Nootropics are the new buzz word in the training world. If you haven’t heard of them, it's time to get them in your supplement regime asap. Nootropics are the ultimate supplement that will boost your brain health, give you an edge with your training, and work productivity. They are aimed to improve things like focus, concentration, memory, and other cognitive functions. Also known as “smart drugs”, nootropics are popular with high-flying captains of industry and hard-studying students alike.
Nootropic’s meaning originates from Greek. Noo meaning mind, and trope meaning change. In simple terms, Nootropics work by changing the way your brain functions. Many of these changes are due to increased production of, or sensitivity to neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that affect how your brain works. Nootropics can be very helpful with cognitive function, but they also need to be combined with other certain vitamins and minerals for their effects to be optimized, which is why we have formulated them into Perform '6-IN-1 Peak Performance Multivitamins'.
HOW CAN NOOTROPICS HELP YOU WITH YOUR TRAINING GOALS?
How many times have you set yourself up to do an exercise, started repping out, and then stopped your set despite knowing you had a few more reps left in the tank? Or maybe you’ve loaded up the bar with a new personal best and failed because you let yourself get psyched out.The answer is simple - by affecting your brain, nootropics also affect your body, and your ability to train. After all, your brain is the boss of your body, and what it says goes. It doesn't matter if your goal is weight loss, muscle gain, strength, or performance-based; If you can get your brain charging at the right levels, your workouts will be much more productive and enjoyable.
Your mental state can make or break your workouts, and nootropics can help make sure you have more good days than bad. Keep reading to find out the best way to use nootropics for your specific goal.
NOOTROPICS HAVE UNIQUE BENEFITS
Look around your gym, and you'll see lots of people exercising and not getting into “the zone”. One of the main differences? Focus. When you have mental stamina in your workouts, every rep, set, and exercise has a purpose. You train with intensity, and that will make your workout more productive. You’ll also have a stronger mind-muscle connection which really helps get the most from your choice of exercises.
1. INCREASED FOCUS
In contrast, if you find yourself staring at your phone, watching other people work out, or otherwise thinking about anything other than your workout, you have lost focus, and your workout will suffer.
Nootropics make it easier to focus your mind on your workout. Where your mind leads your body follows. Focus is crucial when training with heavy weights, particularly where the margins for failure are very small.
2. INCREASED ENERGY
Low levels of energy can kill your workout. Often fatigue will dictate the time and effort of a session. If you are chronically feeling tired this can seriously impact your long term results.
Caffeine based products are an excellent option to boost your workouts, but sometimes stimulants aren’t always the best solution. Some exercisers feel anxious after caffeine, and it becomes less potent with repeated use. When you are taking supplements frequently it is important to take small breaks, otherwise, you may gain immunity to the effect of pre-workout supplements.
For people that suffer anxiety from stress, nootropics will give you energy without increasing anxiety. They also do not interfere with sleep like caffeine can. You should also experience less of a crash after they wear off. This means nootropics are safe to use day or night and are a much better choice for caffeine-sensitive individuals.
3. STRESS RESISTANCE
Stress and exercise will both increase your cortisol levels. While a little cortisol is not a problem, high, or prolonged excessive levels of cortisol can interfere with muscle gain, training recovery, and can also increase fat storage.
Performance booster caffeine can exacerbate this problem by raising cortisol levels even higher. For that reason, it is recommended that you avoid drinking caffeinated products immediately after exercise.
Too much stress can also lead to nervous system burnout – otherwise known as mental fatigue. If you feel tired mentally, this will affect you physically. Many nootropics act like adaptogens. Adaptogens help you resist the damaging effect of stress.
Nootropics will replenish your supplies of neurotransmitters. Increased concentrations of neurotransmitters can have a significant impact on workout performance.
THE BEST NOOTROPICS FOR TRAINING
There are lots of nootropic agents that can enhance brain function, but the best nootropics for training are:
Also known as citicoline, is a naturally occurring substance. It was initially isolated and used to treat Alzheimer's disease, but is now a popular nootropic. CDP choline helps synthesize two vital components of neurological function: Phosphatidylcholine (PC) and Acetylcholine (ACh).
As well as boosting memory, concentration, and focus, CDP choline can help strengthen the mind-muscle connection which, as any bodybuilder knows, is very important for effective training. It also increases energy and vitality but without the dreaded crash that often follows the use of caffeine and other CNS stimulants.
Another naturally occurring substance that is also present in cabbage, and soy. It is an important chemical with widespread functions in the body. It is part of the cell structure and is critical in the maintenance of brain cell function.
Like all nootropics, phosphatidylserine can help boost focus and energy while reducing the harmful effects of stress.
HUPERZINE A (OXYSHRED)
A mental enhancer that inhibits the production of an enzyme-linked to the degradation of acetylcholine. With more acetylcholine available, all brain functions will improve, especially memory, focus, and problem-solving.
Acetylcholine is also involved in muscle contractions. Increasing concentrations of ACH may allow you to contract your muscles more powerfully, leading to increased strength and performance. Oxyshred has huperzine as one of its ingredients.
It might not be an obvious nootropic, but it's actually a fundamental substance for brain health. Vitamin B6 helps you to produce neurotransmitters naturally and can help you stay more focused. If your mind often wanders during your workout, taking vitamin B6 can help keep you locked on to the task in hand. B6 is a common ingredient in pre-workout supplements.
HOW TO USE NOOTROPICS FOR YOUR SPECIFIC GOAL
Within the EHPlabs range, we have 2x products that contain nootropics; Oxyshred, and Perform. These products when used in the right way for your goals can be incredibly effective, as long as they're used in the right way.
For best results use both of these products together - use OxyShred in the morning for your workouts, then with your morning meal or lunch, take Perform '6-IN-1 Peak Performance Multivitamins'. Make sure you take Perform with food for best absorption. By using Perform and OxyShred in this way, you'll maximize the utilization so you'll be focused and in the zone the whole day.
Why is Perform beneficial for weight loss? It contains the vitamins and minerals you might not be getting from your diet, it has a stress reduction blend to reduce cortisol (which helps to reduce fat storage), hormone support so you're optimizing your hormone levels, as well as probiotics and enzymes to ensure good gut health and absorption.
Perform contains super-dosed vitamins and minerals required for recovery, along with a performance amino matrix containing BCAAs, Glutamine, and Creatine for lean muscle development. Perform also includes a circulation-boosting complex which means you'll be getting more blood flow and oxygen to your muscles, which means more nutrient delivery and better recovery. It also includes Hormone support to optimize your hormone levels, so you can maximize lean muscle protein synthesis and recovery.
Every ingredient in Perform will assist you to maximize your performance across your entire lifestyle. Super-dosed vitamins and minerals ensure your immune system is always boosted, and your micro-nutrient requirements are being met. By optimizing your hormone levels, gut health and circulation, while reducing stress and cortisol build-up, means you'll be at your peak every day.
Nootropics are often thought of as brain pills, but more and more exercisers are discovering that they are beneficial in the gym, and your general lifestyle too. Your brain and body are inextricably linked, and if your brain is firing on all cylinders, your muscles will too.
If you are looking to get Nootropics into your diet then Perform is your go-to supplement containing Phosphatidylserine, CDP Choline, and Vitamin B6! No matter your goal, Perform will give you the edge you need.