NooWave’s High Performer Nootropic: Unlock Your Mind!

NooWave High Performer

NooWave Supplements has reformulated their headlining productivity nootropic supplement The High Performer to make it even better than before, and now in a powder!

With all the intense work we do, we’ve been on a big kick with brain boosting supplements – otherwise known as nootropics. We’ve covered the gamut from workout enhancers to gaming supplements to standalone ingredient research, with all kinds of products in between.

It started with The Socialite

One company that we covered quite a while ago (they were well ahead of the curve!), but haven’t discussed recently has popped back up on our radar after they upgraded one of their premier nootropic formulas. That company we’re talking about is none other than NooWave Supplements, where we first wrote about The Socialite, a unique mental productivity supplement that helps one attack socially anxious situations in order to comfortably blossom into a social butterfly.

After that initial expose’, we dug into NooWave’s extensive line of supplements and couldn’t believe the wide array of products they’re offering — under everyone’s radar nonetheless. They literally have every aspect of mental enhancement covered.

Are you a High Performer?

So let’s go all out and look at their flagship nootropic, titled High Performer, a powdered nootropic drink. It’s a rather impressive cognitive enhancing stack designed to supply the user with everything needed to accelerate in the business world or classroom setting. The original version was a world-beater in its own right, but as we mentioned above, the brand has revamped the formula for 2018 to give it some extra juice.

Be forewarned, this is a mighty potent blend of nootropics and will unleash a level of discipline, focus and motivation that should only be saved for the most dire of circumstances.

The breakdown is just ahead, but before we get there, take a moment to check the best deal and sign up for alerts from PricePlow:

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High Performer Ingredients

As we’ve seen with NooWave’s supplements so far, High Performer is an incredibly-well dosed, and touts a transparent label. If you really are looking to enhance all aspects of mental performance, it really won’t get much better than what you’re about to lay your eyes on…

Note: There have been some MASSIVE changes to the High Performer. Key changes include swapping in L-Tyrosine for NALT, removing sulbutiamine, synephrine, hordenine, noopept, and vinpocetine, as well as lowering the dose of L-Theanine.

  • L-Tyrosine (2.5g)

    NooWave High Performer Ingredients

    The High Performer has undergone some pretty massive changes, but you can’t complain about how potent this nootropic supplement is.

    Holy freaking Tyrosine, Batman!

    Leading off the new edition of The High Performer is a beefy 2.5g (2,500mg) dose of L-Tyrosine. We’ve discussed this extensively before, but in short, L-Tyrosine is superior to N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT), which was previously used in the OG version of High Performer.

    Tyrosine is best known for its memory and focus boosting properties thanks to its ability to increase the production of the big time neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine, and adrenaline. Additionally, tyrosine also helps you relax during times of high stress by reducing levels of stress and anxiety.[1,2,3]

    It’s the dose that counts here — typically supplements begin by adding around 500mg, which is what you get in a lot of straight L-Tyrosine capsules. This is five times that amount!

    Good start right here, but it’s about to get a lot better:

  • Alpha GPC 50% (600mg)

    Up next is one of the PP crew’s all-star nootropics, Alpha GPC, short for alpha glycerophosphocholine. Alpha GPC is a highly bioavailable choline-containing compound used to increase production of the “learning neurotransmitter”, acetylcholine.[4]

    We’re completely enamored with this ingredient for a whole slew of reasons, but most of all for its focus-enhancing properties. While that may be the main reason it’s included in High Performer, we also need to point out that Alpha GPC enhances the “mind muscle connection” during workouts, strength levels, and even Growth Hormone (GH) output following a grueling workout![5,6]

    What a dosage!

    NooWave High Performer Review

    High Performer is a winner! Case closed.

    In case you couldn’t tell, we find Alpha GPC’s effects to be downright awesome, and this dose is equally so. If you’ve used Alpha GPC before, but never noticed much from it, chances are you’ve never used the right dose, mostly because many companies don’t dose the ingredient this well, or their labels aren’t fully forthcoming. At “600mg 50%”, you’re getting 300mg actual Alpha-GPC, which is plenty enough to get you in the zone and completely forget about the cute girls sitting across the library, well maybe not…

    The argument often comes down to whether you like Alpha GPC or Citicoline (CDP Choline) better as a premium choline supplement, but like most other companies recently, NooWave has gone with the former over the latter.

  • Glucuronolactone (400mg)


    Few are actually able to explain what glucuronolactone does and why it’s in so may energy drinks. Noowave helps us out here!

    A common component of energy drinks, glucuronolactone is a substance produced by the liver from the conversion of glucose. Since it’s so frequently found in energy drinks, you’d think that there’d be volumes of research touting its effects.

    Truth be told, it hasn’t been all that well studied in fact and only a handful of studies out of Japan have really been done on the compound in rats. Those studies found that glucuronolactone supplementation improved exercise capacity and there seemed to be some sort of synergistic effect with caffeine, but researchers can’t pinpoint exactly how or why glucuronolactone exerts the effects it does.[7,8]

    Several human studies have been conducted using energy drinks where glucuronolactone is a component of the drinks and found increased memory, reaction time, and concentration along with decreased sleepiness.[9,10,11,12] However, it’s hard to judge if this is due solely to glucuronolactone or its synergism with the other ingredients present in those drinks, such as caffeine.

    ”We based the inclusion of Glucuronolactone on a couple different studies, but gave the most weight to this one wherein the study assessed psychomotor performance (reaction time, concentration, and memory), subjective alertness and physical endurance using various types/brands of functional energy drinks. In this particular study there was proven to be a statistically significant gain in aerobic and anaerobic performance using cycle ergometers.

