Psst...we like coffee! We just want to share some alternatives if you don't want to drink it late in the day.
Did you know about 90 percent of Americans drink adults consume caffeine daily? This is most often in the form of coffee, tea, energy drinks, or pre-workout powders.
Coffee naturally contains high levels of caffeine -- about 90mg per 8oz cup. Caffeine is actually a wakefulness agent. It's perfect for helping us get up and feel more awake in the mornings.
On a chemical level, caffeine is known to inhibit adenosine receptors in the brain responsible for inducing sleep¹.
However, caffeine intake can contribute to a host of side effects including insomnia, upset stomach, nervousness, and the dreaded "crash" -- especially when consumed later in the day.
Many individuals who have existing anxiety disorders experience adverse physical side effects from consuming caffeine, including blood pressure spikes and increased sweating².
Caffeine is not bad, but sometimes you may want an alternative. Here's some options:
1) Ginkgo biloba, an herb that's been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for cognitive function, has the ability to boost blood flow to the brain. There is some evidence it may help those with mild cognitive impairment and dementia³. It also has other therapeutic properties related to mood elevation.
2) Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is produced by the body and stored in the mitochondria of the cell. It supports the brain and protects against oxidative damage whose compounds can damage essential brain functions including memory and cognition⁴ ⁵.
3) Ginseng. Ginseng is a popular plant in Ayurvedic medicine, known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects to boost cognition, focus, and energy⁶. Ginseng is great for overall cognition and widely used for a good reason.
There are many other herbs that are emerging and increasing in popularity among Western countries being used alongside or in place of that cup of coffee.
Whether you want to improve your memory or simply be able to focus better, these herbs are definitely worth a shot in your supplement routine.
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