What Is enXtra, the New Coffee Alternative?
If you’ve never heard of enXtra, you’re not alone. This brand new caffeine-free energy supplement is quickly making a name for itself in both the general health and sports nutrition circuits. Winner of the 2019 Nutraingredients award in both Europe and Asia and the winner of the 2021 award for cognition in the US, enXtra is a rapidly growing caffeine-free alternative for everyday energy.
With up to five hours of caffeine-free energy, enXtra will likely become one of the most popular coffee alternatives within the next few years. Especially considering that enXtra’s main ingredient, Alpinia galanga extract, does not produce any of the same negative effects as caffeine such as restlessness, irregular heartbeat, and the all-too-inevitable caffeine “crash.”
Since 65 percent of consumers are concerned about a lack of energy throughout the day, and 31 percent of supplement users actually take supplements with the goal of increasing energy, it stands to reason that the desire for caffeine and coffee alternatives is quickly growing. With that said, many consumers still have a number of questions around energy boosters and caffeine free supplements, including:
- What is enXtra?
- How much caffeine does the average person consume?
- How much caffeine is too much caffeine?
- What kind of caffeine and coffee alternatives are on the market today?
- What are the negative effects of caffeine?
- What are the symptoms of ingesting too much caffeine?
- What does caffeine withdrawal look like?
What Is enXtra?
enXtra is a brand new, award-winning, caffeine-free energy booster. That’s right: caffeine-free energy is possible.
enXtra is designed to target your Attention Network Function (ANF), a cognitive process which allows your brain to focus and allocate resources to any given task. The ANF also helps you maintain mental alertness by raising your energy levels. So how does enXtra do this without caffeine?
By accessing the natural energy increasing properties of Alpinia galanga, an Asian spice, enXtra provides up to five hours of caffeine-free energy – all while preventing the same “crash” and sleep disturbance associated with caffeine. Plus, Alpinia galanga provides a number of health benefits as well as antioxidant properties.
So where does enXtra fall in comparison to other tea and coffee alternatives? Before we can answer this question, you should know how much caffeine per day is considered healthy, and how much caffeine the average person typically ingests.
How Much Caffeine Is Too Much Caffeine?
A single cup of coffee can contain between 95 mg and 200 mg of caffeine, while tea can range anywhere from 9 to 110 mg per serving, and 12 ounces of soda typically contains between 30 and 60 mg of caffeine. Of course, energy drinks aren’t far behind, ranging from 50 to 160 mg in just eight ounces.
With such large numbers, it’s probably no surprise that the average American adult consumes roughly 200 mg of caffeine a day, with many ingesting upwards of 400 mg through different means.
That being said, many health experts caution that consuming more than 600 mg of caffeine in 24 hours can be detrimental to your health. So if you’re nearing your caffeine limit but still don’t seem to have enough energy to get through the day (likely as a result of a high caffeine tolerance), you might be in need of some caffeine or coffee alternatives.
It’s also important to remember that caffeine can interfere with some medications and supplements, and vice versa. Some people are also naturally sensitive to caffeine and its effects. So be sure to discuss with your doctor if you’re experiencing any unfamiliar or worrying reactions.
Whether as a result of your current medications, adverse reactions, or just personal preference, not everyone who needs some extra energy can or wants to rely on caffeine. Which is why many people are beginning to search out various caffeine and coffee alternatives to help boost their energy throughout the day.
How Do Caffeine Free / Coffee Alternatives Work?
Despite popular belief, ingesting caffeine isn’t actually the only way to increase energy levels in your body. Crazy, we know.
In reality, many foods and exercises can do just as much for your energy levels as a cup of coffee, or even more considering the fact that you won’t experience headaches, trouble sleeping, or an energy crash once the effects wear off. Like we mentioned above, enXtra works by targeting your Attention Network Function to naturally increase your mental alertness and ability to focus.
Thanks to recent research and studies, the market for caffeine-free energy solutions is rapidly growing, with over 83 percent of caffeine users willing to try non-caffeinated energy products. Not that we can blame them, considering both caffeine overindulgence and caffeine withdrawal can result in a wide variety of negative effects.
But for those who aren’t ready to completely say goodbye to caffeine just yet, combining enXtra with coffee or another caffeinated beverage can be incredibly beneficial. As it turns out, blending enXtra and caffeine can actually impede or even prevent the crash that typically comes after regular caffeine ingestion. It may also help with some of the other common negative effects of caffeine.
The Negative Effects of Caffeine
It’s easy for caffeine to feel like a constant in your life, especially when things like coffee and energy drinks make it just a little easier to roll out of bed in the morning. Then after a while, one thing leads to another and it can feel as if there’s no way to get on with your day and chase away your brain fog without some morning coffee or other daily caffeine.
But that isn’t the only way it has to be! Particularly since too much caffeine can come with some nasty consequences like insomnia, headaches, and dehydration, just to name a few. After all, did you know that the FDA qualifies caffeine as both a food additive and a drug? Which can lead many to wonder why exactly caffeine still remains the number one energy booster to this day.
Caffeine and coffee alternatives can come in a few different forms, and may actually be more beneficial for you and your health considering some of the more common negative effects of caffeine.
Symptoms of Too Much Caffeine
The effects of drinking too much caffeine can sneak up on you, especially if your body is used to consuming a large amount of caffeine or you drink various caffeinated beverages throughout the day. Caffeine is often found in coffee, tea, soda, and even chocolate, and while it can give you a boost of much-needed energy in the moment, it also more often than not leads to an energy crash.
Aiming to avoid the symptoms of drinking too much caffeine, and the inevitable effects of caffeine withdrawal, can be enough to bolster the argument for caffeine and coffee alternatives. Some of the most common signs of caffeine overindulgence you’re likely to experience include:
- Chest pain
- Trouble sleeping
- An irregular heartbeat
- Increased thirst and dehydration
- An increase in irritability
- Muscle tremors
Caffeine withdrawal is zero fun – just ask anyone who’s ever tried to decrease their caffeine consumption. It can result in a lot of the same symptoms as we described above, which can be confusing. However, the difference between the two is that caffeine withdrawal symptoms will gradually subside over a few days until your body returns to a normal homeostasis.
Some signs and symptoms of caffeine withdrawal include (but are not limited to):
- Increased (or continued) irritability
- Difficulty maintaining concentration
- Prolonged tiredness
- Lower than normal energy levels
- A decrease in mood
- Lower motivation levels
Of course, there are also a few things you can do to help mitigate the chances of experiencing caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Gradually decreasing your caffeine consumption (rather than going cold turkey) can help decrease the likelihood of headaches, irritability, and lower mood levels. You can also try adding a few drops of CBD oil to your coffee or tea to help level out the negative effects of caffeine.
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