Teacrine, or theacrine, is an ingredient which certainly has my backing. Not yet as commonly known and understood as caffeine, it is in many ways, better. Rather than looking for the pre-workout with the highest caffeine content, look for an intelligently formulated blend which will support your performance by ticking all boxes. More is not always better. Better is better. Teacrine and Dynamine are two ingredients which I predict we will see more and more in new pre-workouts over the next few years. The first of which, Teacrine, we will delve into now!
What it is
Teacrine is the patented name for a premium compound containing theacrine, it is found primarily in pre-workouts across numerous brands worldwide.
Often added to supplements in conjunction with caffeine, theacrine is a stimulant which works quite differently and compliments the effects well.
How it works
Like caffeine, theacrine stimulates the central nervous system, however, it does not elevate heart rate or affect blood pressure. Its more subtle mechanism allows the user to bypass the subsequent 'come down' feeling that can come from using caffeine alone as a performance enhancer.
Teacrine works on two neural pathways: dopaminergic and adenosinergic. Dopaminergic cocnerns dopamine production. Dopamine is an important chemical messenger associated with feelings of pleasure and motivation- key to exercise performance and enjoyment. Next, adenosinergic. TeaCrine inhibits adenosine, decreasing the feeling of fatigue, for longer, more effective workouts. Those extra sets and reps make all the difference when training for progressive overload.
Who it is for
Anyone looking to:
-increase focus and concentration
-avoid the jitters and irritability of caffeine
Athletes from endurance, resistance and combined sports can all benefit from teacine. It is also used by gamers and professionals for its cognitive benefits!
Stacks and recommendations
Teacrine can be found in capsules, liquids, gels and powders. Recommended daily dosages in humans range from 50 to 300 mg/day. It works well with other performance related supplements such as; creatine, caffeine, and beta-alanine.
For a well dosed product, including 100mg teacrine per serving, we would recommend: Applied Nutrition ABE