22 – Ben Esgro: Brain Optimization, Discovering New Supplements, Overtraining your mind and body

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Today on the Muscle Expert podcast Ben Esgro, CEO and founder of De Novo Nutrition, joins Ben to dive deep into neurotransmitter health, brain focus, chemistry, performance, pharmacology and the future of scientific research.

In this Episode:

  • 5:39 – Serious back injury, maximizing time, studying chemistry textbooks between sets.

  • 8:20 – Self growth, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, the parallels of training and life challenges.

  • 11:00 – Pushing through plateaus, flirting with the line of overtraining your mind and body.

  • 16:29 – Learning from first principles. Elon Musk and Where to start when learning anything.

  • 26:00 – Finding a groundbreaking compounds and supplements to push human performance.

  • 31:10 – FDA regulations is it a drug or a supplement? Where the line is drawn.

  • 33:30 – Creativity when formulating supplements. How to make a better product.

  • 36:55 – Neurotransmitter control,  coding new proteins and protein turnover

  • 45:10 – The downside of nootropics and smart drugs, precursors vs ligands

  • 51:20 – The Edge Effect & Neurotransmitters Health.

  • 52:25 – Yoga, rhythmic breathing patterns, counting breaths to reduce stress instantly

  • 56:00 – How money influences the research on muscle building, health and fitness.

  • 1:04:00 – Utopian and optimizing the 4 key neurotransmitters.

  • 1:11:30 – Pre workout stimulants, what to optimize first for better workouts without out stimulants.

  • 1:15:40 – Rapid fire questions, maximizing performance, night rituals and sleep hacks.

  • 1:20:23 – Ben’s top books from Einstein and the creator of Ecstasy.

Resources Mentioned In The Episode:

De Novo Nutrition (USE COUPON CODE “muscleexpert”  at checkout for entry into a DN product GIVEAWAY!)

Younger Brain, Sharper Mind

The Edge Effect

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Ideas And Opinions


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Ben Pakulski

Ben Pakulski

Since first lifting weights as a teenager, Ben has been on a mission to do whatever it takes… …to become the most muscular man on the planet! On the eve of The Arnold Classic, he confronts the dark realities of bodybuilding… And his own future! Follow him on his journey…

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