    More interesting and beneficial to the effects and experience we were after in formulating The High Performer were the improvements shown in mental performance with increased reaction time, concentration and immediate recall. This study helps to reinforce the data that properly dosed functional based energy drinks can and do increase alertness.

    It is worth noting that this was based off Gluco paired with Caffeine and Taurine. Although we opted out of including Taurine, there is sufficient anecdotal evidence to show that the pairing of Caffeine is enough to provide a solid gain in mental energy and alertness – not to mentioned we’ve included several other proven ingredients which work synergistically to help bring everything together.” — NooWave HQ”

    What about no glucuronolactone?

    “There were a couple people that couldn’t really notice a difference sans the ingredient when all others were equal. But the overall consensus was the inclusion of it did, in fact, provide more alertness and overall stimulating effect.

    We even tested it with double the dosage (800mg), but received feedback that it was a little too stimulating.

    So after testing with, without, and varying dosages, we found that 400mg with the other included ingredients provided an excellent balance in effects.

    In summary, not enough left a little something to be desired and too much stimulation detracted from the focus and sense of well-being provided by the other ingredients.” — NooWave HQ

  • Caffeine (200mg)

    We call caffeine the “everyman’s stim” because virtually everyone can tolerate it, in some dose or other. But in reality, caffeine should really be called “the everyman’s nootropic”, as it’s great for much more than just energy.

    In fact, caffeine heightens just about everything in life, including focus, alertness, and motivation. It’ll keep you up during those late night study sessions, and give you the extra motivation and focus to see your work through to the end.

    If 200mg is too much for you out of the gate start with a half scoop, but remember, there’s also so theanine a bit further down which will help “take the teeth” out of the caffeine kick.

  • Mucuna Pruriens (150mg)

    NooWave High Performer Desk

    Long night with the books ahead? Take a scoop of High Performer for all-night focus and motivation.

    Mucuna Pruriens (a.k.a. Velvet Bean) is an ingredient often standardized for its L-Dopa content. Standardizations range in quality from high to low, and NooWave’s Mucuna extract standardization falls on the top end of that spectrum at a whopping 98% L-Dopa. This is the good stuff, folks!

    In case you weren’t away, L-Dopa is a dopamine precursor that enhances dopamine production in the body leading to significantly less stress along with a heightened mood[13], both of which aid concentration and mental performance.

  • L-Theanine (100mg)

    Taking a look around the various stim based products on the market (including pre workouts, fat burners, and mental enhancers), chances are pretty high you’ll come across the ultimate “chillax” ingredient, L-Theanine. It’s become insanely popular recently in part due to its ability to take the “edgy” feeling off of stimulants, particularly caffeine.

    Aside from taking the “bite” out of caffeine, L-Theanine also enhances the cognitive focus effects of caffeine[14], and helps normalize the body’s stress response, particularly in high stress work-related situations.[15,16]

    The question is how to dose it — and we often look at it in terms of ratios with caffeine. And this is where The High Performer does it right – a 2:1 caffeine:theanine ratio, just where we like it.

    The OG version of High Performer has a heaping 400mg dose per scoop, which is a bit too much for our liking. NooWave has dialed back the L-Theanine to a more moderate 100mg, which still promotes better focus and cognition, while avoiding the “too chill” feeling of higher doses.

  • Huperzine A 1% (300mcg)

    NooWave Huperzine

    Huperzine is one of the many potent nootropics contained in High Performer.

    Yes, you read that right 300mcg. This is 100mcg MORE than the OG version – and very few (if any?) supplements ever take it this high!

    Huperzine is incredibly potent and even though this looks like a tiny amount compared to the doses of the other ingredients, 300mcg is a tremendous serving of Huperzine A.

    As opposed to Alpha GPC which directly increase acetylcholine levels in the body, Huperzine indirectly boosts levels of this neurotransmitter. What we mean is that Huperzine extends the life of the already-existing acetylcholine in the body by preventing its breakdown.

    Huperzine accomplishes this feat by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme responsible for the degradation of acetylcholine.[27] It’s also important to note that Huperzine supports overall brain health as it defends against the “neuron death molecule” glutamate[28], and helps potentially create new brain cells, making it “neurogenerative”.[29]

Seriously — did they leave anything out? As you can tell, that’s a lot of incredible stuff, and the price is going to come up along with it. There’s a reason why this had to get converted into a powder – which is fine for us since we personally like to drink our focus!

Flavors Available

NooWave High Performer Formula

It’s time to get zoned with The High Performer from NooWave Supplement Co.

Another huge change for High Performer comes in the change from a capsule based delivery system to a powder one. Removing a bunch of the hard to flavor stims and nootropics (like sulbutiamine) enabled NooWave to make the switch to a powder.

There’s currently only one flavor available — orange cream — but we do expect to see another flavor or two roll out during the year.

Ready to be a High Performer?

If you want a rock-star nootropic drink mix with nothing overly questionable inside, this is it.

As you can see, High Performer is indeed a mighty powerful blend of nootropics that will keep you on point during the most trying crunch times you’ll encounter, like FINALS week!

You’ll be welcomed with a renewed sense of drive and motivation that you wouldn’t have experienced before and High Performer will make you that much more productive. Take it for a ride yourself the next time times are tough and there seems to be no end in sight to the work.

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About the Author: Mike Roberto

Mike Roberto

Mike Roberto is a research scientist and water sports athlete who founded PricePlow. He is an n=1 diet experimenter with extensive experience in supplementation and dietary modification, whose personal expertise stems from several experiments done on himself while sharing lab tests.

Mike's goal is to bridge the gap between nutritional research scientists and non-academics who seek to better their health in a system that has catastrophically failed the public.

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