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Best Nootropics for Women

June 25, 2021

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Women in their daily lives face far more stress than men. Also, their hormonal fluctuations put them at increased risk for anxiety and depression. With premenopausal and menopausal brain fog topping the game, women become more stressed and forgetful as they age. 

To deal with all this, specific cognitive boosters can help them cope with daily physical and emotional strains, and nootropics can do just that.  

Nootropics, also known as smart drugs, are dietary supplements taken to improve mental faculties. These supplements increase brain productivity, focus, and other aspects of cognition.

In summation, the best nootropics for women, in no particular order, are organic lion’s mane mushroom extract, organic bacopa monnieri leaf extract, citicoline, N-acetyl L-tyrosine (NALT), L-theanine, alpha GPC, and organic ashwagandha root extract. These nootropics are bioavailable in their purest form in MAXIMUM MIND. Find out how and why they are the best below.

In a study published in Unique Journal of Engineering and Advanced Sciences, researchers claim that nootropics have helped people improve cognitive performance in today’s competitive world, enhance memory, and relieve stress [1]. Let’s dig deeper into how women are different from men and what neurological and psychological benefits MAXIMUM MIND can provide to women.

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
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WHAT ARE NOOTROPICS?

“The only difference between the master and the novice is that the master has failed more times than the novice has tried.”
―Stephen McCranie

First things first, what are nootropics? Corneliu Giurgea, a Romanian neuroscientist, coined the term nootropic (pronounced new-tropic) in 1972. He believed that smart drugs should be invented and made widely available for the purpose of enhancing the general population’s brain health and increasing human intelligence.

According to Dr Giurgea’s findings, nootropics enhance cognition, memory, alertness, concentration, creativity, and attention. They became known as cognitive enhancers, substances that amplify the way the brain’s many cognitive functions operate and how we process information.

Simply put, cognitive enhancers (or nootropics or smart drugs) are prescription or off-the-counter drugs or supplements that enhance cognition. Some nootropics contribute to brain health while others can be quite dangerous.

Since Marco’s Grounds only works with safe and natural compounds in their purest forms, for most of our discussions we will restrain ourselves to natural nootropics that increase cognition safely.



Women Are Different, so Are Their Brains

Psychological research has shown that men and women have different brains. Women excel more at empathy and interpersonal relationships. Moreover, they are more likely to experience clinical depression than men and are at increased risk of post-traumatic stress disorders.

Hormones Affect the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Women

Women have estrogen and progesterone regulating their menstrual cycles. Estrogen preserves a happy mood in women and protects nerves from damage. Progesterone, on the other hand, increases stress and anxiety.  

Fluctuations of these hormones during the menstrual cycle are quite a normal phenomenon in women. Therefore, they can experience mood swings during their menstruation due to an upsurge of progesterone, which leads to increased stress and anxiety.  

Women Are More Prone to Anxiety Than Men

A study published in the Iranian journal of psychiatry and behavioral sciences has shown an increased risk of anxiety and depression in women, leading to emotional and neurotic problems [2]. Chronic stress can further lead to other health problems like sleep problems, weight gain, memory, and focus problems.  

Menopause “Brain Fog” is Real  

Menopause means the end of reproductive years, while perimenopause is the phase of the natural transition to menopause. Both these are associated with notable hormonal fluctuations, which impart physical changes and affect the mood and behavior of women.

Brain fog is also one of these effects. In this condition, women start noticing memory lapses, difficulty focusing, and reduced clarity in thinking. According to research printed in Medicina journal, this menopausal brain fog is attributed to reduced estrogen levels [3]. 

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What Benefits Do Nootropics Provide to Women? 

“Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.
―Lady Gaga

Nootropics or smart drugs are nutraceuticals that can help women deal with the stresses of everyday life and help cope with the psychological and behavioral problems women face due to their unique hormonal makeup. They can help women in several ways. They can; 

  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Enhance memory 
  • Help in mental processing  
  • Balance mood  
  • Promote focus 
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MAXIMUM MIND Nootropics Are the Ideal Supplements for Women 

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.
―J.K. Rowling 

MAXIMUM MIND provides women all the essential dietary boosts they require as a part of their daily lives. It’s an all-natural, stimulant-free, organic mind booster that helps optimize cognitive functions, including memory, focus, and speed.

