The Best Nootropics for Esports and Gaming

Nootropics are substances that safely enhance your cognitive function when used properly. The most important cognitive elements for gamers are focus, working memory and cognitive processing speed. 

Out of the nootropics available, these are the substances with the most scientific evidence backing their effectiveness and safety for gaming and esports: 

Bacopa Monnieri

Derived from an herb leaf, bacopa monnieri has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Use of bacopa monnieri can both improve memory and reduce anxiety when taken regularly. [1,2,3,4,5,6]

L-Tyrosine

A review of 15 clinical trials investigated the effects of L-tyrosine loading – short bouts of higher doses – on cognition and behavior. This dosing pattern prevented catecholamine depletion and boosted mental function in stressful and demanding situations. It showed the best results in people exposed to multitasking and distractions and with less than ideal amounts of sleep. [7,8,9,10]

Huperzine A

Huperzine-A is a compound extracted from the herbs of the Huperziceae family. It is known as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, which means that it stops an enzyme from breaking down acetylcholine which results in increases in acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is known as the learning neurotransmitter, and is involved in muscle contraction as well. Increasing levels of acetylcholine is routinely used as a technique amongst weight-lifters and scholars. [11,12,13,14,15,16]

Caffeine 

The world's most consumed stimulant, caffeine can improve attention, alertness and working memory. Caffeine’s main mechanism concerns antagonizing adenosine receptors. Adenosine causes sedation and relaxation when it acts upon its receptors, located in the brain. Caffeine prevents this action and causes alertness and wakefulness. This inhibition of adenosine can influence the dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine, and adrenaline systems. [17,18,19,20,21,22,23]

L-Theanine

L-Theanine is a fascinating amino acid that has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and it reverses the blood pressure increase and brain blood vessel constriction caused by caffeine intake. Caffeine and l-theanine are a powerful combination. [24,25,26,27,28,29] 

Only Pharmanaut Focus contains all of these ingredients - and more - to support your gaming performance. 

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