Need a brain boost? Nootropics, known as “smart drugs,” are substances that stimulate cognitive functions. They are touted for their ability to increase memory and focus, inspire creativity, and develop mental stamina. You’ve already probably used (or a few of them—caffeine, nicotine, and l-theanine (an amino acid in tea).
Nootropics differ from other stimulants like amphetamine and methylphenidate (Adderall and Ritalin, respectively) in that they don’t target your nervous system for a quick burst of energy followed by a debilitating crash. Rather, nootropics are more like vitamins: Supplements that, when taken over a period of time, become more effective.
While data determining the effectiveness and long-term benefits of smart drugs are lacking, we’re excited to be early adopters of this trend (and we’re keeping an eye out for the emerging studies).
Since caffeine is still the no.1 tried-and-true mind-stimulating nootropic, we scouted some of the best additions to your morning mug that will work with the natural nootropics in coffee to activate your best brain.
One of the leading superfood coffee creamers, Rising Tide’s Elevate Creamer is loaded with nootropical ingredients, namely Lions Mane Mushroom and MCT Oil, both known for improving creativity and focus. This creamer is coconut-based, vegan, and suitable for most diets. Consider it the quickest brain food.
12 ounces of brain-boosting magic loved for its complex and bold flavor. Kimera Koffee gives you a morning burst with little to no energy crash. Loaded with nootropics like l-theanine, Alpha-GPC, and Taurine, this single-origin roast will help you shine from the office to the gym.
I know, I know — this coffee has mushrooms in it. But hear me out: you can’t even taste them, and since it’s crafted with a superfood mushroom blend, this coffee has the nootropics to boost your decision-making and cognition while keeping you calm. It’s also loaded with antioxidants, and tastes great as coffee and, a little surprisingly, as a dessert (hint: Espresso Mousse).
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the Keurig lovers. Consider these the latest addition to your K-Cup Tree. Hailed as a “brain-enhancing coffee,” each one of these single serve cups are a blend of organic coffee and organic Yerba Mate for long-lasting focus and energy. Reviews say that people feel a genuine boost in mental clarify and enjoy sustained energy without a crash. Boom. Instant brain power.
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