Nootropics + Pumps = Brain Gains
What happens when you combine Actual Intelligence with PUMPIES?! You get laser focus, enhanced mind-to-muscle connection, epic pumps, long-lasting energy levels, and increased performance.
If you would rather take a few capsules than mix up a drink before a workout, this stack is for you! No shaker cup required. Just take a few capsules and get to work!
The Mind-Pump stack includes:
- (1) Actual Intelligence
- (1) PUMPIES
PUMPIES // Nitric Oxide Support
Getting a good pump is often considered to be the sign of a good workout, especially if your goal is to build muscle! The pump is a result of metabolic stress which is one of the three mechanisms that contribute to muscle hypertrophy. So, it turns out that the pump isn’t just "broscience" after all but it’s actually very beneficial for building muscle.
There are numerous ways that you can increase your chance of getting a pump including:
Consuming carbohydrates before and after training
Increasing your sodium intake before and during training
Shorten your rest periods
Lift in the 8-20 rep range
Stimulant intake should be limited to pre and intra workout
In addition to the methods listed above, you can also consider taking a nitric oxide supplement such as PUMPIES!
PUMPIES is a nitric oxide support supplement that’s formulated to promote maximum vasodilation, resulting in increased blood flow and nutrient delivery to the working muscles. With the combination of Nitrosigine®, VasoDrive-AP® epicatechins, and pine bark extract you can expect:
In other words, welcome to Pump Town!
- Contains: Milk
Allergen Warning: This product is manufactured in a facility which processes milk, eggs, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybeans, and sesame.
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant that offers a host of health benefits. Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, neurotransmitters, and L-carnitine. It’s also involved in protein metabolism, the immune system, absorption of iron, and maintaining a healthy skeletal system.
Although vitamin C takes on many roles in the body, we added it to PUMPIES due to its ability to increase nitric oxide bioavailability. In other words, vitamin C helps your body utilize the nitric oxide that’s being produced by the other ingredients in PUMPIES. Who knew such a simple addition could lead to longer-lasting pumps!
The first branded ingredient in PUMPIES is Nitrosigine® which is a patented complex of arginine, inositol, and silicate from Nutrition 21, LLC. Nitrosigine® is a more bioavailable form of arginine that significantly raises nitric oxide production.
Increase muscular pumps and performance
Enhance focus and cognitive flexibility
Promote recovery by reducing inflammation and muscular damage
The second branded ingredient in PUMPIES is VasoDrive-AP® from NovaNutra, LLC. VasoDrive-AP® is composed of two low molecular weight lactotripeptides named isoleucine-proline-proline (IPP) and valine-proline-proline (VPP) which are derived from hydrolyzed milk casein.
These lactotripeptides have the unique ability to inhibit the breakdown of angiotensin converting enzymes (ACE). ACE is responsible for vasoconstriction which is the opposite of vasodilation. Vasoconstriction leads to narrowing of the blood vessels, which is not what we want when the pump is our goal.
Since Nitrosigine® and VasoDrive-AP® target two different pathways, they work synergistically to increase pumps, performance, and blood flow! It’s important to point out that PUMPIES carry a milk allergy since they feature VasoDrive-AP® which is sourced from milk. Check with a healthcare professional if you are allergic to milk before taking PUMPIES.
The next ingredient in PUMPIES is epicatechin, which is derived from Camellia sinensis leaf. Epicatechin is a bioactive flavonoid that’s naturally present in various foods such as dark chocolate and tea leaves.
Since epicatechin seems to be capable of inhibiting myostatin, it’s often found in natural muscle builders. So, what is epicatechin doing in a nitric oxide supplement?
Well beyond its ability to down-regulate myostatin the epicatechins are capable of elevating nitric oxide production and mitochondrial synthesis through activating endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS).
As we know by now, greater nitric oxide production results in more blood flow and nutrient delivery to the working muscles. In other words, longer-lasting pumps, improved performance, and better recovery!