All ingredients added in MAXIMUM MIND have been selected to deal with stress, anxiety, and other cognitive problems related to hormonal changes.  

MAXIMUM MIND provides women with the following benefits:  

  • Increased Focus: Women might lose their focus on their daily activities due to hormonal fluctuations. MAXIMUM MIND has all-natural blends of herbs that help women to keep their focus intact.
  • Better Memory: Carefully selected ingredients in MAXIMUM MIND allow the women to have excellent memory and recall.  
  • Healthy Brain: The hand-picked organic ingredients help women have a sound and healthy brain that can cope with the stresses of everyday life. It is a clarity brain enhancement pill that can provide you with limitless energy.  
  • Mood Moderators: The MAXIMUM MIND has all-natural ingredients that not only reduce anxiety and stress but also promote a healthy mental state and general well-being.  
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What Makes MAXIMUM MIND Special?  

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
―Anais Nin

MAXIMUM MIND is the perfect blend of natural ingredients with the right amount of science that helps to recharge your brain and boost your memory and focus.  

The all-natural compounds added in MAXIMUM MIND that have particularly enhanced benefits for women are:

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Organic Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract

It is an edible fungus, which is being used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.

A study published in an international journal on fungal biology named Mycology demonstrated that two active compounds extracted from the Lion’s Mane Mushroom, i.e., hericenones and erinacines, could promote NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) synthesis in the brain [4]. NGF has been clinically proven to benefit learning and memory formation. It also helps to relieve symptoms of mild depression and anxiety.

This nootropic compound, thus, prove beneficial for women in the following ways;

Improves Cognitive Health: This use is attributed to the ability of Lion’s Mane Mushroom to promote the growth of axons and dendrites from the body of neurons.

Reduces Anxiety and Depression: It helps alleviate mood and anxiety disorders in women due to their anti-inflammatory effects.

Act as a Memory Enhancer: Lion’s mane also protects against memory issues which are generally caused by the excess storage of a protein called amyloid-beta (a substance that forms brain plaques).

For these reasons, Lion’s Mane comes naturally at the top of our list of the best nootropics for women.

Marco’s Grounds Lion’s Mane is an organic, fruiting body-only extract and achieves a purity level of beta-glucans (hericenones and erinacines) of 40% minimum.

Read more about Lion’s Mane on the Marco’s Grounds Deep Dive or find more about the benefits of Lion’s Mane here.

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Organic Bacopa Monnieri Leaf Extract

This herb is also known as Bacopa Monnieri, a popular herb of Ayurvedic medicine. Research published in the journal Phytomedicine states that Bacopa leaf contains chemical compounds known as bacosides, which help in improving memory, reducing anxiety, treating epilepsy, and also enhances brain functions [5].

These benefits are attributed to the following properties of those bacosides;

Antioxidant Effects: They have antioxidant properties which have protective functions for neurons against damage by free radicals and hence fewer signs of brain damage.

Enhance Memory and Brain Functions: They increase the brain’s capacities and ability to learn and process new information and increase attention span.

Stress Buster: They also act as adaptogens, which reduce cortisol, the stress hormone, and hence better able to cope with stressful environment and conditions.

For these reasons, Bacopa comes naturally at the top of our list of the best nootropics for women.

Marco’s Grounds Bacopa Monnieri is organic and achieves an extraction level of 50% bacosides minimum.

Read more about Bacopa Monnieri on the Marco’s Grounds Deep Dive or find out more about the benefits of Bacopa here.

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L-Theanine

L-theanine is an amino acid commonly found in plants and other fungal sources in low quantities. The most common dietary source for most people is green tea. Due to this compound, drinking tea imparts relaxing and stress-relieving effects.

L-theanine works by increasing brain serotonin, dopamine, and GABA levels responsible for mood variations in humans. Theanine also upregulates alpha and theta brain waves, believed to be responsible for creative problem-solving [6].

