Kingfisher Media FOCUS IQ Nootropic Review // How Effective Is It?

As Nootropics are coming more and more popular for people wanting to restore a bit of clarity and improve concentration.

I thought it was reasonable to start testing a few of these products to see what direction they are heading and also to offer a bit of direction for people who may not be quite au fait with the products or ingredients.

As with all supplements, there is a lot of crap out there that looks and sounds amazing but under the well branded wrapper it could be just a waste of money.

What Are Nootropics?

Nootropics, also known as smart drugs, are products that help stimulate and increase cognitive function, with particular focus on executive functions, memory, focus, creativity and motivation.

People are learning that relying on cups of coffee and tea isn’t too healthy and isn’t always the answer, I have been using MindLab Pro recently and whilst being initially skeptical I was pleasantly surprised with the results and have been taking them ever since.

There are studies available for all to see that people with a higher IQ tend to earn more than their less gifted counterparts, now this screams common sense, however, plenty of people do not reach their full potential and fall in to the old trap of routine even with a good standard of intelligence.

These nootropics will not make you smarter so to speak, but they can help lift the fog and aid with concentration and focus.

From scholars, truck drivers, dentists, soldiers to machine operators, we may all be able to benefit. You can read a bit more about them here.

Kingfisher Media FOCUS IQ Nootropic Review First Look:

Everyone loves hump day don’t they? Half way through the weeks and we all think its parties and shots.

Well it isn’t, it’s still another grueling 3 days really.

I find Wednesday as nothing more than a hindrance. A no mans land reminding you that either direction you turn, there’s misery ahead. Mortar shells and landmines trying to destroy your every essence…we like to call those reports, targets, appraisals, job reviews and just customers and clients.

We need some solace but it is so far away and my brain is numb with terror and fear.

So maybe a nootropic can help. It can help clear your mind and potentially focus on the task in hand and get you through another week of toiling the North Korean top soil.

I would expect something good to come from a nootropic that is called Focus iQ, let’s face it, if it doesn’t work it is a piece of scandalous advertising. Akin to marketing sandpaper as a condom.

Ingredients:

READ: Our favorite and most effective Nootropics

Vitamin B6 – Comprising three chemically distinct compounds pyridoxal, pyridoxamine, and pyridoxine, is involved in the regulation of mental function and mood. Vitamin B6 is also an essential homocysteine re-methylation cofactor, and deficiency is associated with increase in blood homocysteine levels.

Homocysteine is a risk factor for cerebrovascular disease and may also have directly toxic effects on neurons of the central nervous system.

Neuropsychiatric disorders including seizures, migraine, chronic pain and depression have been linked to vitamin B6 deficiency.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14584010


Vitamin B12 – B12 fights fatigue, muscle wastage, boosts mood, cognition and is vital to many bodily functions including metabolism and food digestion.

So to put it bluntly, we need this for smooth operation and be able to smash those workout sessions which in turn helps you burn fat and lose those unwanted pounds.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-926-vitamin%20b12.aspx?activeingredientid=926


Green Tea – Those drinking the most green tea were least likely to show cognitive impairment, based on their test scores.

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20060217/green-tea-may-do-wonders-for-brain#1

Rhodiola rosea – Can protect against cognitive deficits, neuronal injury and oxidative stress, can also be used as a potential agent in treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. This is found in our favorite Nootropic.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19950527_wp_link_placeholder

Panax Ginseng – A lack of convincing evidence to show a cognitive enhancing effect of Panax ginseng.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD007769.pub2/abstract

Paullinia Cupana (AKA Guarana) – Studies note that 75mg guarana (9mg caffeine) was able to enhance cognitive scores related to memory and reaction time with a subsequent dose-response study noting that 75mg was more effective than higher (150-300mg) and lower (37.5mg) doses.

https://examine.com/supplements/paullinia-cupana/

Cola Nut – There isn’t enough evidence to suggest it works to alleviate depression, mental or physical fatigue or exhaustion.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-937-COLA%20NUT.aspx?activeIngredientId=937&activeIngredientName=COLA%20NUT


Huperzine A – Some research shows that taking huperzine A by mouth for 4 weeks improves the memory older children and teenagers who complain of memory problems.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-764-huperzine%20a.aspx?activeingredientid=764&activeingredientname=huperzine%20a

Vinpocetine – Vinpocetine is commonly used for enhancing memory and alertness.

It is also used in conditions that harm learning, memory, and information processing skills as people age.

Additionally, Vinpocetine may be able to protect the brain from damage caused by strokes and help reduce the risk of ischemia.

Vinpocetine enhances cerebral utilization of oxygen and glucose and consequently improves cerebral functions including memory.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dr_Sidharth_Mehan2/publication/26760118_Amelioration_of_intracerebroventricular_streptozotocin_induced_cognitive_dysfunction_and_oxidative_stress_by_vinpocetine_–_a_PDE1_inhibitor/links/0c96051aeaa484662a000000.pdf

Ginkgo – This appears to help with blood flow and circulation, however, there is no real body of evidence to support these claims.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-333-ginkgo.aspx?activeingredientid=333

Bacopa monnieri – This improve attention, cognitive processing, and working memory.

Supplementing Bacopa monnieri has been shown to improve cognition, by means of reducing anxiety. It is also reliable for improving memory formation.

http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/606424/

https://examine.com/supplements/bacopa-monnieri/

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What Effect Will This Have?

The results of tests show that Bacopa Monnieri is a useful and effective aid for cognitive function and overall memory in both young as well as elderly people.

Additionally, Bacopa monnieri is also an anti-oxidant. No wonder this is ingredient is present in the best Nootropic on the market!

Then there’s several further ingredients all known to help with cognitive function. This is very good to see as they offer so much benefit not often seen in all nootropics.

However, ingredients such as Guarana are extremely dose sensitive and due to the proprietary bled we do not know how much of this is included.

Any Negatives?

It is a crying shame that this contains a proprietary blend because it means Kingfisher Media just have to include the list of ingredients regardless if they offer 50mg or just trace amounts.

I have suffered so many supplements, in particular pre workouts where it has been damn obvious there were barely any of the ingredients which were listed contained. This provides lackluster results.

There’s 3 ingredients that have no conclusive evidence to show that they are effective for improving or slowing down the cognitive function of a person. So why bother including them?!

It is not the worse I have seen as it represents only around 30% but that 30% could have been additional useful and proven ingredients.

The daily dose looks much lower than the competition. We are instructed to take 2 capsules per day but this amounts to just 796.04mg daily.

My Kingfisher Media FOCUS IQ Nootropic Review Conclusion:

This is quite a good and promising nootropic supplement. It beholds a wealth or fundamentally strong and proven to be beneficial ingredients.

However, with a proprietary blend, a very low daily dose and a few unnecessary ingredients not worth bothering about it takes it from the spotlight in to the mediocrity.

This is a shame because it showed much promise initially. With that in mind there’s still work to be done to improve this supplement.

Score:

3/5

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