One of the biggest natural nootropic sources for the body is from amino acids. Amino acids affect every function of our body and are the essential building blocks of protein.
With that being said not all protein is the same, some have higher amounts of essential amino acids and others are higher in the ones that directly affect our cognitive function. This list pulls together the top 5 protein powders for their variety of amino profiles and hidden enhancers that may go unnoticed.
All protein powders were compared at and even serving ratio of 30 grams rather than the recommended serving size listed for each variety.
#4 Savi seed protein by Schinoussa
The savi seed protein makes into the bottom of the list but for good reasons. It contains many of the nootropic amino acids such as Threanine and phenylalanine which both play a crucial role in the functions of the central nervous system. This powder unlike most vegan proteins contain a seed, rather than forming protein from grains or legumes which are unacceptable ingredients for those following the paleo diet. Although it has lower amounts of cognitive enhancing amino acids, what separates it from most others is the incorporation of blue and green algae’s. These tiny superfoods provide your body with the essential nutrients lacking in most diets for thyroid stimulation to take effect. This protein offers a great alternative for those who fit in the paleo category but are looking for a change from whey powders.
Why Schinoussa Vegan Paleo Protein:
- One of the only vegan paleo protein powders available
- Incorporates a variety of beneficial algae for optimal stimulation
- Contains a high amount of naturally occurring minerals
- Low price point compared to other Vegan powders
#3 Whey by NZ whey
A classic choice for most, whey protein offers a wide variety of cognitive enhancing amino acids in higher amounts than pumpkin. One nootropic amino acid in particular where whey dominates the other choices is Glutamine. Glutamine in its glutamic acid form is essential for body builders to have abundantly in their system. It is this amino acid that is depleted the quickest during training and can have serious negative implications on your body when dangerously low. A typical 30g serving of whey contains nearly 8600 mg of glutamic acid which is almost 3 times the amount of glutamine the other forms of protein have to offer. Whey protein is great for those working out all the time and gives nootropic benefits in the way it interacts with neurotransmitters providing energy in a similar way as it would to your muscles. Studies have even shown glutamine being effective in reducing sugar cravings during moments of exertion. Those mid-day sugar cravings could actually be your body asking for more glutamine.
Why NZ whey:
- Grass fed cows
- Cleanest source in New Zealand
- No risk of GMO’s
- Trusted company with high standards
# 2 Brown rice protein by Sun Warrior
Brown rice is full of nutrients and high profile amino acids. Typically diets high in rice are unhealthy for most since the focus for decades has been around easy to make and visually appealing white rice. Unfortunately this form of rice has been stripped of everything that makes rice so healthy leaving you with a starchy grain that acts more like sugar than a health food. Fortunately people are reverting back to choosing brown rice with protein powders being no exception. This brown rice protein has regular and sprouted brown rice offering a whopping punch of vitamins and phytonutrients found in a higher volumes than non-sprouted rice. This protein powder contains greater amounts of Tyrosine as well as the amino acid used to create tyrosine – Phenylalanine. Tyrosine plays an important role in the function of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones such as serotonin dopamine and cortisol. These hormones control how happy you feel and your reaction to stressful situations, making it an essential amino acid for any nootropic stack.
Why Sun Warrior Protein:
- One of the only powders using strictly rice as a protein source
- Combines regular and sprouted for higher amount of phytonutrients
- USA company with strict quality control
- Sweetens with stevia for lower sugar content
# 1 Brain Boosting Protein By Vega
The Vega one nutritional shake takes the cake in terms of bodily enhancing qualities that go even further than brain power. Vega chooses to pull their proteins from a variety of plant based sources, which for amino acids is the best way to go. Not only does it provide chart topping amounts of all the nootropic amino’s but also a full list of vitamins, minerals, fibre and omegas. Vega sources these ingredients from real food like broccoli, brown rice, peas and the aforementioned algae above. It is this natural combination of whole food that ensures your brain and body are not missing crucial nutrients that could be holding your mental game back. Even more they include a bacterial culture present in the protein also known as a probiotic, which assist in delivering the nutrients to your blood and brain while improving your body’s biodiversity. If there was ever a silver bullet out there, this would be it.
The many reasons to choose Vega One Nutritional Shake:
Each serving contains-
- The same amount of Omegas in 2 and a half fish
- Gives you 6 servings of green’s
- More fibre than 3 slices of bread
- 50% of your daily vitamins and minerals
- Probiotics equivalent to 1 cup of yogurt
- More antioxidants than 2 cups of blueberries
- Algae to improve nutrient efficiency
Hopefully you have a better understanding of what powders to choose from when looking to boost mental and physical performance. There are many flashy names with packaging to match but when it comes to effectiveness the ingredients never lie. Choose protein coming from many sources rather than one, look for greens included that offer benefits to improving absorption. When in doubt try before you buy.