Competitive gamers are always looking for new ways to get an edge over the competition. We mod our controllers, equip perks, and take any buffs we can get to improve our chances of victory. What if I told you that you could do the same thing with your mind and body?
There are a variety of “mind-enhancing” supplements and powders out there specifically designed to sharpen your senses, increase your focus, and heighten your reflexes. Of course, not all of them are created equal, which is why we’ve compiled this ultimate guide to find the perfect enhancements for your body and mind!
Don’t Be Stupid - Know The Basics
This should be a no-brainer but proper rest, diet and exercise should be the foundation upon which you build from. Getting a good night's rest alone can add a significant boost to your mental and therefore gaming abilities. On the other hand trying to do a 24-hour caffeine induced gaming spree is probably going to eventually kill any performance you were hoping to gain.
Know Your Options
As you explore these options, keep in mind that there are a few different types of ingredients that you’ll find in these performance-enhancing supplements. Let’s look at your options so you can decide where you want to focus your efforts:
1. Stimulants or Stimulant-Free
Stimulants are caffeine-based options that provide a quick burst of energy, but can quickly lead to jitters or a crash that will require you to take more. If you’re someone who gets jittery when you’ve had too much coffee, these may not be great for you.
Similarly, if you need precision on a PC game with mouse and keyboard, you may be too wired to make smart decisions in the game. Stimulants are best for high-octane matches in shooters like Battlefield or Call of Duty.
As far as stimulants go, these are the most common options:
- Caffeine - the usual stuff you use to get your morning started or fuel your late nights. It improves your mood, focus, and overall performance. Keep in mind, that anything over 400mg of caffeine will begin to have negative effects instead of positive ones.
- Dicaffeine Malate - This is a combination of caffeine and malic acid. It provides a quick boost of energy and manages to curb the crash that you normally expect.
- DMAA - While there is currently some legal battles happening over this substance, research has shown that it’s safe to use in reasonable doses. It works really well, but if has been shown to raise blood pressure. In addition, you should never use it in combination with any other stimulants.
- DMHA - This is an aliphatic amine, and is found in the Kigelia Africana fruit. It increases levels of dopamine and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters offer enhanced alertness, mood, and energy. It’s less intense than DMAA.
- J. Regia - Also known as the Persian walnut, or the English Walnut, this stimulant has been used in Olympus Labs’ recent products and offers an incredibly intense, long-lasting energy.
- Theacrine - This is very similar to caffeine, but the main difference is that it doesn’t build up a tolerance in your body like caffeine does. You won’t need to increase the dosage to keep the effects the same.
These are, by no means, all of the stimulants on the market, but they are among the most popular for gamers. Make sure you do your research and decide for yourself if stimulants are right for you.
2. Pills or Powder
You’ll find a mixture of pill supplements and powdered mixes on the market (and in our list). The capsule-based options tend to have longer lasting effects and are easy to quickly take prior to a gaming session.
If you’re not interested in taking any kind of pills, the powders on the market still offer the same convenience. They also have great flavors to choose from, which is a nice bonus. In either case, make sure you stay hydrated during your gaming session.
Once you’ve decided on the stimulants or lack thereof, and where you fall on pills vs powder, it’s time to look at our list of the top picks!
The 10 Best Supplements For Brain and Body Enhanced Gaming
Gamma Labs is responsible for the first product on our list. This is a top-rated supplement that was around before gaming boosts were even a thing. It’s a great option for a powder that doesn’t utilize DMAA.
There’s 150mg of caffeine in each scoop, along with L-Tyrosine and N-Acetyl for focus. The Bacopa Monnieri extract will keep you calm, while the Huperzine will make your mind sharp and focused.
The antioxidant complex here also utilizes several different types of fruit extract that offers some great nutritional value. Top this off with excellent flavors that taste delicious, and you may have something that can even replace your morning coffee!
The MOD Elite Gaming Supplement is easily one of the best pills you’ll find on the market. It was designed with gamers in mind. The caffeine in there combines with long-lasting energy thanks to TeaCrine®, which is a marketed version of Theacrine that offers energy without tolerance build-up. It also has a wide range of focus boosters.
These ingredients combine to offer you energy that doesn’t fade, faster reactions, incredible focus, and all of it without jitters or crashing. If you’re not a fan of powders, this is the supplement for you, bar none.
The best part? There’s no crash whatsoever!
SmartX isn’t specifically made for gaming, but it does have a lot of health benefits that pertain to gamers. It’s also more natural than your average gaming-focused supplement. It has a combination of Caffeine and L-Theanine for energy, and brain-strengthening ingredients like Huperzine A, DHA, Bacopin.
