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Combating Menopause Brain Fog with Nootropics

Navigating the stages of menopause can be challenging, especially when it comes to managing cognitive health. Many women experience symptoms like brain fog, forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating, which can be frustrating and impact daily life. Brain fog, often described as mental fatigue, is more than just fleeting forgetfulness; it can significantly affect memory, clarity, and decision-making. To support your brain health naturally during this transition, you might want to explore the world of nootropics. But what exactly are nootropics, and how can they benefit you through menopause?

What are nootropics?

Nootropics, pronounced NEW-TROH-PICKS, are often referred to as "smart drugs" or cognitive enhancers due to their ability to improve cognitive functions such as learning, problem-solving, and decision-making, as well as boosting memory, creativity, and motivation. These can be natural supplements, synthetic compounds, or even certain foods known to boost brain performance. To be classified as a true nootropic, a substance should have the following characteristics:


  • Boost learning and memory: Enhance the ability to learn new information and improve memory retention.
  • Improve performance under stress: Help improve cognitive and behavioral performance even in stressful or challenging conditions.
  • Protect the brain from damage: Shield the brain from injury caused by harmful chemicals or physical trauma.
  • Enhance brain communication: Improve the effectiveness of communication between different parts of the brain.
  • Safe and non-sedative: Should not impair motor skills or have sedative effects like other psychotropic drugs.
  • Minimal side effects: Have very few (if any) side effects and extremely low toxicity.

Interestingly, nootropics have been around for centuries, as many natural ingredients used in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine are considered nootropics. In fact, you may already be familiar with some of them, as Gingko, Bacopa, and Lion’s Mane Mushroom are all classified as nootropics due to their ability to provide cognitive support.

How do nootropics work?

Nootropics work in various ways depending on their type, but natural nootropics are particularly known for boosting brain function and promoting brain health. Studies have shown they enhance blood circulation to the brain, increasing the delivery of energy and oxygen, which helps improve cognitive functions. By altering the concentration of neurotransmitters—the brain's chemical messengers—natural nootropics can improve memory, learning, focus, and mental clarity. Additionally, they often have neuroprotective effects, shielding the brain from potential damage caused by stress or environmental factors.


How can nootropics help during menopause?

During perimenopause and menopause, hormonal fluctuations—especially decreases in estrogen and progesterone—can affect brain function, leading to symptoms like mental slowdown, difficulty concentrating, memory lapses and brain fog. Nootropics can help alleviate these symptoms by supporting neurotransmitter function, increasing blood flow to the brain, and reducing inflammation. Here are some key benefits:

  1. Improved Memory: Nootropics like Bacopa Monnieri and Ginkgo Biloba are known for their memory-enhancing properties, helping to counteract the forgetfulness and brain fog that often accompanies perimenopause and menopause.

  2. Enhanced Focus: Substances like Camellia Sinensis (green tea) and L-Theanine can help improve concentration and mental clarity, making it easier to stay focused on tasks.

  3. Mood Regulation: Nootropics such as Ashwagandha, St. John’s Wort and Inositol can help stabilise mood swings and reduce anxiety, common symptoms during perimenopause and menopause.

  4. Increased Energy: Certain nootropics like Panax Ginseng and Caffeine can boost energy levels, helping to combat the fatigue that often accompanies hormonal changes.

How we use nootropics at The Menopause Co.

Focus - our cognative support supplement.

Research show that around two-thirds of women from peri to postmenopause grapple with brain fog, with 62% facing it daily.  That's why we created Focus, our cognitive support supplement designed to ease brain fog, sharpen focus, and reclaim your cognitive clarity. Developed by a leading naturopath, researcher, and scientific expert with years of experience in women's health, this blend of potent adaptogens and natural nootropics enhances cognitive function, improves memory, and helps you focus when it matters most.

Unlike many supplements that offer only temporary relief or questionable long-term support, Focus is designed to deliver both immediate and sustained cognitive benefit over time.

Our formula features natural nootropics like Bacopa Monnieri, known for its memory-enhancing properties, and Ginkgo Biloba, which increases blood flow to the brain for better cognitive performance. Schisandra Chinensis and Zingiber Officinalis (ginger) are included to reduce stress and improve mental clarity,  Camellia Sinensis (green tea) enhances mental alertness and provides a gentle energy boost without the jitters, while the nootropics Choline and Inositol work together to support brain health and neurotransmitter function, ensuring comprehensive cognitive support.

Tips for incorporating nootropics into your daily routine

  1. Combine with a Healthy Lifestyle: Nootropics work best when combined with a healthy lifestyle. Ensure you're eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep to support overall brain health.

  2. Follow Recommended Dosages: Always adhere to the recommended dosages on the product label or consult with a healthcare provider for personalised advice.

  3. Be Consistent: For the best results, take your chosen nootropic consistently. Cognitive benefits often build up over time with regular use.


If you have any concerns, always consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new supplement, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking other medications.



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