In this Performance Lab Energy review, I’ll be analyzing a new kind of supplement to determine how it can give you more energy, motivation, and mental focus.
The makers of PLE claim that it can accomplish all of this by using natural compounds already present in foods, or in our bodies.
As an added bonus, there are no stimulants in PLE, so it won’t make you crash.
Basically, it encourages more efficient use of energy sources at the cellular level, so that physical endurance and cognition are enhanced at the same time.
In other words, PLE keeps you going with ‘clean energy’.
It feeds your body and mind with nutraceuticals that support energy metabolism.
But can Performance Lab Energy really deliver on all these promises? How exactly does it work?
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 in turn helps increase energy 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
PQQ sometimes acts like a B vitamin, and helps chemical reactions essential for energy metabolism work more efficiently.
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.
Needless to say, these two nutrients are great at supporting one another.
Interestingly enough, 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 and improving the rate of absorption of the other nutrients; thereby making them more effective.
This is a very cleverly assembled formula, if you ask me. But is knowing how the ingredients interact really enough? What about the dosages?
Let’s do our own analysis, by the numbers…
Performance Lab Energy Dosage – Is the Formula Effective?
Starting off, we need to realize that the recommended dosage is 2-4 capsules daily.
This amounts listed on the label are for 2 capsules, so taking 4 capsules daily would double the dosage.
Now let’s take a look at 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.
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?
Well, 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’.
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.
In the larger picture, I prefer to buy from a company that I trust. That’s more important to me. But of course, everyone has their own priority list.
OK. I think we’ve looked at all the essential points to cover on PLE.
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 you?
I’ll let you decide, but I think it works for 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.
- College Students
- Working professionals
- Tired Moms
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!
18 thoughts on “Performance Lab Energy Review”
Dang, so I have ADHD, and this would help me greatly I think.
I’m not a super sporty person, but the energy and focus side seems extremely helpful.
How long did it take for you to see results?
I’ve never tried Performance Lab Energy myself. The reviews I’ve read suggest that you feel a bit better right away, but it takes a week or so for your body to really start running more efficiently.
I take Mind Lab Pro for my ADD, and it’s awesome!
You should check out my full review on MLP, and see if it’s the right thing for you.
Any other questions, just give me a holler!
I really love the idea of a ‘clean energy’ supplement that’s made from the highest quality ingredients, vegan friendly, and prebiotic capsules.
This sounds pretty amazing!
The way it was explained was clear and precise, so there was NO confusion when I read this, so thank you!
Sometimes we all need a little something extra to get us going, so thank you for the review!
No problem. Glad you found the article easy to read.
If you have any questions going forward, just post another comment, and I’ll get right back to you.
Just read your latest article on the best nootropic for athletes. Very interesting…
I’ve been using nootropics myself for quite some time, and I understand them as being any substance that enhances cognitive function, with virtually no negative side effects.
They include a variety of herbal extracts, natural compounds, and synthetics.
I really like the selection of nootropics you have chosen to write about, and I’m considering giving Performance Lab Energy a try because the ones I’ve been using are a bit outdated.
Thanks for this post. I really learned a lot from it.
Thanks for reading my latest article. Really appreciate your interest.
If you want to know more about nootropics, I suggest you read about Mind Lab Pro. You can check out my full review, and see if it’s something that interests you.
I take Mind Lab Pro myself; it’s my favorite nootropic stack.
If you have any other questions, just post another comment, and I’ll get right back to you.
I found this article on nootropics for athletes very interesting.
So would a professional athlete be able to use this supplement? It’s made with natural nutrients found in foods, so my impression is that taking it would be very different from blood doping or anabolic stearoids.
(obviously I’m thinking about Olympic athletes here)
I go to the gym pretty regularly myself, so for my purposes, this could really be an awesome performance enhancer.
Thanks for putting this together!
Thanks for taking the time to read my article. Appreciate you sharing your thoughts.
In answer to your question, I believe that Olympic athletes need to be free of all substances that enhance metabolism, so at best they could use Performance Lab Energy during training, but would have to stop taking it before going into a competition.
