NeuroQ is a supplement manufactured by a company called LifeSeasons, that's used to improve cognitive function. The brand’s website claims that the supplement can “improve memory,” “clear toxins” and “stimulate brain function.”
But does the supplement actually contain ingredients shown in medical studies to enhance cognitive function, or are these just marketing claims? Does NeuroQ contain any questionable additive ingredients? Has the brand funded any clinical trials showing the supplement to be effective? And does NeuroQ cause side effects?
In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in NeuroQ based on clinical studies to give our take on whether or not the supplement is likely to be effective for enhancing cognitive function.
We'll share our concerns about the brand's clinical research, discuss the risk of side effects and feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand.
We'll also provide a cost comparison to show which retailer sells NeuroQ for the best price.
The ingredients in NeuroQ are shown above.
NeuroQ has six active ingredients: gotu kola extract, turmeric extract, ginkgo leaf extract, phosphatidylserine, NeuroFactor, and bee propolis.
Gotu kola extract is a popular supplement, but not one we consider effective for cognitive enhancement.
A clinical trial published in the Scientific Reports journal analyzed data from five clinical trials on this ingredient and cognition, and concluded the following: “there is not strong evidence to support the use of [gotu kola] for cognitive function improvement in each cognitive domain.”
Turmeric extract is typically used for anti-inflammatory effects rather than cognition.
A 2018 medical review found that this ingredient may be effective for preventing cognitive decline, but the amount in NeuroQ may be underdosed.
NeuroQ contains 250 milligrams (mg) of turmeric extract, while the lowest dose from any trial reviewed in the above-linked study was 400 mg of curcumin (which is the active chemical compound in turmeric), and all of the other doses were at or over 1,000 mg.
Ginkgo leaf extract is an effective and well-studied nootropic (cognitive-enhancer), although most of the clinical studies we've come across on this nootropic herb found a dose at or above 180 mg to be effective, as we documented in our Mind Lab Pro reviews article.
NeuroQ only provides 120 mg of Ginkgo biloba extract per serving.
Phosphatidylserine is another research-backed nootropic ingredient, and was shown in a 2010 medical review to improve memory at the same dose as exists in NeuroQ.
NeuroFactor is a patented coffee fruit extract that is effectively dosed in NeuroQ.
A clinical trial published in the Antioxidants journal found that coffee fruit extract at the exact same dose as in NeuroQ caused “measurable, acute physiological changes in brain connectivity” and significantly improved cognition.
Bee propolis may be effective for improving memory and cognitive function, however we cannot identify any medical studies showing so at the dose in NeuroQ.
Overall, we consider NeuroQ likely to be effective as a nootropic, because it contains a number of research-backed ingredients, and we consider three of these ingredients to be effectively dosed based on a review of clinical studies.
One good thing about this brand is that its inactive ingredients should be safe and non-toxic.
Questionable Clinical Research on Brand Website
NeuroQ’s website published the graphic above which suggests the effectiveness of the supplement.
The clinical trial from which these data points are derived was conducted by a research firm called KGK Science Inc., and was funded by NeuroQ. The study does not appear to have been published in any peer-reviewed medical or scientific journals.
While a company-funded clinical trial is potentially better than no trial at all, we recommend that consumers be extremely wary of claims of clinical efficacy based on manufacturer-funded research that is not published in peer-reviewed journals.
There is simply too much potential bias in the process for the results to be valuable in our opinion.
We have reviewed hundreds of supplements and consumer products on Illuminate Health, and in only one single review (Alpha Brain) did we note a clinical trial funded by a brand that was not favorable to the brand.
Clinical research published in peer-reviewed medical or scientific journals is the gold standard of product research, because there is less potential bias, and because a high bar for study methodology is required. This is the type of research we cite on Illuminate Health when we review ingredient efficacy.
At the time of updating this article, NeuroQ fails to link to the full clinical trial on their "Clinical Study" page.
Does NeuroQ Cause Side Effects?
Since NeuroQ doesn't appear to have published the full clinical trial that they conducted, it's more challenging to assess the potential risk of side effects, because clinical trials typically report on side effects.
We urge NeuroQ to clearly publish (or link to) the clinical trial on their supplement so that consumers can access this critical safety information.
Based on the fact that its active ingredients are all well-studied and should be non-toxic, and that NeuroQ is free of questionable inactive ingredients, we do not believe it’s likely that otherwise healthy consumers will experience side effects from this supplement.
This doesn’t mean that side effects are impossible; any individual consumer can react negatively to any supplement (or food).
It just means that we cannot identify any ingredients in NeuroQ that we consider likely to cause side effects in the average consumer. It’s a relatively safe supplement in our opinion.
There is no mention of side effects on the product page or the Clinical Study page of NeuroQ's website at the time of updating this article.
Where to Buy NeuroQ for the Best Price
NeuroQ is sold at a variety of online retailers. Here's a price breakdown for a one-time purchase at the time of updating this article:
iHerb: $50.96 (free shipping, link)
Brand website: $49.95 (free shipping, link)
Amazon: $42.44 (free shipping, third-party seller, link)
NeuroQ is currently 15% cheaper on Amazon than on the brand's website, but the Amazon listing is from a third-party seller, so it may be safer to purchase directly from the brand.
Real Customers Review NeuroQ
Amazon is a better resource for unbiased customer reviews than a brand's website in our opinion.
NeuroQ has been reviewed over 1,300 times on Amazon at the time of updating this article, with an average customer review rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars.
The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Kristen McConnell” who gives the product a 5/5 star rating, and claims it helped with brain fog:
“After suffering with brain fog for a number of months, I feel as though the fog has lifted. I’m soooo thankful for this product, it’s a game changer!!!”
The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Sea reader” who gives the product a 1/5 star rating, and claims it was ineffective:
“I was hoping this product would help brain function. I don't know which of the ingredients causes the irritability but that was a deal breaker for me. I've found regular coffee gives a better brain boost. Also, as an alternative, Piracetam works better.”
NeuroQ has an average review rating of 4 out of 5 stars on Facebook currently.
NeuroQ has an average review rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars on Google currently.
Our Clean Nootropic Picks
There are compounds which have been shown in medical studies to be effective for cognitive enhancement and memory support.
MCT oil is a food supplement derived from coconut oil that improved memory recall by 20% in adults in a 2022 meta-study.
Bulletproof MCT Oil is our top MCT oil pick, because its only ingredient is MCT oil derived from coconuts and it has zero additives. It currently retails for under $16.
Ginkgo biloba extract is arguably the most well-studied nootropic supplement apart from caffeine.
A medical review published in the Psychopharmacology journal found that ginkgo biloba supplementation improved attention and cognitive performance in healthy, young adults.
Illuminate Labs Ginkgo Biloba Extract is our supplement which is third-party tested to ensure purity and label accuracy, and retails for only $15 at a subscription price.
Panax ginseng extract is another well-studied nootropic supplement. A 2013 clinical trial found that ginseng extract caused "overwhelmingly positive effects on neurocognitive function across different cognitive domains."
Illuminate Labs Panax Ginseng Extract is our supplement which is third-party tested to ensure purity and label accuracy, and retails for only $15 at a subscription price.
Pros and Cons of NeuroQ
Here are the pros and cons of NeuroQ in our opinion:
- Contains multiple research-backed ingredients
- May support memory
- May support cognition
- Was tested in a clinical trial
- No unhealthy inactive ingredients
- Unlikely to cause side effects
- Better-than-average nootropic supplement
- Free shipping on brand's website
- Company improved website and clinical claims since our first review of this brand
- Company fails to clearly publish full clinical trial results including side effect data