This is a common slogan used by biohackers and supplement companies to sell you on prop-blended, pixie-dusted “gaming” supplements that are really nothing more than caffeine and an amorphous amalgamation of under-dosed nootropics.
Sorry to break it to you, but, the simple truth of the matter is that human physiology isn’t so delicate that you can “hack” it with a couple milligrams of nootropics.
Just think about it, if our physiology could be so easily “hacked” by the simple ingestion of dietary ingredients, we would have gone the way of the dinosaurs a long time ago.
“Hack” gives off the vibe that you can cheat, take advantage, or use a shortcut to obtain your desired goal.
For instance, we all remember the old Game Genie cheat codes during the golden age of video game consoles (Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, etc.) where you punch in a few codes and have invincibility, endless lives, or super-powered weapons.
As great as those times were, you can’t “hack” your brain in the manner you hack a videogame.
But, you can optimize and enhance your cognitive performance with the targeted application of certain nootropics, such as CDP-choline or Huperzine.
Serious gaming requires gamers to:
- Solve problems
- React mentally and physically at a moment’s notice
- Maintain a level head
- Memorize key pieces of information and recall them at a later date
To top it off, you need to demonstrate these abilities for hours on end.
Even with the best night’s sleep and nutrition intake, gamers will start to feel rundown and/or stressed during their epic gaming sessions.
That’s where nootropics can come in handy.
They can help bolster focus, improve recall, delay fatigue, and enhance stress management.
Let’s now take a look at some of the best nootropics for gamers.
Top 3 Best Nootropics for Gamers
CDP-Choline (cytidine 5'-diphosphocholine) is one of the best nootropics for gamers. It possesses high bioavailability and its components (cytidine and choline) readily cross the blood-brain barrier and reach the central nervous system (CNS).
CDP-choline increases levels of the “learning neurotransmitter” -- acetylcholine as well as the “motivation and reward” molecule -- dopamine. It even is noted to boost noradrenaline levels in the CNS, too.
Cytidine is a precursor to uridine, a nucleotide base for RNA as well as a nootropic in its own right that repairs dopamine receptors and supports neurite growth.
Furthermore, CDP-choline has also been noted to significantly increase ATP levels in the brain, which provides better mental energy, as well as boost neural membrane repair.
Huperzine is another top-tier nootropic, and it complements the actions of CDP-Choline. Where CDP-choline helps directly boost acetylcholine levels in the body, by increasing choline concentrations, Huperzine indirectly boosts acetylcholine by preventing its breakdown via acetylcholinesterase inhibition.
Essentially, huperzine stops the acetylcholinesterase enzyme from metabolizing acetylcholine which results in more acetylcholine.
Huperzine also promotes neurogenesis (the creation of new brain cells) as well as combats neuronal cell death.
Intense gaming creates stressful situations, and (as you’re likely aware), stress makes it difficult to concentrate, problem solve, and perform at a high level.
Sceletium tortuosum is known to enhance cognition and cognitive flexibility, which helps with complex tasks and problem solving. The herb also helps reduce stress and heighten mood due to its actions on GABA and serotonin.
The Best Nootropic for Gamers is on Its Way
Performax Labs will be releasing a new comprehensive nootropic powder Nootropimax ideal for the serious gamer looking to level up their performance within the next couple of months.
NootropiMax will contain each of the powerful brain-boosting nutrients outlined here as well as many more that can help gamers secure victory no matter the odds, keep your eyes peeled for its release.
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