You know I’m not one to discourage a cup or two of coffee in the morning. In fact, this supposed vice actually carries a long list of serious benefits for your body.
So if you’re a card-carrying coffee lover, consider yourself vindicated. Science is definitely on your side.
But… there’s an exception to every rule. Particularly this one. And if you just can’t start your day without that caffeine boost—or you find that you can’t get through the afternoon without an extra jolt—then, unfortunately, your coffee habit may be doing you more harm than good.
When I meet with caffeine-addicted patients, the first thing I recommend is quitting coffee and other caffeinated beverages completely. And the next thing I recommend is a nutritional protocol that addresses the root cause of their energy crisis.
Sometimes, that root cause is adrenal exhaustion. I touched on this subject briefly last month—and explored solutions in detail back in the April 2013 issue. So you may already be familiar with my “prescription” for getting your adrenal glands back up and running again.
But other times, relentless fatigue is the result of deficiencies in other key systems related to energy production. (And the fact is, no one ever suffered from a caffeine deficiency.)
So today, I’d like to talk about a few other forces that could be dragging you down. And share some tried-and-true energy-boosting solutions that will help you to put caffeine dependency behind you, once and for all.
The simplest, cheapest “energy shot” there is
You can start by revamping your vitamin regimen. Yes, sometimes it really is that simple.
Especially where the all-important B-vitamins are concerned. Collectively, this essential spectrum of water-soluble nutrients plays the single most important role in daily energy production. And if you’re not getting enough, you will feel the effects.
Replenish your body’s natural stores, though, and you may be shocked by what a difference it makes. In fact, one recent study showed that higher levels of B vitamins can tack as many as ten years onto your life.1
And it’s no surprise. Not when you consider how many different hats this class of vitamins wears—all related to vital energy production in one way or another:
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine) is necessary for generating ATP, the most elemental form of cellular energy.
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) provides free-radical fighting antioxidant protection. It also contributes to growth and red blood cell production, and converts B6 and folate into usable forms.
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) helps your adrenal glands generate hormones and supports circulation.
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) is also involved in hormone and red blood cell production. It facilitates digestion and cholesterol synthesis, as well.
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps generate neurotransmitters and mood-balancing hormones, including serotonin, epinephrine, and melatonin. It also helps regulate homocysteine—a key factor in heart health—and assists with B12 absorption.
- Vitamin B7 (biotin) is important for carbohydrate and amino acid metabolism. It’s also necessary for healthy hair, skin, and nails.
- Vitamin B9 (folic acid) is critical to brain function and proper DNA, RNA, and red blood cell production. It also helps control homocysteine.
- Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) promotes healthy nerve function, as well as DNA and RNA production. It supports immune function and mood. It also contributes to red blood cell production and homocysteine regulation.
Along with a handpicked selection of herbal adaptogens, B-vitamins play a critical role in my adrenal repair regimen. But even if your adrenal glands are still functioning at their peak, neglecting your daily nutrient intake is a surefire way to push them downhill fast.
That’s why I designed my Balanced B Complex formula. It’s the simplest, most affordable, and most essential product in my energy-boosting arsenal.
But it’s hardly the only one. In fact, over the last few years I’ve unearthed several new breakthroughs in the quest for boundless energy. So I can’t think of a better time to circle back around to them.
Rev up your body’s energy centers at the cellular level
Back in the November 2015 issue, I introduced you to a new French oak extract called Robuvit™. I also explained why it might be the closest thing yet to a “magic bullet” in the fight against occasional fatigue.
Research shows that a daily dose of Robuvit can deliver dramatic improvements to energy levels, mood, memory, and joint pain—in as little as four weeks.2-3
And the mechanism behind these incredible benefits appears to be a little-known process called ribosomal biogenesis.
You see, Robuvit is rich in a group of flavonoids called roburins. These roburins offer direct structural support to your body’s ribosomes. Ribosomes are tiny molecular machines that serve as your body’s cellular power centers and protein factories.
And that’s important, because there are a number of factors that can cause these tiny, vital energy igniters to fail.
In the simplest terms, Robuvit acts as a ribosomal rescue team—arriving on the scene to support, defend, and help rebuild your body’s most elemental energy centers. This process is called “ribosomal biogenesis.” And it could be the key not just to restoring youthful energy, but to making your body like “new” again from your cells right on up.4
Needless to say, a shot of espresso can’t do that.
Wake up your brain without jitters… in as little as one hour
You hear it all the time—maybe you’ve even said it yourself: I need coffee. I can’t think until I’ve had my coffee.
It’s a running joke for many daily coffee drinkers. But there’s nothing funny about this kind of dependency. Caffeine addicts don’t just enjoy coffee. They’re stuck in a vicious cycle in which they need it (or some other form of caffeine) for their brain to function properly.
Or at least, they think they do.
The truth is, they don’t. And you don’t, either. In fact, you can give your brain a much cleaner, calmer boost—just as quickly—without it.
