4 Natural Energy Boosters Not Found in the Supermarket (Plus a Few Surprises!)
Go, go, go! These days, everyone is looking for an edge to stay sharp and at their peak – both physically and mentally. But a cup of coffee doesn’t always cut it.
If you’re looking for a coffee alternate that’s not only healthier but more effective as a natural energy booster, here are four little-known foods that give you energy. These ingredients can boost both brain power and endurance!
#1 Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Mushrooms for mental acuity… who knew? In fact, lion’s mane mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in Japanese, Chinese and other Asian cultures. While the benefits have long been known in Eastern medicine, this unusual-looking mushroom, which looks like a lion’s mane when mature, is native to North America and Europe, as well.
As for booster qualities, this impressive natural nootropic, considered generally safe and with a very low risk of side effects, is believed to:
- Improve cognitive function
- Significantly increase nerve growth
- Offer neuroprotective qualities, including lower risks of neurodegenerative conditions
- Reduce fatigue substantially, while increasing energy levels
Hericenones and erinacines are two compounds in lion’s mane mushrooms that stimulate brain cell growth.
A Brazilian fruit native to the Amazon basin, guarana contains caffeine, as well as other brain-boosting compounds. Guarana is an energy-boosting food with qualities similar to caffeine. However, because guarana’s compounds are released into the bloodstream more slowly, this fruit provides a steadier and more extended energy level without the crash commonly associated with caffeine.
Guarana may also kickstart the nervous system into burning fat. In ideal does, guarana may reduce fatigue, improve focus, and even increase the ability to learn and remember. Similar to caffeine, consuming excessive quantities may result in side effects such as headaches or jitteriness. In moderate levels, however, guarana provides efficient brain and energy boosts.
Maca root, native to Peru, is an impressive root vegetable, most commonly dried and used in powder form. (Capsules and liquid extracts are also somewhat common.) This product is low in fat and dense in its nutritional values, containing good carbs, protein, fiber, and high quantities of six essential vitamins and minerals.
So, what does that mean for your energy levels and brain power?
Maca has been shown in repeated studies to decrease anxiety, relieve depression symptoms, and improve learning. Additionally, maca is popular among athletes for increasing muscle gains, boosting energy, improving exercise performance and increasing endurance. Definitely one of our favorite foods that give you energy!
#4 Cordyceps Militaris
A parasitic mushroom, cordyceps militaris has been used in traditional, holistic medicinal approaches in Tibet, China and Japan for thousands of years. It contains numerous compounds, including all 18 of the essential amino acids, along with five vitamins, proteins, and more than a dozen other minerals and nutrients.
This fungus helps combat symptoms such as fatigue. It may also be used to increase energy and fight against weakness as you recover from an illness or injury.
As impressive as each of these four products are individually, they can all be stacked (used in conjunction with one another or other energy and brain boosting products and foods).
Now that you have been introduced to some little-known ingredients that could increase your energy and focus, let’s uncover a few other hidden gems. The following boosters have been hiding in plain sight!
- Applesauce (you can even bake it on parchment paper and turn it into an on-the-go fruit leather!)
- Dark Chocolate
- Oats / Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Seeds (Fresh roasted? Yes, please!) and Flax Seeds
- Nuts (peanuts, almonds, etc.)
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