Caffeine is arguably the world's most popular, naturally derived stimulant. It stimulates the nervous system, wakes up the brain, increases adrenaline and boosts dopamine, the body's feel-good brain chemical. Stacking coffee with brain-boosting nootropics like lion's mane mushroom enhances the helpful effects of both. Here's a look at some healthful, brain-boosting ingredients often stacked with lion's mane coffee.
Turmeric and Cinnamon
Turmeric is a rhizome (root) closely related to ginger. It even has a similar appearance, with firm, fibrous flesh sheathed in a firm yet pierceable skin. It's flavor is mild, its color deep maize to canary yellow, cream orange and vermilion.
Dried and powdered, turmeric is a central ingredient in curry, giving curry dishes their signature hue. Turmeric contains curcumin, a reducing agent said to have anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon, a commonly used spice, may positively impact insulin sensitivity and blood sugar management.
L-Theanine and Black Pepper
L-theanine is a non-protein amino acid found in green tea, black tea and certain types of mushrooms. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds may support the immune system, reducing anxiety and stress. Piperine, an active component of black pepper, is an alkaloid and an antioxidant associated with reduced risk for neurological conditions, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
Lion's Mane and Chaga
Lion's mane coffee contains lion's mane and chaga, mushrooms used to promote healthy brain, cardiovascular and immune functions. Both mushrooms claimed widespread use throughout Russia, other European countries and Asia for centuries. Modern propagation techniques enable growers to yield premium, small-batch crops using DIY mycelium networks began with mushroom spawn. Visit Grateful Earth at GratefulEarthCoffee.com.