Nootropics and Physical Performance


Many people think that nootropics are only used for enhancing cognitive performance but in fact, there are some ingredients that cross the threshold of being effective for both cognitive and physical performance.

Tailoring your nootropic stack for exercise will give you much more of a boost in your training than you will get from the caffeine-rich, bulk formulas that you find in the majority of ‘pre-workout’ supplements on the market today.

However, you might notice ingredients that you recognize from your nootropic stacks appearing in some physical enhancing supplements as well.

Noopept, for example, is a great nootropic for cognitive and physical performance. It stimulates the dopamine and serotonin receptors in the brain – firing you up for work and exercise.

Macuna Pruriens is another that has benefits for physical exercise. Macuna Pruriens is composed of the precursor to dopamine (L-dopa) and stimulates natural growth hormones. Thus, it has the ability to elevate your mood for work and exercise whilst contributing to building lean muscle mass.

These are just two examples of nootropics that work well for enhancing physical exercise.

Please tell us what has worked for you at your desk and in the gym by adding to this forum post with details of your own experience.

We will get the ball rolling with the first nootropic ingredient that can be used for athletic performance in response to this introduction.


Cordyceps mushrooms

Cordyceps mushrooms first hit the headlines in the 1990s when the Chinese Olympic athletics coach attributed the success of the women’s running team, who had broken 3 world records in 1993, to the cordyceps ability to improve athletic performance.

The coach swore by its abilities and made the Cordyceps mushroom famous and widely used among the athletic community.

Unfortunately, years later he was arrested against allegations of doping which challenged the legitimacy of his claims about the Cordyceps mushroom.

However, by this point, others had already noticed the fungi’s ability to enhance performance and the Cordyceps athletic legacy lives on to this day.

Where does it come from?

Cordyceps is a fungus that lives on some caterpillars high up in the mountain regions of China.

Since science’s recognition of the fungus as a nootropic performance enhancer - labs all over the globe grow the fungus for human consumption.

How does it work?

Much of cordyceps’ ability to improve athletic performance is focused around its ability to boost ATP production and oxygen utilization, as well as stabilizing blood sugar.

Adenosine triphosphate, otherwise known as ATP is located in the membranes of cellular structures. During cellular respiration, oxygen is converted into carbon dioxide while trapping the energy released from this process within the ATP.

Cordyceps and athletic performance

There has been some evidence that cordyceps increase athletic performance by increasing haemoglobin levels and aerobic capacity.

This means that it can be extremely beneficial for endurance athletes or anyone looking to improve their stamina for a variety of sports and physical activities.

One study found that a 1000mg daily dose of cordyceps over 12 weeks increased the ventilatory threshold by 8.5%.

The ventilatory threshold is the point during exercise at which ventilation starts to increase faster than VO2. It is at this point lactic acid starts to build and the aerobic system switches to anaerobic and the body becomes fatigued much quicker.

Being able to stay in the aerobic zone for longer is very valuable for endurance athletes as they can run faster for longer without fatigue.

The darker side of Cordyceps…

The cordyceps mushroom also has the ability to infect a host insect and use the body as a compost bag.

Only to later burst out of the host’s head in a way that is reminiscent of the Alien films.

It’s scary stuff… I dare you to have a look at the image in the link below…