What Is MindDrive And Why I Became
Involved With Testing The Product.
The body is an efficient machine that requires
fuels to operate. Gatorade was created in response to the exhaustive
work that an athlete's muscles must endure in game activity. The next
generation of Gatorade is MindDrive.
The body's network of the brain muscle
connection requires neurotransmitters that keep the body's neuromuscular
function optimal. Depletion of these neurotransmitters cause fatigue,
both mental and physical. Therefore, as important as water and
carbohydrates are to muscles, so is the supply of neurotransmitters to
mental and physical activity.
Physical exertion depletes neurotransmitters.
Stress and anxiety also deplete these same neurotransmitters. In
everyday life, we either are overusing our brain activity, our mind, or
physically overexerting ourselves. As our body requires food and water,
so does it require the nutrients for our neurochemicals that maximize
our brain capabilities - brain boosters as they were called in the
Many products have tried to encompass all aspects
of nutritional needs into one product, or tablet. The capsule size or
powder limits the necessary concentrations of the essential elements of
specific nutrients for these neurotransmitters.
The challenge for our team was to create the
most effective and efficient combination of natural vitamins and
neurotransmitter precursors that the body could absorb and make a quick
utilization of this combination without any side effects or adverse
effects. The product needed to be non-hormonal, non-caffeinated, and
without any complex herbal or Oriental combinations.
The less ingredients, and the more specific
natural nutrients ensured safety across all age groups and no risk of
any reactions to other medications or affecting disease conditions.
MindDrive was developed with strict supervision and extensive testing.
MindDrive's development success was made on
providing the body with two neurotransmitter nutrients. These two
neurotransmitters are Acetylcholine and Serotonin in appropriate
Therefore the precursors are
the main ingredients with the addition of Vitamin B's that help in the
conversion of these precursors into actual neurotransmitters in the
body. MindDrive only provides the basic building blocks of your bodies
natural neurotransmitters and adds the necessary vitamins to convert
these building blocks within your own body.
Your body takes these basic nutrients and
vitamins and converts them into their natural state. MindDrive only
supplies the necessary raw materials, whereas the body knows what to do
to these building blocks for replenishing its used neurotransmitters.
An analogy is placing logs into a fire. The longer one adds logs to the
fire, the longer we experience the warmth and the light of its use. As
Gatorade fuels the body with basic sugars, water and electrolytes, the
body utilizes them to replenish what was lost in dehydration and muscle
As physical activity burns your calories,
dehydrates and depletes your neurotransmitter, stress and anxiety can
also over utilize your store of neurotransmitters. An athlete knows
that anxiety inhibits performance. The student knows that test anxiety
affects their concentration and learning. Anxiety and stress are
inhibitors of clarity of memory.
In a simplified model, stress and anxiety
stimulate your "flight or fight" adrenal gland that releases
adrenaline. This adrenaline is like the Pac Man of the video game that
eats the available neurotransmitters of your brain and nervous system.
The person under prolonged stress and anxiety experiences extreme
physical fatigue. The medical model is more complex than Pac Man, as in
addition to consuming available neurotransmitters, this adrenaline
stimulates a release of a brain chemicals the destroys the production of
new neurotransmitter. Many prominent healthcare specialists find stress
and anxiety more destructive to our body's systems than any physical
exertion or toxin.
Caffeine is a stimulant used by many people to
stimulate brain and physical activity. For a brief period, this effect
is felt, but short lived. Unfortunately, this surge of disorganized
energy has a negative effect on the body's organized neurotransmitters.
L-Phenylalanine is a
precursor to norepinephrine (noradrenaline). This is the
neurotransmitter that wakes you up and helps you to stay alert and
aware. Caffeine causes the brain to burn up norepinephrine, and it’s
that depletion that leads to caffeine jitters. Epinephrine (adrenaline)
is created by the adrenal glands. Chronic stress leads to chronically
high levels of adrenaline which the body is not designed to handle, and
also causes neurotransmitter depletion.
