The mind is a powerful tool while training and competing. The argument could be made that when the competition gets ugly, mindset determines the outcome. Throughout the day, the brain goes through a lot of actions, distractions, and stresses. Like every other body part, the brain needs both exercise and proper nutrition to stay in shape. Vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and proteins are as vital to brain performance as they are to muscle performance.
Our last article on PUMP™, “From Pump to Performance and Back Again” discussed the functional benefits of the individual ingredients in PUMP™. If you haven’t read it yet, please give it a look! You’ll find that this formula works synergistically; the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Here, we’ll break down how PUMP™ can improve your mental game for maximum effort and clarity while training.
PUMP™ has nootropics (cognitive enhancers) designed to improve memory, motivation, and focus during workouts. Why? If you’ve ever tried counting to 21 at the end of a nasty workout, you really don’t need to ask that question!
DMAE: Dimethylethanolamine (DMAE) is an organic compound that is naturally produced in the brain, and thought to increase the production of acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter that plays an important roll in the delivery of signals in the brain and central nervous system. DMAE is also known to increase oxygen levels in the blood. And because it’s found primarily in the brain, is abundantly beneficial for healthy cell function.
Huperzine A: Huperzine A is a natural alkaloid compound derived from the Huperzia Serrata plant. Like DMAE, Huperzine A increases levels of acetylcholine. However, it does so indirectly by blocking the production and downregulation of cholinesterase. This makes Huperazine A a very effective cognitive enhancer and short-term memory booster.
DMAE and Huperzine A were carefully chosen for their stacking abilities, collectively improving brain function better than either could on its own.
Vitamin B12: The family of B vitamins consists of eight (8) water-soluble vitamins known to be vital to maintaining optimal health and energy levels. While they’re often recognized as a group (and do work together), each performs unique functions and must be replenished regularly. Vitamin B12 is found in every cell of the body, and is considered brain food because of the role it plays in developing and maintaining central nervous system functions. It does this by promoting cellular metabolism through the use of fatty acids for energy production. This promotion of cellular energy in the brain helps boost mental power, elevate mood levels and prevent fatigue.
Sherman E. Martin, Sr. is known for his quote, “The mind is a terrible thing to waste.” We couldn’t agree more with Mr. Martin, and as an athlete, it’s equally frustrating to lose mental focus and clarity during training. The non-stimulant nootropics in PUMP™ can help you maintain laser-like focus without jitters and without inhibiting sleep. It’s the perfect formula to add to your pre-workout regimen, especially if you train later in the day.