There are going to be some familiar names here, and even though you may have seen them at a glimpse during the past year, you're about to get served a heaping helping of them in new products as we enter a new calendar year.
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Prepare yourself for the Best Ingredients to Look For in 2017.
8 Top Supplement Ingredient Picks
#1 - DMHA
Yes, DMHA was considered by many as the "breakout" stim of 2016, but it's still all the rage in top of the line, cutting edge pre-workouts. This next-gen stimulant saw a marked increase in use during 2016 and it's going to become even more popular in 2017.
DMHA is an aliphatic amine, similar in structure and function to DMAA. It's naturally occurring in Kigelia Africana, and when used in pre-workouts and fat burners increases energy, focus, and most notably mood.
Based on anecdotal accounts, the "sweet spot" for this stimulant seems to be in the 175-200mg range when used alongside caffeine at a dose of at least 200mg.
#2 - PeakO2
Developed by Compound Solutions, PeakO2 is composed of several mushroom extracts including: Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris), Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), King Trumpet (Pleurotus eryngii), Shiitake (Lentinula edodes), Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus), Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor). These mushrooms function as powerful adaptogens which allow athletes to "adapt" to and conquer physical and mental stress.
PeakO2's unique blend of mushrooms contain high levels of ?-glucans as well as L-Ergothioneine, a potent antioxidant that combats damage from oxidative stress in the body, ultimately helping you train longer, recover faster, and flat out feel better throughout the process of working out.
PeakO2 has been documented to increase energy, endurance, power output, and work capacity after just seven days of use! It can be dosed pre, intra, or post-workout to help you enhance all aspects of your training and recovery protocols.
The landmark PeakO2 study used a dose of 4g split over 3 doses during the day, so if you're looking to replicate the findings from the research trial, aim to take 2g about 30 minutes prior to your workout, and consume the other 2g dose with your intra workout BCAA supplement or with your post workout shake.
#3 - Lion's ManeThis is one of the hottest cognitive-boosting ingredients around. Also known as Hericium erinaceus, Lion's Mane is a mushroom loaded with ?-glucan polysaccharides -- naturally occurring sugars found in the cell walls of various plant life documented to possess antioxidant, anti-cancer, hypolipidemic, and, most importantly neuroprotective abilities.
Research on Lion's Mane is still early, but initial findings are incredibly positive. Recent studies give evidence of greater neurite outgrowth activity (due to increased nerve growth factor) as well as neuroregenerative properties in regards to nerve regeneration.
Anecdotal accounts note that it helps eliminate brain fog and increases wakefulness. It's not so much a stimulating type of feel, just generally more awake and alert.. Some recent research has even shown that the extract is beneficial in those suffering from Alzheimer's disease as well!
Keep an eye out for this one in focus-centric pre-workouts as well as the new wave of niche "gaming supplements" that have started to enter the market.
#4 - Eria Jarensis
Eria Jarensis is another one of the next-gen stims that first gained popularity in 2016, but it remains a top level addition for those seeking to really "amp" up their energy levels from a potent pre-workout. Eria Jarensis is a plant replete with amines that deliver phenylethylamine (PEA) class substances -- the two most notable ones isolated in Eria Jarensis are N-methyl-phenethylamine (N-methyl-PEA) and N,N-dimethyl-phenethylamine (N,N-dimethyl-PEA).
Most of you are familiar with regular PEA for its ability to significantly elevate mood, the downside is that the effects last all of maybe 5-10 minutes, if that. Eria Jarensis' effects, on the other hand, last much longer due to the unique structure of its PEA-type compounds. Basically, think of it as a "super PEA" that lasts longer leading to greater energy and significantly elevated mood.
#5 - TomatidineNatural muscle building ingredients that are truly effective are a rare breed in this industry, but the next great natty muscle builder might be Tomatidine. It's a naturally occurring steroidal alkaloid found in the skins and leaves of green tomatoes that can:
- Increase skeletal muscle mTORC1 signaling
- Reduce skeletal muscle atrophy
- Enhance recovery
- Stimulate skeletal muscle hypertrophy, and
- Boosts strength and exercise capacity
#6 - OptiMSM®MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic sulfur-containing compound found in many foods, most notably green vegetables, that is required for optimal health. Without adequate sulfur levels, the body has great difficulty maintaining homeostasis.
MSM supplies the body with extra sulfur needed to create methionine, an essential amino acid, and one of only two sulfur-containing amino acids. Methionine is essential to several highly important physiological processes including the protein synthesis, food metabolism, absorption of nutrients to be used for energy, and formation of connective tissue, such as joints ligaments and tendons.
As such, you can see why MSM is so frequently included in countless joint support supplements. OptiMSM® is the premier form of MSM and has garnered the reputation as the purest and most consistent form of MSM that contains 99.9% pure MSM.
#7 - Niagen®
Niagen® is the patented form of nicotinamide riboside developed by Chromadex. a.k.a. nicotinamide riboside (NR), is a naturally-occurring form of vitamin B3 that was recently discovered in 2004. Nicotinamide riboside is a precursor of Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+), an important coenzyme required by the body for a number of reduction-oxidation reactions as well as facilitating communication between the nucleus and mitochondria of every cell.
Low levels of of NAD+ have been linked to metabolic dysfunction, loss of strength, obesity, diabetes, and even neurodegeneration. However, recent research has demonstrated that Niagen® successfully elevates NAD+ levels in both humans and animals. Even more noteworthy is that it's been shown to combat the effects of aging and improved energy, cardiovascular health, and memory.
More human trials are underway for this groundbreaking ingredient currently, and more benefits may yet be discovered for this proverbial "fountain of youth." To get the NAD+ elevating effects of Niagen, look for a product that provides between 250 - 500mg per day.
#8 - AdaptogensAdaptogens are substances, compounds, or plants that help the body deal with various physical, emotional, and psychological stressors. Adaptogens like rhodiola rosea or ashwagandha improve alertness and endurance while reducing mental fatigue that develops during times of duress.
There are a whole host of adaptogens out there, but the big ones to keep an eye out for especially when it comes to pre and intra workout supplements are Rhodiola Rosea, Schisandra Chinensis, and KSM-66® Ashwagandha Extract.
Wrapping It UpEvery year it seems that new ingredients burst onto the supplement scene that are heralded as the "next BIG thing." The past year brought an explosion of popular muscle-builders and stimulants to the market for the first time that turned many heads. Moving ahead to 2017, these "new" ingredients will be the main headline ingredients featured in many of the new products coming out during the year.
Keep an eye out for these hot ingredients as new products hit the market come January and don't be shocked if you happen to see several other "surprise" ingredients pop up during the year as researchers are always uncovering novel compounds to help you make gains!