If you drink coffee every day, you know that few things feel better than that first cup in the morning. What if we told you that adding brain-healthy benefits to your coffee would make it even better?
Yes, exactly: Coffee can raise your metabolism and help you lose weight, but adding one component may improve your memory and eliminate brain fog. For a brain-boosting boost, scientists recommend adding cinnamon to your coffee.
If you enjoy a hint of sweetness in your coffee, try cinnamon instead of pure sugar. While adding too much sugar to your coffee might cause health issues, cinnamon can boost your brain.
"Extensive research has revealed cinnamon's potential in preserving cognitive health and alleviating brain fog," says Nanavati. "Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great addition to coffee."
Cinnamaldehyde, a fundamental component of cinnamon, contains antioxidants that help protect your brain from oxidative stress, which "can lead to cognitive decline, affecting both older adults and the young," Nanavati adds. "Regular cinnamon consumption may reduce cognitive decline and improve memory."
"Cinnamon boosts dopamine, a chemical that regulates mood and memory. Along with other coffee ingredients, cinnamon reduces weariness and brain fog." Amazing! This sounds like an excellent method to avoid the midafternoon lull.
In addition to providing antioxidants to coffee, cinnamon may reduce brain fog by controlling blood sugar. "Stabilizing blood sugar, cinnamon prevents sudden energy crashes that cause brain fog," Nanavati explains. "Additionally, its anti-inflammatory properties reduce brain inflammation, improving clarity and concentration."
That's it. When making coffee, instead of sugar, artificial sweeteners, or inflammatory creamers, try a sprinkle of cinnamon. Your brain will appreciate!