Disclaimer: I received a complimentary sample of GungHo to try out for myself. As always, all opinions are my own.
Sometimes it is hard to stay awake and keep going all day with my busy schedule, work, kids, exercise regimens like my boot camp, you know the deal. Some of those jittery energy shots disrupt my physical performance. I tried them and discounted them for the most part. It was interesting to hear that a Brain Institute Director identified this new product, GungHo Focus ShotR that may improve focus, performance and endurance. I wanted to give GungHo a try since it really seemed different from all those other products out there.
All those crazy promises from the big brands, right? "Athletic prowess like never before!" “Red Bull gives you wings.” It’s more like false hope. “Caffeine cuts both ways. It can reduce performance as well as enhance it,” says Dr. Dan Mowry. “That is why most energy shots or drinks fail at both ends of your workout. The initial buzz and jitters disrupt focus and goal-oriented, physical performance. Critical compositional imbalances provoke the resulting “crash.” I know all about that.
Energy drink manufacturers claim that combining stimulants from B vitamins and amino acids like taurine provides extra energy. Here’s the thing about B vitamins in energy drinks: They don’t actually work. As the chairwoman of Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists for the American Dietetic Association said in an interview with the LA Times: “It’s brilliant marketing, but it doesn’t have any basis.” Vitamins B6 and B12, in large doses, have been found to contribute to numbness and tingling in the hands and feet; insomnia; hyperthyroid; and the degeneration of vital organs, such as the liver, kidneys, and nervous system. Who needs that? Ugh.
The physical benefits of taurine have been deemed “scientifically doubtful.” Researchers from the University of Wisconsin found that caffeine and taurine together contributed to a marked increase in blood pressure and bradycardia (a potentially dangerous decrease in heart rate). “Simply ingesting caffeine, no matter what kinds of vitamins, amino acids or steroids may be added to it, stimulates just one neurotransmitter category and thereby can promote imbalance,” said Dr. Mowry.
Yet “there’s good evidence that caffeine is ergogenic,” said Dr. Erin Duchan, co-author of a review of the current science about energy drinks for athletes, published recently in The Physician and Sports Medicine. “It can, in the right circumstances, improve athletic performance,” she added. So how does one strike the correct balance with caffeine for optimal performance? This is the $100,000 question, right?
Keep brain energy and focus for sports! This new focus shot called GungHo (Chinese for “work in harmony”) claims to provide the balanced increase in mental and physical energy that athletes crave.
Said Dr. Perry Renshaw, former Harvard professor, Director Of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (how chemicals impact the brain) at the Brain Institute at the University of Utah and renowned brain health scientist:
“GungHoR contains natural ingredients at proven effective doses to improve focus and concentration. Unlike energy products that deal with short-term energy and no lasting impact on brain energy, GungHo will actually increase levels of Critical neurotransmitters in the brain over time.”
Why care about “brain energy” and “neurotransmitters” when working out? Neurotransmitters increase your ability to metabolize fat and help to suppress your appetite. While the brain makes up only two percent of a person’s body weight, it consumes roughly 20 percent of the body’s energy when at rest. When performing difficult physical activities, the brain needs even more energy. Also, says Mowrey:
“This cognitive boost improves the activity of neuro-hormones that act to offset, even eliminate, the jittery side effects of caffeine while increasing one’ ability to maintain focus on the exercise itself. Mental alertness is often more important for success than physical energy, for athletes.”
GungHo is formulated to offer energy once your muscles are tired (increased choline supports the re-synthesis of muscle). With zero sugar, just four calories and no carbonation, is GungHo the ultimate complement to physical performance? “No, nothing replaces sleep, eating well, exercise and drinking lots of water. But if you want a boost of smooth physical and mental energy, then try GungHo,” says Mason, Co-Founder.
Balanced bain boost v nervous jolt: Here’s a video of why GungHo was developed to provide a healthier alternative for people like you and me. 2013 is the Year of the Brain. Based on exciting new brain nutrition research, GungHo is an all-natural brain supplement shown to improve focus and concentration NOW as well as improve memory recall and brain health over time. Totally amazing, right? GungHo has been covered in AllThingsD, the WSJ, Time Magazine and Wired. Don't forget to follow them on Twitter and Facebook...you never know about special offers for their followers.
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