We will be looking closely at Cognito Recuperate, to see if it could fulfill these claims and to see if it is safe.
Cognito Recuperate is a supplement that aims to improve stress management, improve sleep quality, and enhance mood without side effects. It uses three separate blends to do this – Tranquil blend, Recuperate blend, and Yawn matrix.
It uses ingredients known for promoting sleep and improving mood, such as magnesium, 5-HTP, and lemon balm, alongside black pepper extract to increase the bioavailability of the other ingredients.
Cognito is a UK nootropic supplement company who also manufacture two other products alongside Recuperate; Cognito Optimise and Cognito Smart Coffee.
Lemon balm is known to be safe when it is taken short-term, up to 4 months. However, not enough is known about the safety of lemon balm when used long-term. It can still cause some side effects, including increased appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness, and wheezing.
L-Tryptophan could be unsafe when taken by mouth. It has been linked to over 1500 reports of a neurological condition; eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome. After the limitation of L-Tryptophan products, the number of EMS cases dropped sharply, however some evidence suggests it may be due to contaminated L-Tryptophan products as about 95% of all EMS cases were traced to a single manufacturer. L-Tryptophan is currently available as a dietary supplement.
L-Tryptophan can cause some side effects such as heartburn, stomach pain, belching and gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. As well as headache, lightheadedness, drowsiness, dry mouth, visual blurring, muscle weakness, and sexual problems.
It costs £14.99 from Amazon UK or £31.99 from the official website, for 60 capsules (30 days supply).
Cognito Recuperate contains a number of ingredients that are supposed to help improve sleep and help you to relax, however there isn’t a lot of scientific evidence to back some of them up and some of the doses may be too low to have any effect.
L-Theanine has only been deemed safe for short-term use and it is not known if longer periods of use would be safe, so this supplement shouldn’t be taken long-term until more is known about it.
There is no good scientific evidence to support the use of L-Tryptophan and there is also a concern that using L-Tryptophan might cause EMS.
Lemon balm has been found to improve the length and quality of sleep in both healthy people and those with insomnia or sleeping disorders. Research has also found that it can reduce anxiety. Therefore this should be a good addition to this supplement, however it does seem that the dosage taken daily may be too low to have much of an effect, and also it appears to work better when combined with Valerian, which it isn’t here.
There is a money-back guarantee offered with this product which is great, and the price is lower compared to other similar sleep aids on the market, however many of the dosages are too low and there has not been enough research done to support the use of many of the ingredients.
Due to all of these concerns, we do not recommend Cognito Recuperate to our readers.
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Cognito Recuperate is a daily supplement for reducing anxiety, stress, and improving sleep quality. The brand claims that all of this is done without causing any side effects or drowsiness, and without them becoming addictive.
There are some ingredients with potential in Cognito Recuperate, such as Lemon balm and cherry powder. Studies have found that tart cherry juice can benefit sleeping patterns and help those who can’t sleep. This is because it contains high levels of phytochemicals, including melatonin, a molecule critical in regulating our sleep-wake cycle. Tart cherry is found here in the form of Montmorency Cherry Powder, which is a fine, red powdered extract of berries of the Prunus cerasus. It is a good ingredient to be found in Cognito Recuperate, and one that is not found in lots of other similar sleep aids.
Lemon balm does appear to help with both sleep and mood, but it may be found in a too low dose here. This is also true of 5-HTP, which is a compound which gets converted to serotonin in the brain – serotonin is one of the principal neurotransmitters involved in happiness and anti-depression.
L-Theanine is an amino acid that reaches the brain following oral ingestion. It is known to be a relaxing agent without sedation, and it can also reduce the perception of stress and slightly improve attention. It is not a great sleep aid, although it may very slightly help. L-Theanine’s effects on mood do not appear to occur when used by people who are anxious.
Magnesium is a good addition to this supplement. Insomnia is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency, as well as restless sleep and waking frequently during the night. Magnesium also increases the levels of GABA in the body which encourages relaxation, and it can also help with improving mood. Cognito Recuperate has 200mg of magnesium in 2 capsules which is a relatively good dose to take each day.
Our bodies convert L-Tryptophan to 5-HTP, which then gets converted to serotonin in the brain. However, there is no good scientific evidence to support this use and there is also a concern that using L-Tryptophan might cause eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS). Plus there appear to be very low doses of it in this sleep supplement, providing a daily dose of 300mg. It has been suggested that around 1-2g per day should be taken to help with sleep, or 4-6g for its mood benefits. As L-Tryptophan does the same thing as 5-HTP but with an extra step and more risks, it would have been better to just stick with the 5-HTP in this supplement, ideally at a higher dose.
A few of the ingredients, such as L-Theanine and magnesium are likely to help a consumer to feel less anxious or stressed. This could, in turn, help them to drift off to sleep slightly quicker.
However some of the ingredients shouldn’t be used for long-term use, and there are concerns about supplementing with L-Tryptophan at all.
There are some good ingredients in Cognito Recuperate, but most of the levels are too low and not backed up by enough scientific research.
Cognito Recuperate claims to help you manage stress, improve your mood, and have improved sleep with its 3 distinct blends which work synergistically to restore your brains natural balance.
Cognito Recuperate is likely to help with people’s mood and encourage relaxation, due to the L-Theanine and magnesium. There is not much evidence to suggest that it will help to improve sleep as some of the levels of ingredients that could help, such as lemon balm are probably too low. Becoming less stressed in general can help with having a better nights sleep, but it wouldn’t sort out any sleep problems by itself.
Montmorency Cherry Powder could work for some people, but there has not been enough research carried out to determine what the best dosage is to take. Magnesium could help to improve sleep but it is not advised that this supplement is taken long-term, so any effects are likely to be temporary.
There are also lots of reviews on Amazon that say this product hasn’t worked at all for them, or even worse, that it has negatively impacted their sleep.
Lemon balm can cause:
L-Tryptophan can cause many side effects:
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking prescription medication or under medical supervision, it is advisable to consult a GP prior to taking any supplements.
There are many reviews on Amazon, which vary a lot. There are many 5 star reviews, but also rather a lot of 1 star reviews most of which claim it either did nothing for them or led to them having worse sleep than prior to taking the supplement.
An example includes:
These tablets are pure rubbish don’t waste ur money. After taking them I was up all night never slept a wink my sleep was better before ever taking them. They upset my stomach as well and made my head light so I stopped taking them will not b buying again
A positive example includes:
1 week of useung Recuperate and I’ve noticed an improvement in sleep as well as feeling more relaxed and calm. Definitely zen in a bottle. This is the best natural sleep aid I have used.
Cognito claim to offer a full money-back guarantee, however one customer said that Cognito haven’t replied to them after contacting them numerous times, and they had to go via Amazon for a refund.
You can buy it from Amazon UK for £14.99, as well as direct from the Cognito website for £31.99 for 60 capsules.
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