Even if you skip breakfast, you probably rarely (if ever) go without coffee, right? After all, it’s good to have a routine-especially one that wakes you up and gets you going. Plus, the National Institutes of Health reports that drinking coffee does more than just jolt us awake. There are real health benefits like reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. What’s more, you can supercharge your coffee to get even more health benefits. Here are three proven ways to get more from the very first thing we put in our bodies each day.
Add Some Cinnamon
A dash of spice adds more than flavor. Cinnamon’s unique smell and flavor is due to a compound called cinnamaldehyde. And scientists believe this is what’s responsible for most of cinnamon’s powerful effects on human health. Adding just a pinch of cinnamon to your coffee can boost antioxidants and lower your blood sugar. Due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties, it can help your body fight infections and repair tissue damage while cutting your risk of heart disease. The Ceylon variety is known as “true cinnamon” and has a delicate yet mildly sweet flavor. This slight sweetness helps you reduce the amount of sugar or cream you add to the coffee, making for another added health benefit.
Boost the Benefits
This powdered supplement increases the good stuff about your coffee (energy and focus) while helping to strip away the bad (spike and crash). It combines coconut milk powder with three nootropic herbs: ashwagandha, bacopa monnieri and mucuna pruriens. While you might be familiar with ashwagandha’s stress-reducing reputation, the other two have been found to increase concentration and improve memory, while upgrading your overall cognition. The coconut milk improves the absorption and efficacy of the herbs, while the healthy fat helps slow the absorption of caffeine (which results in more even prolonged energy). And best of all? It doesn’t alter the taste of your favorite brew.
Safeguard Against Burnout
When you’ve got a lot on your plate, you want to keep stress low and make sure you’re recovering from physical and mental exertion. This plant-based supplement was created to help address the mental fatigue that comes from pushing yourself hard (both at work and at the gym). The adaptogenic mushroom herb blend (Lion’s mane mushroom, lemon balm and holy basil) works to restore concentration, balance your mood and counter the effects of stress. After downing a cup, you’ll notice that you feel less worn-out and ready to tackle more.