Is Caffeine a Nootropic?
This one is near and dear to the team at OVRPWRD. Yes, we are talking about Caffeine!
Unsurprisingly most people already know what caffeine is and what it can do for you, but can it be considered a gaming supplement as well? You would automatically assume the answer is yes, but we’ll discuss...
- The benefits
- The downfalls, and ways to lessen them
- Using as a gaming supplement
- General use as a focus supplement
According to WebMD, the term “nootropics” refers to chemicals that meet very specific criteria. These days it is used to refer to any natural or synthetic substance that has a positive impact on mental skills. With that being said, caffeine is the world’s most popular psychoactive drug in the world, but is it a gaming nootropic? When used responsibly, caffeine can certainly provide an enhanced reaction time, increased memory, and general alertness boost. Sounds like all of the pieces of a perfect gaming nootropic, right?
Yes, but also no… 🤔🤔🤔
The biggest problem with caffeine is how irresponsibly it is used by consumers and especially gamers. Why is that? Caffeine works by blocking a brain chemical called adenosine. Adenosine is the chemical that makes you feel tired. In the same stride, caffeine will aid in the release of adrenaline, aka the “fight or flight” hormone associated with increased energy. A heightened fight or flight response can make that 3-on-1 matchup feel like a breeze to close the round if you’re properly caffeinated with an OP BAR and become overpowered.
But too much caffeine?
Too much caffeine can cause anxiety, high blood pressure, nervousness, and insomnia Anxiety will raise your heart rate needlessly, causing fatigue, shaking, and sweating. None of which is conducive to Having a GG. High blood pressure is shown to affect memory or learning and is just a bad general health problem long term.
How do I counteract the downfalls of caffeine? 🧐🧐🧐
There are a few ways to combat these negative effects of caffeine but the nootropic stack found in OP BAR has one dietary supplement called L-Theanine that the team at OVRPWRD lauds as the best complement to caffeine. L-Theanine can enhance the effects of caffeine and counteract these downfalls we just touched on. L-Theanine specifically helps you multitask better when used with caffeine. Such a lethal combo is far overpowered when finding the best gaming supplements to take your skills to the next level.
With all that being said, we think it’s easy to identify that caffeine is absolutely a gaming nootropic! This is contingent on responsible consumption. There are other nootropics in OP BAR that also have a deeper enhancement to compliment caffeine such as Bacopa Root that we’ll touch on in later articles but, I hope this gave some perspective on why we packed The OP BAR with these specific nootropics to help you get a cognitive boost and most importantly to Have A GG!
- The OP Team