Overpower – Adaptogenic Sports Supplement
Overpower is a 100% natural, long-acting performance enhancer. It is formulated to increase performance and improve recovery of all endurance athletes, and to do so without any increase in oxygen consumption or heat generation.
Overpower is based on adaptogens – a class of botanicals with the ability to increase stress resilience on a cellular level by modulating the way organs react to stress. They’re capable of modulating the production and release of neurotransmitters, hormones and proteins, the rates of oxygen, protein, fat and carbohydrate utilization, and behaviour of key physiological parameters such as the heart rate and respiratory rate. Combining multiple adaptogens is known to strengthen and extend their effectiveness.
Overpower utilizes a 2-part formula (‘Alpha’ and ‘Omega’) to achieve a long-lasting, virtuous cycle of performance-enhancing effects. All in all, Overpower contains seven classic adaptogens with supporting botanicals to boost absorption and bioavailability. All compounds are highly enriched, standardized extracts for optimal efficacy.
The effects of Overpower are measurable from positive changes in:
- resting heart rate
- post-exercise heart rate recovery
- anabolic / catabolic hormone levels
- lactic acid levels
- biomarkers of overtraining sentiment
- physical conditioning
Overpower has a standard daily dose of 6 capsules ( 3 Alpha + 3 Omega).
Suitable dosages are subject to personal and situational variation; a dose of 1 Alpha + 1 Omega is suitable as a maintenance dose for recovery time and low stress, and a dose of 2 Alpha + 2 Omega is suitable for light to moderate training and moderate stress.
Overpower is best used cyclically, with breaks in use. The recommended standard cycle is 28 days: 21 days of use followed by a 7-day break. The product package contains detailed use instructions.
The perceivable effects of Overpower supplementation start on average 4 days from the start and strengthen up to 14 days. The effects accumulate over time and are pronounced when tired or stressed.
Mechanism of Action
Body-wide adaptation of stress reactions.
Areas of Application
Maintaining stamina and endurance under prolonged activity. Improving training response. Improving recovery and quality of rest. Recovering from overtraining and reducing the risk and symptoms of overtraining.
Duration of Effect
Goes well with
- DHEA – supplying precursors for hormone metabolism
- Chlorella – for lung function and oxygen intake
- Creatine – for supporting ATP production
- D-Ribose – for supporting ATP production
- Taurine – for performing in hot conditions
Things to note
Adaptogens are low in toxicity, have no tolerance build-up and no abuse potential. They do not alter the state of consciousness and their long-term use has not been reported to cause side effects. A break of 14+ days eliminates the effects of Overpower.
Cordyceps sinensis belongs to the Cordyceps family of mushrooms, which consists of over 400 different mushrooms.
Cordyceps is androgenic in nature, as it has been shown to reliably increase testosterone levels in a dose-dependent manner. This observed effect is possibly the result of structural similarity between luteinizing hormone (a testosterone precursor) and compounds In Cordyceps.
The effects of Cordyceps on sports performance, hormonal function and oxygen intake has been studied over the last years, and Cordyceps supplementation has been found to increase endurance and oxygen intake in high intensity training, both acutely and over longer term. In addition, Cordyceps has been shown to increase blood flow, possibly via nitric oxide modulation, and to improve oxygen utilization in tissues by increasing hemoglobin levels.
Cordyceps sinensis in Overpower is the powdered mycelium (ie. the root) of the mushroom, with the level of cordycepic acid standardized at 10%.
Ashwagandha, Withania somnifera, is a member of the nightshade family of plants. Ashwagandha is a major medicinal herb in Ayurvedic tradition of medicine with a wide body of scientific research to back up its efficacy. Its use has traditionally focused on stress and anxiety mitigation, but during the last years its performance-supporting capabilities have received some well-earned attention.
With regards to Overpower and performance support, Ashwagandha pretty much does it all and does it well, as it has been shown to accelerate cell renewal, to decrease levels of stress hormone cortisol, to suppress inflammation, the levels of ‘bad’ LDL-cholesterol and the overall cholesterol levels.
In addition, Ashwagandha has been shown to, when used in conjunction with exercise, to decrease the body’s fat percentage, to increase the formation of muscle mass in resistance training and to speed up the recovery of muscles after exercise.
Ashwagandha modulates the resting heart rate, power output and aerobic capability of the body and suppresses the subjective feelings of exhaustion while active. In resistance-training males, Ashwagandha supplementation has been shown to increase the levels of testosterone more than resistance training without it.
Ashwagandha in Overpower is Sensoril®, a branded extract made with a patented water extraction process from roots and leaves of Ashwagandha and whose glycoside, oligosaccharide and Withaferin A contents are standardized.
Shilajit is a natural substance formed for centuries by the gradual decomposition of certain plants by the action of microorganisms. It is a potent and very safe dietary supplement which has been utilized for thousands of years in the Himalayas, India, China and the Caucasus. The name Shilajit comes from sanskrit, where the word ‘shilajitu’ means rock tar. In Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Arabic countries Shilajit is known in variations of the word ‘Mumiyo’.