Other ingredients promote alertness, focus, and even regulate your blood sugar levels. It’s a great cerebrally-focused supplement that can improve your concentration and brain functions which are great for gaming.
This powder boasts a detailed formula that combines Taurine, Tyrosine, Lion’s Mane Mushroom, Bacopa Monnieri, Caffeine, Alpha GPC Choline, Lutein, and Huperzine A. With all of these ingredients, you’re getting a long-lasting enhancement to your energy and mental focus.
You’re also getting less strain on your eyes with the added Lutein. With a great taste and zero calories, you also don’t need to feel bad about drinking it.
This is a pill-based supplement that offers Theobromine, L-Theanine, Caffeine, and Vitman B12. It’s almost like a coffee pill if you will. It’s a caffeine focused energy, but it promises to last 4-7 hours total.
You’ll also avoid the crashes you’re used to with this formula. The ingredients also promote better reaction times and focus. It’s specifically marketed to gamers and e-athletes.
Our next offering from Neogenics is something that offers a formula devoid of artificial sweeteners, and preservatives that can counterbalance the positive effects of these supplements. The formula here is based on green tea, guarana, L-theanine, and Ashwagandha.
This formula boasts natural nootropic ingredients that consist of herbs and amino acids. Not only that, but the formula is vegan, non-GMO, and GMP certified. This is a great natural option for those who want to avoid synthetic choices.
Another Nootropic option comes in at number seven with Alpha Brain. This supplement promises to support verbal memory, peak alpha brain waves, and processing speed. It’s designed for performers ranging from entertainers to athletes, to gamers as well.
The formula is designed to be something you can take daily without forming a dependence on it. You’ll also enjoy a calm, focused, and mentally stable state each time you take it. Alpha GPC and Huperzia are some of the main ingredients here.
XP is the type of drink that will replace the energy drinks you normally see and offer a longer lasting, more sustained energy. It’s enough caffeine to get you moving, but not so much that you get jitters.
The flavor is great, and you’ll appreciate the sustained focus you get throughout your day when you use this.
VALIS is another supplement formula that promises energy, focus, improved reactions, and better motor control. Beyond this, it also promises better memory support and an improved mood to keep you cool even in the most intense or frustrating situations.
This nootropic blend will help you achieve the perfect mental and physical state for your gaming marathons!
Focus Mode is a supplement that uses Alpha-GPC, a plant-based compound, to improve memory, focus, and cognitive function. Throw in some guarana seed extract to support energy and endurance, and you have a pretty great formula for keeping your mind sharp.
5 Supplements to Fuel Your Long Term Gaming Success
While the 10 products we’ve listed thus far are great for those moments where you need a quick boost, you’ll want to try something different for the long haul. That’s where this section comes into play.
These are natural supplements that you can take which are designed to improve your long-term health and offer some great benefits to your continued gaming conquests.
This nutritional supplement combines two compounds that are naturally found in healthy eyes. Being a gamer, our eyes are constantly fixed on screens, which can wear down our eyesight in the long-term. Keeping your eyes healthy will counter these effects into the future.
This particular supplement is 40mg, so you won’t need to take it twice a day to meet your daily needs.
This supplement promises support for your joints, your skin, and your overall eye health. In addition, you’ll be getting brain health and immune system support. This antioxidant is associated with the bright pink colors of seafood like shrimp, lobster, and salmon.
Being a powerful antioxidant, it takes care of free-radicals that affect your eyesight. It also increases your reflex speed and depth perception. Your energy levels will be boosted as well, which allows your eyes to function better, even when you’re tired.
This special blend of supplements offers a major boost to your cognitive function. Reduced anxiety, increased logical thought, improved memory retention, and recollection are just a few of the benefits. A sharp mind is a gamer’s best friend.
This particular product combines Ginkgo Biloba and Bocapin, along with several other ingredients to create a formula that keeps you sharp and clear during your most intense gaming sessions.
Our final product is something you’ve probably seen in your energy drinks before. N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine is a precursor to many a neurotransmitter. It improves your mood, mental alertness, and helps you adapt to your environment.
Marines have been found to have increased mental capacity during boot camp with the help of these things. This would naturally translate to Call of Duty or Battlefield. This product will keep you level-headed with the game gets intense.
Over to You!
What gaming supplements have you tried? Do you have a favorite amongst our list? Let us know in the comments!
This article should not in anyway be considered medical advice. Always consult with your physician first!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 11/2/17