It imparts the following neurological benefits;

Better Mental Focus: It enables you to stay focused on a task for a more extended period.

Relaxing Effect: People who took theanine have reported that they felt relaxed before sleeping, got to sleep quickly, and were better able to sleep. L-theanine also helps to relax a person’s body and mind by reducing heart rate.

Increased Cognitive Performance: L-theanine may extend a person’s attention span. It also possesses neuroprotective effects, which enhance brain function.

Theanine is one of the best nootropics for everynone and of course one of the best nootropics for women also.

Marco’s Grounds theanine is extracted from Organic Green Tea leaves.

Read more about L-Theanine on the Marco’s Grounds Deep Dive.

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Citicoline as Cognizin®

Citicoline is an endogenous compound that is an intermediate in the synthesis of cell membrane phospholipids and, when given exogenously, breaks down into choline and cytidine.

Cytidine is used for the synthesis of various nucleotides and phospholipids of neuronal membranes. It increases brain metabolism and affects the levels of different neurotransmitters.

Choline, on the other hand, took part in the synthesis of acetylcholine. It increases norepinephrine and dopamine levels.

Citicoline, thus, proves beneficial in terms of;

Memory: It improves both the immediate and the delayed recall of words and complex concepts. Similarly, it improves verbal memory functioning in older individuals with relatively inefficient memory.

Cognition and Emotions: Citicoline has a neuroprotective effect in hypoxic and ischemic conditions and improves learning abilities [7]. Citicoline ameliorates attention and perceptual-motor ability, as well as behavioral and emotional control.

For these reasons, Citicoline comes naturally at the top of our list of the best nootropics for women.

Marco’s Grounds citicoline comes as Cognizin® as the company owning the trademark also currently holds the global patent on the most effective synthesizing method.

Read more about Citicoline on the Marco’s Grounds Deep Dive or find out more about the benefits of Citicoline here.

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Organic Ashwagandha Root Extract

Ashwagandha, also known as “Indian Ginseng, is a prevalent herb of the Ayurveda, as a Medhya Rasayanas (tonic). Medha means intellectual capabilities, and Rasayana is described as a preparation that promotes physical and mental well-being and uplifts your mood.

Ashwagandha is an excellent nootropic and provides the following benefits;

Stress Reliever: It reduces cortisol levels, a hormone released in stressful conditions in the body.

Cognition Promoter: According to the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines, it boosts mental capacities, improves memory, and increases the ability to perform tasks. [8]

Weight Reduction: Interestingly, it also aids in losing weight. This is achieved by cutting down food cravings brought about by stress.

For these reasons, Ashwagandha comes naturally at the top of our list of the best nootropics for women.

Marco’s Grounds Ashwagandha is an organic root-only extract triple standardized to contain a minimum of 5% withanolides, a minimum of 32% oligosaccharides, which increase the bioavailability of the withanolide glycosides; and a maximum of 0.5% free withanolides (as Withaferin A).

Read more about Ashwagandha on the Marco’s Grounds Deep Dive or dig into the benefits of Ashwagandha here.

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Alpha-GPC

Alpha-GPC is a choline-containing phospholipid that serves as a biosynthetic precursor for acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter. Alpha-GPC is considered the nootropic form of choline, acting as the building block to increase brain acetylcholine levels.

Acetylcholine plays a central part in brain neurotransmission; it is used in both fight and flight and rest and relaxes mechanisms of the autonomic nervous system. It is a signaling molecule for muscle activation.

Studies published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition have confirmed that Alpha-GPC protects our brains from age-related cognitive damage but also helps in boosting brain energy. It promotes mood balance, concentration, mental performance, and recall [9].

Alpha-GPC provides the following benefits;

Enhanced Focus: Alpha-GPC enhances focus and concentration and helps to strengthen and protect the brain cells, thus increasing the overall endurance and performance of the brain.

Memory Enhancement: Alpha-GPC helps in memory and recall. It has been found effective against memory disorders like Alzheimer’s, stroke, and vascular dementia.

Physical Strength: Alpha-GPC can increase the secretion of growth hormone; thus, it can help with increasing physical performance and also helps in post-workout muscle recovery.

