Ergogenic Aids

All of us have a competitive spirit tucked away somewhere within. After all, who does not like to show their prowess over their neighbor, whether it is on the streets running or in a pool swimming? Often, the difference between you and the next is not much. It is at times like this that you end up looking for that extra oomph or edge. Ergogenic aids is something that may cross your mind if you find yourself in such a dilemma. An ergogenic aid is a performance-enhancing substance used to improve the performance of human activity. Depending on what you are trying to enhance you would use different aids that will enhance either your cognitive or physical performance. A cognitive enhancing aid is known as nootropics.

If it is physical enhancement, you are seeking you would look for a different class of stimulants. The simplest is something like caffeine. An elite athlete might scoff at it, but a shot of espresso pre work out is believed to enhance performance. If you don’t think this is sufficient, you will look for anabolic drugs, which build up muscles. These include steroids. You might also wish to consider adaptogens which are plants that neutralize environmental and physical stress. Even a painkiller aka as NSAID’s such as ibuprofen is known to enhance oxygen supply.

Speaking of oxygen supply, this is one of the primary objectives of taking stimulants. In the most famous case in the Tour de France, some athletes were resorting to tricks to enhance the oxygen levels in their blood. One method was to train at high altitudes which would force your body to try and take in more oxygen. A more radical approach was to infuse blood before the race to enhance the number of available blood cells. None of these come without side effects. Most competitive sports ban the uses of these aids to ensure that the competition is fair, which is why the adage, “how you compete matters more than winning or losing”


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

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