We recently came across Synagen IQ, a nootropic supplement that is apparently of a very low quality. Our team decided to review it and see if the rumors are correct.
Synagen IQ Review
Synagen IQ is a nootropic supplement that was designed to improve cognitive performance, memory, mood, and deliver essential nutrients for optimal brain performance.
It was developed by a US company with the HQ in Las Vegas.
As it currently stands, Synagen IQ is no longer available for sales, and it is hard to find lots of information about this supplement.
So let’s have a look at the information we were able to find, which should give you a clear idea about the real quality of this supplement.
Synagen IQ Ingredients
Synagen IQ contains the following nootropic compounds and ingredients
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B6
- Alpha GPC
- Bacopa monnieri
- Huperzine A
Just looking at the ingredients alone, it is hard to find any clue why this formula would be of a low quality.
However, we immediately noticed a huge issue when we looked at the actual dosage of the ingredients. The brand decided to hide the amount of each individual compound under a “Synagen IQ proprietary blend.”
This made us suspicious right away, but the biggest surprise happened when we checked the actual dosage of the blend. The whole blend contains the total amount of only 545 mg of all mentioned compounds (without the vitamins).
This means that the formula is severely underdosed, ineffective, and potentially unsafe.
Let’s investigate further.
Alpha GPC – Dosage Unknown
Alpha GPC is one of the best sources of choline that our brain needs for optimal performance and cognition. This compound can enhance our cognition and improve our memory.
The standard dosage of Alpha GPC is 300 – 600 mg. It is highly unlikely that Synagen contains this amount of Alpha GPC.
Bacopa Monnieri – Dosage Unknown
Bacopa Monnieri is a nootropic found in the majority of nootropic supplements that we reviewed so far. Being an adaptogen herb, it is known to decrease anxiety and stress, while it can improve our memory. It’s a well-studied compound that delivers on its benefits.
The standard dosage is 300 mg. It is highly unlikely that Synagen IQ contains enough of Bacopa Monnieri.
Caffeine – Dosage Unknown
Caffeine is the most popular stimulant in the world that can quickly boost your energy, attention, and provide lots of antioxidants for better health.
The standard dosage of caffeine is around 100 mg.
GABA – Dosage Unknown
GABA is a neurotransmitter responsible for relaxation and sleep. However, supplementing GABA does seem to provide many benefits, since it cannot cross the blood-brain barrier. Besides, it is a nootropic we are used to seeing in sleep supplements, not cognitive-enhancing nootropic stacks.
Huperzine A – Dosage Unknown
Huperzine A is a potent nootropic found in a plant called Huperzia serrata. It is a relatively popular nootropic, but not the safest one. Studies show that it needs to be regularly cycled to avoid potential dependency. As it currently stands, we do not know the optimal cycle length, therefore, we do not recommend taking nootropics that contain Huperzine A.
L-Theanine – Dosage Unknown
L-Theanine is an amino acid known for its positive effects on reducing jittery from drinking coffee (or supplementing caffeine), decreasing stress, and increasing attention.
The standard dosage of L-Theanine is 100 – 200 mg.
L-Tyrosine – Dosage Unknown
L-Tyrosine is another amino acid in this supplement that can increase cognition and decrease stress if taken before stressful activities.
The standard dosage is 500 – 2000 mg, which is up to 4x more than the total blend amount in Synagen IQ.
Phosphatidylserine – Dosage Unknown
Phosphatidylserine is an amino acid derivative, similar to dietary fat. It’s especially beneficial for older people because studies show that it can slow cognitive decline and improve memory.
The standard dosage is up 300 mg.
Vinpocetine is a unique compound that can enhance blood flow, but it is more often used as an anti-aging compound. It delivers a whole range of benefits, but it lacks studies that would confirm or double-check the mentioned benefits.
Synagen IQ Dosage
The recommended daily dosage of Synage IQ is 1 capsule, which cannot deliver the promised benefits.
In theory, you might get the positive effects from this nootropic stack if you would take 2-3 capsules per day. However, this is contrary to what the brand recommends.
Also, since we don’t know the exact amount of every single compound in the stack, we cannot recommend taking more than 1 capsule. Actually, we cannot even recommend taking 1 capsule alone, because you may as well overdose on 1 compound.
Usually, such proprietary blends contain way too much of caffeine, which is one of the cheapest compounds. As a result, people often overdose on caffeine, which leaves them with a huge crash, nervousness, and other adverse effects.
Synagen IQ Side Effects
Not knowing the exact amount of ingredients in a supplement causes many problems. One of them is the potential side effects.
We cannot possibly know what kind of side effects can you expect from this concrete supplement.
In general, too high dosages of compounds such as caffeine, Huperzine, and other potent nootropics cause:
- Stomach pain
- Fast heartbeat
Because we don’t know what exactly is hiding in those capsules, we do not recommend supplementing Synagen IQ. It is too risky.
Thomas Roy is a passionate researcher of nutraceuticals and food supplements. He has been testing, experimenting, and developing formulations since 2013. It is his goal to educate consumers about the quality of the supplements they are regularly taking. By developing practical tests for measuring the efficiency of nutraceuticals, he honestly believes this industry has a great potential to become a very transparent one.