Supplementing with epicatechins may:
Enhance insulin sensitivity
Increase strength and muscle growth
Pine Bark Extract
The last active ingredient in PUMPIES is 100 milligrams of pine bark extract, also known as Pinus pinaster. Pine bark extract is rich in various polyphenols including pycnogenol, catechins, phenolic acids, and procyanidins which are attributed to its health-promoting properties.
Research suggests that pine bark extract has cardiovascular benefits because of its ability to promote relaxation of blood vessels, inhibit angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), and improve microcirculation via enhancing capillary permeability. Overall, pine bark extract is a solid way to round out the formula!
Actual Intelligence // Nootropic
Let’s face it, we only spend so much time in the gym, so it’s beneficial to find supplements that improve your performance in other areas of your life. Especially since the vast majority of our lives are spent at work, school, and home. Not to mention, a true hard-working M’fer is someone who excels inside and outside of the gym.
Unlike pre-workouts, which are designed to increase your physical performance, nootropics are designed to increase your cognitive performance. A well-formulated nootropic may improve your memory, motivation, learning capabilities, mental energy, alertness, and concentration. In other words, nootropics help get you in the zone so you can get sh*t done faster and better.
When most people think of nootropics, the first thing that comes to mind is typically caffeine. However, there are a lot of other ingredients that can further boost your cognitive performance. And those with the most scientific backing are found in Actual Intelligence.
Actual Intelligence (also known as A.I.) is a powerful nootropic fit for a true hard-working M’fer that wants to maximize their productivity and performance beyond the walls of the gym. Actual Intelligence uses effective doses of ten ingredients, which have been rigorously tested and shown to boost focus, mental energy, mood, cognition, and alertness.
Actual Intelligence is one of the only nootropics that uses four patented ingredients, including:
- PurCaf™ from Applied Food Sciences
- Dynamine™ from Compound Solutions
- TeaCrine® from Compound Solutions
- Advantra Z® from Innophos
Actual Intelligence also contains ingredients that possess neuroprotective properties, such as Huperzine A, Lion’s Mane, and Alpha-GPC, which are extremely beneficial for overall brain health. Clearly, Actual Intelligence’s comprehensive formula far exceeds standard nootropics, energy drinks, and caffeine pills.
If you’ve been searching for a product that can help you reach a flow state of mind, get sh*t done, and support your brain health, look no further than Actual Intelligence from Axe & Sledge.
- Allergen Warning: This product is manufactured in a facility which processes Milk, Eggs, Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans, and Sesame.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder
Lion’s mane, also known as Hericium erinaceus, is a medicinal mushroom that belongs to the tooth fungus group. Lion’s mane is most commonly found in regions of Asia, Europe, and North America. Lion’s mane is known for growing long spines that appear in clusters. To some, its shape resembles an actual lion’s mane, which is where Lion’s mane gets its name from.
Beyond its unique name and physical appearance, Lion’s mane is rich in several beneficial constituents, such as beta-glucans, heteroxylans, heteroglycans, hericenones, and erinacines. These bioactive compounds are largely attributed to Lion’s mane’s numerous benefits.
Supplementing with Lion’s mane may:
- Promote an overall sense of well-being
- Boost cognitive function
- Decrease anxiety
- Stimulate the growth of brain cells
- Reduce inflammation
L-Theanine is a non-protein forming amino acid analog that’s naturally found in green tea leaves. L-theanine has the unique ability to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation without drowsiness.
What’s more, studies have shown that L-theanine works synergistically with caffeine to boost cognitive function and attention. L-theanine carries out its effects by increasing the body’s production of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
PurCaf® is an organic form of natural caffeine that’s derived from green coffee beans. PurCaf® is standardized to contain at least 95% caffeine, so every serving of A.I. contains approximately 95 milligrams of caffeine. Anecdotally, natural caffeine provides users with a more steady, yet sustained increase in both physical and mental energy.
