Anyone who wants their body to be healthy and perform optimally realizes the need to supplement their healthy diet with nutrient concentrates. While the food we eat goes a long way toward supporting this goal, in this stressful day and age food unfortunately may not be the total answer.
The brain, just like the rest of the body, needs to be nutritionally supported as well. Even adding just a few key brain nutrients into your daily regimen can go a long way in terms of helping to keep you focused and sharp.
One that’s absolutely critical is phosphatidylserine (PS). This nutrient is required for a great variety of the body’s essential functions, based on its fundamental importance for the functioning of all the body’s cells, and by extension for the functioning of the body as whole.
So what exactly is PS?
PS is a phospholipid, one of a unique molecular category that are essential building blocks for all our cells. Though PS is essential for every cell of the body, it is highly concentrated in the brain where it is crucial for information transfer between nerve cells at the synapses. It is also essential for the mitochondria, the cell’s energy generators. PS has been extensively researched in numerous double-blind clinical trials and found to support brain health across the human lifespan.
Research has demonstrated some of the ways PS is critical to optimal brain function:
- Facilitating the actions of key neurotransmitters including acetylcholine, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.
- Facilitating energy generation, so crucial to the brain’s health and performance.
- Supporting numerous nerve cell functions including their maintenance and renewal
- Enabling efficient passage of electrical signals along nerve cells and across their connections (the synapses).
- Supporting other cell to cell communications in the brain via nerve growth factor, omega-3 DHA, and other messenger substances.
Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical research trials have shown that dietary supplementation with PS has measurable brain benefits. PS promotes attention, learning, and other cognitive functions. PS especially can enhance memory for words, faces, names, and numbers, and supports brain health not just in adults but in children as well.1-3 Outside the brain, PS is essential for healthy wound healing and for the immune system to dispose of dead cells.
While the body can make PS, it also gets some from foods. However, unless you like eating lots of brains or other organ foods your best bet is to take a dietary supplement that provides PS.
Supplemental PS has been most commonly manufactured from soy. This is bad news for those who are allergic to soy. That is why BrainMD Health is proud to announce that we have updated our Brain & Memory Power Boost to contain a high-quality PS derived from sunflower lecithin, a vegetarian source free from soy allergens.
If you want to improve your mental focus and your memory for words, faces, names and numbers try adding PS to your supplement regimen.
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2 Kato-Kataoka A, Sakai M, Ebina R, others. J. Clin. Biochem. Nutr. 2010;47:246-255.
3 Hirayama S, Terasawa K, Rabeler R, others. J. Hum. Nutr. Diet. 2014;27 (Suppl. 2):284-291.
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