Here is a bit more intensive review of the Supplements used in gaming or made for gaming.
It’s time to dispel some myths. Supplements are no longer just for guys who spend all their time in the gym, or the highest of high-fliers on Wall Street. Supplements have gone mainstream, and if you’ve not woken up to their benefits yet then chances are you are missing out.
This article is going to look at some supplements that are of particular interest to gamers.
The word ‘supplements’ has come to mean a lot more than just protein powders and pep pills. Instead, think of modern supplements as a highly condensed form of advanced nutrition that provides benefits far beyond larger muscles or sharper focus for a short time.
These modern supplements are becoming more and more popular with everyone, according to data from the Council for Responsible Nutrition[i]. The data suggests that 76% of all Americans use at least one supplement and that 33% of males take supplements for increased energy alongside other health goals.
Gamers should not feel guilty for considering taking supplements to help maximize their performance. After all, you could spend hundreds of dollars on a professional mouse and keyboard to improve your performance.
Alternatively, you may choose to pay via microtransactions for upgraded weapons or equipment in order to get the edge on other players. The two things follow the same principle as using supplements – all you are doing is getting some external assistance to help you perform in-game.
In this article we are going to look at a range of natural supplements called Performance Lab from manufacturer Opti-Nutra. This company is known for using high-quality ingredients to produce very high-quality products and they offer one of the most complete ranges of supplement out there. Even better, the various products complement each other really well, so you can pick and choose which products will work best for you and create your own ‘stack’ to skyrocket your chances of success.
All their products are natural, stimulant-free and free of banned substances.
A report published in 2016 highlighted just how much stress is put on eSports athletes during competitive situations[ii]. It found eSports athletes had cortisol levels as high as a race-car driver, and a pulse almost as fast as a marathon runner. It discovered that eSports players make up to 400 movements on the keyboard and mouse per minute on average, with unprecedented levels of stress as both hands were moved at the same time alongside various different parts of the brain.
Even if you do not play videogames competitively, it’s likely that when you play, you play to win. Therefore, a lot of these stresses will be acting on you as well. For this reason, ensuring your diet provides all the right nutrition is an essential component of success in gaming. As well as a healthy eating plan, supplements can and do play a huge role in good nutrition plans.
Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi is perhaps the best all-round multivitamin supplement available. There are two main reasons for this, and the first applies to both Whole-Food Multi and the rest of the Performance Lab range that we will talk about a little later. This first major benefit is that Whole-Food Multi is completely free from the following;
This product, just like all the other products in the Performance Lab range, is 100% natural and certified by Good Manufacturing Practice, which holds all pharmaceutical producers to a high standard of quality.
The second major benefit is in the NutriGenesis™ process that is uses, a method of cultivating vitamins and other essential ingredients that closely mimics the way they are grown naturally, but in a controlled lab environment so they can be produced at scale. Vitamins and minerals grown in this way are just that little bit more palatable to your body.
Performance Lab offers different multivitamin formulas for men and women that contain exactly the right blend of nutrients for each. Whichever one you go for, they both contain the full complement of daily vitamins plus a massive variety of minerals including iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, chromium, strontium and boron.
We are all familiar with the stereotype of the gamer chugging Mountain Dew between rounds to keep their energy up, maybe even snacking on a few Doritos as well, right? Or perhaps you are a little more civilized and prefer something like coffee to maintain a buzz while gaming?
While those and other energy drinks can provide a short-term boost, they are almost always followed by a sudden crash in energy which leaves you feeling even more exhausted, or worse, reaching for the next one and delaying the inevitable just a little more.
This is because the boost from energy drinks and coffee comes from caffeine. The effects of caffeine are beneficial, but short-lived, and it stays in your system long after the beneficial effects have worn off. The Mayo Clinic advises not to have more than 400mg of caffeine per day – this is equivalent to 4 coffees or only 2 energy drinks.
Fortunately, there are other energy-boosting products that create longer lasting benefits and are much safer to have on a daily basis than caffeine. One such product is Performance Lab Energy.
Caffeine and other energy-boosting ingredients act on your brain, but Performance Lab Energy acts on the mitochondria in your cells, where all of your natural energy is already produced. Your mitochondria take nutrients from other parts of the cell and break them down for energy in a process called cellular respiration.
This process produces something called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is then broken down in subsequent chemical reactions to give your body energy. If this all sounds a bit too crazy to be true, remember that this process is already happening constantly in every one of the 30+ trillion cells in your body. Performance Lab Energy is just making sure every cell is firing on all cylinders, so you will be too.
The main attraction of Performance Lab Energy is obviously the fact that it is stimulant-free, which means no crashing out after an hour or two because your body’s natural energy-producing process is preserved. It doesn’t use short cuts or provide a cheap buzz, instead it works with the natural rhythm of your body to create a sustainable boost in energy.
The main active ingredient in Performance Lab Energy is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This is what allows mitochondria to produce energy in the way that they do. The CoQ10 that Performance Lab uses is a highly absorbable form that can double the amount of CoQ10 in your blood in just three weeks, according to the website.
As well as helping you to stay energized, CoQ10 is also known for reducing the damage caused as your cells age and helping to protect you from a wide range of adverse health conditions.
