Whether you’re hitting the gym, the park, the court, the bike trails, the video games or the office… Having a focused, motivated, alert mind is going to be highly beneficial.
It’s a competitive world where we like to beat others and most importantly beat ourselves. In this world being highly motivated, happy, and energized are daily requirements to succeed, we need all the help we can get, and some days coffee alone just doesn’t cut it!
This is where the brain-boosting power of Nootropics come in…
Nootropic is the term given to a compound (natural or synthetic) that boosts cognitive function in some capacity. Some nootropics are GABAnergic (calming), and others are adrenergic (energizing). Some boost mood and others enhance learning or memory recall.
In this short blog, we will look at the top 5 natural brain-boosting nootropics that will provide a dialled in focused feeling that is sure to benefit your workouts and your daily life goals.
That’s right… good old caffeine boosts energy, alertness, focus, motivation, and performance. However, synthetic caffeine anhydrous is typically made from petroleum-based compounds and contains an array of harmful solvents. In addition to these chemicals, synthetic caffeine is often absorbed too rapidly, resulting in “jitters”, a spike of energy, and then a “caffeine crash”. Natural caffeine derived from the decaffeination of tea leaves of coffee beans provides a superior, clean, longer-lasting energy.
Alpina Galanga is the source of this patented natural compound that amplifies caffeine's benefit by 30% for up to 5 hours without jitters or a crash. It is thought to act as an adaptogen allowing our body and brain to respond positively to stimulants and stress. EnXtra® boosts dopamine receptors and down-regulates adenosine. This means it may enhance motivation, happiness and satisfaction while reducing fatigue and tiredness.
This energy and mood-boosting compound found in Theobroma Cacao (Chocolate) is great at providing a supportive role to caffeine. The smooth, clean mental alertness that it gives is hard to go past. In addition, Theobromine has an unusual quality in the stimulant world… it is a vasodilator (relaxes blood vessels). This may help support blood flow, energy and nutrient transport around the body and brain for greater results.
Found in Hordeum vulgare is a natural Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI). This means it reduces the breakdown and clearance of neurotransmitters. The result is longer-lasting benefits from caffeine, Theobromine etc. Even in the absence of caffeine, this little gem is the top of the class for focus, attention, learning, memory, and mental performance.
90% of your neurotransmitters are made from Tyrosine. That’s why this amino acid is so important to make sure you can enhance focus, cognition, mood and mental energy. Tyrosine also makes up the building blocks of your thyroid hormones and if deficient you may find your metabolism slows down and brain fog creeps in. You may also feel tired and fatigued.
Bonus – Creatine
Most people associate creating with building muscle, increasing strength, improving speed, and boosting physical output. Most don’t know that creatine is essential for brain energy and skeletal muscle energy. Studies have shown creatine supplementation can ameliorate cognitive decline and enhance memory and learning.
For Your Best Results:
Many other natural adaptogenic herbs, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals all provide some benefit towards healthy brain function and cognition. Both Magnesium and Zinc come to mind. It’s important to remember a healthy body has a greater chance of having a healthy mind and vis versa.
Reducing sugar ladened highly processed food, alcohol, and sodas, in favour of an antioxidant-rich diet with plenty of protein and good fats, will not only serve to balance your energy levels, but boost your gut and brain health simultaneously.
Also, multiple studies have shown that artificial colours and preservatives (often found in energy drinks, gaming supplements or some pre-workouts) are associated with neurodegeneration and mental decline. Consistent use may cause dependence, irritability, and an inability to remain focused. This is not encountered when using naturally flavoured and sweetened products free of synthetic dyes.
With the nootropic supplement space maturing in the USA and starting to rapidly expand here in Australia, you may find these ingredients in multiple products and sometimes a combination of them in one.
POWER up your day, game, or workout by adding brain-boosting nootropics into your routine and feel the lift in mental cognition and performance that will have you excelling every day.
Pro Tip: Don’t consume coffee or a combination of coffee and other nootropics too close to bed as they can disrupt your sleep. Quality sleep leads to quality brain function and a better result.
Disclaimer: The above article is merely a guide and is in no way a recommendation or a treatment protocol for any health conditions or diseases. You should always consult with a qualified health care provider before changing your supplement, training, or nutritional strategy. Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods must not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, anyone consuming prescription medication or children under the age of 15 unless advised by a qualified health care provider.