Nootropics and CrossFit

By Xwerks Nutrition

What are Nootropics?

Nootropics are supplements and superfoods that improve the performance of the brain such as, memory, motivation, focus, attention and overall mental function.

4 Nootropics Guaranteed to Increase Performance 

Caffeine - We all know what Caffeine is, but did you know its a Nootropic? Caffeine stimulates the mind and sensitizes neurons. Caffeine works by dulling the adenosine receptors, these are responsible for signaling the brain for sedation and relaxation. By inhibiting these receptors the dopamine, serotonin, adrenaline and acetylcholine systems are stimulated.

Rhodiola Rosea - This herb initially used by Vikings thousands of years ago is proven to promote physical and cognitive vitality. It is an adaptogen that reduces exhaustion and fatigue in stressful situations. One of the biggest benefits of Rhodiola Rosea to a CrossFit athlete is the prevention of 'burnout', AKA "I don't feel like working out today". Almost everyone at some point feels unmotivated and tired of the gym/working out, supplementing with Rhodiola Rosea helps to reduce stress, clear the mind and give you that killer mindset - ready to crush it in the gym.

DMAE - Known for being a powerful mind health compound. It increases cognitive function making you feel alert and focuses. It does this by reducing the buildup of beta-amyloid, also known as the "age pigment" and increasing levels of acetylcholine, a compound that improves memory.

L-Tyrosine - An amino acid the brain converts to the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine (the last two are you "fight or flight" hormones), collectively known as catecholamines. It's shown to enhance performance, improve vigor, decreases fatigue, diminishes subjective confusion, and lower tension and anxiety. These 4 compounds are all found in Xwerks Ignite. They all work synergistically with each other to make you feel awake, alert and ready to crush a workout - all the reason Ignite is not created equal to its competitors.