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Smart Owl Coffee is dedicated to providing a superior product. All of our supplements come from accredited sources and are third party tested.

Here are the Rules that Smart Owl was founded on:

Rule 1: Start with USDA Organic Coffee Smart Owl Coffee blends are all made using expertly roasted, small batch, direct or fair trade, USDA organic coffee beans

Rule 2: Only use infusions that are backed by science Smart Owl Coffees are only infused with beneficial ingredients that are backed by peer reviewed studies 

Rule 3: Enhance with flavor profiles that maximize the experience Smart Owl Coffee takes pride in using unique and complimentary flavor designs that are sure to set us apart

NERD ALERT!

The following is a list of our ingredients with a brief summary of their known effects. For more detailed reading, we've attached the articles. Enjoy your reading over a cup of your favorite Smart Owl Coffee!

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  L-theanine 

found in Cognition Blend Immunity Blend Digest Blend Balance Blend

FEATURED INGREDIENT: L-theanine is an amino acid that is beneficial in many processes yet is not abundant in our diets. A known nootropic, or a cognitive enhancer, L-theanine safely bolsters the brain in several ways.  It increases alpha brain waves, which reduce anxiety and promote creativity and a calm mood. It is also associated with an elevation in levels of beneficial non-excitatory neurotransmitters, namely GABA, and other compounds, such as dopamine and seratonin, that facilitate smooth communication among brain cells.

L-theanine also plays a role in immune regulation. Studies show that L-theanine increases innate immunity by regulating Th1/Th2 cytokines. Basically L -Theanine beefs up your front line attackers against foreign invaders.

L-theanine also aids in digestion. Studies show that it improves gastric ulcers that were cause by using common NSAIDs. There is also evidence in animal models that L-theanine increases intestinal transporters in the small intestine.

All L-theanine effects are known to be enhanced in the presence of caffeine, which makes this combo a NO BRAINER and the base from which all of our blends are built from. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine produce a low-stress, sustained, super focus that allows you to achieve maximum productivity, without the jitters and crash that you might experience with coffee alone.

 Click Coffee and Chemistry  to read our blog about this killer combo

  1. Kelly SP, Gomez-Ramirez M, Montesi JL, Foxe JJ. L-theanine and caffeine in combination affect human cognition as evidenced by oscillatory alpha-band activity and attention task performanceJ Nutr. 2008;138(8):1572S-1577S. doi:10.1093/jn/138.8.1572S
  2. Li C, Tong H, Yan Q, et al. L-Theanine Improves Immunity by Altering TH2/TH1 Cytokine Balance, Brain Neurotransmitters, and Expression of Phospholipase C in Rat HeartsMed Sci Monit. 2016;22:662-669. Published 2016 Feb 28. doi:10.12659/msm.897077
  3. Liu Y, Wang X, Hu CA. Therapeutic Potential of Amino Acids in Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseNutrients. 2017;9(9):920. Published 2017 Aug 23. doi:10.3390/nu9090920
  4.  Yan Q, Tong H, Tang S, Tan Z, Han X, Zhou C. L-Theanine Administration Modulates the Absorption of Dietary Nutrients and Expression of Transporters and Receptors in the Intestinal Mucosa of RatsBiomed Res Int. 2017;2017:9747256. doi:10.1155/2017/974725
  5. Wallace JL, Devchand PR. Emerging roles for cyclooxygenase-2 in gastrointestinal mucosal defenseBr J Pharmacol. 2005;145(3):275-282. doi:10.1038/sj.bjp.0706201 

  L-lysine 

found in Immunity Blend 

L-Lysine is classified as an essential amino acid. This simply means that it can not be synthesized in the body and must be obtained in the diet. L-lysine's role in immune function is a little unique and indirect, but very important. Viruses need L-Arginine, an amino acid, to replicate and proliferate in the body. L-lysine inhibits the viruses access to L-arginine and therefore impedes the viruses ability to replicate. It's easier to think of L-lysine as an L-arginine blocker, helping to keep viruses from getting a foothold in your body.

  1.  Butorov EV. Influence of L-lysine amino acid on the HIV-1 RNA replication in vitro. Antivir Chem Chemother. 2015;24(1):39-46. doi:10.1177/2040206614566582

  Blood Orange Extract  

found in Immunity Blend 

Blood orange extract provides Vitamin C. It is common knowledge that vitamin C is good for your immune system but most people do not know the role it plays. Not only is vitamin C a great antioxidant but it is also accumulates in our immune mediated cells, such as neutrophils. Here it promotes phagocytosis and generates ROS or reactive oxygen species promoting the killing of microbial invaders.

