I’m back with a really exciting review – this time it’s not CBD related (shock horror!) – but rather all about how you can maintain your alertness and concentration whilst working out, gaming, or even just tackling your daily office duties. That’s right I’m reviewing the Myprotein Command Nootropic Powder, an energy drink with a powerful blend of ingredients including the nootropic Cognizin® (citicoline) which may be able to increase motor speed, increase ATP production (that good old brain energy) by up to 14% as well as the formation of brain membranes by 26%. Pretty impressive huh?
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Carrying the tagline “Whatever the Game. Stay in Command”, the Command range has been designed to keep you focused, alert, and energised. Packed with all the good stuff such as; vitamins, minerals, green coffee powder, and amino acids Command could help to aid concentration, cognitive function, vision, and energy. Oh, and don’t worry, unlike most energy drinks, especially those marketed toward gamers, they’re completely sugar-free.
Nootropics were first researched in the 1960s and 1970s with studies finding that they may have the potential to enhance cognition. Classed as brain-boosting compounds nootropics may enhance both the health and performance of the brain. They can help with information recall, attention, hand-eye coordination, faster decision making, mood, anxiety, and even encourage fluid and creative thinking. Some nootropics you may (and may not) have heard of are; 5-HTP, caffeine, L-Theanine, creatine, L-Tryptophan, and GABA.
I often talk on my blog about adaptogens and nootropics tend to get left behind, although rather confusingly some adaptogens are also nootropics such as CBD. Unlike adaptogens, nootropics solely reduce stress rather than fighting against it, and so it can useful to combine the two together, which is known as ‘stacking‘.
As well as caffeine, Command also contains the nootropic compound L-Theanine, which is found in abundance in green tea. It helps to reduce stress and anxiety, lower resting heart rate, and increase your sense of relaxation all without making you drowsy. When combined with caffeine it improves cognitive performance and focus making these two ingredients a match made in heaven.
Although not a nootropic, another main ingredient you’ll find on the nutritional label is L-Taurine, an amino acid commonly used to aid sports performance due to its ability to promote healthy blood flow and support muscle formation. So as you can see Command has been cleverly formulated to use functional ingredients that work in perfect harmony.
But how did Command stack up? (Pun totally intended.)
I have to admit that I’m a little bit of a magpie, so when I saw the futuristic shiny silver label with a splash of colourful-hippie-acid-wave splashed across it, I got a little bit too excited. The tub of Command Nootropic Powder I was sent out was in the flavour ‘Tropical’, and being a tropical fruit lover I was overjoyed, but it’s worth noting that it also comes in 3 other juicy, mouthwatering flavours like; Blue Raspberry, Sour Apple, and Grape.
Within a matter of minutes, my 2 pm slump had been catapulted into oblivion and I was quite up for anything. I envisioned my 37-year-old self at an illegal airfield rave at 3 am dancing like a teenager with zero shits to give.
Each serving of Command comes with 150 mg of caffeine for improved focus and concentration, additional zinc to aid normal cognitive function, and vitamin A to contribute to the maintenance of normal vision. It’s instantly functional but also carries some long term benefits due to its vitamin and mineral content too, making it a versatile all-rounder. You can check out the full ingredients list below:
Tropical Flavour: Inulin, L-Taurine, Flavouring, Acid (Citric Acid), Cognizin® Citicoline, Green Coffee Powder (Natural Caffeine Extract (Coffea L), Green Coffee Bean Extract (Coffea Arabica L)), Anti-Caking Agent (Silicon Dioxide), L-Theanine, L-Tyrosine, Vitamin C, Vitamin B Complex (Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12), Electrolyte Blend Powder (Sodium Chloride, Potassium Sulphates, Calcium Phosphates, Magnesium Oxide), Sweetener (Sucralose), Curcuma Oil Extract, Colour (Titanium Dioxide), Lutein (Marigold Flower Extract (Tagetes Erecta)), Zinc Monomethionine Powder (Zinc Sulphate, L-Methionine), Vitamin A.
