Did you know the average gamer has a reaction speed of around 300-500 milliseconds, whereas most professional gamers can react faster than 200 milliseconds?
One hundred milliseconds improvement might not seem a lot, but it can be the difference between falling short of an impressive kill streak.
Whilst competitive “sporting” athletes understand the importance of proper nutrition, recovery, and skill to winning at their chosen sport, professional gaming has really become a large industry as many Pros begin to supplement their energy, stamina and focus with a range of nootropic and stimulant based ingredients.
When I began formulating our PRE series, I wanted to ensure that I was creating something that would ultimately improve focus, concentration and reward systems of the brain without leaving you with a massive crash in energy.
Not only that, the product needed to be as much as versatile as a productivity and mental focus aid, than just a supplement dry scooped before heading to the gym.
To do this, I chose to use 2 different forms of caffeine as the base to the formula – PurCaf which is a trademarked form of Green Coffee Bean Extract, and Active Time Release Caffeine which is a micro-encapsulated powder form of caffeine – both combined to yield 200mg caffeine overall.
Not a massive dose compared to other stimulant based pre-workout supplements, but enough to boost cognitive function and mental performance, all whilst not leaving you feeling jittery or over-stimulated due to its slow extended release; allowing you to make fast decisions and react quickly.
With the “stimulant” aspect covered, I chose 600mg Alpha GPC and 500mg Citicoline to provide the base substrate for Acetylcholine; the neurotransmitter produced to aid in memory and task performance; alongside 100mcg of Huperzine A which slows down the breakdown; keeping you focused and on the “trigger” for longer.
Next up Acetyl-L-Carnitine, delivering 1500mg to help supply the brain with energy and metabolism boosting benefits, whilst aiding to improve memory – all important for remembering the finer details on expansive maps being played.
With the stimulant and concentration aspects covered, I set my targets on Dopamine – the neurotransmitter our brain makes to keeps us focused and rewarded for our actions.
Dopamine is made from L-DOPA, whose pre-cursor is the amino acid Tyrosine and Phenylalanine, so the addition of 1500mg L-Tyrosine, 500mg D,L-Phenylalanine and 200mg L-DOPA from Mucana Pruriens all sums up to a massive explosion of 2.2g of Dopamine pre-cursors for the brain; aided by 20mg Pyridoxine-5-Phosphate (Vitamin B6) which is a co-factor needed to create Dopamine in our brains.
The 2 final ingredients, Lion’s Mane and Gingko Biloba, are well known for their ability as anti-oxidants to improve blood flow to the brain and support neurogenesis (the process by which our nerves of our brain make deeper connections to make our thinking processes more efficient).
Whilst “pre-workouts” are traditionally viewed as supplements for the gym, PRE Focus+ offers the versatility when a mental boost is required for cognitively demanding tasks without the upsetting impact many others can have on your sleep quality; especially if you're a night-owl gamer.
And if you’re really looking to take your gaming strategies to a new level, why not stack PRE Focus+ alongside AM Priming Stack; designed to lower stress and cortisol levels in the brain whilst improving cerebral blood flow – an all important combination when you’re one kill away from securing the winning target - we call it the Ultimate Productivity Stack.
Dr Dean St. Mart PhD; Product Manager and Formulator for Supplement Needs