Phosphatidyl Choline and Serine

Phosphatidyl Choline and Serine

Phospholipids are group of chemical substances including phosphatidyl coline (PC) and its cousin, phospatidyl serine (PS). In the scientific sense, phosphatidyl coline (PC) is the same as lecithin. In practice, though, you may see the two terms used differently. The commonly available lecithin may contain very low amounts of phosphatidyl coline (PC). If you are taking lecithin, make sure that it contains at least 30% phosphatidyl coline (PC).

Lecithin is a complex phytochemical found in plant oils. It removes lipids form the skin while at the same time it moisturizes and maintains a smooth skin complexion. Lecithin is used to protect the brain cells from damage and in this way it may boost memory and brain function.

Sources of lecithin include corn, rice, soya beans, wheatgerm and peanuts. It is also available in tablet form from health shops.

Phosphatidyl choline (PC) is found in the kidneys, the brain and in soya. Phosphatidyl Choline (PC) is necessary for the production of the chemical acetylcholine which provides the spark to the nerve endings, helping to carry messages from one nerve to another. Generally, it helps improve memory and clears the thinking process, breaks down excess cholesterol and helps in the absorption of vitamins D, E and K. Claims that Phosphatidyl choline (PC) can boost immunity, reduce the risk of cancer and may help reduce the accumulation of fatty tissue under the eyes have also been made but there is not much research supporting these.

Phosphatidyl serine (PS) is a naturally occurring chemical. It can improve learning and remembering and boosts concentration and alertness. It improves the memory for names and faces, lengthens the attention span, normalizes the sleep pattern and expands the reaction time.

There have been several trials studying the effects of Phosphatidyl serine (PS). In some trials it was found that it can make the brain up to 12 years younger. The effects begin about three weeks after starting the tablets.

Phosphatidyl serine (PS) protects the brain cell membrane and the different cell constituents. It helps in transporting the messages across the nerves and promotes the production of nerve growth factors which are necessary for repair and growth of the nerve cells. It may make a difference in people who find that memory information cannot flow quickly from one part of the brain to another and who frequently end up saying 'er' or 'um' as a result.

Soya products are good sources of phospholipids in general but provide only a small amount of Phosphatidyl serine (PS). High quantities of Phosphatidyl serine (PS) are found in the brains of pigs, sheep and calves, but these products are not consumed as widely as in the past. So, scientists suggest taking supplements in tablet form at an average dose of 300mg a day. Phosphatidyl serine (PS) tablets are prepared from soya beans by a chemical reaction rather than from animals.

Phosphatidyl serine (PS) is considered to be safe, without any significant side effects apart from vivid dreams and nightmares, and also difficulty in falling asleep, so it is best taken in the morning. It can be used together with ginkgo biloba for maximum benefit for those who worry about their memory.

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