As you can see it’s packed full of minerals and vitamins and some great nootropics. I was really happy to see inulin in the ingredients list – it’s a great emulsifier but it also carries a hefty amount of prebiotic fibre and lends a natural sweetness to whatever it’s in. I’m not the hugest fan of sucralose as a sweetener however it is actually thought that it could cause diabetes, increase the risk of IBS and leaky gut, and is actually associated with weight gain. Having said this the amounts in the drink are minimal and it’s not something you’d consume daily and in large quantities. So I’m happy to throw it in once a week for an intense workout. But everyone has a different opinion on this and it’s certainly for you all to make your own decisions! I’m just here to give you my honest opinion.
I wanted to try out Command for both its cognitive and physical purposes so below you’ll find an account of how that panned out.
I whizzed up 10g (about 2 large scoops) of powder with 300ml of water, although you can use up to 400ml, and was greeted with a pleasant, vibrant yellow-tinged drink that smelled like a bag of tropical sweeties. One swig later and I was in some sort of tropical heaven – it is one refreshing drink for sure. The main flavour to come through, I guess, is a slightly artificial pineapple with a hint of turmeric. Another glance at the label and I saw that Curcuma oil extract had been added, presumably for the colour and not its anti-inflammatory properties.
The product blended well and the result was a smooth drink with only a tiny bit of grainy powder that had settled at the bottom of my glass, but it was definitely minimal and not unpleasant in the slightest. Within a matter of minutes, my 2 pm slump had been catapulted into oblivion and I was quite up for anything. I envisioned my 37-year-old self at an illegal airfield rave at 3 am dancing like a teenager with zero shits to give.
Now, it’s worth noting that I am pretty caffeine sensitive at the best of times but tend to react less badly when it isn’t in coffee so I was a little bit scared I’d start getting heart palpitations but thankfully they never came. I did however feel like I was staring at my screen like a nutter and moving around a lot faster than normal in a somewhat chaotic, rapid fashion.
With it being the first time I’d ever sampled this drink I didn’t really even think of putting it to use for more than typing up this review so my fingers were flying around the keyboard like Flash, and it suddenly dawned on me why this drink was being largely marketed to gamers. I have to confess that I was an avid gamer back in the day and so can really see the appeal.
I can hand on heart say that Command made me more focused on the task at hand but I also really had the biggest urge to get off my computer and do something more physically active. Alas, my typing time ran out and I had to go grab Anya from school – but that was a good thing after all because I could burn off some of this excess energy.
It was time to whizz up another cup of tropical brain juice but today I decided to throw in some ice for added refreshment and it made the drink a little less bitter and a lot more refreshing. I was tempted to use carbonated water but didn’t want to risk making my blender explode. I also wished I had some frozen tropical fruit because that would make one mean slushie.
Today I intended to put Command to the test as a pre-workout. I gave it a good 15 minutes to settle on my stomach and then I picked up my kettlebells. With 150mg of caffeine pumping through my veins like a bat out of hell, this workout was a proverbial piece of cake. I decided to do 5 sets of 10 x 16kg Russian swings and 10 burpees as fast as I could and I would even hazard to say that the burpees were almost fun!
I was super impressed with how much stamina and power I had for my workout so I’ll be necking Command on those difficult days.
As a pre-workout Command really hits the spot. It’s tasty and refreshing, it’s not too filling, and it gives you both that physical and mental edge that would make it great for any sport that requires more thought and a whole lot of power. It’s the kind of thing I’d like to knock back before training BJJ or an intense kettlebell session, but having said that it was great for focussing and ploughing through my never-ending workload.
For £32.99 you get around 40 servings per 400g tub, that’s around 83p per serving which in my opinion is pretty cheap and great value for money due to the quality of performance. I genuinely can’t fault this product at all. If I were going to be super picky I’d switch the sweetener out for stevia and I’d say that it does also leave a slightly artificial aftertaste in your mouth – but this is easily remedied by blending with ice or frozen fruit.
Overall I’m super impressed with the Command Nootropic Powder – it does exactly what it says on the tin and I’ll definitely be purchasing it myself in the future – I’m well up for that grape flavour I have to say! If you’re looking to up your game no matter what you’re doing, and possible even learn to love burpees, then Command is so what you need in your life right now!
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