Coffee vs nootropic drinks: Supercharging your morning

A quick summary:

  • The negative impacts of coffee ☕️
  • What are nootropics 💚
  • The benefits of nootropics ✅
  • Coffee alternatives 🔎

Coffee is a much-needed ingredient to a successful morning for thousands of people across the country. But rarely does anyone consider alternatives to their daily dose of energy. Below, we’ve examined the differences between coffee and nootropic drinks such as Brite, which creates drinks with precise ingredients for the best start to the day!

The effects of coffee can vary greatly from person to person, which is why we hope that this article will help you to discover some amazing alternatives to this once and still favoured morning drink. Why not start the day with kombucha, green tea or nootropic drinks instead?

The negative impacts of coffee

Let’s talk about coffee… it fuels just about anyone and everyone in the workplace. And it comes as no surprise that the coffee industry is expected to hit $155B globally by 2026. As the figures suggest, most of us simply can’t function without our morning cuppa.

Now, it may seem like we’re picking on your best friend here, but considering how much of it we drink as a nation, the negative impacts need to be highlighted. According to Nescafé, the UK consumes around 95,000,000 cups of coffee per day! That’s somewhere in the region of 34 BILLION per year. 😳

With so many of us opting for a cup of coffee as our ‘morning fix’ why do we accept the energy peaks and post-coffee crashes that come with it? In fact, did you know that drinking unfiltered coffee could be bad for our health? Causing an increase in low-density lipoprotein (LDL), triglycerides and also cholesterol. This could raise the chances of developing heart disease.

It’s also not uncommon to feel irritable and shaky after coffee, with immediate and short-lasting bursts of energy. With recent advancements in science and nutrition, the world now understands exactly what your brain needs to function at its best. As for coffee, well, there are many alternatives to be had. Those that won’t leave feeling withdrawn and lethargic within only a couple of hours. 

What are nootropics?

Before we take a look at coffee alternatives, let’s understand exactly what nootropics are, and why they really are a true superpower for your morning. Firstly, nootropics are smart drugs; those taken to increase mental performance and support healthy people in areas such as focus and productivity. 

In 2018, the cognition-enhancing supplements industry reached $1.96B globally, proving that there are strong developments happening in the nootropics space. Nootropics are also helping employees with a more cognitively demanding work environment (with remote and hybrid work arrangements growing in popularity in recent years).

Ultimately, nootropics are becoming a game-changer in productivity and focus - yet, that isn’t all they’re good for, take a look at some of the other benefits below.

Other benefits of nootropics

  • Enhance attention and memory
  • Increase creativity
  • Drive higher motivation
  • Boost general cognitive performance


Nootropic drinks

In recent years, a range of nootropic drinks has hit the market, giving consumers the option to transform their productivity and focus while getting a much-needed caffeine boost. 

While many nootropic drinks are available on the market, not all are backed by scientific studies. Brite drinks, for instance, are based on peer-reviewed, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials and studies.

This is exactly how they stay ahead of coffee and other nootropic drinks. Through science, they create drinks based on ideal levels of superfoods, caffeine and L-theanine. In fact, it is the L-theanine ingredient that helps cancel out the jitters and downfalls that come with coffee. 

Simas Jarasunas, the founder of Brite, tells us that their drinks are formulated with 3 key active ingredients extracted from nature's superfoods:

  • 100mg ashwagandha (helping our bodies adapt to daily stress levels)
  • 100mg L-theanine
  • 100mg caffeine from organic matcha tea, guarana and guayusa

What many people fail to realise is that coffee can boost our alertness, yet too much coffee can cause caffeine-induced anxiety or stress. With 100mg of ashwagandha, those with anxiety and high-stress levels can benefit from an ingredient that helps to relax the mind and body.

Coffee alternatives 💚

When it comes to those sluggish Monday mornings at work, millions of us rush to the kitchen for a cup of coffee - and there’s nothing wrong with that! But at Heka, we’ve always made our mission to seek out healthier alternatives in life. 🧘

What we’ve learnt from the above, is that coffee doesn’t always have to be the answer. Take a look at some of the alternatives to that cup of java… 🤔

  • Green tea
  • Kombucha
  • Juice shots
  • Nootropic drinks (such as Brite!)
  • Homemade smoothies
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Infused water (for those looking to cut caffeine out altogether) 

Ultimately, there are a ton of more effective ways to get that much-needed energy boost, without taking a sip of coffee. Many of which will provide a longer release of energy chemicals, and leave you feeling fresh and bright. 💪

And need we say more about the healthy benefits of green tea and smoothies? Both of which give us much more than a short burst of energy. They may improve brain function, consist of better antioxidants, and may even reduce cardiovascular disease - along with a long list of other great benefits. 

Evidently, there’s a lot to be said about coffee and its negative effects on things like mood and focus. While it does provide a short burst of energy and alertness, it’s never as long-lasting as we’d like it to be. And in 2022, many of us should look for healthier alternatives that offer all the great benefits of coffee, without the lethargic withdrawals. 

In today’s world, everything is battling for our attention - advertisements, email notifications, text messages, likes, comments and more. It’s now more important than ever to find ways of enhancing our focus, allowing us to perform at our best. 

As we’ve discovered there are many coffee alternatives. Some are as simple as infused water, and others such as Brite, are packed with superfoods and ingredients to start the day in the best way possible.