Coffee is an integral part of many peoples morning routines. Caffeine is the worlds most popular legal stimulant and is regularly consumed across the world in many forms.
The stimulating properties of coffee come not only from the wakefulness-enhancing effects of caffeine, but from natural monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) which boost levels dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.
There are some limitations of coffee, however. For starters, coffee tends to result in quick spike in alertness/arousal followed by a subsequent “crash” that lasts for an hour or two. Additionally, coffee can raise heartrate, anxiety, and cause “jitters”, which impairs performance.
Surprisingly, coffee can also impair creativity. This is because excessive focus and brain activity can dampen neural networks that are associated with subconscious brainstorming and mind-wandering. Many people find that their most creative moments come under low brain activity and even sleep deprivation, which is contrary to our intuitions.
Fortunately, there are some coffee products which seek to eliminate these shortcomings and provide a more well-rounded experience.
Noocaf, a Smart Coffee That Actually Works
Noocaf, a recently launched brand of nootropic-enriched coffee, helps optimize and enhance the effects of coffee on the brain.
It contains several key ingredients which synergize well with coffee:
- Taurine – an amino acid with heart-health and anxiety-reducing benefits.
- Theanine – a naturally occuring glutamate modulator that promotes relaxation without sedation.
- Tyrosine – an amino acid that is used for dopamine and norepinephrine synthesis in the brain.
- Alpha-GPC – a natural choline nutrient that greatly enhances memory.
- Vitamins B6 & B12 – essential vitamins which improve brain function by supporting amino acid synthesis
These ingredients tackle many of the problems with coffee.
Taurine helps take the edge off by reducing the anxiety and “jitteriness” commonly experienced from caffeine. It also supports cardiovascular function and stabilizes heartrate, which is commonly elevated from caffeine. Lastly, it reduces anxiety by raising GABA and glycine, and protects the brain against glutamate toxiticity.
Theanine performs a somewhat smilar function to taurine, it reduces anxiety and provides a more present state of mind with increased awareness and calmness. Theanine protects against excessive neuronal stimulation, and is more of a neuromodulator. It does not cause any depressant-like effects; in fact, it can subtly improve cognitive function. Theanine is commonly paired with caffeine and is highly synergistic.
Tyrosine helps to maintain levels sufficient of dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine, which are commonly depleted from stressors such as exercise. Tyrosine is used by the brain to synthesize these neurotransmitters and will only convert as much as the brain needs. This may be able to help prevent the coffee “crash” that is caused by depleted dopamine/norepinephrine levels.
Alpha-GPC will also synergize with coffee by further enhancing cognitive ability. Alpha-GPC can improve focus, memory, and attention, and is virtually free of side effects.
Vitamins B6 & B12 are essential vitamins that are involved in various metabolic and enzymatic reactions in the body. They also support the synthesis and metabolism of amino acids, which in turn may ensure optimal levels of dopamine and other neurotransmitters.
Coffee Blend Details
This is a medium ground dark roast. It is rich, sweet, and dark chocolatey.
Origin: Nicaragua, Colombia, Brazil.
Bean type: Catuai, Caturra, Maracaturra, Bourbon, Pacamara, Kent.
Process: Fully washed and natural.
Noocaf is a very new product that has just hit the market. It can be hard to trust whether vendor products contain the ingredients they claim. The good news is that Noocaf can provide certificates of authenticity (COA) upon request, and I was able to verify for myself that each product passed purity tests. This is something you should always consider when selecting a vendor – always ask for COAs!
My experiences with noocaf have been very positive. It definitely feels like a more well-rounded experience and is surprisingly effective at reducing anxiety. In fact, I actually felt less anxious after drinking this coffee than before. Furthermore, my focus and overall mental clarity was notably improved. The taste was quite good too; ordinarily I’m not a huge fan of black coffee but I found the taste to be pleasant enough on its own.
I recommend drinking it on an empty stomach to ensure maximum absorption of the nootropics contained within.
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