nutrition

Stop the Communication Breakdown: A closer look at phosphatidylserine

Dharma S Khalsa, MD Health Guide November 09, 2012
  • Good communication skills are one of the keys to success in both your personal and professional life.  The same is true in your brain.  When your brain cells stop communicating like they should, you’ll experience declines in memory, learning and even social skills.

     

    One reason your brain cells stop talking is a lack of phosphatidylserine (PS), a vital  phospholipid nutrient that supports memory and enables your brain to repair damaged cells and even make new ones.   Adding PS to your vitamins replaces the naturally produced PS in the membranes of your brain cells.  PS has the awesome power to eliminate those embarrassing “senior moments” that occur more and more frequently as you age. Isn’t that remarkable?

     

    Here’s why this is so important to memory and brain health.  As you age, your body produces less PS, causing brain cell membranes to become thinner and thinner.  When this happens, memory lapses become more frequent and attention span becomes shorter.   You’re then on the road to mild cognitive impairment -- a condition that can only get worse without PS supplementation.

     

    Even the FDA who typically puts the kibosh on health claims made by vitamin manufacturers about their products endorses PS, by stating: “consumption of phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly” and “consumption of phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of cognitive dysfunction in the elderly”.  Coming from the FDA, that’s the highest form of praise a nutritional supplement can get.

     

    Since dietary sources of PS mainly come from the organ meats of animals, it’s easy for most of us to develop a deficiency.  That’s why taking a high-quality supplement is so important.  It’s crucial to your brain health and very hard to get enough of from your diet alone.

     

    PS has been studied extensively in clinical trials.  In people with early stage cognitive decline, PS supplementation was shown to produce significant improvements.  In patients with moderate to severe age-related cognitive impairment, improvements were seen in socialization, motivation, and initiative.

    Additional research shows that everyone benefits from a healthy supply of PS.  In middle-aged and elderly people it also helps to reduce stress and anxiety. 

     

    I encourage you to look into this amazing nutrient for your brain health.

     

    To Your Health,

     

    Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.

     

    http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2005/oct2005_report_brain_01.htm

     

    http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/jan2011_Feed-Your-Brain_01.htm?source=search&key=phosphatidylserine   

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