  1. Carr AC, Maggini S. Vitamin C and Immune Function. Nutrients. 2017;9(11):1211. Published 2017 Nov 3. doi:10.3390/nu9111211

  Elderberry Extract 

found in Immunity Blend 

Elderberry is gaining notice in the health field because of its immune boosting benefits. A couple of double blind placebo studies show that elderberry consumption drastically increases certain cytokines. These cytokines basically signal immune cells, such as Macrophages and T-cells, which aid in combating unwanted microbes.

  1. Tiralongo E, Wee SS, Lea RA. Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms in Air-Travellers: A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial. Nutrients. 2016;8(4):182. Published 2016 Mar 24. doi:10.3390/nu8040182

  Zinc 

found in Immunity Blend 

Zinc is an essential mineral that plays hundreds of roles in our bodies. It's role in immunity is unique in that it contributes to innate immunity,such as neutrophils and Natural killer cells, as well as adaptive immunity, such as T and B lymphocytes. Research shows that taking zinc can shorten durations of colds.

  1. Shankar AH, Prasad AS. Zinc and immune function: the biological basis of altered resistance to infection. Am J Clin Nutr. 1998;68(2 Suppl):447S-463S. doi:10.1093/ajcn/68.2.447S

L Glutamine Digest Blend Smart Owl Coffee Organic Coffee Ingredient  L-glutamine 

found in Digest Blend 

L-Glutamine is the most plentiful amino acid in the body. This amino acid is considered semi essential because it will greatly reduce in time of stress, such as intense exercise and or injury. One area where L-Glutamine plays an important role is the regulation of tight junctions and reducing permeability of both the small and large intestine.  It is important in maintaining the villi that line the intestine and  prevent bacteria from entering through the intestinal wall. When L-Glutamine levels are low you are at risk for developing Leaky gut syndrome, IBS and IBD.

  1. Rao R, Samak G. Role of Glutamine in Protection of Intestinal Epithelial Tight Junctions. J Epithel Biol Pharmacol. 2012;5(Suppl 1-M7):47-54. doi:10.2174/1875044301205010047 

  Cinnamon 

found in Digest Blend 

Cinnamon is a bark that tastes great in coffee and is loaded with antioxidants. This bark exhibits a couple of beneficial effects when consumed. The first is its powerful anti inflammatory properties. These properties are thought to aid in digestion and prevent indigestion and heartburn. Another advantage of using cinnamon with meals is its ability to control blood sugar levels. Some studies show that cinnamon consumption can lower blood sugar by over 20%.

  1. Hagenlocher Y, Bergheim I, Zacheja S, Schäffer M, Bischoff SC, Lorentz A. Cinnamon extract inhibits degranulation and de novo synthesis of inflammatory mediators in mast cells. Allergy. 2013;68(4):490-497. doi:10.1111/all.12122
  2. Gunawardena D, Karunaweera N, Lee S, et al. Anti-inflammatory activity of cinnamon (C. zeylanicum and C. cassia) extracts - identification of E-cinnamaldehyde and o-methoxy cinnamaldehyde as the most potent bioactive compounds. Food Funct. 2015;6(3):910-919. doi:10.1039/c4fo00680a
  3. Hagenlocher Y, Hösel A, Bischoff SC, Lorentz A. Cinnamon extract reduces symptoms, inflammatory mediators and mast cell markers in murine IL-10(-/-) colitisJ Nutr Biochem. 2016;30:85-92. doi:10.1016/j.jnutbio.2015.11.015
  4. Zare R, Nadjarzadeh A, Zarshenas MM, Shams M, Heydari M. Efficacy of cinnamon in patients with type II diabetes mellitus: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Clin Nutr. 2019;38(2):549-556. doi:10.1016/j.clnu.2018.03.003

  Tumeric 

found in Digest Blend

Turmeric is a flowering plant which is harvested for its rhizomes. These rhizomes contain polyphenols the most notable is curcumin. Curcumin has many pharmacological properties and potential health benefits. One of these benefits is its ability to reduce NF-kB( nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells) which regulates cellular activity such as inflammation and apoptosis. Elevated NF-kB levels are found in colon biopsies with patients who suffer with IBS.

