Instead of reaching for a G&T to help you relax in the evening you’d be much better off sipping on a new kind of latte; which could not only help you unwind, without the detrimental effects of alcohol, but boost your brain power in the process.
Sweet Revolution’s new Chicory Latte with Lion’s Mane might sound a little unusual, but chicory (a flowering plant) root is a popular and natural alternative to coffee. Whilst it has a similar flavour to coffee, chicory lacks caffeine and its side-effects, enabling it to create a latte which can be drunk at any time of day.
It’s not just the absence of caffeine that makes this drink the ultimate relaxer. The latte contains Lion’s Mane, a kind of mushroom that has become famed for its potential brain boosting properties. Alongside a number of studies1,2 which show the mushroom may be able to boost and protect brain function, research3 published in 2010 looked at the effect, in thirty women, of eating either ‘placebo’ cookies or those containing Lion’s Mane. They discovered that, after four weeks, those eating the cookies containing Lion’s Mate appeared less anxious and irritated than those on the placebo cookies.
The latte’s also a winner when it comes to flavour. The drink combines Lion’s Mane powder and a chicory mix (malted barley, barley, chicory root, rye and fig) with coconut milk powder, which, when hot water is added, creates a frothy latte that is not only delicious but vegan and organic too.
For further details or to buy visit www.sweetrevolution.co.uk where you’ll also find a host of other healthy lattes, including another new addition to their range Beetroot Latte with Ginger.
- Phytother Res. 2009 Mar;23(3):367-72. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2634. Improving effects of the mushroom Yamabushitake (Hericium erinaceus) on mild cognitive impairment: a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. Mori K, Inatomi S, Ouchi K, Azumi Y, Tuchida T.
- J Transl Med. 2016 Mar 18;14:78. doi: 10.1186/s12967-016-0831-y. Hericium erinaceus mycelium and its isolated erinacine A protection from MPTP-induced neurotoxicity through the ER stress, triggering an apoptosis cascade. Kuo HC, Lu CC, Shen CH, Tung SY, Hsieh MC, Lee KC, Lee LY, Chen CC, Teng CC, Huang WS, Chen TC, Lee KF.
- Biomed Res. 2010 Aug;31(4):231-7. Reduction of depression and anxiety by 4 weeks Hericium erinaceus intake. Nagano M, Shimizu K, Kondo R, Hayashi C, Sato D, Kitagawa K, Ohnuki K.