Behind every mouse and keyboard is a gamer….
With empty Redbull cans.
Most energy drinks are packed with sugar, artificial sweeteners and can just cause problems in the long term.
They aren't the best picks.
Supplement science has come so far.
Why settle for just caffeine and sugar?
We're in 2021, it's time to advance with actual beneficial ingredients for mental enhancements.
For example: look at Rage Stim Reloaded which has like 8 different stimulants that you can take at half or less servings and it would last you around 60-120 servings and you would get more energy / focus than most gaming supplements.
So let's dig into the best supplements for gaming…
For productive or gaming sessions, you don't need more than 100mg of caffeine.
A supplement should have more nootropics than stimulants.
But the problem is, most energy based supplements are focused on stimulants.
However Transparent Labs have solved this with Nootropic.
It uses 5 nootropics and 1 stimulant to help enhance mental and physical function.
To help smooth out the caffeine and help it last longer, it uses 100mg theanine. Theanine is found in green tea, and it's what gives that smoothness and relaxation.
You can't solve problems or get headshots with shaky hands right?
It combines choline, along with huperzine and NeuroFactor to enhance focus for long periods of time.
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Apollon Nutrition usually makes hardcore supplements for elite athletes.
But they've entered the productivity market with a bang.
Their Overtime is a nootropic based formula to increase energy and motivation.
Each serving is packed with 500mg caffeine (two forms) and lots of PEA for mood enhancement.
Normally this much caffeine would make anyone have jitters and anxiety, but since 300mg is coming from the fast acting form, it should be fine if you can handle 300mg.
The other 200mg of the caffeine is slow acting, meaning it'll take hours to breakdown, leaving you with hours of energy without a crash.
It also has lion's mane, which is an amazing mental enhancer that also has physical benefits.
Overtime is a hardcore type of productivity booster with lots of ingredients to attack energy and mood.
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If you're looking for something ultra strong, like limitless-like focus, then Excelsior is your choice.
Let me explain before you consider getting this…
Take 1/7th of a scoop, or even less, or even a little dust of it, and tell me how much more focused you'll feel.
Don't take a full scoop, that's going to be too strong to have when you're sitting there trying to get work done.
But 1/7 to 1/4th of a scoop, or way less, and you'll be sitting doing work with hours flying by before you notice how long you've been working or gaming for.
Anything more than half a scoop and you'll feel more anxious and too nervous to get work done.
This is a pre workout that's on our top 10 list and it has insane appetite suppression, you'll force yourself to eat.
They also have Thermal Spark, by the same company, and it feels the exact same as Excelsior but you'll either have to take one or two pills, so there isn't flexibility for dosing.
This is going to be strong stuff though, we wouldn't recommend it for daily use because of it's strength.
And because it can potentially have a strong crash (as it did for me), this might be worth a try once in a while.
It might amp you up too much for gaming though so I would recommend only trying this as an experiment.
I personally did use tiny doses of Excelsior, it's sort of like using modafinil but it's mild in that sense.
The Grind is a beast of a nootropic and we're glad to be recommending it here.
It's one of the few we've seen with super effective ingredients at high dosages.
It starts off with a potent neurotransmitter precursor, and that's N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine.
While we prefer the normal version, Tyrosine, this will work anyway.
It also packs potent herbs for energy and relaxation, that's Rhodiola and ashwagandha.
To help with glucose uptake, it uses Endurlac, and a pretty big dose of it.
You certainly won't find this big of a dose of Endurlac in any energy drinks, although they do use the cheaper form, glucuronolactone, but it would be at small doses.
All together, the Grind is the perfect nootropic / productivity booster to take either before gaming, studying, or even exercising.
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Chemix makes strong formula's for the serious worker.
This is Chemix Nootropic, one of the few formula's we've seen with the unique combination of ingredients that it has.
It's made out of more than 10 high quality ingredients, with a high quality form of choline to go with huperzine.
Citicoline is one of the best forms you can get, and it's used at a full serving of 300mg here.
While there isn't caffeine, there is still stimulants in here.
The hordenine in here is dosed at 150mg, one of the bigger doses we've seen for this ingredient, it'll help the eria jarensis last much longer for it's energy and motivational boost.
One thing that we like about this company is that they never under dose their ingredients.
Chemix Nootropic is stronger than your typical mainstream nootropic / gaming supplement.
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Transparent Labs is a company that, like NutraBio, features a very transparent label.
There products are usually well-dosed, but looking at the PhysiqueSeries Fat Burner label, we would say it’s dosed at the lower end of the effective range.
For example, there’s just 240mg of caffeine (at the full serving size of 4 capsules), 50mg of synephrine, which is low, and just 300mg of tyrosine, again a low dose.
Nonetheless, as it stands gamers looking for energy and focus will get some benefit and let’s be real, some gamers will use more than the suggested 4 capsules.
Overall, however, this is not one of the stronger products on the list and that’s true for fat burning as well as a energy/focus enhancer for gamers.
We’re a little surprised as Transparent Labs usually doses their products very effectively.
As far as value, you’ll get a 1 month supply at 4 caps a day, so this is an expensive product.
Is it worth it?
Maybe for users that want milder stimulation, but that’s about it.
Pre workouts are generally great to use before any event that requires increased mental performance (reaction time etc.) but they are loaded with ingredients that are best used for physical performance for enhanced strength and muscle gains.