Fast and effective decision-making is something that can make all the difference in the middle of a heated battle. When you are at the top of your game and it feels like everything is going right, it’s probably because you are making the right decisions and using your instincts effectively.
Conversely, it can sometimes feel like you can’t do anything right and this can lead to frustration. It’s important during these times to know when to take a break, because with every minute that passes, you are only going to get angrier and more frustrated at the situation.
To help avoid this, you can choose to take a cognitive enhancer. There has been a lot of talk about nootropics recently, but to make sure you are doing the right thing legally and ethically, you want to look for natural enhancers such as Performance Lab Mind.
Performance Lab Mind works in a similar way to the Energy product in that it also works in line with your body’s natural rhythm to target cells’ mitochondria and provide a sustainable boost in brain energy.
One of the key ingredients that enables this boost is Citicoline, a compound that Performance Lab describes as a “versatile enhancer of brain functions” and there is evidence from studies that it helps with memory and repairing damaged brain cells[iii].
Another essential ingredient in Performance Lab Mind is Phosphatidylserine which plays a vital role in ensuring your mind and memory perform at peak levels. It is a fatty substance that covers your brain cells and helps carry messages between them. It forms part of many diets, but as we age the amount of Phosphatidylserine in our brains decreases, so supplementing your diet is a great way to boost your brain power. The faster your brain cells communicate with each other, the sharper your thinking will be, both while playing and after you step away from the keyboard.
The other ingredients in Mind are L-Tyrosine, which is another naturally-occurring chemical that, when levels are low, can lead to poor mental performance and low mood, and Pine Bark Extract which contains proanthocyanidin antioxidants to support healthy blood flow to the brain.
So, if you are looking for something to naturally boost your brain power, then Performance Lab Mind is an excellent option, particularly when you combine it with Energy for the ultimate boost to body and mind.
If you play a lot of FPS games, you know that in so many gunfights the player who spots his enemy first is often the victor. Success in games such as DOTA2 or LoL is very much dependent on your level of skill, but also on being able to see and process a great deal of information very quickly. In adventure or stealth games, it can be very easy to be spotted by enemies that you have missed, therefore drawing you in to a huge brawl that you could have avoided.
A keen eye is required if you want to be competitive in these situations and Performance Lab has you covered once again. You may be surprised to learn that there is a supplement out there that can improve your eyesight, but even more surprising is just how effective it can be.
Two of the key ingredients in Vision are Lutein and Zeaxanthin[iv], which doctors agree are essential to good vision and generally healthy eyes. They are particularly effective at reducing the damage that blue light causes, so are of particular benefit to gamers, or indeed anyone that spends a lot of time looking at screens.
High concentrations of Lutein and Zeaxanthin are linked to improved vision in low light and against glare as well. The variety used by Performance Lab in their supplements is called FloraGLO and is widely thought to be the most effective form available.
The other ingredients of Vision are equally amazing. Blackcurrant extract provides anthocyanins and bilberry extract provides anthocyanosides, two pigments found in food that are strongly linked to better night vision, greater blood flow to the eyes and overall improvements in vision and eye health.
It can be hard to switch off at the end of a grueling session, but a healthy rest cycle is just as important as a healthy nutrition plan. Perhaps even more important.
Getting the right amount of rest each night will ensure you are as fresh as possible for the next day. Lack of sleep is linked to many detrimental effects including forgetfulness, depression, lack of sex drive and actually making you dumber.
Part of the reason it is so difficult to wind down after gaming is that your body is not properly prepared for sleep. When you are playing, your body is under stress, as mentioned above, and this stress does not disappear the moment you put down the controller. You need to give your body a chance to relax after gaming before you head to bed, so switch off well before bedtime and follow a positive bedtime routine.
Part of a positive bedtime routine could be a supplement designed to aid the transition from being awake to asleep. Performance Lab Sleep is an excellent choice because it contains three of the most effective ingredients for aiding sleep.
Melatonin is produced in your body in preparation for sleep. Its production is triggered by the dark, or lack of light. If you have been in front of a screen for a few hours, it’s likely that your body will not have produced any melatonin, so taking some as part of a supplement could be very helpful. The melatonin in Performance Lab Sleep comes from the Montmorency Tart Cherry, a natural and highly nutritious source.
Magnesium has a number of effects that help when trying to fall asleep. It helps to reduce blood pressure and aids relaxation by acting on neurotransmitters in the brain. Finally, L-Tryptophan helps to produce serotonin, which enhances your mood, and melatonin to help you sleep.
As you can tell, we’re big fans of the Performance Lab range of products, here at UltraGamerZ.
We should probably also mention one other product that Performance Lab offer called Prebiotic, an excellent option for anyone who has a sensitive stomach that might be hampering their ability to endure long sessions or be sociable while gaming.
Like the other products from Performance Lab, it works alongside your body’s natural biology to provide sustainable benefits and is safe to take on a daily basis.
And there you have it, a variety of options to help you turbocharge your gaming performance! Performance Lab is among the safest supplement ranges, but you should follow best practice and seek advice from your doctor before taking any supplement.