Picture this: It’s the night before your big math test and you mistakenly procrastinated all of your studying until 7pm the night before, again. Every time you tell yourself that you’ll never procrastinate again, and yet here you are, struggling to solve the math problems while also attempting to focus on the page in front of you and not fall asleep. We’ve all been there. In fact, studying seems to be an inevitable struggle that every student has to deal with in their academic career. The inability to focus, the difficulty with which you try to remember answers to questions you knowyou studied the night before, and the effort you have to put into staying awake past 10pm when you know you should probably put another few hours in.
What if I told you that this didn’t have to be “inevitable”, that in fact, it’s totally avoidable? We’ve got a little magic potion, a little hocus pocus, that can increase your brain power, enhance memory, improve focus, and ultimately help you study and ace your next test. This isn’t Limitless, it’s real life. They’re called Adaptogens, and they’re herbal supplements that you ingest and help improve brain power, reduce stress, and have the following benefits:
They improve your ability to focus in high-stress situations (like in the last 7 minutes of your science test when you’re trying to scribble out the last few answers)
If you’re looking to ace your next test, make studying easier, and all-around have a better experience at school, here are six “smart-person” adaptogens to help you achieve all your dreams of A’s in Math:
You know the saying “you can’t have your cake and eat it too”? This is proven wrong by Rhodiola, which helps enhance your mental energy and focus, which will help you get through the last few chapters of your science textbook, while reducing stress at the same time. Better study skills with half the stress? Sign me up.
Coffee be-gone… Maca is your new go-to energy source, as it helps boost both mental and physical energy. Not to mention it helps reduce stress, alleviate depression and calms anxiety. Coming from someone who suffers from all three when school becomes particularly intense, Maca may be my new best friend.
Bonus Tip: Maca regulates hormones, and can help get rid of that annoying hormonal acne on your chin that many girls deal with.
Siberian Ginseng is called the “smart herb” for a reason—it helps speed up your brain and improves your memory, which is especially key when you’re racing through the multiple-choice section and trying to remember the answers as quickly as possible. works by stimulating the production of protective proteins in the brain during times of great stress.
When studying and exams really begin to get you down, reach for turmeric. Turmeric is a powerful antidepressant, and can help those with clinical depression, or those who need a simple mood boost.
Grapeseed Extract is basically the Brain Defender—it protects your brain against aging, and diseases like Alzheimer’s. While it does this, it improves connections between the neurotransmitters in your brain, which basically means you’ll be firing on all engines and totally ready to answer that tough math question much faster than usual.
Matcha (Green Tea) is my personal, secret superpower. I take it every morning and can personally attest to its miracle benefits. Matcha is like an espresso shot for your brain—it enhances memory, gives you energy, and reduces mental and physical stress. What more could you ask for? Well, since you asked… The active ingredient in Green Tea, L-Theanine, increases levels of Serotonin and Dopamine in the brain, which helps battle depression and anxiety. Not only that, but it increases your attention span (which we all need in the era of technology), and helps your brain solve complex problems. Not bad.
Adaptogens are best absorbed when ingest with other healthy, high-fat foods such as avocado, or peanut butter. That’s why our favorite way to add them to our daily diet is by sprinkling the herbal powders into our morning smoothie! Check out a healthy smoothie recipe below:
Fear not, friends. We are not about to send you foraging in the wilderness on the dark side of the Himalayan Mountains to find these mysterious herbal blends. In fact, since it’s 2018 and all, you can buy them online through our favorite brand—Moon Juice. Moon Juice makes it easy by even curating their own “Brain Dust”, a mix of Adaptogens that includes both Maca AND Rhodiola (two of our picks!) with some up neuro-boosters to create one smart powder. If you’re trying to take it slow and ease into this magical world, they also sell individual Adaptogenic blends. What are you waiting for!
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