Ask The Trainer #145 – Athletes & Nootropics

Ask The Trainer #145 - Athletes & Nootropics

QUESTION:

Hi, I’ve been hearing lots of people talking about nootropics lately. So, I want to know exactly what they are and if you think they might help enhance athletic performance? Thanks.

Shane

 


ANSWER:

Hi, Shane. You’re absolutely right. Nootropics are very popular now. However, the cultivation of nootropics began back sometime around 1964. Dr. Corneliu Giurgea, a Romanian chemist, began with a mission to develop cognitive function enhancing medications.

He insisted these new medications meet the following criteria.

  1. The drug must be virtually side effect frees and non-toxic.
  2. It should stimulate the various cerebral cortex mechanisms for better focus attention and focus.
  3. The compound must protect against trauma and physical stress.
  4. It had to protect the brain against neurotoxins which could cause oxidative damage.
  5. The medication must also enhance memory and improve learning ability.

Dr. Giurgea succeeded when he developed the very first officially recognized nootropic called Piracetam. This breakthrough led to a whole slew of additional nootropics.

Basic Nootropics Forms

There are many nootropics in the form of natural supplements and medications. Some actually require a prescription.

Numerous supplement manufacturers offer various types of natural nootropics. Some of the most common natural nootropics include Noopept, Bacopa Monnieri, Aniracetam, Phosphatidylserine, and Phosphatidylcholine.


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Side Effects

With all the different choices available, it’s important to understand that each works via different mechanisms in the body. It is also important to recognize that some individuals may experience negative side effects when using certain nootropics. These negative reactions could be a result of the nootropic itself. It could also come from an interaction with some other type of medication or supplement.

Most experts consider nootropics as generally safe for healthy people. Even so, you should always check with your physician prior to using them.

Athletic Performance

I suppose it’s possible for nootropics to enhance athletic performance, although not directly. If you improve your ability to focus and concentrate, you might have more precise movements during athletic activity.

Additionally, if an athlete could improve his memory, he might be more capable of recalling certain details regarding movements or technique. This would improve athletic performance, at least to some degree.

In conclusion, I personally haven’t had much experience with nootropics. So, I can’t vouch for them. Therefore, your best bet is to do some research on various nootropic products and read their reviews.

I hope this helps answer your question. I wish you all the best in achieving your health and fitness goals!

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Chad Shaw

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