Professional athletes are always looking for a way to enhance their performance; to gain an advantage over their competition; to be the best.
But what if you’re not an elite athlete?
What if you’re like me, and you just want to stay fit to enjoy your life without getting sick, or losing mobility?
Either way, wouldn’t it be great if you could give yourself more energy, motivation, and mental focus?
What’s the best nootropic for athletes? Is there such a beast? Does this ‘Holy Grail’ really exist?
In this review, I’ll be looking at Performance Lab Energy, a nutritional supplement designed to do all of these wonderful things by providing ‘clean energy’.
What this means is that PLE contains no stimulants, and won’t make you crash.
It encourages more efficient use of energy sources at the cellular level, so that physical endurance and cognition are enhanced at the same time.
That all sounds ‘peachy keen’, doesn’t it? (or should I say ‘swell’? I love 50’s slang words! LOL!)
But can Performance Lab Energy deliver on all these promises?
Let’s do some digging and find out, shall we?
Performance Lab Energy – Who makes it?
Performance Lab Energy is produced by a company out of the U.K. called Opti-Nutra Advanced Pharmaceuticals.
Their mission statement is to provide nutritional supplements that are pure, effective, and safe.
I’m familiar with Opti-Nutra because they also make my absolute favorite nootropic supplement; Mind Lab Pro.
I’ve been taking Mind Lab Pro since I was diagnosed with inattentive ADHD, or ADD.
Rest assured, I still make my fair share of blunders as I stumble through life, but Mind Lab Pro helps me stay focused.
I’ve scoured through the Opti-Nutra website, and I know their standards of quality are extremely high.
Which brings us to our next topic of discussion…
Performance Lab Energy Ingredients – What do they do?
The compounds in PLE are micronutrients that focus on supporting the mitochondria in all our cells.
Mitochondria are tiny organelles that live inside our cells, and help them process energy sources like fats and glucose.
Naturally, any nutrient that improves the health of mitochondria helps to increase energy level and vitality on the cellular level.
That’s exactly what the ingredients in Performance Lab Energy do; they improve our health indirectly by supporting the mitochondria.
So what ‘neutraceuticals’ are in PLE?
Let’s find out more about them…
Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) – 10 mg
This is what’s called an ‘enzymatic cofactor’.
PQQ also encourages mitochondria to grow in number, which further increases energy production, and enhances the health of our cells.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – 100 mg
CoQ10 is a protein we can usually find ‘parked’ in the membranes, or outer walls, of our cells.
Its’ primary function is to deliver fats and other energy sources to the mitochondria.
But CoQ10 also acts as an antioxidant, kind of like a microscopic security guard that absorbs free radicals at the surface of our cells to prevent inflammation.
Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) – 750 mg
ALCAR is an amino acid, but instead of being used to build muscle, the body uses it to process fats for energy.
How does it do this? You guessed it, by shuttling any fats it comes into contact with directly to the mitochondria.
ALCAR also acts as an antioxidant to prevent cellular damage.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) – 150 mg
Alpha-Lipoic acid is an organosulfur compound that acts as an antioxidant.
It also has the unique ability to rejuvenate ALCAR molecules saturated with free radicals.
This allows ALCAR to continue protecting and supporting the mitochondria.
Black Pepper Extract (Piperine/Bioperine) – 2.5 mg
Piperine, or black pepper extract, is best known for its’ ability to improve the absorption of other nootropic substances.
This makes piperine a great support nutrient for all the other ingredients.
However, it also acts as an antioxidant, and as a nootropic in its’ own right.
Finally, I need to make a special mention about the capsules used in Performance Lab Energy.
Performance Lab Capsules – Better by Design
Opti-Nutra has set themselves apart from other supplement makers by using higher quality capsules.
Capsules are usually made from either gelatin, or plant cellulose.
Gelatin is basically protein extracted from animal remnants like hooves and hides, so if you’re vegan, they’re not an option for you.
Cellulose based caps are more or less a type of plastic, and they can take some time to break down in your stomach.
Opti-Nutra uses a tapioca based capsule, which is vegan friendly, easier to digest, and better for your health.
They’ve gone even further by infusing these capsules with prebiotics to improve absorption.
I really appreciate how Opti-Nutra has taken these extra steps, despite the additional cost and effort.
I hope you do too.
That about does it for the constituents in Performance Lab Energy.
So how do all of these ingredients interact when taken together? Do they support each other?
It’s time for a little ‘commentary’…
Performance Lab Energy – How does it Work?
When PQQ and CoQ10 are taken together, they work better than when taken on their own.
PQQ acts like a fertilizer for the mitochondria, encouraging them to increase in number, while CoQ10 steadily feeds them fats to burn.
ALCAR and ALA have a similar relationship.
While ALCAR is shuttling fats and other energy sources to the mitochondria, ALA is absorbing free radicals and recharging saturated ALCAR molecules.
Last but not least, we have piperine acting as an antioxidant to protect the mitochondria, as well as making the other nootropics in the stack more effective by improving their rates of absorption.
Not a bad formulation. It should be effective.
I say ‘should’ because this is all theory to me. I’ve never tried this supplement myself.
However, neurohackers and health nuts alike report that it works really well.
As of this writing, PLE has 51 reviews, with a 5 Star rating on the Performance Lab website.
But is popular opinion really enough? At the end of the day, does Performance Lab Energy support athletic performance?
Let’s do our own analysis, by the numbers…
Performance Lab Energy Dosage – Is the Formula Effective?
