What is DMAE?
DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) is an organic amino acid compound that is produced in the brain. DMAE boosts the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
Acetylcholine has functions in both the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and the central nervous system (CNS). In the peripheral nervous system, acetylcholine is responsible for activation of muscles while in the central nervous system, it supports cognitive functions of the brain.
Acetylcholine serves both “excitatory” and “inhibitory” functions, which basically means that it can both speed up and slow down nerve signals. In the central nervous system, acetylcholine is primarily “excitatory”. It plays a role in arousal, memory, learning, and the ability of the brain to respond to injury. Acetylcholine in the CNS is responsible for supporting REM sleep, engaging sensory functions when waking and helping athletes sustain focus.
In the peripheral nervous system, acetylcholine helps with the contraction of muscles. Without enough acetylcholine, athletes can experience muscle weakness, fatigue and even shakiness.
DMAE also increases the brain’s blood flow, which improves oxygen and glucose uptake in the brain responsible for increases in energy metabolism, meaning there is more energy to fuel cognitive activities. Athletes say that this supplement helps them get focused for their workouts, practices, and games by giving them improved mental tolerance and stamina. One study found significant increases in athletic performance during exercise when DMAE was taken in combination with other vitamins, minerals, and trace elements.1
Many of the individuals who supplement with DMAE report reduced stress, irritability, and anxiety as well as improved, generally uplifting, moods. In fact, one study looked at the effects of DMAE on the emotional states of two groups. One group was given placebo while the other was given DMAE over a 12-week period. Each group was then shown television clips while the frequency levels of their brains were measured. The groups were also given surveys to gather information on their subjective emotional states. The researchers found that the group given the DMAE supplement reported better moods than the placebo group.2
DMAE in PowerUp
Empowers Performance felt it was imperative to have this “neuro boosting” ingredient in the PowerUp formula. We developed PowerUp to improve performance both mentally and physically. If your brain can’t perform at its best, you can’t expect your body to. PowerUp gives you an advantage over the competition and allows you to be more mentally focused and concentrated on the goal at hand.