Stressors, like heavy training, cause disturbances in hormones and parameters
associated with the central nervous system and the
hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA). Among other things, HPA changes
include an increase in cortisol, a reduced sensitivity of the HPA to feedback
down-regulation and a disruption in the circadian rhythm of cortisol secretion.
Central nervous system changes include the stress-induced depletion of
catecholamine neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine.
To successfully combat stress and stressful situations, adaptation is required.
Adaptation might be best thought of as the ability to be exposed to a stressor,
while responding with either decreased or no characteristic hormonal changes.
Adaptation also implies being able to reassume a homeostatic state (back to
normal) once the stressor has been removed.
As an example, if a well-trained athlete participates in an exercise bout
inducing a huge HPA change — a bout that would absolutely wreck an untrained
person — the athlete will be relatively unaffected. The reason? This is a result
of adaptation that has occurred during the athlete's training process. After the
stress ended, their physiology would be expected to re-establish homeostasis
rapidly. Basically put, training more causes you to adapt more quickly.
Most of us are well-trained bodybuilders, so our adaptation process should be
pretty responsive; however, by nature, our sport requires us to constantly
bombard the muscle with stressors in order to trigger the next level of growth.
So how do we maintain this level of intensity and constant physical punishment
without driving our bodies and our minds to mush? We’re all familiar with the
numerous approaches for body recovery but what about the brain?
Psychotropin is a supplement designed to increase the body’s ability to handle
and adapt to stress while serving to calm and reset the mind. It can renew
central nervous system function and induce a state of psychological well-being
and physical anabolism. Psychotropin is loaded with a veritable plethora of
mood-elevating nutrients and plant constituents. Patrick Arnold and ErgoPharm
see the future of focus/mood elevators being an ancillary gadget for heavy
training and bodybuilding.
Phenibut — The chief ingredient of Psychotropin is a derivative of the brain
neurotransmitter amino acid gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This amino acid
derivative is 2-phenyl GABA, known as the remarkable compound phenibut with very
unique subjective effects. Phenibut gives a calming effect, however this effect
is not associated with any sedation. Quite the contrary, phenibut seems to
enhance concentration and awareness and it boosts clarity of thinking. It also
seems to allow one to work harder with less perceived effort.
Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) — ALCAR supplementation demonstrates neuronal
structural changes in the brain and plays a role in reducing stress and
depression. ALCAR protects against the decreases in dopamine and testosterone
that normally occurs after exposure to both acute and chronic stress.
Bacopa Monnieri — In use for several thousand years in Ayurvedic medicine as a
brain nerve tonic, Bacopa monnieri is now being recognized for its memory
enhancing by possibly improving the conductivity of nerve tissue as well as for
its adaptogenic effects as it possesses mild sedative and anti-anxiety
L-Theanine — Theanine may have both mood enhancing and nootropic properties.
Theanine shows promise for improving learning performance, heightening mental
acuity, increasing the formation of GABA, and increasing brain dopamine levels
among other positive neurological benefits. Theanine has also been purported to
reduce the ill effects from over stimulation from caffeine.
DMAE — DMAE has been used as a mood elevator for decades. After frequent use of
DMAE subjects have reported more restful sleep while requiring less. Researchers
have speculated that DMAE increases brain acetylcholine levels by inhibiting
choline metabolism in peripheral tissues — although not directly as a choline
precursor —thereby allowing free choline to accumulate and subsequently
converted to acetylcholine.
Betaine — Betaine is a methyl donor also known as Trimethylglycine (TMG).
Betaine, a closely related molecule to choline, plays a role in the synthesis of
carnitine. Methyl donors are also involved in synthesis of neurochemicals, which
may account for their cognitive effects.
Rhodiola Rosea — In addition, Psychotropin contains the herb rhodiola rosea -
which has documented CNS stimulating, mood elevating, work performance
enhancing, sleep improving and fatigue fighting properties.
Vinpocetine — Vinpocetine, a cerebral metabolic enhancer and a selective
cerebral vasodilator, has been shown to enhance oxygen and glucose uptake from
blood by brain neurons, and to increase neuronal ATP bio-energy production, even
under hypoxic conditions.
Huperzine A — Huperzine A crosses the blood-brain barrier and protects
acetylcholine from being destroyed by acetylcholinesterase. This property of
Huperzine causes an increase in acetylcholine in the brain thereby leading to
improved mental function including memory enhancement.
As you can see, Psychotropin is packed with neuro-protective and adaptogenic
ingredients. This represents the next line of defensive against overtraining and
over stimulation. Psychotropin serves to renew CNS function to promote calmness,
focus and psychological well-being — all leading to physical recovery and