Starting off, we need to think about how this supplement is taken on a daily basis…
Opti-Nutra recommends taking a total of 2-4 capsules daily; 1-2 in the morning, and another 1-2 in the afternoon.
The dosages listed on the ingredient label are for 2 capsules.
This means the dosages listed have a safe range of what’s on the label, up to double (2x) what’s on the label.
Next, I’m going to list the ingredients, their ideal dosages, and compare them to the dosages provided to make sure PLE is properly stacked.
ALCAR – 1-4 g/day => 750-1,500 mg/day
ALA – 300-1,800 mg/day => 150-300 mg/day
PQQ – 10-20 mg/day => 10-20 mg/day
CoQ10 – 30-400 mg/day => 100-200 mg/day
Piperine – 5-20 mg/day => 2.5-5 mg/day
Based on these metrics, the dosages for PQQ and CoQ10 are spot on, but the other ingredients seem a bit light.
This may be due to the fact that these compounds can augment each others’ effects, creating a synergy between them.
While the dosages for ALCAR, ALA, and Piperine appear to be somewhat conservative, the supplement as a whole should still prove to be effective.
Now that we know the formula checks out, why trust Performance Lab?
Performance Lab – How’s the Service?
I have no worries recommending Performance Lab products to my readers.
Opti-Nutra, the parent organization to Performance Lab, is an organization that I trust. They’ve always been reliable.
Any time I place an order with Opti-Nutra, delivery times are very good; sometimes even faster than I expect.
Tracking numbers are sent to you within 24 hours of your product being shipped, and they have 24 hour customer service, just in case.
Performance Lab is also ‘cGMP Certified’, which stands for ‘Current Good Manufacturing Practices’.
This is the gold standard for the safe production of foods and supplements in North America.
They also have other safety badges for various geographical areas as required.
(Europe and Canada, for example)
Being cGMP Certified means that the ingredients are tested by neutral 3rd parties for safety, purity, and effectiveness.
The inspections are conducted during manufacture, before final packaging, and at random.
No sneaky stuff allowed!
All purchases also come with a 30 day money back guarantee.
The important thing you need to know is that Opti-Nutra operates ethically. They work hard to earn the right to your business.
That being said, is PLE the right product for you?
I’ve always said that looking for a good supplement is kind of like shopping for jeans; you might have to try on a few pairs before you find something that fits.
Still, there are a few basic questions you can ask yourself to narrow down your search.
Let’s go over some of the more important points, shall we?
Performance Lab Energy – Pros and Cons
The first thing you need to determine is whether or not PLE is compatible with your needs and goals.
PLE has been specifically engineered to provide clean energy, with some improvements in mental focus, memory, mood, and motivation thrown in as ‘bonus perks’.
It’s not meant to be a full-spectrum nootropic supplement, so please don’t expect it to be.
If you’re actually interested in a stack that gets your brain firing on all cylinders, I highly recommend Mind Lab Pro, also from Opti-Nutra.
The pros and cons of Performance Lab Energy, if I were to give you a breakdown, are as follows:
- Excellent Product Quality
- Stimulant Free
- Vegan Friendly
- Effective Formulation
- Superior Customer Service
- Not a Full-Spectrum Supplement
- Available Exclusively Online
Yes, Opti-Nutra handles everything strictly ‘in-house’.
Personally, I don’t mind this at all, but you deserve to know up front that you can’t just go to the grocery store to get more product once you run out.
Let’s assume you’re interested in trying PLE because you think it’ll help you manage your ‘day-to-day’ better.
Is it expensive?
Are there cheaper alternatives on the market?
Let’s take a look…
Performance Lab Energy – Worth your Money?
I think Performance Lab Energy is a very good value.
There are supplements on the market that combine PQQ and CoQ10, for example, and they cost anywhere from $25-$60 for a one month supply.
You can also get products that contain ALCAR and ALA, and they range in price from $15-$45.
If you purchased these items separately, you would pay anywhere from $40-$105, depending on which products you chose.
If you purchase 1 or 2 bottles of PLE from Opti-Nutra, they cost $49 each, which is on the low end of the average cost I already mentioned.
However, if you make a bundle purchase, you can get 4 bottles of PLE for $147, which works out to $36.75 per bottle.
In other words, if you buy PLE from Opti-Nutra, you get a complete energy supplement from a highly respected company for less than what you would pay buying from random suppliers.
I don’t know about you, but I feel safer buying products from companies I trust.
If you ask me, Performance Lab Energy is the smart choice.
I think we’ve looked at all the essential points to cover on Performance Lab Energy.
Now let’s wrap things up, shall we?
Performance Lab Energy Review – Final Comments
There are literally hundreds of supplements out on the market competing for your attention.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the din of voices whispering in your ear to ‘buy this’, and ‘buy that’.
I didn’t want to add any more volume to all of that noise, but I do feel that Performance Lab Energy has a lot to offer.
Is it the best nootropic for athletes? Maybe.
I’ll let you decide.
I think it actually works for any and all health conscious individuals.
In my opinion, anybody that wants to have more energy, motivation, and clearer focus throughout the day can benefit from PLE.
So if your ‘Get up and Go’, has ‘Got up and Went’, maybe it’s time you tried Performance Lab Energy!
Thanks for reading. I hope you found this post helpful.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below, and I’ll get right back to you.
In my next post, I’ll be looking at sage as a nootropic. I think it’s going to be very interesting.
You don’t want to miss it!