The 5 Most Science-Backed Nootropics for Gaming and E-Sports

Ginkgo biloba, phosphatidylserine, omega-3, grape seed extract, and caffeine.

Posted Jan 04, 2020

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Source: Photo Owned by David Ronnlid (Nootralize)

A nootropic is a substance that, if used properly, safely enhances the cognitive functions of the user.

In our web app, users can get a nootropic recommendation when choosing up to three effects they would like to achieve.

The most important cognitive functions for gaming and e-sports are focus, working memory, and speed of processing. The corresponding effects in our app are attention, short-term memory, and problem-solving.

If you select attention, short-term memory, and problem-solving, you’ll get a nootropic recommendation personalized to your goal of enhancing gaming performance.

We scrutinized 178 human placebo-controlled studies with a total of 7,619 experimental group participants on 77 nootropics.

Out of all these nootropics, the following are the nootropics with the most scientific evidence backing their efficacy and safety for gaming and e-sports (attention, short-term memory, and problem-solving):

Best: Ginkgo Biloba

2nd: Phosphatidylserine

3rd: Omega 3

4th: Grape seed extract

5th: Caffeine

Ginkgo Biloba

We have reviewed eight human placebo-controlled studies on ginkgo biloba, in which 723 participants received the nootropic.

Ginkgo Biloba is an herb that has the potential to improve:

  • Short-term memory
  • Learning
  • Problem-solving
  • Attention
  • Energy
  • Anxiety
  • Long-term memory

Significantly more frequent side effects than in the placebo groups of the studies: None.

Usage

Frequency: Daily or as needed

Form of consumption: Leaf extract (our dosages regard this) powder, capsules, tincture

Time of day: User’s choice

Amount: Light = 100 mg. Common = 400 mg. Strong = 800 mg.

A pronounced effect usually comes on after 30–60 minutes, lasts for 12 hours and is normally followed by six hours of after-effects.

Phosphatidylserine

We have reviewed six human placebo-controlled studies on phosphatidylserine, in which 621 participants received the nootropic.

Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid with the potential to improve:

  • Problem-solving
  • Short-term memory
  • Long-term memory
  • Learning
  • Stress
  • Energy
  • Mindfulness
  • Attention

Significantly more frequent side effects than in the placebo groups of the studies: None.

Usage

Frequency: Daily

Form of consumption: Phosphatidylserine, capsules, powder

Time of day: Before noon

Amount: Light = 50 mg. Common = 100 mg. Strong = 300 mg.

A pronounced effect usually comes on after several days, lasts for several days, and is normally followed by several days of after-effects.

Omega-3

We have reviewed seven human placebo-controlled studies on omega-3, in which 646 participants received the nootropic.

EPA & DHA are omega-3 fatty acids, often from fish oil, with the potential to improve:

  • Attention
  • Mood
  • Learning
  • Long-term memory
  • Problem-solving
  • Short-term memory

Significantly more frequent side effects than in the placebo groups of the studies: None.

Usage

Frequency: Daily

Form of consumption: Fish oil (our dosages regard this), fish (salmon, krill, etc.), algae

Time of day: User’s choice

Amount: Light = 500 mg. Common = 2,000 mg. Strong = 4,000 mg.

A pronounced effect usually comes on after several days, lasts for several days, and is normally followed by several days of after-effects.

Grape Seed Extract

We have reviewed one human placebo-controlled study on grape seed extract, in which 54 participants received the nootropic.

Grape seed extract comes from grape seeds; it has the potential to improve:

  • Problem-solving
  • Mood
  • Anxiety
  • Attention
  • Long-term memory
  • Short-term memory

Significantly more frequent side effects than in the placebo groups of the studies: None.

Usage

Frequency: Daily

Form of consumption: Powder, capsules, tincture

Time of day: Before noon

Amount: Light = 250 mg. Common = 500mg. Strong = 1,000 mg.

A pronounced effect usually comes on after several days, lasts for several days, and is normally followed by several days of after-effects.

Caffeine

We have reviewed four human placebo-controlled studies on caffeine, in which 196 participants received the nootropic.

Caffeine is a stimulant that has the potential to improve:

  • Short-term memory
  • Problem-solving
  • Attention
  • Energy
  • Mood
  • Sociality

Significantly more frequent side effects than in the placebo groups of the studies: None.

Usage

Frequency: As needed

Form of consumption: Pill, powder, coffee, tea

Time of day: Before noon

Amount: Light = 50 mg. Common = 120 mg. Strong = 700 mg.

A pronounced effect usually comes on after 30–60 minutes, lasts for six hours and is normally followed by six hours of after-effects.

Conclusion

If you have the right mindset for nootropics use (awareness of risks and how to avoid them), you’re in a great position to experience engineering success.

To start experimenting with nootropics, you can use our app to get a nootropic recommendation for your specific goals.

To achieve peak cognitive performance and well-being, make sure to upgrade your sleep, exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness.

Are you taking any other drugs or nootropics? Find interactions here.

This blog post was originally published at nootralize.com. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.