BrainPlus IQ Review – One Big Scam?
The BrainPlus IQ review came about as a result of seeing this ‘brain-enhancement’ supplement all over the internet for a few years now.
Made by Biotrim Labs, an American producer of slimming and workout supplements, their reputation is not the best.
While being around for a while, the BrainPlus IQ website instantly gives the impression that the product may be over-hyped.
Pictures and well phrased titles suggest the likes of Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, and Apple CEO Tim Cook may rely on BrainPlus IQ to “get the edge”.
And of course, the usual banner informing that “Due to popular demand stocks of BrainPlus IQ will only last until midnight”… That banner was up there 3 years ago when I first looked at this product.
These underhand sales tactics are sadly becoming all too common place with these lower level ‘brain formulas’.
And then of course, the product gets an absolute thumping by the good folk on the interweb!
It’s never a good sign when the first result on Google for the term ‘BrainPlus IQ’ is a report from Science Based Medicine.org entitled “BrainPlus IQ: Lying with Advertising”!
BrainPlus IQ Supplement Effects
OK, looking at the websites claims BrainPlus IQ promises to “improve memory, increase energy levels, and provide powerful focus and motivation”.
They re-emphasis this by clarifying that BrainPlus IQ can ‘improve all areas of cognitive growth, including focus, energy, short and long-term memory, problem solving capabilities and much more’.
Well I guess that’s alright then!
That’s quite a list of benefits – especially without a single link to a scientific study to back it up… The website being void of any mention of Scientific studies on BrainPlus IQ of course.
As reassuring as the hyperbole may sound, it seems that it is just that – hyperbole.
What’s most curious is that BrainPlus IQ promises to deliver these effects within 30-minutes… That’s right; improved long-term memory within 30-minutes.
According to the website, it gives you ‘a boost of energy as soon as you take it’ and makes you ‘remain energized and focused until the moment you close your eyes for bed’. That’s 16 hours for me.
That may be how a certain pill worked in the Limitless movie, but reality is very different. Claims as unrealistic as these are always a warning sign, and BrainPlus IQ’s website as full of them.
It also talks of how we only use 10% of our brain power and suggests that BrainPlus IQ may be able to help us ‘unlock the other 90%’, a fantasy scenario played with in the 2014 Scarlet Johansson movie Lucy.
BrainPlus IQ Clinical Trials…
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If you are glutton for punishment, or simply want to know how bad it gets with BrainPlus IQ then keep reading).
OK, back to it.
So, would you believe it – there’s even talk of clinical trials on the BrainPlus IQ website which apparently prove it boosts brain power by 89.2% and increases focus by 121%!
Yes! 89 POINT TWO percent!
Of course, as mentioned above, there are no links to any of these clinical studies or trials, nor a shred of any evidence to back this up.
These numbers are clearly plucked out of the air to fool unwitting customers. Sad really.
It doesn’t stop there, though. BrainPlus IQ even calls itself ‘the most advanced and effective cerebral enhancement complex in the world’.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and FTC (Federal Trade Commission) are going to love asking for the evidence for this when they catch up with the boys at Biotrim Labs.
BrainPlus IQ Ingredients
There are no details on BrainPlus IQ’s website about the ingredients it contains.
I guess Biotrim was clearly too busy trying to convince us to buy before stock runs out to spend time giving us any real information about what we’re consuming.
All their website says is that “BrainPlus IQ is a 100% pure Phosphatidylserine complex”.
However, a visit to the manufacturers website thankfully sheds a little more light.
The following info was found on BrainPlus IQ’s page on the Biotrim Labs website, though sadly the mg breakdown is hidden behind yet another proprietary blend.
BrainPlus IQ Ingredients– 800mg per capsule
Ginkgo Biloba (as 24% extract)
St. John’s Wart
Other ingredients: Gelatin, Magnesium Stearate, Di-Calcium Phosphate.
So, BrainPlus IQ does have a formula list for you to look at – it’s just listed on another website.
The real problem arises however when not only do you need to dig around the web to find out what it is you’re about to consume, BUT when even then you can’t find the specific amounts in milligrams of each ingredient you’re taking.
That is a huge red flag and begs the question what exactly is it that needs to be so well hidden?
The answer is of course (as is in most cases) that the formula is loaded with the cheaper ingredients such as the Ginkgo and Glutamine – and sparse of any of the truly effective nootropics such as the Vinpocetine and Acetyl L-Carnitine.
