These days it seems like we are seeing more learning-related issues than ever before. These issues include general brain ‘fogginess’ and lack of clear thinking ability. We could all use a little extra boost or a brain pick-me-up. One of the ways this boost can be accomplished is by choosing the right herbal teas.
Huperzine is an extract from the Chinese moss huperzia serrata. This substance has been known to increase memory and recall speed due to the fact that it increases Acetylcholine levels within the brain. Acetylcholine is a powerful brain chemical thought to play a key role in memory, learning, and other cognitive processes. This supplement has been receiving increased attention and is beginning to be added to certain types of teas, so be on the lookout for it.
Another interesting herb that is also found in many teas is Ginkgo Biloba. Used for thousands of years in traditional Indian and eastern herbal remedies, this supplement has a well-known history of cognitive enhancing benefits. Research indicates that it can be helpful at improving memory and may also reduce anxiety. As an added benefit, it also acts to improve circulation within the brain and body, as an anti-inflammatory, and as a way to improve visual acuity.
Another well-known and researched herb with potential cognitive-enhancing properties is Ginseng. In fact, a major part of its current popularity is due to the potential improvements in memory, concentration, focus, and overall clarity of thought. It has also been shown to improve working memory and support feelings of relaxation and calm in healthy individuals. This herb is added to many teas and should be very easy to find. It also is thought to act as an anti-oxidant and provide immune system support.
Simply drinking tea can be an excellent—and easy—way to increase nootropic effects like enhanced cognition, reductions in stress, lessening of anxiety, and improved brain health and function. Of course, knowing which specific herbs to look for in the various tea formulations is also important. Watch for a few of the herbs listed above and try them for yourself.