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ZEN-CAFE™ MAX is a “smart caffeine booster” that gives a solid dose of fresh and natural energy for the whole day. Thanks to a special formula, it helps stay focused and relaxed during intense work. Caffeine combined with theacrine and other dopamine-enhancing ingredients provides stimulation that might be spread over time. L-theanine lowers tension and nervousness which makes it a good addition to caffeine.


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ZEN-CAFE™ MAX formula properties

ZEN-CAFE™ MAX has been designed in order to support the body in situations when it clearly lacks energy. Caffeine and theacrine included in this composition are some of the most popular and safe stimulants of the central nervous system. By inhibiting the activity of adenosine and increasing the production of dopamine and norepinephrine, they give an energy boost for the whole organism. The other ingredients also have a positive impact on the mind. Our formula induces alpha brain waves and increases glutamate activity, bringing an improvement of cognitive functions, e.g. attention and memory. Higher dopamine and serotonin levels have a beneficial influence on the general mood. This unique preparation helps to enjoy long-lasting mild stimulation without side effects such as jitteriness or increased blood pressure.

Ingredients of ZEN-CAFE™ MAX (proprietary formula):

Caffeine | PharmaCaffeine™
Caffeine is one of the most popular stimulants and nootropics, used mostly in Europe and both Americas. It affects the nervous system by stimulating neurotransmitter secretion: primarily dopamine (responsible for motivation) and glutamic acid (responsible for attention). Caffeine can also block receptors of adenosine - an inhibiting neurotransmitter. In effect, sleepiness is reduced and we can simply feel more energy. What is more, it has been proven that caffeine effectively improves cognitive capabilities of the brain (the best effects have been observed in people who had trouble sleeping). It has also been shown that caffeine can be used in order to lose weight and improve physical performance.
Theacrine is a compound known for its energy-inducing effect. Chemically it belongs to the group of purine alkaloids. The molecule of theacrine is similar to caffeine. It is possible that theacrine takes part in the production of caffeine that is stored in the leaves. However, theacrine itself does not affect blood pressure, acts longer and causes less tolerance. That is why it can be used as a supplement with a mild stimulating effect. Theacrine is extracted from Camellia assamica leaves - which is a plant frome the same family as Chinese tea. It also exists in the fruits of Cupuacu (Theobroma grandiflorum), a plant similar to a cocoa tree.
L-Theanine | PharmaTheanine™
L-theanine is a natural amino acid considered to be a part of nootropic and compounds that support and protect the nervous system. It can be found in the leaves of common tea (Camellia sinensis) - making up to 3% of dried leaf mass. One of the main properties of L-theanine is the ability to improve stress resilience. This compound inhibits cortisol while stimulating the activity of GABA - a key neurotransmitter that helps to mitigate stress symptoms. Moreover, L-theanine stimulates alpha brain waves that are related to the state known as a “relaxed attention”, typical for activities requiring a high focus, e.g. meditation. Thanks to that, L-theanine makes it easier to concentrate on the task at hand. It also has a beneficial effect on memory because it stimulates the process of neurogenesis during which new neural cells are produced. In dietary supplements L-theanine is often mixed with caffeine because in this composition stimulatory effects of caffeine are more subtle yet more durable with much less side effects such as agitation or anxiety.
DLPA | Phenylalanine
DLPA is a mixture of two phenylalanine types: levo- and dextro-phenylalanine. The former is a natural amino acid that is necessary for proper functioning of the organism. It acts as a precursor of neurotransmitters: dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline. The latter, rarely found in nature, has analgesic properties because it regulates the activity of the endogenous analgesia system. DLPA provides better mood, increased motivation and better attention - primarily by stimulating dopamine activity. This compound can also be used in order to lose weight as it helps to control the appetite and speeds up the feeling of satiety.
L-DOPA | Mucuna pruriens
L-DOPA, also known as levodopa, is an amino acid that is transformed into dopamine, noradrenaline and adrenaline. It easily crosses the blood-brain barrier so it can effectively interact with the nervous system. The metabolism of L-DOPA is efficient and starts almost after the intake so in order to work with good results it needs additional cofactors that inhibit dopamine transformation in the digestive system. L-DOPA supplementation mixed with EGCG provides more energy, motivation and supports cognitive functions: especially attention, working memory and analytical thinking. In addition to that, L-DOPA regulates secretion of hormones, e.g., prolactin and growth hormone as well as testosterone that enhances libido.
EGCG | Camellia sinensis
EGCG is a strong antioxidant that can be found in green tea. The main property of EGCG is the ability to deactivate the AAAD enzyme that transforms L-DOPA in the digestive system. It also inhibits the activity of the COMT enzyme that breaks key neurotransmitters, such as: dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline. Because of that, EGCG helps to regulate the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. At the same time, it supports memory and focus, while protecting the nervous system from harmful factors, including free oxygen radicals and inflammation. What is more, this compound facilitates metabolism in cells by increasing the biogenesis in mitochondria.

