Phosphatidylcholine : Nootropic & Protective.
January 12, 2014 Admin 0
Phosphatidylcholine is a hydrophobic lipid derived from lecithin. When encountered in supplement form, it is usually manufactured from soy or soy derivatives. Foods which have particularly high contents, include eggs, soybeans and mustard seeds, although the amounts you could ingest through moderate consumption are likely to be less than you would get from moderate supplement dosages. Phosphatidylcholine : Nootropic & Protective :
The noise surrounding phosphatidylcholine in recent years is because of its effect on spatial learning ability and its potential as a memory enhancer. This ability to exert a positive effect on human cognition, means it is sometimes referred to as a ‘Nootropic’ or ‘smart drug’. Compared to other nootropics like Piracetam (2-oxo-Pyrrolidine Acetamide) which is a derivative of Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA), phosphatidylcholine has far more humble origins, besides being available in whole foods.
Phosphatidylcholine is implemented in the production of acetylcholine which nerve cells use as a chemical messenger. In diseases such as Alzheimer’s, a loss of these nerve cells is directly proportionate to the severity of symptoms. Current medications for Alzheimer’s such as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors also increase acetylcholine. It is not currently known what interactions, extensive phosphatidylcholine supplementation would have when used with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors.
Polyunsaturated phosphatidylcholine is considered to be something of a hepatic function coadjutive. Some attenuation of alcohol-induced hepatic fibrosis has been observed when it is administered. The resulting actions and protective actions against the fibrogenic effects of ethanol are thought to be to do with the prevention of phospholipid changes in the liver itself.
In future articles, we will examine more benefits and actions of phosphatidylcholine as both a nootropic and protector and whether these should be taken advantage of through intelligent nutrition via whole foods or by supplementation.
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