somalife iq-150 bottle

I’m used to testing over-hyped fat loss supplements, electrolyte replacements, and physical performance enhancers. But this is the first time I’m testing a pill that’s designed to improve my mental performance!

It’s called SomaLife IQ150 and it’s described as a “revolutionary memory enhancement product to improve focus and increase clarity of thought.”

Sounds like something that could improve my racing tactics as well as my everyday life! I’m not 25 anymore, so I’m going to want to maximize my use of strategy, experience, and wisdom in my racing. And it’s certainly not a bad idea to be thinking about my brain health.

I’ve taken a keen interest in this class of brain-boosting supplements (known as nootropics) lately, and considering the influx of articles such as this primer on nootropics, it looks like everyone else is, too.

No doubt I was excited for SomaLife to send me a bottle of these pills to test (they’re normally $59.95 for 30 day supply,) but I also had to do a pretty serious brain workout just thinking of how I’d go about testing them!

My memory is pretty good as it is. I don’t have any glaring shortcomings in that area. And I certainly won’t know if this helps to prevent any future diseases (unless, of course, it’s so powerful that it allows me to see the future!)

I have plenty of problems with anxiety, though, and there are occasional days where I don’t think as well as I should or I can’t get focused on an important project. And by occasional, I mean almost every single day! So if these pills improve my focus and mental clarity, I should notice that instantly.

So I’m ready to start the test!

But first, let’s take a closer look at what these pills are made of.

Analyzing the Ingredients

I’m not going to go into a full-blown nootropics discussion here, but I’ll do a quick review of the main ingredients, which are as follows:

  • Citicoline (Cognizin)
  • Bacopa Monnieri
  • Turmeric root
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Green tea extract
  • Caffeine
  • Phosphatidylcholine
  • Spanish Sage extract
  • Ginkgo biloba

Citicoline is the flagship ingredient here. It’s also called CDP-Choline, so, coupled with Phosphatidylcholine, I’m going to go out on a limb and say the effects will be similar to choline, which is sometimes used to improve memory and even treat Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Bacopa Monnieri looks to be one of the more popular and proven ingredients and has been shown to improve short- and long-term memory, enhance focus, and reduce anxiety.

Turmeric has lots of good press out there because of its anti-inflammatory properties, which apparently extend to protecting your brain. It also makes a great spice, so it’s a regular part of my diet.

Same with caffeine (from coffee beans) and green tea. Both are daily staples for me!

Spanish Sage extract is sometimes used for treating depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Ginkgo biloba, though, I think that has been overrated. Current meta analyses are finding no convincing evidence that it’s actually useful.

So, it does sound like there’s a good list of stuff here. Here’s the thing, though. If you look at the actual amounts, it doesn’t seem like there is much of any one ingredient. Off the top of my head, I know 45mg green tea extract is pretty darn low. I think the most common doses of EGCG from green tea extract are in the 200-400mg range. Quite the difference! So I looked into Bacopa some more, and the standard dose is 300mg. In IQ150, you only get 170mg.

It appears they’re hoping for some synergistic effect to come out of the combination of small amounts. Now, I don’t know if they’re hoping, or if they’ve thoroughly tested it. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

But I do know that it’s common practice for supplement companies to go “hey look at all these cool ingredients we use” without actually including an effective dose of any of the ingredients. It happens all the time with joint care supplements that contain minuscule amounts of glucosamine.

somalife iq-150 pills

Let’s Begin The Testing!

Going into the testing, you should know three things:

1. There are very few supplements I consider worth spending $50 or more for per month.
2. I’m naturally very skeptical of any supplement claiming to improve memory and focus (or anything else that’s fairly intangible.)
3. No matter what happens, it will be hard to say if IQ150 did it, or if just one of the ingredients was responsible.

To conduct the testing, it was pretty simple. I started taking 2 pills each day with breakfast, as directed on the label. To track any results, I kept a journal of my feelings each day. I also played some “brain age” games online, before and after taking IQ150, so I’d have some concrete numbers.

And here’s what happened…

The Brain Age Comparison and Other Findings

I simply completed the brain age games on, which anyone can do, free, without signing up for an account.

On 5/14/2014, before ever having an IQ150 pill, but after doing a warmup session, my final score was a brain age of 26. For being 28 years old, I guess that’s not too bad.