Another issue rears its ugly head regarding BrainPlus IQ’s efficacy when the recognized recommended dose for Acetyl L-Carnitine is 1,000 milligrams, and the total of all 9 ingredients (plus the fillers) in this product is only 800 milligrams per serving.
Sometimes a solution with some brain enhancement supplements can be to take more capsules than the recommended daily amount – but I’d never advise that on a product that doesn’t state the milligrams of each.
So all in all, BrainPlus IQ and the practices of the manufacturer Biotrim Labs is troublesome to say the least.
BrainPlus IQ’s 3 Main Ingredients
Acetyl-L-Carnitine is an amino acid which transports fatty acids to mitochondria, who use those fatty acids for fuel which then creates energy. This cellular energy increases mental and physical energy to improve mental performance. Used predominantly by athletes
Ginkgo Biloba supposedly protects important nerve tissues by improving blood circulation in the brain. It has also been shown to encourage the growth and development of neural stem cells to combat cognitive decline. The bad news is this was only shown on Rhesus Monkeys – and that was when injected into the brain.
As of 2015 the scientific community commonly agreed that Ginkgo Biloba when taken orally has no effect on brain function as it can’t pass the digestive system.
Phosphatidylserine supports memory, cognitive function and mood by improving the health and communication of neurons in the brain. A nice nootropic with plenty of evidence to back it up – but only at approx 100 mg per daily serving. BrainPlus IQ features… Err… Well who knows – the manufacturers certainly aren’t prepared to tell us.
BrainPlus IQ Dosage
Recommended dosage for BrainPlus IQ is one capsule per day. They mention you shouldn’t take any more than 2 capsules per day but good luck with that.
BrainPlus IQ Reviews
A quick scour of the internet to see what other review sites, and customers think of BrainPlus IQ and it doesn’t look good. They get scathing reviews for nearly all research results, many showcasing all of their unethical marketing practices.
Those who did buy it weren’t pleased. It seems they are pulling the classic ‘just pay shipping and get your free trial’ scam. One unhappy customer shared her experience:
“This a total scam. I responded to a trial offer by this company of $4.95 plus shipping. They charged my card $89.95 for two bottles and then charged my card $79.00 a couple of days later. Fortunately the fraud department at my bank is getting my money returned. I have cancelled my card to keep them from trying to steal more money from me. Do not under any circumstances order anything from this company.” – Sandra knapp
Should you buy BrainPlus IQ
At this point I’d be surprised if you are even still reading… But in case you’ve been scanning this BrainPlus IQ review and not paying attention I’ll spell it out: N O.
It costs $53 per bottle, although when you click to order the website tries to trick you into buying a 5-month supply multi-pack, showing only the price per bottle rather than what you would actually pay in full.
You have to click through the settings to the option of a single bottle to change that.
Most buyers won’t notice that until their card is charged and it is too late.
It’s just a dishonest selling tactic in line with their dishonest marketing.
Buying signs you up for a ‘free trial’ allegedly, but as discussed you’re really signing up for a subscription.
Biotrim Labs also offers their Premier Membership – a service they offer no explanation as to what it is except they will charge you an additional $13 per month on top if you don’t cancel it. Again, for what reason I have no clue.
Be aware that if you’re an international customer there is also a 15% additional fee! What that’s for I also have no idea as it refers to the price per bottle – not shipping as you’d expected.
Shipping by the way is claimed to take 2-3 weeks for some bizarre reason.
BrainPlus IQ Refund Policy
Haha! There is allegedly a refund policy which allows you to return your bottle for a full refund within 30-days – but read the reviews online as to how that worked out for others and you’ll see you have more chance of having your credit card repeatedly billed than seeing your money back.
You’ve got no chance of seeing anything but continued headache and the possibility of having to cancel your card with your bank it seems.
BrainPlus IQ Summary
This product really shows the ugly side of the nootropic brain supplement market. It’s the product of a scam supplement company with completely unethical marketing and selling methods.
They are simply putting junk formulas out there to trick people for the financial benefit of those running the show.
There are absolutely no redeeming features about BrainPlus IQ at all and I wouldn’t consider buying it, and nor do I recommend you do.
BrainPlus IQ it would seem is an insult to our intelligence.
BrainPlus IQ Review Final Score: 0%.
The formula deserves perhaps a better score, but I can’t believe with all the other unsavory practices this company participates in that what you get in the capsules is what’s listed on the label.
Spend your money elsewhere.