Does this stuff really work? Is it a big hoax? Will it work to improve your memory? Those are questions we are going to answer today.
What is Prevagen?
Prevagen is a brain supplement that you see advertised on TV quite frequently and it seems to be heavily advertised on news channels like CNN.
The manufacturer says that it imposes memory, provides a clearer thinking, a sharper mind, and improved brain functioning.
The main ingredient is something they say was found in jellyfish and it is a memory building break-through.
Prevagen is available at most drug stores and GNC and other places not to mention that you can get it online. Now let’s take a look at the ingredients and see what is in there and if it is really anything that will help your memory or cognitive function.
Ingredients in Prevagen
Let’s take a look at the ingredients and see what we really have here.
When it comes to this product there really isn’t much to look at in terms of ingredients. There is only one active ingredient and that is the patented Apoaequorin which is a protein that is found in jellyfish. The thing is, they aren’t harvesting jellyfish to mass produce this product, they actually make it in a lab, no jellyfish required.
So, this means we really only have to find out if and how well the man made Apoaequorin works. Of course, they have their study that they say proves it works but we looked on the web for more independent studies to see if it really does work or if it is just a bunch of hot air.
It was pretty hard to find any studies on Apoaequorin but we did find this one on Pubmed. The study says there was a “strong relationship between apoaequorin and improvements on a quantitative measure of cognitive function”. When we look a little further at the study we find it was done by Kenneth Lerner and others. It turns out Kenneth Lerner works for Quincy Bioscience, the company that makes Prevagen. You can also see Lerner’s name in this study they did that they have on their website. So basically, the company did its own study and found that the main ingredient in the product worked.
There were also some studies out there on how safe Prevagen is, those studies appear to be done by the manufacturer as well. While Kenneth Lerner didn’t perform this study there was a Mr. Moran on the study who also worked with Mr. Lerner on the other studies so it does make you think.
We also came across this study that was not done by the manufacturer and they said you would be better off taking something else.
Unfortunately, no independent studies have shown that it the active ingredient in Prevagen works.
Prevagen Manufacturers Charged with Fraud
We couldn’t help but notice when researching Prevagen this article by NBC News that says that Prevagen is a hoax and that the Federal Trade Commission has charged the company with fraud.
The article goes on to say “Makers of a product called Prevagen are falsely advertising it as a memory booster, and falsely claiming the product can get into the human brain”.
The Federal Trade Commission also says that even the study that the manufacturer did doesn’t even prove that it works. The manufacturer says the FTC is a “lame-duck” and that they are rushing the complaint through.
Whoever’s side you are on being charged with fraud by the FTC is not a good sign.
Customers have reported a large amount of side effects with this supplement. So many that it started an FDA investigation. The investigation found significant side effects that included seizures and strokes, as well as worsening symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Some of the other side effects include nausea, headache, vomiting and anxiety to name a few.
As you can imagine there are many negative reviews on this product. We must say there are also some reviews that swear by this product and say it works great. For the most part the reviews are definitely below average as is expected.
This won’t come as much of a surprise after all this but we recommend you pass on the Prevagen. If you are looking for a brain supplement that does work you would be much better served trying something we reviewed in our article Top 3 Supplements for Your Mind, you will be much better served with any of those supplements.