Supercharge Your Coffee, Supercharge Your Brain

Fats & Tonic Herbs for a Healthier Coffee Experience

How do you take your coffee: Black and explosive? White and tamed? Or full of butter and oil?

I get why some of you like it black as gold: Good coffee’s got a great unique taste and in its pure state you’re more likely to feel the kick from both the bitters and the caffeine. The down side, however, might be that you get a bit jittery or fidgety or you feel a lack of energy a couple hours after your coffee – something known as the ‘coffee crash’. If you’re experiencing any of this, but you wanna hold on to your beloved drink, consider supercharging your coffee!

 

Supercharge step 1: healthy fats

“One butter coffee, please!” The easiest way to supercharge your coffee is by adding healthy fats. These fats help release the caffeine in a more gradual way so your morning cup keeps you running nicely all day long. Moreover, the right fats are fuel for the brain, improving cognitive function, and said to suppress food cravings as they will keep you full and satisfied for a longer time. It’s the basic layout of bulletproof coffee (invented by Dave Asprey) in which coconut oil and butter play major roles.

I don’t exactly remember when it was that I started experimenting with my coffee. But ever since, I’m kinda in love with my fat coffee. I personally love butter and/or coconut oil in my one, or a combination of coconut oil, butter and coconut milk. Unsweetened almond milk works really well, too. I simply add all these ingredients to my coffee and blend them together (I usually use a whisk for this, as this is faster and involves less cleaning up than using an electrical blender). I feel that this mix makes the coffee way gentler to my system than purely black coffee or coffee with only some kind of watery plant milk. Drinking it like this, I’m also fine with one coffee a day. I might go for a second one, but I don’t really need it. 

How much do I take?

I usually don’t do precise measuring but work with ingredients on how I like it that morning. Rough estimates are however: 1 heaped teaspoon of cocnut oil, 1 tbsp of butter, 50 ml coconut milk. Cinnamon if you like it. For a more accurate bulletproof-style recipe that you can adapt, go here  

Supercharge step 2: magic herbal powders 

I also added something extra for a while: Thanks to Superfeast, I got to try a herbal super blend called ‘Neural Nectar. Intriguing name, right? I mean, who doesn’t want some extra neural power?! 

It’s a blend of adaptogenic herbs supporting the brain and made to help enhance mental performance (mental energy, acuity and memory) as well as helping in the adaptation to stress.  

I included this magic powder in my morning coffee ritual: I simply added 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of it to my blend. The taste was almost the same, with a slight note of the powder. According to Mason, founder of Superfeast, it’s the Rhodiola that you can taste. 

That's how Neural Nectar looks like

My personal experience with it: Adding Neural Nectar to my coffee definitely helped me getting sustained energy out of it, maybe even a bit more than with just the good fats mentioned above. It made my coffee definitely richer. However – as this is an honest review – I can’t say much about an effect on my cognitive function. I personally didn’t feel a boost of brain power, taking into account that I wasn’t in a particularly demanding situation. Checking in with Mason on this, he said: “With the Neural Nectar it does depend, especially if you already have good circulation through the brain it doesn’t “hit” as hard.” 

So it really depends on your individual current constitution and how well your brain is already functioning. The cool thing is, though: If you have an exam or a big presentation coming up, or face a period of hightened mental focus, Neural Nectar can provide a quick boost to your brain. It’s made for short-term results as well as long-term gains. 

Saying this, it’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for or FEELING that you need enhanced

•brain circulation

•cognitive health

•memory 

•mood 

•nerve health 

•adaptation to stress

So, friends, that’s how you supercharge your coffee! Of course, you could add any other super blend of your choice, too! I’ve heard good things about the Jing blend in people’s coffees.

Let me know if you try and what effects YOU feel in your body. At the end of the day it’s about what makes us feel good and empowers us to thrive. Food is the foundation. And if you’re a coffee lover, make it one that your whole being loves.

For more info, go here:

Neural Nectar. All the details, how to take it & possible contraindications

Recipe for bulletproof-style coffee from Superfeast 

Mindblowing discoveries on coconut oil.

More on brain health & essential fats.