Focus XT goes in a different direction than ordinary pre-workout formulas. As the name suggests, it's almost solely comprised of focus boosters. The product is meant to provide an affordable and effective baseline of cognitive enhancement and energy that can be combined with ingredients from SNS's other baseline series of single-ingredient bulk powders.
A different pre-workout
The reason for a multi-ingredient Focus product that leaves out compounds typically found in other pre-workouts is because many of Focus XT's ingredients are taken in small doses. Combining small-dose powders on a per-serving basis is tedius and requires a milligram scale. Mix them into a homogenous, multi-serving batch can be difficult, and even dangerous.
When stimulants are consumed in uneven doses, it can cause unpleasant side effects. Most other pre-workout ingredients, on the other hand, are taken in multi-gram doses where minor difference in dose are not likely to cause any unpleasant effects.
Focus XT isn't just a pre-workout. It's also great as a study aid, or a replacement for your morning coffee. It contains 200mg of caffeine, which is equivalent to two cups of coffee. Plus, it contains additional ingredients that will enhance the effects of the stimulant.
Focus XT is a relatively simple formula. It's a 10g proprietary blend containing seven ingredients.
Caffeine is the most widely used stimulant in the world, with dozens of studies backing up its performance-enhancement effects. Specifically relevant to focus and cognition goals, caffeine has been shown to:
- Increase alertness
- Stimulate adrenal hormone release
- Enhance choline metabolism and neurotransmission
- Enhance mood
Choline is an essential nutrient with widespread use throughout the body as a component of cell membranes. The compound plays a key role in acetylcholine metabolism, one of the brain's important neurotransmitters. A 2011 study indicated that less than 10% of people consume enough choline through their diet to meet adequate intake.[5, 6] Supplementation with choline can improve acute cognitive focus, as well as enhance memory development.[7,8]
L-tyrosine is an amino acid that functions as a precursor to catecholamines synthesis -- a category of adrenergic compounds. Supplementation with L-tyrosine can directly increase the body's natural production of these stimulant hormones and have many benefits on energy and mental performance:
- Enhanced memory under stressful conditions[9,12]
- Increased focus and attention
- Increased cognitive performance while fatigued
Carnitine is an important compound utilized by the body as a component of many metabolic processes related to energy. Consumption enhances levels of energy stores in the brain, resulting in delayed fatigue onset. Additionally, while there is not published documentation to demonstrate it, many user choose ALCAR supplementation for its ability to promote a feeling of alertness and wakefulness. It works synergistically with choline and caffeine to provide enhanced benefits over those experienced with either ingredient on their own.
DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol bitartrate)
A chemical similar to choline, except with one less methyl group attached, DMAE has not been throroughly studied. It is believed to increase membrane fluidity in the brain, which can enhance learning capacity and memory formation
Vinpocetine is a natural compound found in periwinkle plants. It causes blood vessel vasodilation in the brain, resulting in greater blood flow. This leads to enhanced cognitive performance with regards to response time and short-term memory formation.
Huperzine-A is a compound that blocks the enzyme that metabolizes the acetylcholine neurotransmitter. Choline supplementation promotes acetylcholine enhancement and prevents it from breaking down, which is a great way to increase acetylcholine levels.
Focus XT can be taken pre-workout for a great energy and focus boost, or at any other time you need added focus, such as when studying. Don't exceed one scoop at a time, or two scoops in one day.
The ingredients in Focus XT have been studied in humans and are generally well tolerated. As with all dietary supplements, you should speak with your doctor before you start to take Focus XT.
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