Are you looking for a way to level up your training? Nootropics, also known as “smart drugs” are gaining popularity as a way to improve mental performance and cognitive function. And let’s face it, improving mental strength directly correlates with physical performance.
What are Nootropics and how do they work?
Nootropics are a group of medicinal substances that are designed to improve human thinking, learning, memory, motivation and creativity. Nootropics work best when any of these functions are impaired however even in healthy individuals they increase intelligence and improve memory. The name Nootropic comes from two Greek words: nöos, which means thinking, and tropein, which means to guide.
Nootropics were first discovered in 1972 by Cornelius E. Giurgea. He initially coined the term to describe substances that activate cognitive functions like memory and learning. Nootropics interfere with the metabolism of neuronal cells in the central nervous system and improve the brain’s supply of glucose and oxygen. In doing so, they protect the brain tissue from neurotoxicity. Some nootropics help stimulate neuronal protein synthesis and eliminate oxygen free radicals. This helps improve blood flow to the brain. Nootropics require extended periods of use to show positive effects, so supplementing with Energy Explosion multiple times per week will benefit you more than just a single dose.
What Nootropics are in Energy Explosion?
Energy explosion contains 3 nootropics: L-Theanine, Huperzine, and Bacopa.
Research studies reveal that Bacopa significantly reduced damage caused by high nitric oxide concentrations proving the antioxidant effect of this nootropic. Other studies revealed that Bacopa increases protein kinase activity. This results in improved learning ability and cognitive function.
L-theanine is a natural substance found in tea leaves and some mushrooms. L-theanine is widely studied and shown to enhance human health. It helps increase levels of GABA, serotonin, and dopamine. This nootropic promotes relaxation and a positive mood. Additionally, it decreases corticosterone, a stress hormone and lowers anxiety. It works to release alpha waves which enhances focus and creativity. L-theanine promotes a calm but attentive wakefulness and can reduce blood pressure when stressed.
Huperzine comes from moss. This nootropic has been studied since the 1980’s and works to inhibit acetylcholinesterase which breaks down acetylcholine. Huperzine significantly increases the amplitude of muscle contractions induced by nerve stimulation. Findings suggest that huperzine may improve neuromuscular strength and alertness.
Adding Nootropics to your daily routine can show positive effects on your cognitive function and take your workouts to a whole new level!
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