What Actually are Nootropics & Adaptogens?

What Actually are Nootropics & Adaptogens?

We hear a lot about Nootropics, Adaptogens & 'Active Ingredients', but what are they? And do we really need them?

Nootropics, aka 'Smart Drugs' refer to ingredients that help enhance cognitive function. Meaning their purpose is to help our focus, memory, concentration & data processing

Common examples are caffeine, creatine & omega-3. Less commonly known ones are L-Theanine, Lemon Balm & Gingko Biloba

Adaptogens refer to ingredients that naturally help us adapt to external stressors. Meaning their purpose is to help regulate the nervous system & by doing so bring a better sense of calm, relaxation & as a result bring us more energy & focus.

Examples of these are Cordycep Mushrooms, Ashwagandha, Reishi Mushroom, Holy Basil, Panax Ginseng & Turmeric 

Here are 4 facts about the nootropics & adaptogens used in our drinks you might not know

1 - Reishi Mushroom-  Known as the “Mushroom of Immortality, and for good reason – it’s been popular in China for thousands of years, and is believed to boost immunity, boost energy, promote relaxation and detoxify the body (found in Acqua, Coral & Mayi)

2 - Ashwagandha- This herb is most well known for its rejuvenating properties. When we are stressed, we pump out more of the hormone cortisol, which can make us look and feel 'haggard'. Ashwagandha, can help with our reaction to stress, and therefore lower the production of cortisol (found in Acqua)

3 - L-Theanine- In the late 90's studies which monitored brain frequency found that high doses of L-Theanine  (up to 20mg) could potentially reduce frequencies in the brain which is linked to reduced anxiety and reduced stress (found in Acqua)

4 - Lemon Balm- Used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion (found in Coral)

There we have it, If we follow our ancient ancestors - who needs chemicals & pharmaceuticals when such powerful & interesting benefits are growing in nature. Or in the range of refreshing Catalyse Life Drinks!

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