I’m a creative personality, a mom, a wife, a boss babe, a business coach, an online entrepreneur, a BUSY women with all the demands that life carries. I get overwhelmed, I get stressed out, I work long hours, I have a million things going at once… AND I’ve always battled with anxiety. I get TIRED… I know you feel me.
Over the years I have tried pretty much every supplement for health and wellness, energy, focus, etc: My bathroom cabinets looked like a CVS. Some things worked for awhile, lots of things gave me some benefits but NOTHING addressed every component I was struggling with consistency and chemicals were a hard pass for me.
I had seen the emergence of “nootropics” for awhile but refused to look into them. I’m on a natural/holistic journey and everything I initially saw were all chemical options. Just wasn’t for me.
Recently I stumbled upon an article that spoke of NATURAL nootropic options… Ahhh!! My heart sang! Ok, maybe it didn’t sing but my brain absolutely perked up with hopes of a mental boost and some support on those rough days when my anxiety held me and my creativity hostage.
So What are nootropics?
Nootropics, also known as smart drugs and cognitive enhancers, are drugs, supplements, and other substances that improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals. Some of these, when used in conjunction, aid in anxiety & depression and general feelings of overwhelm.
A nootropic stack, simply put, is the combination of two or more supplements/nootropics.
My stack of choice is a combination of Lion’s Mane, Bacopa Monnieri and Ginkgo Biloba. Boosted focus, easy in memory retention, creativity, mental clarity, ease in anxiety, great mood.
Bacopa Monnieri Bacopa Monnieri is an extract from the Brahmi plant. According to WebMD, Bacopa is used for a wide variety of purposes, including as a supplemental Alzheimer’s treatment and way to reduce anxiety. Evidence suggests that this natural nootropic is effective at improving memory and hand-eye coordination. There have also been some studies that link Bacopa with a reduction in anxiety, insomnia and concentration issues.
Lion’s Mane This edible mushroom can be found in gourmet food stores, and it is also available in a supplement version. Just like many other mushrooms, Lion’s Mane is believed to offer benefits that go beyond nutrition. In fact, there have been several studies conducted in an attempt to discover Lion’s Mane’s full potential, and the results are very promising. For example, 750 mg daily gave test subjects a significant boost in their cognitive functionality. A small clinical study showcased the possibility that this nootropic can offer reduced anxiety and depression. I also discuss the potent Lion’s Mane dual extracted mushroom tea in my podcast with foursigmafoods.
Ginkgo Biloba Leaves from the Ginkgo Biloba tree have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The Mayo Clinic did an analysis of each of the medical purposes that this nootropic is used for, and they determined that there is a good amount of scientific evidence to suggest that Ginkgo Biloba is useful for improving cognitive performance and reducing anxiety.
As with any other stack, you need to be cognizant of your stacking choices. After all, putting together the same dosage of each component that you would take individually is not typically a wise choice due to the way that each supplement blends together. For this stack, most folks use the following daily combination, and you can find most of this stuff in bulk on Amazon.
Lion’s Mane – 500 mg, once per day
Gingko Biloba – 240 mg, once per day
Bacopa Monnieri – 100 mg, twice per day
I feel like a new woman and I'm getting 'ish done! I remember where my keys are AND crank out my heart's work in the best mood ever.