Caffeine carries out its stimulatory effects primarily through inhibiting adenosine receptors in the brain. Adenosine is a nucleoside that slows down neural activity, resulting in fatigue. PurCaf® works synergistically with L-Theanine to increase mood, energy, concentration, alertness, and cognitive function. PurCaf® is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and GRAS (generally regarded as safe).
Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline
Alpha-glycerylphosphoryl choline (Alpha-GPC) is a cholinergic compound that possesses powerful cognitive-boosting properties. As the name suggests, alpha-GPC is made up of two components — a glycerophosphate molecule and a choline molecule.
The choline component is primarily used for acetylcholine production. Acetylcholine is the primary neurotransmitter that’s responsible for several bodily functions, including muscle contractions, nerve impulses, memory, and learning.
The glycerophosphate component of alpha-GPC supports the structure of cellular membranes, which is an added benefit that’s not offered by other supplemental forms of choline. Studies show that supplementing with alpha-GPC may improve cognitive function, reduce the rate of cognitive decline, and enhance power output.
Overall, alpha-GPC is a phenomenal supplement for supporting brain health and boosting both cognitive and physical performance.
Dynamine™ is a trademarked form of methylliberine, a purine alkaloid that’s naturally found in kucha tea leaves. Dynamine™ is known for its ability to quickly increase energy levels, focus, and mood. Studies have shown that Dynamine™ carries out its effects by activating dopamine receptors and inhibiting adenosine receptors.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that heavily influences your mood, motivation, memory, focus, and executive functioning. Adenosine, on the other hand, is an organic compound that causes a decline in neural activity, resulting in mental fatigue.
Therefore, by increasing dopamine production and inhibiting adenosine, Dynamine™ is capable of improving energy, alertness, productivity, and motivation. Not to mention, Dynamine™ doesn’t appear to impact your cardiovascular system, so it’s unlikely to cause rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, or other unwanted side effects. Dynamine™ was developed by Compound Solutions.
TeaCrine® is a trademarked form of theacrine, a purine alkaloid that’s naturally found in kucha tea leaves. Similar to Dynamine™, TeaCrine® is a non-stimulant patented compound that significantly increases energy, mood, and focus, without affecting the cardiovascular system. Therefore, it’s less likely to cause rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, irritability, or jitters.
TeaCrine® carries out its effects by boosting dopamine levels and inhibiting adenosine. As we mentioned in the Dynamine™ section, dopamine is important for motivation, mood, memory, and focus, whereas adenosine reduces neural activity. So boosting dopamine production and inhibiting adenosine is very advantageous for maximizing cognitive function.
Furthermore, some studies have shown that TeaCrine® and caffeine are complementary, meaning that caffeine increases the bioavailability of TeaCrine®, resulting in better effects. TeaCrine®’s half-life is approximately four times greater half-life than caffeine, so it has longer-lasting effects.
Advantra Z® is a high-quality bitter orange extract, also known as Citrus aurantium, that’s self-affirmed GRAS (generally recognized as safe). Advantra Z® is standardized to contain at least 30% synephrine, which is its main bioactive constituent.
Due to Advantra Z®’s ability to increase energy, reduce appetite, and boost thermogenesis, it’s often used in weight loss supplements and pre-workouts. However, we included Advantra Z® in Actual Intelligence to curb your appetite, further increase energy levels, and enhance concentration. Advantra Z® is a branded ingredient developed by Innophos.
Toothed clubmoss, more commonly known as Huperzia Serrata, is a plant that’s rich in huperzine A, a natural inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase. Huperzine A is capable of sustaining acetylcholine levels by reducing the breakdown of acetylcholine.
In regards to Actual Intelligence, huperzine A works synergistically with alpha-GPC to not only raise acetylcholine levels but keep them elevated for an extended period of time. Supplementing with huperzine A additionally increases focus, mind-to-muscle connection, and cognitive performance.
- For optimal results, take 4-5 capsules of PUMPIES with 2 capsules of Actual Intelligence.
- Consume 30-45 minutes prior to training.
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