Nothing fuels long gaming sessions better than caffeine (while still staying on the right side of the law). The problem with the majority of energy products on the market is that they either have a boat-load of sugar or they use artificial sweeteners that have been linked to health issues. Trying to change that is a pair of friends that met when they were at the University of California.
Kent and Ryan wanted a healthy option to the usual energy products at the time, so set out on a year-long quest culminating in Neurogum being born. Along the way, they consulted with brain surgeons, personal formulators, professional athletes, and the typical coffee drinker to tweak their formula to give you focus and energy without the jitters or crash of other products.
Neurogum does a few things differently to the competition, firstly with their blend of natural and artificial sweeteners that are all calorie-free. There’s sorbitol, xylitol, sucralose, monk fruit, and stevia here, the combination of which makes a nice sweetness without the minor inconveniences of each individual sweetener.
Then there are the primary ingredients: natural caffeine, L-theanine, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12, all of which have been extensively studied to prove their positive effect on cognition. Both the “Enlighten Mint” and “CinnaMental” flavors are pleasing, both to the tongue and to the brain. I appreciate a good play on words, and I appreciate long-lasting flavor that doesn’t burn off your taste buds.
Since you’re chewing, and the active ingredients can absorb through your mouth they hit your bloodstream up to five times faster than drinking an energy drink would. You also get more of the active ingredients due to them not degrading in your stomach acid. I’ve been using it instead of my morning coffee, and I’m finding myself more roused from my usual torpor more quickly. Neurogum also doesn’t require any effort on my part, which is great when I don’t want to get out of my comfortable bed.
I’ve also been using Neurogum while out running errands, working on articles and yes, while gaming. I wouldn’t say my reaction times have substantially improved, but my levels of focus and concentration definitely have. I like the flavors, and the mouthfeel of the gum is also good – it doesn’t fall apart or get tough after a while. My general mood has elevated, and I’ve gotten out of the creative slump that I’d found myself in. It might not work the same for you, but it’s going to be a regular item in my pantry.
Best of all, I didn’t experience any of the usual side-effects of energy drinks or other nootropics – no jitters, no crash, no nausea. If you’re looking for a different way to perk yourself up during the day or want a stepping-stone into other nootropics – definitely check out Neurogum.
A sample unit was provided for the purpose of this review.
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