My Top 4 Coffee Alternatives (Great for Afternoon Energy Slumps)

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My Top 4 Coffee Alternatives (Great for Afternoon Energy Slumps) – Thomas DeLauer

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea comes from the shrub aspalathus linearis, and isn’t actually a true tea – it’s a herb from South Africa and is caffeine-free


Rooibos contains aspalathin and nothofagin – polyphenols unique to rooibos tea — that suppressed the production of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin 6 (IL-6), the activation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB)


Quercetin is the “master flavonoid”, a strong antioxidant and one of the best natural antihistamines

Rooibos can increase levels of glutathione due to its quercetin content as quercetin boosts levels of glutathione – also reduces inflammation by blocking the COX-2 pathway, and blocks the release of histamine


In one 15-person study, published in Food Chemistry, blood levels of antioxidants increased by 2.9% when participants drank red rooibos
This uptick lasted for five hours after the participants drank 17 ounces (500 ml) of tea made with 750 mg of rooibos leaves


Cacao helps stimulate serotonin production in the brain, also contains both anandamide and phenylethylamine, both of which induce euphoria, act as an aphrodisiac and boost overall mood – phenylethylamine releases norepinephrine & increases dopamine


Reishi activates autophagy and decreases levels of TNF-alpha and IL-1, which are inflammatory cytokines


Cordyceps increase the body’s production of the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is essential for delivering energy to the body & brain

Lion’s Mane

Lion’s mane has the ability to stimulate the synthesis of (NGF) Nerve Growth Factor – NGF is necessary to nerve cell survival in the central and peripheral nervous system

There are two classes of Nerve Growth Factors – hericenones and erinacines – both of which stimulate nerve regeneration


Cinnamon increases levels glutathione, assisting in the functioning of ATP

Inhibits an array of cytokines and activates Nrf2 [Nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2], the most important pathway for increasing our natural and innate antioxidant defense

Blood Sugar Reduction

Chicory Coffee

Chicory coffee is a beverage made using the roots of the chicory plant, which are roasted, ground and brewed into a coffee-like drink, but caffeine-free

Vitamin B6 & Folate (B9) & Inulin & Gut Health

Chicory root is a good source of inulin, which acts as prebiotic by being a non-digestible food ingredient that feeds good bacteria in the gut, specifically Bifidobacteria

Ginseng Tea

Ginseng tea is derived from the ginseng plant root – major health benefits of this tea are due to the naturally occurring chemicals called ‘ginsenosides’ present in the root

Ginsenosides have been shown to stimulate the release of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter associated with learning and memory

Acetylcholine prompts synaptogenesis, the healthy growth of synapses throughout the brain, which enhances memory encoding, and facilitates the action of all other neurotransmitters as they communicate messages

These communication-friendly conditions are known as “neuroplasticity” and neuroplasticity is correlated with learning and memory


1) Ku SK , et al. (n.d.). Aspalathin and Nothofagin from Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) inhibits high glucose-induced inflammation in vitro and in vivo. – PubMed – NCBI. Retrieved from
2) Lee W , et al. (n.d.). Ameliorative Effect of Aspalathin and Nothofagin from Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) on HMGB1-Induced Septic Responses In Vitro and In Vivo. – PubMed – NCBI. Retrieved from
3) Anti-Oxidative Effects of Rooibos Tea (Aspalathus linearis) on Immobilization-Induced Oxidative Stress in Rat Brain. (n.d.). Retrieved from
4) Unfermented and fermented rooibos teas (Aspalathus linearis) increase plasma total antioxidant capacity in healthy humans. (n.d.). Retrieved from
5) Glutathione and mitochondria. (n.d.). Retrieved from
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7) Actoprotective effect of ginseng: improving mental and physical performance. (n.d.). Retrieved from


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