How? Well, as I explained back in January, there’s a special type of lemon balm, grown only in Bavaria. Its patented and very exclusive extract is called Bluenesse®. And research on its incredible benefits has been generating some serious buzz in the supplement world.
In a study published just last year, researchers gathered 25 healthy men and women under the age of 40. Within one hour of taking 300 mg of Bluenesse, the study participants had a 13.5 percent improvement in memory and focus, compared to the participants in the placebo group.4
To make sure these results weren’t a fluke, the researchers conducted a second study. This time, they gave 21 healthy men and women, ages 21 to 30, either 300 mg of Bluenesse, or a placebo. Then they administered the same cognitive tests they gave the subjects in the first study.
Once again, the Bluenesse groups aced this test. In fact, the placebo group’s test scores actually plummeted, while the Bluenesse group’s scores increased.5
And as part of a third study, 25 men and women, ages 19 to 36, got either 600 mg of Bluenesse or a placebo. They then took a working memory test and word recognition test similar to the ones in the studies I mentioned above.
Just like in the previous studies, the Bluenesse group scored significantly better on these tests than the placebo group. And, once again, the improvements were noticeable within one hour of taking Bluenesse.6
With results like that, who needs coffee?
Bluenesse is the premiere ingredient of one of my newest formulas, BrainLogic. I’m one of the first doctors in the country to offer it. And as a result, I’ve got a practice full of patients enjoying sharp, reliable mental focus… without a case of the up-all-night caffeine jitters on the side.
And speaking of being up all night, there’s one more essential energy solution I’d like to go back to while it’s still fresh in your mind…
Less fatigue means deeper sleep—and ETAS™ is the secret to both
Last month I told you about an exciting new asparagus stem extract called ETAS™. But in case you missed it, here’s a quick refresher…
ETAS is rich in a class of compounds called hydroxymethylfurfural derivatives—and a functional molecule called asfural in particular. Together, these compounds trigger a windfall release of molecules called “heat shock proteins” in your body.
Simply put, heat shock proteins support and defend your body’s basic building blocks—allowing them to stay functional in the face of the assaults that occur during normal, everyday living.
Unfortunately, release of heat shock proteins declines with age. But luckily, supplementing with ETAS is one easy way to ramp up heat shock protein release… and secure all the benefits that come with having your own personal protein rescue team.
Clinical studies on ETAS demonstrate dramatic surges in subjects’ energy, significant drops in cortisol levels, and marked increases in the deep, restorative sleep your body needs to stay healthy and vibrant.7-10
ETAS is a featured ingredient in a brand-new product I debuted just last month, called DreamLogic. And I recommend anyone with lagging energy consider taking it. Because if your body can’t get a restful night’s sleep, you’ll never feel as vibrant as you could during the day.
The bottom line is, no one should rely on caffeine or potentially harmful stimulants to get through the day. If you’re looking for ways to reinvigorate yourself and your energy levels, all of the solutions I’ve outlined here will help.
Stocking your all-natural, energizing toolbox
Balanced B Complex: Take 1 capsule per day with a meal. Click here to order, or call (877)899-9219 and ask for order code GOV1S7AC.
Robuvit: Take 1 capsule per day. Click here to order, or call (877)899-9219 and ask for order code GOV1S7AA.
BrainLogic: Take 2 capsules daily. Click here to order, or call (877)899-9219 and ask for order code GOV1S7AB.
DreamLogic: Take 2 capsules two to three hours before bed. Click here to order, or call (877)899-9219 and ask for order code GOV1S7AD.
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- ”An Effect of Oak-Wood Extract (Robuvit®) on Energy State of Healthy Adults-A Pilot Study.”Phytother Res. 2015 Aug;29(8):1219-24.
- “Robuvit® (Quercus robur extract) supplementation in subjects with chronic fatigue syndrome and increased oxidative stress. A pilot registry study.” J Neurosurg Sci. 2015 Jun;59(2):105-17.
- “Anti-Stress Effects of Lemon Balm-Containing Foods.” Nutrients 2014, 6, 4805-4821.
- “Investigation of a Melissa officinalis special extract on Cognition II: Human study – Lemon balm extract administered in confectionary bars.” Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech, Vol. 26, no. 2 (Mar/Apr 2015), pp. 12-14.
- Ito T, et al. “Enzyme-treated asparagus extract promotes experession of heat shock protein and exerts antistress effects.” J Food Sci 2014; 79(3): H413-9
- Ito T, et al. “Effects of enzyme-treated asparagus extract on heat shock protein 70, stress indices, and sleep in healthy adult men,” J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo) 2014; 60(4): 283-90
- Nishihira J, et al. The Discovery of a Novel Functional Constituent Extracted from Asparagus: its Effectiveness for Stress Reduction, and Potential Use for Prevention of Sleep Disorders.
- Waki H, et al. Effect of Enzyme-treated asparagus (ETAS™) on the Stress Response Substance in a Clinical Trial. Presented at the 35th European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) Congress, Leipzig, Germany. 2013.