What Energy Shots and Drinks Fail to Mention
It is almost universally believed by researchers of energy shots and drinks that any observed increase in energy is almost completely the result of the caffeine. The effects of the other ingredients have no proven impact and are there mainly for show 48-53. Simply ingesting caffeine, no matter what kinds of vitamins, amino acids, minerals or steroids may be added to it, especially in totally ineffective amounts, tends to stimulate just one neurotransmitter category and thereby can be destabilizing and promote imbalance.
The GungHo Difference
In contrast, GungHo’s® proprietary blend contains only those ingredients shown to be effective at the dosage levels found in the product and whose combined action promotes balance, behavior enhancement and brain health, improving function across several neurotransmitter categories without any perceptible aggravation of physiology. GungHo offers smoother physical and brain energy, with unmatched focus and with less potentially harmful, imbalanced “rush”, “jitters” or “crash”. Plus, different from energy shots or drinks, when taken at suggested doses, only GungHo can improve your capacity to focus, while increasing your memory storage and recall over time.
OUR PROVEN INGREDIENTS
Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera) is a tonic herb in the Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine, as practiced mainly in India. It is valued traditionally for its ability to improve endurance against stress, general resistance against infections, retardation of aging processes and improvement of sexual health. It belongs to the rasayana (vitalizer) group of plants believed to stabilize and revitalize systemic functions. It has been used as an aphrodisiac, liver tonic, anti-inflammatory agent, astringent, and to treat bronchitis, asthma, ulcers, emaciation, insomnia, and senile dementia. Its anti-aging properties are believed to be due to immune system enhancement, restoring homeostasis, and increasing resistance to adverse environmental factors. Ashwaganda contains withanolide glycosides which are probably responsible for its activity as they serve as important hormone precursors that can convert into human physiologic hormones as needed. In modern clinical trials, this important tonic plant has been shown to significantly reduce stress-related conditions and reduce anxiety in humans as measured by standardized tests such as the Hamilty Anxiety scale. Cognitive and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease have been improved in experimental trials.
Citicoline, found in all living cells, helps maintain the integrity of nerve cell membranes, increases the synthesis of critical neurotransmitters in the parts of the brain responsible for fighting stress, improving attention and other cognitive processes, especially mood. Citicoline is the generic name for synthetic CDP-choline (cytidine diphosphate choline), an organic molecule produced endogenously and found in all living cells. Citicoline is a precursor for the synthesis of phospholipids in cell membranes, including phosphotidylcholine, phosphotidylserine and phosphotidyl-ethanolamine; this phospholipids must be continuously synthesized in the cell to ensure adequate cell function.
Cognizin® citicoline is often called a
because it increases the levels of several important neurotransmitters including acetylcholine, dopamine, and norepinephrine, thereby significantly improving communication among neuronal cells. All of these basic effects add up to the potential for profound benefits in brain and cognitive health. Improvements in stroke, closed head injury, cerebral infarction, and Parkinson’s disease are the subject of ongoing research with citicoline on the clinical front. In healthy volunteers, increases in high energy phosphates and adenosine triphosphate have been observed in the frontal cortex. All of this has led one leading investigator to conclude that Cognizin®, “delivers nutrients to the regions of the brain that sustain your ability to pay attention, make good decisions, and provide a sense of direction enabling you to get work done.” In other words, Cognizin®
(our lay term for this effect) and mood. As an important footnote, the proprietary brand of Citicoline used in almost all trials has been Cognizin. Most "Citicoline" you see is actually generic Citcoline Sodium, which is not the same ingredient proven in studies.
Studies show that people who consume 250mg of Cognizin® daily experience improved performance on a test of attention (McGlade et al., 2011). Every GungHo shot contains 250mg of Cognizin® citicoline to keep your brain alert and functioning like a Ninja. GungHo® is the only product in the “energy shot or energy drink category” allowed to include the proven, effective level of Cognizin® Citicoline.
Cognizin® citicoline has also been shown to be a mild appetite suppressant. Consumption of 500mg of Cognizin® can improve memory storage and recall. Thus GungHo’ recommended dose of two shots per day.
The level of choline in GungHo is formulated to offer
energy once your muscles are tired
, for those last reps or sprints: Increased choline supports the resynthesis of muscle acetylcholine.
GungHo’ caffeine is derived naturally from Kola nut and Gurana. The important thing to remember about caffeine is that too much can be debilitating, but too little can be totally ineffective in improving performance. GungHo contains around the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. An adequate dose of caffeine improves cognitive performance, reduces mental fatigue, and increases the mass of energy substrates that can be used for both mental and physical energy. Failure to adequately dose caffeine can lead to lack of effect on the one hand, and buzz and crash on the other, neither of which conditions yields the behavioral competence we desire. Caffeine works by activating the adenosine system in your brain. This results in your brain becoming more “active”.
It is almost universally believed by researchers of energy shots and drinks that any observed increase in energy is almost completely the result of the caffeine. The effects of other ingredients are usually dismissed out of hand. 48-53
GungHo improves function across several neurotransmitter categories thereby helping to promote balance and health. Simply ingesting caffeine, no matter what kinds of vitamins, amino acids, minerals or steroids may be added to it, especially in totally ineffective amounts, tends to stimulate just one neurotransmitter category and thereby can be destabilizing and promote imbalance. Now, with the addition of effective doses of Cognizin® citicoline, Ashwaganda and Eleuthero, even greater benefits are available from caffeine ingestion through GungHo’ proprietary formula. Due to exclusivity arrangements, Gungho is the only supplement in the energy shot or drink category that contains effective amounts of Cognizin citicoline. Get it here, or don’t get it. Thus with GungHo you can experience immediate alertness, short and long-term focus without the distracting initial rush, jitters or crash associated with
caffeine-based energy shots or drinks
(no other active/effective ingredients). Ninja hate crash. Ninja-like focus.
Niacin - Vitamin B3
Niacin is an important B vitamin, necessary for good health and important for energy production. It plays a key role in converting fats, proteins, carbohydrates and starches into usable energy. It is added to GungHo to improve the overall “feel” of the product.
It imparts a certain “feel good” effect
shortly after consumption.
Eleuthero is a well-known herbal tonic that is usually consumed to improve physical and mental energy, restore balance, improve immunity and act in the capacity of an adaptogen, i.e., helping to resist stress in all its forms.
Large amounts of vitamins: The vitamin levels GungHo® are well within safe limits. The Recommended Daily Allowance is the minimum daily amount set by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine.
Niacin flush: A small percentage of people are sensitive to Niacin (Vitamin B3) and may experience a “Niacin Flush” (hot prickly feeling, skin redness) that lasts a few minutes. This is caused by Niacin increasing blood flow near the skin. This can be avoided by taking half a shot or less at a time.
Caffeine Levels: The caffeine levels GungHo® are well within safe limits.