Other athletes who function more on instinct and
maximal muscle activity don't recognize the improvement they can have if
they create a state of mental clarity and focus. Few individuals are
born or developed in having mental clarity and focus with exceptional
athletic muscular ability, with precise eye-hand coordination. The
athletes that hold this combination are the exceptional athletes of
In any type of learning, mental, cognitive, or
physical, the greater the degree of mental calmness, the better the
ability to grasp the lessons. Anxiety and agitation are to be avoided
as they potentate the "flight or fight" response that interferes and
With a state of mental calmness and clarity, a
person reaches a heightened state of confidence and quickened learned
memory. This learned memory, when involving a physical movement is
commonly referred to as brain-muscle memory or simplified "muscle
memory". Practically speaking, the term "muscle memory" is a misnomer.
"Muscle memory" is a term overused and erroneous. Muscles do not have
"memory", but respond only to neurotransmitter stimulation.
The sequencing of muscle firing allows for
specificity of movement. Repetition of specific movements allow for
brain-muscle repeatability, which people term "muscle memory". Dr.
Donohue is quoted as saying, "Practicing effects changes in the part of
the brain that controls muscle movement. Muscles move into greater ease
and more fluidity."
This implies that the brain instructs muscles to
move. After extensive practice this brain memory sensitizes the muscles
to act by instinct and habit, a form of "muscle memory." This
underlying brain-muscle memory principle is dependent on the
availability and coordinated use of neurotransmitters of this
neuromuscular pathway. This neurotransmitter pathway is the basis for
the replenishment provided by essential nutrients and vitamins of
MindDrive ingredients are only the basis of the
fuel for the brain-muscle activity. These nutrients and vitamins do not
influence memory, erase previous memory or change emotions. The
ingredients of MindDrive allow for the brain to be in a situation of
enhanced focused learning with emotional calmness and clarity.
This state allows for the development of more
specific brain blueprinting of learned tasks for both cognitive and
physical ability and repeatability. The traditional way of repeatable
learning was exhaustive practice. Unfortunately, introducing fatigue,
new instruction and change in equipment in athletic skill creates more
confusion and loss of natural skill and most important the confidence to
repeat the same skill performance.
Factors of fatigue, mental confusion, anxiety,
frustration all are important factors that interfere with nervous
system-muscle action accuracy. On the other hand, optimal skill
performance requires complete control over mental, emotional and
cognitive focus and clarity. This focus and clarity creates the
blueprints of an athlete's preparation and accuracy in skill and timing.
MindDrive ingredients clinically provide the body
with the availability of up to 6 hours of needed neurotransmitter
precursors. This is extremely critical as John Hopkins's has studied
the development and incorporation of new learned memory.
Neuroscientist at John Hopkins found that the
first 5-6 hours of practicing a new motor (muscle) skill for the
necessary brain activity for the brain to shift the new information from
its short term memory to the area of the brain responsible for more
permanent memory of this new skill.
These researchers found that a person initially
learned a task in a region of the brain called the pre-frontal cortex.
The brain then required a period of 5-6 hours to redirect this learning
sequence from the pre-frontal cortex to its more permanent learned
memory centers which are the pre-motor cortex, the posterior cortex and
the cerebellum (area of balance and coordination).
The critical time to properly encode this new
learning is the 5-6 hour time frame. The clearer the state of mind,
avoidance of frustration, anxiety, fatigue, the more accurate the proper
encoding. Lack of available neurotransmitter nutrients, the potential of
encoding is decreased. Avoidance of stimulants such as caffeine allows
for greater availability of create neurotransmitters.
Stimulants and caffeine destroy our healthy
neurotransmitters, such as a turbo jet engine burns available fuel.
Recently researchers also discovered that the brain can develop new
brain cells in the area of the brain involved in learning and memory.
If the proper setting of learning with
availability of nutrients are provided, this leads to increased learning
and memory capabilities. Advanced scientific and medical MRI have
confirmed the brain's
ability to have areas specific to learning and planning physical
MindDrive helps clear the mind for learning.
Coaches and teachers have found increased rates of absorbing new
learning and athletic skill. The athlete or student found that the less
variability within the lesson, the greater the reproducibility of the
learned skill, with improved ability to ingrain this skill in brain
Inability to grasp new lessons or physical skill
creates frustration, anxiety and stress. Researchers found that stress
and tension produce hormones within our body that release Acetylcholine
destroying chemical that depletes out needed neurotransmitters as well
as destroys an area of the brain that is critical in learning and
formation of memory--the Hippocampus. This destructive Acetylcholine
chemical is called Acetylcholinesterase.