For these reasons, Alpha-GPC comes naturally at the top of our list of the best nootropics for women.

Marco’s Grounds Alpha-GPC is soy-derived, full-spectrum, and extracted to 99% purity.

Read more about Alpha-GPC on the Marco’s Grounds Deep Dive or find out the benefits of Alpha-GPC here.

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N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine

N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that helps the body produce many enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters. Women who are multitaskers run out of catecholamine neurotransmitters faster due to their rapid utilization. N-acetyl L-Tyrosine supplementation (the superior form of Tyrosine), thus, may allow you to fill up this deficiency.

N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine improves mental performance, particularly under stressful conditions. According to a research study published in the journal Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine can help maintain your mental capacity and improve cognition in mentally demanding tasks [10].

L-Tyrosine is a great nootropic for everyone to benefit from and therefore also one of the best nootropics for women.

Marco’s Grounds Tyrosine is highly concentrated and highly dosed to give you the full range of benefits.

Read more about N-acetyl-L-tyrosine on the Marco’s Grounds Deep Dive or find out more about the benefits of L-tyrosine here. 

Bottom Line  

“If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor.”
―Al Anon

Due to hormonal changes, women might find themselves with anxiety, stress, forgetfulness, and other emotional conditions, which might lead to more severe mental and emotional issues if not taken proper care of at the appropriate time.

Luckily, we have nootropics today that help women achieve good focus, better memory, balance mood, and maintain healthy brains.

MAXIMUM MIND by Marco’s Grounds provides you with the best possible nootropics in the finest forms made under some of the most stringent regulatory oversight in Switzerland. MAXIMUM MIND is stimulant-free, all-natural, and clinically-studied.

It both keeps women’s brain strong in the short and long term. It is a productivity drug designed to address the psychological and neurological problems of men and women alike. Yet MAXIMUM MIND might be experienced differently by both genders, as the theoretical data and user feedback suggest.
MAXIMUM MIND can provide women maximum focus and peak performance just like your lifestyle demands.
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Literature

  1. Joshi Pranav, C. (2013). A review on natural memory enhancers (Nootropics). Unique Journal of Engineering and Advanced Sciences1(01), 8-18.
  2. Bahrami, F., & Yousefi, N. (2011). Females are more anxious than males: a metacognitive perspective. Iranian journal of psychiatry and behavioral sciences5(2), 83.
  3. Gava, G., Orsili, I., Alvisi, S., Mancini, I., Seracchioli, R., & Meriggiola, M. C. (2019). Cognition, mood and sleep in menopausal transition: the role of menopause hormone therapy. Medicina55(10), 668.
  4. Ma, B. J., Shen, J. W., Yu, H. Y., Ruan, Y., Wu, T. T., & Zhao, X. (2010). Hericenones and erinacines: stimulators of nerve growth factor (NGF) biosynthesis in Hericium erinaceus. Mycology, 1(2), 92-98.
  5. Russo, A., & Borrelli, F. (2005). Bacopa monniera, a reputed nootropic plant: an overview. Phytomedicine, 12(4), 305–317.
  6. Sakamoto, F. L., Ribeiro, R. M. P., Bueno, A. A., & Santos, H. O. (2019). Psychotropic effects of L-theanine and its clinical properties: From the management of anxiety and stress to a potential use in schizophrenia. Pharmacological research, 147, 104395.
  7. Secades, J. J. (2011). Citicoline: pharmacological and clinical review, 2010 update. Rev Neurol, 52(Suppl 2), S1-S62.
  8. Singh, N., Bhalla, M., de Jager, P., & Gilca, M. (2011). An overview on Ashwagandha: a Rasayana (rejuvenator) of Ayurveda. African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, 8(5S).
  9. Parker, A. G., Byars, A., Purpura, M., & Jäger, R. (2015). The effects of alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine, caffeine, or placebo on markers of mood, cognitive function, power, speed, and agility. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 12(S1), P41.
  10. Hase, A., Jung, S. E., & Baanhet Rot, M. (2015). Behavioral and cognitive effects of tyrosine intake in healthy human adults. Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior, 133, 1–6.

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