As we age, we lose phosphatidylserine, a nutrient that is crucial for learning and memory. This can impact our memory, mood and brain health.
Studies Show Phosphatidylserine Offers Support for Hyperactivity – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 219
There’s evidence that Phosphatidylserine, along with vegetable and fish oils, improves the brain function of those with ADD and ADHD.
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH.
Staying focused has never seemed more important than it does right now. With so many people whose normal routine has perhaps been changed due to the pandemic and maybe you’re working from home now, maybe you’re doing school from home, trying to pay attention in a different environment can be difficult. Losing focus is much more common. You’re out of your normal routine, and this can have an impact in terms of the way that our brain is reacting and responding to that.
We know that there can be higher levels of stress that certainly can create issues with focus. We also understand that, because of this time, for many people, it’s easy to get distracted. Sometimes we’re concerned about family members, coworkers, and close friends who are struggling. There’s a lot of different reasons as to why people are trying to manage their mind space during this period. I want to talk about some nutrients that you can be incorporating into your daily routine that can be beneficial for optimizing our attention and our focus and just overall comprehensive for genuine brain-supporting power.
What can we be doing about brain stress?
Sometimes, we take for granted all of the things that we put on our brains every single day and the workload that we expect our brains to carry for us. During this time, sometimes you’re not eating properly. Maybe you’re not sleeping as much as you should be. You’re focused on other things, so this is one reason as to why I like to make sure that we pay attention to the nutrients and we incorporate them into our daily routine to really optimize the way that our brain is responding and reacting to periods of stress.†
We can look at Omega-3 fatty acids, for example. We know that the brain is predominately made up of these fats, and we know that dietary intake of Omega-3s is certainly not what it should be, so we definitely want to make sure that we have Omega-3s on board. Whether we’re sourcing them from fish oil, krill oil, or flaxseed, however you need to incorporate your Omega-3s, make sure that you are getting those on board.†
But we don’t want to forget about other fats. We want to think about nutrients like Phosphatidylserine and Phosphatidylcholine. Both of these are so incredibly important when it comes to the health of our brain. We know that dietary shortages of these two key nutrients can play a role in terms of our functional capabilities and our cognitive capabilities. If we can incorporate these into our supplementation routine, this can really help to support memory and cognitive performance.†
To hear more about Amanda’s recommendations for brain-supporting supplements, tune into the full podcast episode.
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On top of living through a global pandemic, students and employees are heading back to school and work. This could mean a time of chronic stress is upon us. But you should know about Phosphatidylserine – a powerful brain health nutrient for learning and memory.
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Jerry Hickey is a pharmacist and radio personality and fills the esteemed role of Scientific Director and President of Invite Health. He has spent his professional life analyzing nutritional information and medical studies with the aim of creating the highest quality and most natural nutraceuticals for user’s maximum health benefits. Here, Jerry speaks about the benefits of Phosphatidylserine…
We’re going to talk about a brain health nutrient. It’s considered completely safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and there are about 2 ounces of it in your body, with 1 ounce residing in your brain. That’s how important it is for your brain. And it’s one of the reasons why eating fish is good for your brain; Fish oils interact with this nutrient and suck it into the brain cells, regenerating them. It’s called Phosphatidylserine.
What is Phosphatidylserine?
Sixty percent of our brain is made out of lipids (or fats). A very important fat in your brain is called phosphatidylserine. It’s an important player for cognitive function, for executive functions, and especially for your memory. Phosphatidylserine levels drop with age. This supplement has been clinically proven to improve your cognitive functions that have suffered due to age. You know you get that forgetfulness, that absentmindedness, you don’t remember where you put your keys, you can’t remember your friend’s name, whatever it might be. Clinical studies indicate that that it can slow down and even reverse that normal decline seen in the aging brain that has to do with memory.
Here is some research from the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease from the University of Sherbrooke up in Quebec, Canada. They show that there is a drop in Phosphatidylserine levels in the aging brain. This is not an Alzheimer’s study; it is a study proving it really is a cocktail of nutrients that are important for the aging brain to help support normal memory functions. Low levels of Phosphatidylserine affects the health of the memory banks of the brain because it gets into the regions where the brain cells communicate which each other and it just helps restore that function.
A study from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center published in a journal called Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders took 157 people who were older and starting to develop some memory issues over the course of 15 weeks. They were given Phosphatidylserine and also made sure they were either eating fish or taking fish oils. Verbal immediate recall significantly improved in less than three months. A tremendous improvement in memory and cognitive performance on different types of tests occurred, as well. Word recall, the ability to learn and remember, and the ability to copy complex figures all were improved simply by giving them this nutrient.
Here’s another study from The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences – for three months, they gave elderly patients who had typical cognitive decline and memory issues doses of Phosphatidylserine. It improved their brain function all around, their memory and their word recall.
Aging and Phosphatidylserine
Here’s a different spin on it: if you’re aging, you want to put this back in your brain and you want to eat fish. Salmon is great for the brain, and provides an antioxidant called astaxanthin that shields it. It has choline, the B vitamin involved in brain function. It has magnesium and taurine to calm down the brain and create neurotransmitters and it also has fish oils. The missing component is the Phosphatidylserine. So if you’re eating salmon two to three times a week, that’s a treat for your brain. If you add the Phosphatidylserine, it’s an amazing treat for your brain.
Another study from Angelo State University took a group of their athletes from this college and gave them Phosphatidylserine. Within two weeks, Phosphatidylserine improved the focus and brain function of these athletes. Their math scores also improved; In just two weeks, it improved their math performance time by 20% and reduced a number of errors on the math test by 40% within two weeks.
I have customers and listeners asking me, “My kid has a little trouble focusing; he’s not paying attention in school”. So I suggest two or three things that are really good for their focus. Phosphatidylserine is one of them. If you need to perform and you need to focus, start taking this nutrient two weeks in advance and you’ll find it really has an impact.
So it’s for memory functions, for focus, for concentration, for remembering, for all those executive functions such as planning a vacation, figuring out how much you have in the bank or doing math in your grocery store to figure out your change. Your ability to do all of these things are greatly improved. It also helps school kids pay attention; It helps their grades. And it helps athletes keep their eye on the ball.