  1. Burge K, Gunasekaran A, Eckert J, Chaaban H. Curcumin and Intestinal Inflammatory Diseases: Molecular Mechanisms of ProtectionInt J Mol Sci. 2019;20(8):1912. Published 2019 Apr 18. doi:10.3390/ijms20081912   

 

Marshmallow Root Extract, Infused Coffee, Organic Coffee, Supplement Coffee, Smart Owl CoffeeMarshmallow Root extract  

Found in Balance Blend

Marshmallow root extract (Althaea officinalis) has been used for centuries for its many health benefits because it is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Marshmallow Root contains flavonoids, which help regulate cellular activity and fight off free radicals that cause oxidative stress on your body. In simpler terms, they help your body function more efficiently while protecting it against everyday toxins and stressors. Marshmallow Root is said to support healthy skin, aid in digestion, and promote cardiovascular and respiratory health. 

    1. Zaghlool SS, Abo-Seif AA, Rabeh MA, Abdelmohsen UR, Messiha BAS. Gastro-Protective and Anti-Oxidant Potential of Althaea officinalis and Solanum nigrum on Pyloric Ligation/Indomethacin-Induced Ulceration in Rats. Antioxidants (Basel). 2019;8(11):512. Published 2019 Oct 25. doi:10.3390/antiox8110512
    2. Sadighara P, Gharibi S, Moghadam Jafari A, Jahed Khaniki G, Salari S. The antioxidant and Flavonoids contents of Althaea officinalis L. flowers based on their color. Avicenna J Phytomed. 2012;2(3):113-117.

 

Maca Root, Maca Extract, Maca powder, infused coffee, organic coffee, Smart Owl CoffeeMaca Root Extract  

Found in Balance Blend

Maca root extract (Lepidium meyenii), also known as Peruvian ginseng, wears many hats with regards to the various bioactivities that it can help to improve. Because of it's anti-fatigue properties, Maca root is effective in enhancing energy, stamina, and athletic performance. Several studies show beneficial effects on reproductive health, including increased libido (shwing!) Additional properties include antioxidation, neuroprotection, and antimicrobial activity.

  1. Dording CM, Schettler PJ, Dalton ED, et al. A double-blind placebo-controlled trial of maca root as treatment for antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction in women. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:949036. doi:10.1155/2015/949036
  2. Gonzales GF, Gasco M, Lozada-Requena I. Role of maca (Lepidium meyenii) consumption on serum interleukin-6 levels and health status in populations living in the Peruvian Central Andes over 4000 m of altitude. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2013;68(4):347-351. doi:10.1007/s11130-013-0378-5
  3. Melnikovova I, Fait T, Kolarova M, Fernandez EC, Milella L. Effect of Lepidium meyenii Walp. on Semen Parameters and Serum Hormone Levels in Healthy Adult Men: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:324369. doi:10.1155/2015/324369

 

Ashwagandha Root extract, Infused Coffee, Organic Coffee, Coffee Supplements, Smart Owl CoffeeAshwagandha Root Extract  

Found in Balance Blend

Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera), is a revered herb of the Ayurvedic system, a healthy-lifestyle system that people in India have used for more than 5,000 years that emphasizes good health and prevention/treatment of illness through lifestyle practices. A known adaptogen, Ashwagandha has anxiolytic properties that prevent adrenal gland changes that typically occur with stress, improving, endurance, stamina, and reducing fatigue. A study showed that treatment with Ashwagandha provided significant protection against stress induced gastric ulcers. It has proven cognition promoting effects, which studies have shown are useful in preventing/improving memory loss and neurodegenerative disease processes in children and seniors. It has GABA mimetic effect and was shown to promote formation of dendrites. It has anxiolytic effects and improves mitochondrial health. It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic agent and was found useful in clinical cases of Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. Research indicating beneficial effects of Ashwagandha against many types of tumor/cancer formation is exists and is ongoing. This is truly a super ingredient if ever there was one.
  1. Pratte, Morgan A et al. “An alternative treatment for anxiety: a systematic review of human trial results reported for the Ayurvedic herb ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).” Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.) vol. 20,12 (2014): 901-8. doi:10.1089/acm.2014.0177
  2. Chandrasekhar K, Kapoor J, Anishetty S. A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults. Indian J Psychol Med. 2012;34(3):255-262. doi:10.4103/0253-7176.106022

 

 

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**It is suggested to consult your physician if you have any conditions that you are unsure may be contraindicated