Brain-Boosting Ingredients Series – PhosphatidylSerine (PS)
What are the basic ingredients for a brain healthy life? It all starts with pure and potent nutrients. BrainMD’s supplements are made with high-quality ingredients that can help improve brain health and the functioning of many other organs in the body.
In this blog series, we’re taking a closer look at the origins, uses, and recipes for some of our key ingredients so that you can incorporate them into your diet and daily supplement regimen.
One ingredient we’re proud to recommend is phosphatidylserine (PS). PS is crucial for enhancing recall and for promoting healthy attention, learning and mental sharpness.
What is PhosphatidylSerine?
Phosphatidylserine, pronounced fos-fa-tie-dil-see-reen, is a phospholipid nutrient present in all our cells but especially concentrated in the brain’s nerve cells. PS has been extensively researched in humans, animals, and cultured cells, and is the most proven nutrient for memory. PS is a universal building block for cell membranes, the dynamic structures that link the nerve cells into trillions of information transfer connections (synapses). The brain’s billions of nerve cells also need PS to package neurotransmitters into membrane structures for subsequent release into the synapses. PS is fundamental to the membranes of mitochondria, the microscopic power plants that generate energy for all our cells.
The Origin of PS
PS is naturally produced by the body and is found in practically all foods, but mostly at very low levels. One of the richest sources of PS is cow brain, but not many people eat brain and concerns over diseases make this a risky and unappealing source of PS. PS is also present in organ meats, like liver and kidneys. Cow’s milk has a small amount of PS.
The best food source of PS is chicken egg yolks, which also provide a host of important nutrients. A great way to ensure daily intakes of PS at levels sufficient to improve brain function is to take a PS dietary supplement. Earlier PS supplements came from soy, which can be allergenic. BrainMD’s NeuroPS is derived from sunflower, a vegetarian source that’s free of soy allergens.
Benefits of PS
There are 5 major benefits of taking PS supplements:
Improves Memory and Learning
PS improved verbal fluency and enhanced learning and recall of names, faces, words, and numbers in double-blind clinical trials. PS is better documented for these benefits than any other nutrient.
In a double-blind clinical trial with children aged 4-14 years, the group that received PS at 200 mg per day showed improved attention, self-control, and short-term memory, when compared to those receiving a placebo.
Drives Major Brain Neurotransmitter Systems
PS is an essential building block for cell membranes, which organize enzymes and other proteins into molecular complexes to optimize the body’s life processes. PS promotes the actions of at least 4 major brain neurotransmitters: acetylcholine, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
Essential for Our Brain Cells to Make Energy
Our brain uses more than 20% of our body’s total energy. The brain’s energy-guzzling nerve cells are the largest in the body. Our brain cells rely on mitochondria to make more than 90% of their energy. PS is essential for the mitochondria to function.
Promotes Overall Brain Health
PS is essential for the brain not only to make energy, but to manage its trillions of nerve cell connections. PS promotes brain health at all stages of life, from childhood through adulthood.
PS has the best track record for improving memory, as recognized by the U.S. FDA with two allowed Qualified Health Claims. Also, as a major cell membrane building block, PS works closely with omega-3 EPA and DHA to promote efficient synaptic functioning that contributes to healthy mood and behavior. PS is commonly used for improving attention and academic performance in children. PS is safe and well-tolerated.
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As the leader in brain-directed supplements, BrainMD has made PS a priority ingredient in many of our memory products. For more information about NeuroPS or our full catalog of brain healthy supplements, visit the online store at BrainMD.
Keith is grateful to have the opportunity to write about supplements since many of them have made a dramatic difference in his life. He is often heard around the office saying, “We have supplements for that.”
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