As a Nootropic supplement, Zhou Neuro Peak aims to improve brain function and mood for up to 6 hours. It's actually not an awful brain booster, but there are a lot of better products on the market. It contains a few proven ingredients and in their studied dosages, such as B vitamins, ginkgo biloba and bacopa, but underdoses a few others. And perhaps worse for our Neuro Peak review it misses out on a lot of the better memory and focus boosting ingredients, like citicoline. And whilst it does contain Phosphatidylserine (one of the best brain function boosting ingredients) it contains only 7mg, when the minimum requirement is 100mg. It's also pretty lax on brain protective ingredients like resveratrol, things that we'd expect to see in a the neuro peak formula due comparable brain supplements at it's price point having these and more.
All in all, it will definitely do something, but it's more likely to aid with mild stress support and there's much better supplements available. Generally speaking we recommend Hunter Focus, which contains every ingredient in Neuro Peak in their correct doses along with a dozen or so other, for only about $10 a month more it's not really much of a comparison.
The customer reviews present on the official Zhou Nutrition website list Neuro Peak as having 4.6 stars after 96 reviews. Now that's all very impressive but should be taken with a grain of salt, as of course it's somewhat expected nowadays that reviews held on first party sites are bolstered by fake reviews toting the product as the greatest product ever to have been created with no flaws and ofcourse excellent service by the company when buying direct. Taking a look the few complaints that come up are either that there's been issues with dispatch/ customer service, with people not receiving their product or being timed out of any refunds after being recommended to try a little longer by the company, or that Neuro peak hasn't worked for them and has left them dizzy, tired or nauseous.
On Amazon it looks as if the consensus is highly positive as well, though again fake reviews run rampant on Amazon as well. Again here, amongst the praise lays similar complaints of customer service and side effects.
TrustPilot is the most trust worthy source and here again the consensus is overwhelmingly positive with a 4.7 out of five. Now it's certainly not impossible to get fake reviews onto trustpilot but they are more strict about it, so it costs more time and money to really achieve anything worthwhile. Where they do come up, the complaints are as we have come to expect; customer service, missing deliveries and side effects being the main concerns.
So it seems that the people have a lot of good to say about what Zhou's neuro peak offers, so let's see how neuro peak works by taking a look at the specially formulated ingredients held within.
Vitamin B12 (500 MCG)
Vitamin B12 is something most casually recognised as a popular ingredient of energy drinks. The reason for this is that Vitamin b12 helps to provide the body with the tools it needs to convert food into energy. We can see how this can help fight fatigue and maybe improve sustained energy levels, but despite it's use by the body to help create and develop brain and nerve cells, there's no real scientific evidence available that it actually improves brain function. The only impact we can foresee it having is helping to reduce the risk of a Vitamin b12 deficiency, as being deficient in vitamin B12 does have memory loss effects, and with the rise of vegan and vegetarian diets is becoming more and more common. In this way you could consider it as being able to support memory, but it's a bit of a marketing spin, especially when taking a look at the dosage here. The amount of vitamin b12 the average body needs is 2.4 MCG, yet here they're offering 500MCG which is something we just can't understand. It's not generally considered harmful as your body simply absorbs what it needs, passing the rest in our urine, but why they've included so much is just baffling.
Phosphatidylserine is a chemical that is important for many functions in the human body, and although we're capable or producing this ourselves, the main source for it is from our diets. It's been found useful in the treatment or Alzheimer's disease, and normal age related decline in thinking and memory skills, though this has been seen to become less effective over long term use and with little knowledge of the mechanisms at play it's inconclusive as to why it's effects lessen over time. Though it's not been tested for these circumstances, it's inclusion seems justified as it's possible Phosphatidylserine will have the same boosting properties on a healthy brain as well. In terms of dosage, however, it seems rather low. In the tests done Phosphatidylserine was dosed at 100mg or above to see any results, so 7mg leaves us wanting.
Bacopa Monnieri (300mg)
Also known as the water hyssop, Bacopa Monnieri has been used for centuries in traditional medicine, and in todays world of modern supplements, it is now one of the most powerful and popular natural nootropics in use. Though little research has been done to really conclude it's effectiveness, there are studies that have shown it's cognitive benefits, such as the ability to decrease reaction times and improve cognition. The dosage here is about right as well, as in these studies the amount used was precisely 300mg. Overall, a big thumbs up from us for this inclusion.
Ginkgo Biloba (100mg)
One of the oldest known living trees, dating back more than 200 million years, Ginkgo biloba has been used in eastern medicine for many different purposes. Ginkgo biloba has been observed to improve blood circulation, helping to support healthy brain function and tackle brain fog. There's not too much research that has been conducted to truly narrow down exactly how Ginkgo biloba achieves this improvement to mental clarity, but it is believed an enhancement to vasodilatation is how Ginkgo improves blood circulation. The dosage here again is pretty spot on, with anywhere from 60-240mg being considered an effective dose.
Also known as Deanol, Dimethylaminoethanol is a chemical that is naturally found in the body, that is involved in a chain of chemical conversions in the body that makes acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter, so of course the more we can promote its production the better. That being said, there's little to no scientific evidence that introducing DMAE into the body through the mouth will actually produce this effect, with most studies finding inconclusive evidence that Deanol improved brain function in any meaningful way.
Rhodiola Rosea Extract (50mg)
Rhodiola rosea is a plant that grows wwithin the colder regions located in Europe and Asia ad the root has a long history of medical use. In the medical world it is known as what's called an adaptogen, as it helps to fight mental fatigue. It's also known to help regulate serotonin and dopamine, helping to keep us focused on the task at hand, leading to better brain functioning overall. The dosage here is all good, so we get another thumbs up from us.
Honestly this is not a bad nootropic supplement in any sense, containing many ingredients with a lot of value when it comes to stimulating memory, focus and clarity. It seems the positive customer reviews hold some truth and we would recommend this one for anyone searching for a more budget oriented nootropic. However is it what we would recommend overall? Ultimately no. The problem isn't that Neuro Peak is bad, it's just Hunter Focus is a lot better. It's got everything Neuro Peak has and more, as well as not having the same under dosing issues.
In short, get Hunter Focus instead.