You can find out more by reading about the Olympic Anti-Doping Rules if you have the time.
Since the nootropics in PLE are naturally derived from food sources, as you said, I think they would quickly be used up by the body without leaving any traces. I read through the Anti-Doping Rules, and I don’t think these micronutrients are banned.
That being said, the rules can vary for different organizations like the NHL or the NBA, and I’m honestly not familiar with their guidelines.
I hope that answers your question, but if you are still unclear on anything, just give me a holler!
I’m not a sporty person, but the energy and focus side seems extremely helpful for people like me. Sometimes we all need a little something extra to get us going.
Thank you for the info! This sounds great!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Really appreciate your interest!
I think Performance Lab Energy can appeal to a wider audience than just athletes or avid health nuts.
If you’re a tired Mom, like my sister or my wife, having more energy and motivation can definitely help you get through the day!
You might also be interested in reading about my favorite nootropic supplement, Mind Lab Pro. I take Mind Lab Pro to manage my ADD, but it gives me a lot more focus and energy as well.
Thanks once again for your comment, and if you have other questions later, just give me a holler!
Thank you for writing this review.
As a working professional, and a father of two little girls, I always want to have more energy and motivation.
I usually only buy supplements from an ethical manufacturer as well.
As you said in the review, Opti-Nutra is reliable, so I feel more comfortable giving Performance Lab Energy a try.
All the best,
Thanks for your positive feedback! Really glad to hear it.
Let me know what you think once you give Performance Lab Energy a try. I’d love to find out how it goes for you!
I’ve done quite a bit of research on nootropics for athletes, and I found this post very informative.
There’s a lot to be said for strengthening the connection between body and mind to enhance performance. Protection from stress factors, and giving athletes the ability to overcome mental barriers is also important.
Performance Lab Energy sounds like a good product. I like how it was formulated to provide clean energy by feeding the brain precursors that optimize its’ function.
Thank you for writing this; I truly appreciate your efforts.
Thanks for taking an interest in nootropics for athletes, and reading my article.
I agree that Performance Lab Energy is a well thought out product. The folks at Performance Lab really know what they’re doing.
If you want to know more about nootropics for energy, I recommend reading about rhodiola rosea. You can check out my full article on rhodiola by clicking this link.
Thanks once again for sharing your thoughts!
Thanks for writing this post. I really needed to read it.
I don’t know why, but I always feel tired.
I’ve been thinking about getting a supplement to increase my energy level, but I never find the time to do the research.
Finally, today I found your article!
It has all the information I need; it tells me how to have more energy, motivation, and mental focus. I particularly like your Pros and Cons analysis.
I’m also happy this product is high quality, which is a big concern for me. I want to use products that are safe and stimulant free.
Performance Lab Energy sounds like just what I need! I’m definitely going to give it a try!
I’m so glad you found my article helpful!
The whole reason I started this website was to educate people about nootropics. If I saved you time finding the right supplement for you, then I’ve succeeded in my mission!
Do me a favor will you? Once you’ve been taking Performance Lab Energy for a few weeks, let me know how you’re doing.
I’d love to hear how things go for you!
I have to say that the list of nutrients in Performance Lab Energy is really impressive.
I’ve known about carnitine and coenzyme Q10 since I used to go to the gym regularly. I also used to read about nutrition, and what bodybuilders eat all time.
I’ve been a fan of healthy foods and supplements for a long time, so I’m interested in everything related to that.
What I haven’t heard about until now, and what caught my attention, is pyrroloquinoline quinone(PQQ). I’m glad I’ve found another interesting substance 🙂
Performance Lab Energy seems like a very good supplement of high quality.
I work a lot at the computer, and I’ve recently started to feel quite tired, so I think this product could help me with that.
I’ll give it a try, and let you know how it goes!
I’m really happy to hear you think Performance Lab Energy is a good choice for you.
If you have some interest, I’ve written a separate article on PQQ, and you might be interested in reading about rhodiola rosea as well.
Rhodiola is an herbal nootropic, and it’s got some impressive benefits as well.
Thanks for reading, and I’m looking forward to hearing back from you!