Unfortunately, the average human body isn’t like a fine wine -- we tend to not get better with age. You see as we age, our bodies become less efficient. We have a harder time building muscle and recovering from intense training sessions. It’s also a tad harder to burn fat. And, let’s not forget that testosterone levels gradually start falling past age 30.
On top of all of this is a gradual slowing of the mind -- we process things a bit slower, have a harder time remembering things, and generally don’t feel “with it” as much as we did in our youth.
While you still might be rippin’ and roarin’ in your 20s, the simple truth of the matter is that preservation of cognitive function begins NOW! Taking care of your mind (and body) during youth is critical to ensuring optimal function as you age.
Here, we present the first of our series of cognition-enhancing supplements. Over the coming weeks, we’ll discuss which ingredients you should consider using that heighten mental performance now and when you’re old and gray.
Up first is Huperzine.
What is Huperzine?
Huperzine is a naturally occurring alkaloid found in Chinese Clubmoss (Huperzia serrata) that is a staple of pre workout and nootropic supplements primarily due to its ability to enhance concentration and support cognitive health.
In fact, the powerful compound has even received some interest as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
What Does Huperzine Do?
Huperzine inhibits acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine (the “learning neurotransmitter”). Reducing the effects of acetylcholinesterase leads to an increase in acetylcholine which results in better learning, improved muscular contractions, and a stronger “mind-muscle connection.”
Clinical trials using the pharmaceutical-grade acetylcholinesterase inhibitor have documented:
- improved neurotransmission
- Neurogenesis (growth of new brain cells).
On its own, huperzine is incredibly potent, but really shines when combined with a choline source, such as CDP-choline, as it is in NootropiMax. Together these two compounds provide exactly what you need for stronger, longer-lasting focus and concentration no matter if you hitting the gym or cramming all night for finals.