I like a strong cup of coffee. As far as I can tell, Death Wish Ground Coffee is the most potent coffee available. Go easy with this stuff, you probably don’t need more than 2 tbsp per cup. Plus, these beans are certified organic and fair trade.
Huperzine-A is currently sold as a brain stimulant in a supplement called Alpha Brain. These capsules contain Huperzine-A as well as other earth grown ingredients: cat’s claw, bacopa and oat straw. I mentioned Alpha Brain above, it is arguably one of the most popular natural nootropics. Onnit, the company that produces Alpha Brain, has published clinical data to illustrate how these capsules enhance mental function, you can examine that research here. I’ve been using this stuff since January 2017 and definitely notice an effect.
If you want to try Huperzine-A on its own, go with this Solaray bottle of Huperzine A capsules. This is a cheaper option than Alpha Brain and I respect Solaray. They perform good quality control on their supplements; you can trust that a potent extract of each plant has made it into each bottle.
Drinking black or green tea will provide a small amount of L-theanine. Each cup of tea delivers about 20-30 milligrams of L-theanine.
However, most folks require about 200 mg. of L-theanine to feel the full effect. This could mean 10 cups of tea….which also means you’re consuming a lot of caffeine.
When I’m working on a big project but don’t want any more caffeine in my body, I take 200 mg. L-theanine capsules.
I prefer NOW L-Theanine 200 mg. NOW has been around for awhile and has a solid reputation in the supplement world.
Suntheanine L-Theanine 200mg is also incredibly popular. They use organic coconut oil to formulate a unique, patented version of L-theanine. It’s definitely worth trying.
I’m in the habit of mixing coconut oil into my morning coffee. Onnit makes a high quality MCT coconut oil that can be stirred into hot or cold drinks. They have a few different varieties. This triple pack is a good place to start. Onnit coconut oil is derived 100% from coconuts (as opposed to environmentally damaging palm oil). Their oil also contains the preferred C8, C10 and Lauric acid forms of MCT oil.
If you’re looking for a coconut oil to use for cooking, I like Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil. This oil can be used at higher temperatures than virgin coconut oil and it has a more subtle flavor (i.e. less coconut-y taste) than a virgin coconut oil.
Nature’s Way produces a whole herb Gotu Kola capsule that is incredibly popular on Amazon. Nature’s Way is a large supplement company that has maintained their integrity as they’ve grown in size.
If you’re interested in a plant extract, I recommend Herb Pharm Gotu Kola Extract. Herb Pharm is one of the beloved, smaller herb companies. They use alcohol in this tincture in order to best extract the active ingredients from the plant.
Gaia Herbs sells full spectrum capsules of Rhodiola Rosea. They wild-harvest their Rhodiola from the mountains of Siberia. Gaia Herbs is based in North Carolina, they are one of our favorite, small herbal supplement companies. They’re a very eco-friendly and trustworthy organization.
Herb Pharm, a herb company based in southern Oregon, produces a popular tincture of Rhodiola Root extract. They use organic cane alcohol to extract the active ingredients from the plant. If you’re a recovering alcoholic, you may want to avoid alcohol tinctures.
If you have ever visited Brazil, you probably had a can of Antarctica soda. I remember drinking these on Ipanema Beach in Rio. This soda is made from the guarana fruit. Like most soda, it is high in sugar…but its also tasty. This may be the only time I have endorsed a soda on this website. Here’s a link to get 24 cans of Guarana Antarctica delivered to your home.
If you would like to skip the sugar and the nostalgia for Brazil, then Source Naturals makes tablets of Guarana extract. There’s 200 mg. of caffeine in each pill. As I mentioned in the article, you also get the other secondary molecules (theophylline and theobromine).
Lion’s mane mushroom makes a nice addition to a stir-fry dinner. You may be able to find lion’s mane in the produce section of your local gourmet supermarket. I was not able to find any using online grocery delivery systems but perhaps you will have better luck.
If you’re interested in a high quality lion’s mane supplement, then I recommend Host Defense – Lion’s Mane Capsules. Host Defense is a very legitimate company from the Pacific Northwest. This company was founded by Paul Staments, the mushroom biologist mentioned earlier in this section.
I am a fan of drinking my mushrooms. For the past year, I’ve been drinking a mushroom tea made by a company called Four Sigmatic. Here is their mushroom tea mix with Lion’s Mane.
In terms of mate, I’ve always gone with Guayaki. I admit a bias here, as I am surfer from California and the Guayaki company is based near very good surfing waves in central California. More importantly, Guayaki is the first Fair Trade certified yerba mate company in the world (through IMO). This was awarded in 2009. The company is very committed to passing on their good fortune to the rainforest communities that supply their mate leaves. I use their loose leaf tea, Guayaki Yerba Mate, 1 lb. loose tea.
Oat straw is sold as part of a brain stimulant supplement called Alpha Brain. These capsules contain oat straw as well as other earth grown ingredients: cat’s claw, bacopa and huperzine-A. Alpha Brain is arguably one of the most popular natural stimulant supplements. Onnit, the company that produces Alpha Brain, has published clinical data to illustrate how these capsules enhance mental function, you can examine that research here. I’ve been using this stuff since January 2017 and definitely notice an effect.
As ashwagandha is derived from Indian and Ayurvedic culture, it makes sense to purchase this herb from a reliable Indian company. Organic India is my favorite Asian supplement company. These capsules of Ashwagandha from Organic India are grown and cultivated on sustainable, organic farmland. They are GMO free, gluten free, and vegan. They are also Kosher & Halal Certified.
Bacopa is sold as part of a brain stimulant supplement called Alpha Brain. These capsules contain Bacopa as well as other earth grown ingredients (cat’s claw, huperzine-A and oat straw). Alpha Brain is arguably one of the most popular natural stimulant supplements. Onnit, the company that produces Alpha Brain, has published clinical data to illustrate how these capsules enhance mental function, you can examine that research here. I’ve been using this stuff since January 2017 and definitely notice an effect.
As I have focused the above research on American ginseng, I will mention a trust-worthy brand of this particular plant species. NOW sells these capsules of American ginseng. NOW is one of the companies that ranked very highly when I performed my own market research on dependable supplement companies of North America.
Maca powder has a unique nutty flavor that can be added to smoothies or coffee. I get my maca powder from Viva Labs. This maca is organic and sourced directly from Peruvian farmers in accordance with fair trade practices.
If you prefer taking your maca in a capsule, I recommend Gaia Herbs. Gaia packages 1 gram of maca in liquid phyto-capsules. These plant derived capsules are easy to swallow and digest.
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