E-Sports have evolved from Space Invaders by Atari in 1980 to Xbox, Playstation 4 and Microsoft Windows video games such as Ghost of Tsushima, Street Fighter, Overwatch, Red Dead Redemption II, Super Smash Bros: Ultimate, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Grand Theft Auto V, Fortnite, Minecraft, Call of Duty: Warzone, and many more.
Gamers require a great deal of focus and hand-eye coordination in a fast-paced environment. 1-Up means extra life. Players are concerned with focus, motor speed, fatigue, eye strain and joint pain from the fast-paced, specific movements needed, aka Gamer’s Thumb.
“Beyond the heightened physiological arousal, they must be consistently, cognitively engaged in things like strategy and planning; these processes are mentally taxing,” said Jaime Tartar, Ph.D. professor of psychology and neuroscience at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “However, just like with physical exercise, the mental strain from gaming results in demonstrated cognitive improvements,” she continued.
Gamers recognize that they need more than sugary, caffeine, and chemical loaded drinks to excel, especially over the long term and especially if they have another job. They actually need to be in good health to work during the day and game at night, and win at both.
Nootropics for esports focus on performance-based coordination of brain and neurological function. These nootropics include cognitive boosting nutrients such as phosphatidylserine, B-complex vitamins for brain health and energy, acetyl-l-carnitine providing nutrients for brain and neurological mitochondrial function, and ginkgo biloba for micro-circulation in the brain, and possibly Vitamin D3 if you don’t get enough sunshine exposure.
Long periods of blue light exposure from computer and phone screens can cause harm to vision. This has been well-documented for decades. E-sports gamers who spend a great deal of time playing video games, especially after working a regular job in front of a computer screen, experience inordinate exposure to the harmful rays known to cause vision loss. Gamers should consider supplementing their diet with colorful fruits such as berries and targeted nutrients, such as the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.
Other nutrients are shown to decrease the rate of eye deterioration identified in the National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute (NIH, NEI) funded Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), in order to preserve their vision. These nutrients include Vitamins C, E, beta carotene, copper, and zinc. They are all included in Maximum Vitality in comparable doses of more bioavailable forms to that used in the AREDS study.
The concerns e-sports gamers face due to playing for hours on end – eye strain, fatigue, focus, and joint soreness, are addressed by good nutrition, physical exercise, and nutritional supplements. Focus, eye-hand coordination, and motor speed are enhanced with supplements also.
Joint pain is a real issue for gamers. Eye and hand dexterity are critical, but so is the ability to sit for hours without pain, unlike so many other sports where there is more full-body activity.
Recommended Supplements for E-Sport Gamers
Supplements recommended for the gamer in order of most popular for gamers:
I SEE CLEARLY™: contains antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which selectively concentrate in the retina of the eye to form the macular pigment. These two powerful antioxidants, naturally found in fruits and vegetables, provide retinal protection against oxidative stress caused by normal UV and blue light exposure on the eye, such as from an abundance of screen time.
A few supplements for special circumstances include:
Flush!™ Colon Cleanse: “A clear colon, a clear mind.” Helpful for people who spend a lot of time sitting. Bulking psyllium hydrophilic fiber to promote internal cleansing.* Triphala herbs to stimulate peristalsis (keep it moving) and minimize gas and bloating which occurs with other fiber formulas.*.
GlucoOptimizer™: Our secret ingredients including corosolic acid from Banaba leaf, the amino acid L-Glutamine, alpha-lipoic acid, and cofactors known for their support of normal glucose levels, help support healthy blood glucose levels and assist healthy weight level.* Corosolic acid from Banaba leaf is especially effective and noteworthy for its published research.
Gut Optimizer™ Probiotics & FOS: Inside each of us is a vast ecosystem, as complex as the soil or the oceans, that helps digest food and contributes to health and well-being. Maintain your gut microbiome to maintain health throughout your body and optimize digestion and elimination.* Gut Optimizer™ contains a combination of 10 species and 25 billion beneficial bacteria.