A few months ago, I talked about my experience with Alpha Brain from Onnit. So a little update on that before I get started talking about ShroomTech… I began taking it in September, had to stop for my surgery in October, but have been taking it pretty steadily. I can tell you that it definitely does something for my mood. I’m less grouchy overall. I still feel like my brain is just firing better most days. The cloudiness from the nerve medicine I was on for my back has gone away. I am also experiencing the crazy dreams that people mention having while they’re taking it. You can read more about Alpha Brain and dreaming here. The short of it is that Alpha Brain encourages more REM sleep, which is why dreams become more vivid and just plain crazier. The other day I had a dream that I had body guards and got married naked. It was a crazy ride.
The dreaming for me, though, is not the main attraction or the main benefit. The fact that my brain just feels like it’s working better is the winning part and what keeps me using it. If I start to feel a little out of it mid-day, I will pop an extra one on occasion and it seems to help. If I have had a couple of drinks and wake up groggy and out of it the next day, Alpha Brain has helped clear that away. The website has updated side effects and dosing, as well as a lot of other great info. I can’t speak highly enough about it. Go check it out.
Because of how much I liked the Alpha Brain, I ordered some of their new sport performance formula ShroomTech Sport around the time that it first came out. I wanted to see if it would help with running and/or weightlifting. I was skeptical about it, but gave it a few tries. It’s been a couple of months since I started using it on and off.
I started using one pill a day, as I prefer to use the least amount of something necessary. At first, it didn’t seem to do much. I began to notice that recovery seemed a little smoother, though. I upped my dose to two pills randomly one day and ended up with my fastest pace to date (and since) on a run. I haven’t sat down and logged what work-outs I’ve used it on and what ones I haven’t so I can’t give a good baseline. When I’m paying attention, I feel the most difference with recovery and end up still feeling pretty energized after my cooldown and stretching. I believe that my longest run time was also done while using ShroomTech, which speaks to it’s help towards energy and endurance.
It could easily be said that I’m just improving my fitness and pace naturally, so I can’t attribute performance to ShroomTech yet. That would be a fair statement to make and I definitely recognize that. I also know the power of the placebo effect and there are some days when I specifically tell myself, “I’m taking this to get better results.” Sometimes that works and sometimes not. I don’t think that ShroomTech can totally take over and make your work-out amazing if you didn’t get proper rest or nutrition, etc. I think that just like the Alpha Brain, it’s just going to give you a little edge. I will take that. I’ll also take all the great B12 in it. Ha! The website lists all the ingredients and will explain all about the cordyceps sinensis, the mushroom behind the “shroom” part.
While I don’t recommend ShroomTech Sport with the same confidence that I do Alpha Brain, I definitely say it’s worth a shot if you want to just get a little bit more out of whatever your work-out may be.
The next thing I plan to try is their New Mood formula. It’s got 5-HTP among other things to help balance your mood and also things to help you relax and get better rest. It should be arriving in the next day or so and with holiday stress upon us all, I’m really interested to see if it helps me out.
EDITED 03.30.12: New Mood review is here.