CogniSharp from Kowa Health America is a pill for your brain that the makers claim will make it sharp as a tack and prevent Alzheimer’s dementia or memory loss from aging. They tout it contains PQQ and CoQ10, vitamin-like compounds that they claim have been shown to help improve memory and studies show it is 30x more effective than a placebo.
How CogniSharp Works
CogniSharp claims it contains BioPQQ, a trademarked name for PQQ, a substance discovered in 1979. PQQ is found in a variety of foods, with an especially high concentration in papaya, green tea, and soy. CogniSharp says studies show older adults from Okinawa Japan, whose diet is rich in foods containing PQQ live longer with less incidents of memory loss.
Congni Sharp claims that PQQ in combination with CoQ10, another vitamin-like substance results in a boost in memory. They point to a study showing that subjects taking the combo tested 30x better in memory functions after 8 weeks.
$45.94 for the first 2 bottles ($39.95 plus $5.95 S&H). At the time of your order, you are given the option to sign up for an auto-ship program, where you will be shipped new bottles every 30 days and charged the regular price of $29.99 plus $5.95 S&H.
CogniSharp offers a 30-day money back guarantee, minus any shipping fees.
Bottom Line: Is CogniSharp a Scam?
Memory problems associated with aging and dementia are a very real concern for people, so we can see why products like CogniSharp are appealing. Indeed, Okinawa, Japan does have the highest proportion of centenarians in the world. But it should be pointed out that this may be due to a variety of factors, including diet, exercise, sun, and even their positive mental outlook.
Dr. Scott Mendelson M.D. writing for the Huffington Post says that PQQ shows promise as a substance that may help with the growth of mitochondria, responsible for cell health; patients with dementia have been shown to have abnormal mitochondria. However, he points out that there are still very few studies that have been conducted on humans and that a lot is still not known about PQQ. Namely, we do not know how much PQQ a person needs and if a deficiency in it has any relationship to Alzheimer’s.
Similarly, the Mayo Clinic concludes while there is good evidence that taking CoQ10 can help with some heart problems, studies are still inconclusive if it helps with Alzeheimer’s.
What does this mean? Essentially, you are the guinea pig for Congi Sharp (or any other supposed memory-enhancing supplement on the market) as to whether it works or not. The good news is that it most likely won’t hurt you, except in the pocket book.
If you are interested in learning more about the longevity/diet/brain secrets of the Okinawans, you can read this article from the L.A. Times. Hint: eat lots of fruits, leafy veggies, and fish in moderate portions and get rid of stress!
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