ZEN-CAFE™ MAX formula benefits

Improves energy level: Sleepiness is mostly induced by adenosine. This inhibitory neurotransmitter is produced in the brain during wakefulness but in the night its level drops. If the sleep is too short, the level of adenosine can remain relatively high. In that kind of situation, caffeine and theacrine might be a great support. They act as antagonists of adenosine receptors – they can attach to those receptors without causing excitation, essentially blocking signal transmission. Then, adenosine is not able to affect neurons so the sleepiness is significantly reduced. But that’s not all. Caffeine and theacrine may also improve the level of dopamine – a neurotransmitter that can be considered a source of energy and motivation for the mind. DLPA and L-DOPA are dopamine precursors. It is worth noting that production of this neurotransmitter is a multistage process. DLPA gets transformed into tyrosine which then changes into L-DOPA that ultimately can be synthesized to dopamine. Our formula contains those two precursors that occur at different stages of dopamine production. Because of that, the level of this compound can be raised quickly (thanks to L-DOPA) and remain high for a longer time (with DLPA). EGCG is another ingredient that has an important role in this process. In the human digestive tract there is an enzyme known as AAAD that transforms L-DOPA into dopamine. It is, however, not desirable because in this situation dopamine is not able to cross the blood-brain barrier so it cannot get from the gastrointestinal system to the brain. However, L-DOPA doesn’t have so much trouble crossing the blood-brain barrier. EGCG inhibits AAAD enzyme, not allowing L-DOPA to transform into dopamine before reaching the brain. And let’s remember that dopamine indeed is a key neurotransmitter but can also be used as a substrate in the production of other neurotransmitters: epinephrine and norepinephrine. They induce stimulating effects and mobilize the body just like dopamine but mostly in the physical sphere rather than the mental. Vitamin B12 takes part in the synthesis of all those compounds. Besides that, it acts as a cofactor of enzymes that transform complex carbohydrates into glucose which is the main source of energy for the cells. Stimulation of the central nervous system is indeed a good way to reduce sleepiness, however, when this stimulation is too intense, it might bring side effects such as nervousness, attention issues and shakiness. These effects can be neutralized by L-theanine that stimulates the activity of GABA – a major inhibitory neurotransmitter that prevents overstimulation of the nervous system. By combining all those ingredients we obtained a formula that can help to stay active after a sleepless night.

Improves intellectual endurance: In order to perform tasks that require a high level of focus and mental resources we might need a proper level of motivation. The ingredients of our formula might be helpful in that regard. DLPA and L-DOPA (supported by EGCG) are precursors of dopamine while B12 is a cofactor in the production of this neurotransmitter. And since dopamine influences energy and motivation levels, it might help to deal with procrastination and to finish the task on time. Or maybe tasks, we should say. In fact, dopamine is important for multitasking – the ability to smoothly change focus between different objects. So, it might be easier to do things such as responding to emails and listening to the radio at the same time. Most likely, it won’t be that hard to quickly go back to a task after getting distracted. And since we mentioned distractions, L-theanine might be able to reduce them (at least those that are caused by neuronal activity). This compound increases the amount of GABA – a key neurotransmitter that helps to soothe the symptoms of stress and anxiety. The proper GABA activity is necessary to finish the task that we undertook. All in all, our formula will make it easier to perform the things that we planned for a specific day, even if this day was preceded by a sleepless night.

Supports learning abilities: Dopamine is important for the ability to focus. We already mentioned that its activity can be improved by: DLPA and L-DOPA (as precursors), vitamin B12 and EGCG (indirectly) and caffeine with theacrine. Yet, the brain requires other neurotransmitters to function properly. One of them is acetylcholine that improves the speed of information processing and stimulates cognitive functions. This neurotransmitter is crucial for memory processes that are the foundation of efficient learning. Caffeine increases acetylcholine release in the synapses and improves the density of its receptors on the surface of neurons. This effect is the most intense in the hippocampus – a brain structure that governs most of the processes related to long-term memory. EGCG is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor meaning that it inhibits the activity of an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine. In effect, acetylcholine can affect the neurons more intensively, facilitating information acquisition. But there is another thing that may have a huge impact on our learning outcome. Mood and general well-being, of course, since it is usually easier to learn new things when we are relaxed. In fact, there is even a state of neuronal activity called “relaxed awareness” and it can be supported by L-theanine. This ingredient enhances alpha brain waves – cycles of bioelectrical activity of the brain that have a frequency of 8-13 Hz. They induce a state of wakefulness but also relaxation that might be beneficial for cognitive functions that are the basis of learning.

Supports mental well-being: Having a bad mood after a night with no to little sleep? You don’t need to! After all, your mood is also highly dependent on neural processes and neurotransmitter activity. Thanks to DLPA, L-DOPA, EGCG, vitamin B12, caffeine and theacrine we might be able to improve the activity of dopamine that helps to maintain a high level of energy and motivation. Besides that, this neurotransmitter is secreted in great amounts during the activation of the reward system – a brain structure that regulates motivation and induces feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. Vitamin B12 is also a cofactor in serotonin production. Caffeine and theacrine increase the density of this neurotransmitter and the number of its receptors on the surface of neuron plasma membranes. There’s no wonder why serotonin is known as a “happiness hormone” – a balanced activity of this compound is necessary to achieve inner comfort and well-being. By improving serotonin activity, it will be easier to enjoy a good mood. And if we were to stabilize it, we might consider L-theanine that affects the activity of GABA – the main inhibitory neurotransmitter that turns off unnecessary nerve impulses and thus helps to keep the activity of the brain balanced. It has an important role in stress resilience and relaxation. L-theanine is able to increase GABA levels by up to 20%! And since it can also improve alpha brain waves, it makes the brain – as well as the whole body – relaxed but not sleepy. So, with a combined power of those ingredients our formula will help to carry on, even after a tiring day or a sleepless night.

ZEN-CAFE™ MAX formula specification


  • preparation in gelatin capsules
  • 2 capsules daily or as advised by a healthcare professional
[1200 mg / 2 caps.]
  • airtight PET bottle 100 ml / 150 ml
  • nutrition, neuroregulation, natural medicine, clinical studies 
  • nootropic preparation admitted to trading in the EU and the US

ZEN-CAFE™ MAX formula usage

  • 2
  • 1 – 2
  • without food
  • in the morning / during the day
  • max. 3-4 times a week

ZEN-CAFE™ MAX formula stacking

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