So unless you need to bench press your keyboard, you don't need to spend the extra cash on those pre workouts.
Caffeine is great, that's the secret of most of these supplements.
But there are other stimulants and mental enhancers you could take advantage of.
Also you may be a fan of green tea, or you've heard of it's long lasting focus and energy that it provides?
Green tea is just caffeine and l-theanine, so you could just buy these ingredients in bulk if you're not a fan of tea for whatever reason.
But these supplements provide different ingredients to all round mental enhancements (like enhanced memory, reaction time and overall performance).
If you're a fan of sleep, then you probably know stimulants and sleep are not a good combo.
Alcar and l-tyrosine for example are natural energy boosters that will stimulate mental abilities but will not interfere with sleep if taken at least a couple hours before bedtime.
The problem with some supplements is that they are endorsed by well known people.
In the market of energy drinks and gaming supplements, its typically people like Pewdiepie and basically any popular streamer.
Here we'll dig into if any of these supplements are worth it (Gamer GG vs Sneak vs G Fuel)…
Let's start with Gamer GG.
Here's the ingredient label of GG:
One look at that and we say no.
The propertiary blend even has caffeine hidden in there.
The vitamins are nice.
But prop blend even attempts to look huge with the number “159,000mcg”.
It's actually only 159mg, and that's 10+ ingredients, including caffeine.
I even Googled “159,000mcg to mg” to make sure I'm not crazy.
Caffeine on it's own should be around 150mg.
But this formula is clearly a cash grab.
Clearly the influencers and the company takes 99% of the profits with a formula like this that probably costs 10$ to make.
The ingredients would be useful if they were properly dosed but even with proper doses, it should be a 5-7 gram serving.
Also it has 100 servings of 1.6g scoops, which is strange but still underdosed.
Next up is Sneak Energy.
Here's the label for Sneak:
This looks better than GG.
It's fully disclosed, the branding on the site is also nice but most importantly, it's disclosed.
You can see every ingredient, and the serving is 10 full grams.
That's about 100 times bigger than GG.
The only two ingredients that are underdosed is choline and l-carnitine tartrate.
These two should be 500mg each at least.
But other than that, this is better than your typical Redbull type of formula but not good enough to be in our top 10 list.
Now we have G Fuel:
G Fuel wins by just having “Floor Gang” in the ingredient label.
No but seriously, this isn't so much better than the other two formula's.
Most of the ingredients are underdosed, with the exception of taurine, tyrosine, and caffeine.
It's a little better than your typical energy drink.
But not by much.
You might think there's some magic to supplements…
But no, the formula's behind these are actually going to increase mental functions.
Not all ingredients are created equal either.
Caffeine is great but when it's combined with other stimulants like TheaCrine or eria jarensis, it works it even better.
So here are the most important ingredients to look for…
Caffeine is the grandfather of all stimulants.
It's often paired with other stimulants as it's the main driver of energy.
But more is not always better because of the tolerance and dependency that can be developed from using caffeine.
The most effective dose for productivity is anywhere from 50mg-300mg.
For long periods of gaming, try micro dosing, like 50mg for every hour for 4 hours.
Theanine is an amino acid that's found in green tea.
It's effects are relaxing and calming, but it doesn't cause drowsiness or sleepiness.
Often it's dosed at 100-300mg, typically it matches the caffeine it's dosed with.
Like 100mg theanine with 100mg caffeine.
Tyrosine is the perfect ingredient to take at night or during the day.
The reason for this is because it's a precursor to catecholamines: dopamine, adrenaline and epinephrine.
Caffeine releases these catecholamines but tyrosine helps produce them so it's a good combination.
Doses for this range from 500mg to 2g, while 2g being the closer end to the doses used in clinical studies.
Lion's mane is a mushroom that's known to increase neuro growth factor.
It has many benefits and it's often used in supplements to increase focus and physical energy.
Alpha GPC is a form of choline, but any form of choline is great for productivity.
It increases acetylcholine production, and it's great when it's paired with huperzine because huperzine prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine.
Huperzine is the defender of acetylcholine production.
Doses for this ranges from 5-20mg (50mcg to 200mcg if it's pure).
Paired with an choline source it should provide some long lasting focus and mental enhancements.
Rhodiola rosea is well known as a adaptogen herb that can help fight stress.
It can increase energy, both physically and mentally.
In fact, it's thought the Vikings would eat Rhodiola plant before they went out to raids.
Creatine (not important, but helpful)
Are you surprised to see creatine listed here?
You shouldn’t be – the benefits of this proven muscle builder just keep increasing – and one of the more impressive recently discovered benefits is the impact creatine has on your mind (3).
Studies such as one conducted in 2009 study have indicated that creatine can increase attention span and working memory.
Creatine can also prevent mental fatigue after strenuous mental activity, as suggested by one placebo-controlled study where young, healthy volunteers took the ‘Uchida-Kraepelin test’, which accurately evaluates mental fatigue by getting participants to perform repeated, mental, mathematical calculations.
The study found that those volunteers taking creatine did significantly better and showed less signs of fatigue than those taking the placebo.
So the next time you’re getting ready for a long gaming sessions, load up on creatine and experience its cognitive benefits! Dosing?
5 grams, the standard dose for this compound, works perfectly.