Acetylcholinesterase is the inhibitor of
learning. Acetylcholinesterase breaks down the good Acetylcholine and
eliminates its beneficial effects, especially on the Hippocampus. That
part of the brain then creates and converts learning into stored
memory. One natural herb, Huperzine A has been used for hundreds of
years and has now been proven to reduce the concentration of
MindDrive contains Huperzine A, as well as Choline
a precursor of Acetylcholine. A natural medicinal plan Eriffonia
simplicifolia hold the natural precursor of Serotonin, 5-HTP which
allows our body to quickly convert 5-HTP into usable Serotonin.
The natural benefits of turmeric and
decaffeinated green tea help protect the brain from neuro antioxidants
that deplete brain chemicals. The B Vitamins, vitamin B1, B5, B6, B12
along with folic acid help in the conversion in the development of these
natural neurotransmitters. Again, the increased availability of these
neurotransmitters in the brain and neuro-muscular pathways allow for
improved brain-muscle communication and formed learned memory.
Putting MindDrive to the test, two studies were
done in regards to athletic performance in golf. The first study at
University of South Florida under the director of the High Speed Camera
Biomechanics Laboratory, Dr. Murray Maitland PT, PhD analyzed golfers
with 40 positional markers during their golf swing.
The participants were of a varied golf skill
level. 40 markers were used to asses and measure repeatability of the
body's joint angles and club performance. Pre-testing without MindDrive
allowed for baseline objective performance measures. This was followed
by taking two MindDrive capsules and retesting after one hour of taking
The results were objective and credible. All
golfers improved in their swing consistency and club performance. The
more unskilled, golfers showed the greatest improvements in performance
and consistency of biomechanical movement.
Another study was performed at Carlsbad California,
using TaylorMade's proprietary MATT, (Motion Analysis Technology by
TaylorMade), in assessing biomechanics and club performance.
This study was more extensive with a larger
group of participants and over a period of two weeks. As in the
University of South Florida study, participants were tested without
MindDrive for their baseline measures. After recording their baseline
data, these participants were given MindDrive and their golf swings were
This first analysis again confirmed the Univ. of
South Florida results of improved biomechanical consistency and improved
center hits. These participants were given MindDrive and instructed to
practice their swing with MindDrive 30 minutes at least three times a
week for two weeks. After two weeks, they returned to the MATT
laboratory and were retested.
Results showed objective improvement in 80% of
the participants in golf performance. Golf performance in both studies
looked at the 3 dimensional measurements of arm, elbow, shoulder, torso,
pelvis and leg movements. Quantification of angles of body and joint
alignments were determined along with swing planes.
Quantification of clubhead speed and ball path
flight was recorded. The consistency and accuracy of clubhead, ball
impact location on the club was analyzed. Finally, the hand speed,
ball flight characteristics and distance measures were compared.
Additional feedback was positive, most
experienced notable improvement in their jobs or hobbies, with improved
clarity, focus and endurance. No participant in either study had any
side effects. Some participants were on medications without any adverse
effects being reported.
More recently, I have introduced MindDrive to many
athletes of elite skill as well as individuals of various professions,
therapists, scientists, students, and laborers. Most all found benefit
and have requested more product as their mental and physical
abilities were enhanced.
A common finding of improved mental and physical
stamina was reported. A few found only a slight benefit, but
coincidentally, these individuals were being treated with prescription
medications that altered brain chemistry that already enhanced serotonin
None, and I repeat none experienced any side
effects or reactions with their prescription medications, as this was
one of my initial primary concerns.
As a result of this extensive analysis and
having tried MindDrive myself and my family, I feel confident that this
product should be tried and used.
My parents who are quite elderly have noted
improved overall memory, especially short term memory as they were
concerned about developing dementia. For all these reasons, I believe
and have confidence in this product--MindDrive works. Try it for
Taras V. Kochno MD
Board Certified in Physical Medicine and
Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine
Medical Director of Sports Medicine and
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