Then on 6/19/2014, after taking the pills for about three weeks (I took a week off while camping,) I had my final dose of pills with breakfast, did a warmup, and played the games one final time. My brain age… drum roll please… 23.

Awesome! I got five years younger in a month!

Of course, the glaring problem here is that the improvement might be more related to the “practice makes perfect” principle than any supplements. I probably should have completed the games three times and averaged the scores, too.

I’ll tell you what, though. I felt a lot better on the “after” testing. I remember straining my brain on these games in May, but doing them now, I breezed through them by comparison. The games felt easier, especially the anagrams one.

I was not expecting that at all! Maybe I should play Bananagrams more now?

So that’s good news. The other good news is, the first day I took this stuff, it was incredible!

I had only slept 4-5 hours the night before since we had a big going away party for a friend (on top of a tough workout session.) So I had a couple cups of coffee, a handful of almonds, and the pills, and sat down for what should have been a long, miserable day of work.

But around noon, a few hours after taking the pills, I could really feel it. The caffeine had kicked in hours earlier, but once the IQ150 was in my system, I felt like a frickin genius! And I felt that way ALL DAY LONG! No crash! I felt great even at 11:00 PM, despite the lack of sleep and having been awake since 6:30 AM.

That day is what I always imagined Adderall would do.

That’s not the end, though. I had some crazy dream where I was out on some mission with a friend who’s active military! Before that, I can’t even remember the last dream I had. It wasn’t a lucid dream, unfortunately, but it was vivid!

Finally, we have the bad news… Never again did I notice any obvious effects.

There were certainly times I felt good, but I could always attribute the good stuff to something else.

Feeling fresh, motivated, and focused? I had just had a good night’s sleep.

Feeling relaxed, with no anxiety? I had just finished a 6-pack of beer.

So, while the brain age results look good, I don’t think the testing went very well.

I think I may even do better on an energy supplement like Wilderness Athlete Energy & Focus or Ginsana that makes me feel good. The SomaLife IQ-150 did nothing for my motivation or energy levels.

(I also had a few friends test it out, to see if they got any crazy results on their first day, but apparently I’m the only one that experienced that effect.)

IQ150 vs FOCUSfactor and Other Competitors

There are some other nootropics competing with this one. I had’t taken any of them at the time of this test, but let’s do a quick comparison.

This supplement also contains Bacopa, and it’s a #1 seller at with good reviews. It looks like it has been around for a while.

This one contains Bacopa, Citicoline, Ginkgo biloba, and many other ingredients, so it looks cool, but seems to lack customer reviews on

Procera AVH
The name makes no sense to me, but it contains Acetyl L-Carnitine and Vinpocetine, and it looks like it works differently than the other pills. Basically, it oxygenates your brain, and lets your brain do the rest. It’s available on

This one is the one I think of when I think of nootropics. It contains Bacopa monniera, Vinpocetine, Alpha GPC, Huperzia Serrata, and more. Plus I’ve heard about it on Joe Rogan’s podcast, which might not be the best source of scientific info, but it’s better than an infomercial!

They’re all rather expensive and opinions vary widely.

My final verdict is…

If this stuff was as effective every day as it was that first day, I’d happily pay $60/month for these pills. Probably double that even! But I saw no effects after day one, so I have to assume these pills just aren’t going to work for me, and I won’t be sticking with them. Which means I can’t in good conscience recommend you buy them, either.

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Product Review Details
Company: SomaLife
Product: SomaLife IQ150
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 2.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2014-06-21
Obtained Product: Free sample from company. Advertiser: No.

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1 Comment
  1. I have used Somalife youth formula at night and do find I get a good rest however it seems to be in less time . Average 5 to 6 hours sometimes a little less .
    Thanks for the review on the IQ150 .

    My main resource is with Herbalife for the Herbal Products feeling it is more back to nature have a lot of confidence now over 30 years of use .

    A friend introduced me to Juice Plus for the Fruits-Vegetables – Berries which seemed normal to use getting a better balance and a lot more than I would normally consume plus I felt they did their homework getting chemicals out they found even with the organic growing they did .

    If you feel like sharing some advice I will be willing to read .

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