A Fat that Makes Your Brain Work Better
Supplement Highlight: Phosphatidylserine
Found in every single cell in the body, phosphatidylserine is located within the cell membrane, especially in neurons of the brain. It is a fat soluble phospholipid that plays and important role in the maintenance of a cells internal environment, aiding in signal transduction, cell to cell communication and cell growth regulation. It affects multiple neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine, and norepinephrine. Although it is possible for the body to make phosphatidylserine from a series of reactions, it is most commonly absorbed from the foods we eat. Meat, white fish (such as cod) and white beans all provide a moderate serving of phosphatidylserine. Though a
typical western diet we absorb approximately 100-130 mg a day.
Orally, phosphatidylserine is very well tolerated, and side effects are uncommon. It is used in natural medicine to treat sleep disorders, cognitive disorders, ADHD, depression and chronic stress (high cortisol levels) among other things.
We like Integrative Therapeutics because the phosphatidylserine is derived from sunflower lecithin rather than soy.
What's great about this product? It is generally well tolerated and can be taken by both children and adults. Even the most sensitive patients sleep better, regulate their mood and control their stress hormone, cortisol better. A therapeutic dose ranges from 200-800 mg daily depending on the age of the patient and the condition that you are trying to treat.