a Chief Executive, in their own way they will need to find a solution to the stresses of their chosen task.
Neuro-Peak has a balance of nootropic ingredients in adequate amounts, so it looks like it should be effective in its goal to help you reach stress-free cognitive performance.
Neuro-Peak Customer Reviews
There are over six thousand reviews on Amazon for this product, reinforcing what a popular and mainstream-accessed product it is. Around 50% of those reviewers gave it five stars.
I’ve included a selection below:
Best, safest nootropic formulation hands down!five stars
These pills changed my life!five stars
reviews might be fake – here’s a real one… has to build up in your system, only seems to work when taken with their energy pills, when it does work the results are mild at bestthree stars
doesn’t work like reviews suggest – don’t buyone star.
How to Take Neuro-Peak
The makers recommend one capsule per day. One jar contains 30 servings.
Any Money Back Guarantee?
Zhou Nutrition offer a 60-day risk-free money back guarantee on all products including Neuro-Peak.
Where to Buy Neuro-Peak
What’s the Cost of Neuro-Peak?
A one-off purchase of a jar of 30 capsules of Neuro-Peak (with a dosage of one per day) costs $21.04 (USD). Their subscription model means you can buy monthly, every two months or every three months at $16.83.
My Verdict on Neuro-Peak
When looking across the board at nootropic formulations it is impossible to say that there can be a one-size-fits-all product that will work with absolutely everyone. We all cope with life’s trials in different ways, and we all feel the physiological pressure in different ways too.
Are we looking at a specific product as the gold-standard? Is it fair to test these stacks against a pharmaceutical such as Adderall (or even one of many Adderall copies!)?
This, it would seem is both the beauty and the beast when it comes to finding something that will support us mind, body and mood. We can’t be sure that all the ingredients will be appropriate for each body, let alone a brain which is under cognitive stress.
For me this product is a good all-rounder which should help you to reach your cognitive and performative peak, just be aware of your expectations and your usual physical and mental limitations.