Geniux is a brain supplement that the sellers claim is the ultimate “smart pill” that will give you focus, enhanced memory, and more energy. They state their patented formula has been carefully studied and produced by a top US manufacturer and is so fast-acting you may feel its effects just seconds after you take it.
The Geniux Pitch
Geniux uses a slick website and video presentation to tempt you into trying their smart pill (sometimes called a nootropic). The video features a skinny-tied spokesman with an unusual accent (British? Australian? Irish?) and lots of stock photos and cheesy clip art like brains lifting weights.
Geniux claims taking their product will lead to a whole “new you” that is smarter, more focused, and less stressed. What’s the secret to Geniux? They claim it’s “plenty” of hard work and a “little dose” of science.
What is this “little dose” of science? They are generally vague about what’s actually in Geniux, except to say it’s a combination of 20 different ingredients derived from 50 years of “re-search.”
In fact, the website is full of strange phrases and misspellings (“Elegent Illuminism” “almost futuristic like results”) that makes us wonder whether they are taking their own supplement.
How Geniux Works
They don’t give an actual ingredient list, but mention that they use 100% natural Royal Bee Pollen and Geniux does not contain Piracetam, one of the first nootropics. They also have a page of the names of studies they claim were conducted utilizing components of the formula.
Most of the studies cited have to do with bee pollen (aka propolis). We looked up these studies and most seemed to show the healing properties on various organs of the body and found none that show this ingredient has any cognitive benefits. Indeed, WebMD lists propolis as possibly effective for cold sores, genital herpes, and mouth surgery.
The other specific ingredient listed on the study page is tyrosine, which they claim helps with phenylketonuria. We didn’t know what that meant so we looked it up and found it is a very rare genetic disorder that may lead to intellectual disabilities. However, we also found a study of tyrosine that concluded that while it may help with stress in military-type situations it cannot be recommended for patients and its long-term effects are unknown.
The minute you get to the Geniux website, a countdown clock starts ticking down from 60 minutes, claiming you have that time to get 60% off your first order. However, once it gets down to zero, it resets back to one hour.
With this “limited offer” you can purchase Geniux at a buy one get one for what it says is $19 each, for a total of $39. But if they were $19 each the total would really be $38 – are they not taking their Geniux or does it not really work?
Geniux says that your first order is completely refundable even if used, so long as you contact them within 20 days and pay a $5 restocking fee.
Bottom Line: Is Geniux a “Smart” Buy?
Nootropics have been around for 50 years, and right now the geeks in Silicon Valley are gobbling them up in hopes of getting a competitive edge (may of them just end up with diarrhea).
While nootropics are generally thought to be safe, there are some cautions about one of the ingredients in Geniux and the only other one listed is bee pollen. That leaves 18 other ingredients that are unknown. Combined with the weird grammar and lousy math on their website makes us “think twice” about recommending Geniux.
If you are interested in learning more about smart drugs, we suggest reading this Beginner’s Guide to Nootropics as well as our own article on The Smart Way to Buy a Brain Supplement. You might also consider just going for a jog, as that is a good way to get the ol’ noggin fired up.
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