Nootropics and bodybuilding, can they go hand in hand to help break mental and physical strength plateaus?
If you are not familiar with Nootropics and what they are you are not alone, I have heard of Nootropics and I knew a few friends in college who used them. When I was younger I remember a teacher suggesting to my mom that she might want to consider giving me some to help increase my attention span “I had a lot of trouble focusing”. There are different kinds of Nootropics, some are chemical based and others are natural “herbal”.
Nootropics are essentially used to enhance your memory, they are also known as cognitive or intelligence boosters. Nootropics are very popular among students to help them increase focus and mental alertness, unfortunately, chemical Nootropics can have side effects after prolonged usage.
The purpose of using Nootropics is to increase mental concentration, when it comes to bodybuilding the more focused we are the more we can lift, letting us concentrate on squeezing and focus on the muscle contraction.
Nootropics and bodybuilding
You are probably asking yourself what Nootropics have to do with bodybuilding, and yes at one point in time I tried to correlate the benefits that they could possibly offer bodybuilders, what I found is that not only can they help improve memory, they can also help reduce stress, depression and anxiety.
If you perform any kind of physical activity, be it for personal benefit or for competition we all experience mood swings, there are days that we are depressed, either because we were not physically or mentally as strong as we felt we should have been, in most cases this is due to poor focus and lack of mental enthusiasm.
Benefits of Nootropics
Obviously, if you take a prescription Nootropic you are defeating your purpose of maintaining your health, prolonged use of any medication can have long-term side effects, however, there are some natural Nootropic supplements that can have similar if not the same benefit of prescription medicines.
Some popular supplements like Muscletronic contain herbs that have a positive effect on increasing alertness while improving both mental and physical capabilities.
Some of the benefits of natural Nootropic supplements include the following:
- Naturally increase mental and physical alertness
- Improve focus and drive
- Increase your physical capabilities
- Increase strength
- Increase quality muscle
- Can be taken for prolonged periods with no side effects
As you can see there are many benefits to taking Nootropic supplements, the important thing is to find one that contains a few of the following ingredients, a quality Nootropic supplement should contain some or all of the following:
- Alpha-GPC (A powerful neurotransmitter)
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (Increases glucose absorption)
- Golden Root (Helps your body better adapt to stress, depression, and anxiety)
- L-THEANINE (Boosts and heightens focus and attention span improving mental focus)
- Caffeine (A natural stimulant to help enhance focus, energy and endurance)
Nootropics and bodybuilding go hand in hand, if you train every day and your goal is to constantly increase gains, both mentally and physically you will need to focus, and more important you need to avoid those days when you feel depressed, mental depression can prevent anyone from making gains both in and out of the gym, having a positive outlook on training will translate into quicker gains and more of a desire to train hard and heavy every day.
Most Nootropic supplements help with more than just mental focus, many also help increase strength and burn fat making them well worth the money. The other benefit is that you don’t have to be a bodybuilder, anyone who practices any kind of physical sport can reap the benefits of Nootropic supplements.