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
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 – 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.
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!