Shilajit contains tens of minerals in ionic form, including iron, molybdenum, zinc, manganese, calcium, strontium, copper and magnesium; organic acids such as humic and fulvic acid, as well as amino acids and hormone precursors. The ionic state of the elements enables them to bond readily with water, making it possible for the body to efficiently absorb it.
Shilajit has been shown to increase the anabolic effect of resistance training by increasing the expression of genes which regulate muscle growth and by efficient delivery of micronutrients into deep muscle tissue. Thereby Shilajit has been shown to support performance levels in extreme conditions such as high altitude. In addition, Shilajit has been shown to modulate testosterone synthesis.
Shilajit on Owerpower is organic and due to a specific purification process, very clean. Its levels of fulvic acid is standardized at >50%.
Eleuthero, Eleutheroccus senticosus, also known as Siberian Ginseng, is a small shrub that grows in northeastern Asia, and which has been traditionally used by Siberian natives to cope with the harsh conditions.
Eleuthero has been shown to improve oxygen intake, raise the anaerobic threshold, maintain healthy blood sugar levels and suppress lactic acid accumulation in active muscles. In addition, Eleuthero has been shown to lower the average resting heart rate and speed up heart rate’s return to normal rate post-exertion.
Eleuthero is Overpower is an extract with eleutheroside B and E content standardized at 0.8%.
Rhodiola Rosea, also known as golden root, roseroot and Arctic root, is a perennial flowering plant which grows naturally in Arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. It has been traditionally utilized in its native habitats to stave off tiredness and depression. In Scandinavia, first written remarks about medicinal use of Rhodiola are from the 18th century, but according to folklore, its utilization there started much earlier.
Rhodiola has been shown to be fairly universally effective in mitigating symptoms of mental and physical tiredness and therefore in improving the level of performance while stressed.
In studies implemented with athletes, Rhodiola has been shown, among other effects, to lower the average resting heart rate, to improve concentration and lower the number of mistakes in execution, to increase the body’s use of fats as an energy source, and to support cellular energy production and blood sugar balance. Rhodiola also suppresses the activity of MAO-B enzyme, which is responsible for dopamine reuptake, therefore maintaining dopamine levels in the central nervous system.
Rhodiola may be of interest to practitioners of contact sports, gamers and of other ventures requiring good reactions, as it has been shown to improve reaction speed.
Rhodiola in Overpower is an extract with its salidroside content standardized at 3% and rosavins at 5%.
‘Ginseng’ typically refers to plants from genus Panax which grow natively across a wide area; Panax Ginseng in the Korean Peninsula, northern China and Russian Far East, American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) in the USA and Canada, South-China Ginseng (Panax Notoginseng) in southern China and Vietnamese Ginseng (Panax Vietnamensis) in Vietnam. Ginseng has been revered and utilized in Korea, China and Japan for over 2000 years. Commercial cultivation of Ginseng started already in early 18th century.
All Ginsengs share some common bioactive compounds called ginsenosides, of which over 100 different types have been identified. Panax, or Korean Ginseng is considered to be the most efficacious of the Panax family of plants.
With Ginseng, its root is typically utilized. There are two types of processed Ginseng root - white and red. White Ginseng is washed and peeled and then dried. Red Ginseng is steamed, and its red colour is the result of a Maillard reaction between carbohydrate and amino acid contents of Ginseng . In addition, Ginseng is fermented and its leaves are utilized in certain Ginseng extracts.
Traditional uses of Ginseng have focused in providing energy, improving male sexuality and maintaining a Zen mindset. With regards to performance, Ginseng has been shown to boost sugar metabolism, improve oxygen delivery to muscle tissues, spare muscles from excess damage, and to increase the body’s use of fats as an energy source at the onset of activity. Several ginsenosides share structural similarities with human sex hormones.
Ginseng in Overpower is white, air-dried Panax Ginseng root, with its ginsenoside content standardized at 30%.
ALPHA + OMEGA
Acerola, Malpighia emarginata, which is also known as Barbados cherry is an excellent natural source of vitamin C, but also of amino acids (including alanine, serine and GABA), anthocyanins, carotenoids and catechins, as well as polyphenols such as quercetin, luteolin and rutin. The combination with vitamin C and anthocyanins make Acerola an effective natural antioxidant to reduce oxidative stress and suppress inflammation.
The vitamin C content of Acerola has been shown to increase the absorption of other key constituents in Overpower - L-DOPA, zinc and iron (from Shilajit), as well as beta glucans from Cordyceps. Vitamin C has also been shown to support efficient blood circulation.
Acerola in Overpower is an extract from bio-organically grown Acerola, with its vitamin C content standardized at 25%.
Piperine is the alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper (Piper Nigrum). Piperine can inhibit key liver enzymes that would otherwise break down other molecules faster. Due to this, it is ingested alongside supplements to increase their absorption rates.
The purpose of piperine in Overpower is therefore to increase the absorption and bioavailability of other bioactive compounds and therefore make Overpower more effective.
Piperine in Overpower is extracted from black pepper and has 95% purity.