Hey everyone, welcome back to another edition
of Ask The ND. I’m Dr. Jeremy Wolf. In this episode, I wanted to spend some time talking
about a supplement that may help prevent cognitive decline, dementia and even enhance your mood.
The supplement I’m referring to is, phosphatidylserine. Although our brains naturally produce phosphatidylserine,
as we age this production declines which may result in a deficiency. Phosphatidylserine
is one of the most important phospholipids. Phospholipids help cells maintain their structural
integrity. This is why phosphatidylserine is found in all cells, and especially in high
concentrations in the walls of our brain cells. Most supplements today derive their phosphatidylserine
from cabbage or soy. Phosphatidylserine protects the integrity of brain cell membranes, facilitates
the transport of energy producing nutrients into cells, and enhances brain cell energy
metabolism. Let’s take a further look into how phosphatidylserine functions in our body-
here’s the rundown. It’s believed that phosphatidylserine may stimulate the release of dopamine- a neurotransmitter
important for emotional responses and regulating movement. In those with less severe symptoms
of Alzheimer’s disease, phosphatidylserine may help to improve cognitive functions. Phosphatidylserine
may also help to control the normal balance of stress hormones. This may be beneficial
for exercise-induced stress, and may help to speed up recovery, prevent muscle soreness
and improve well being in athletes involved in cycling, weight training and endurance
running. Phosphatidylserine, lastly, may help to maintain adequate glucose utilization in
the brain. This can be an indicator of brain activity and disturbances such as Alzheimer’s,
which has been found to have abnormalities in brain-glucose metabolism. Many of the phosphatidylserine
supplements on the market today are from soybean oil. If you’re avoiding soy based products
there are other forms available, such as phosphatidylserine from sunflower lecithin. When it comes to
choosing the proper supplement I always recommend choosing a professional-grade supplement whenever
possible. It’s important to look for supplements without artificial colors or preservatives.
It seems DHA is important for the production of phosphatidylserine. A deficiency in DHA
may reduce brain phosphatidylserine levels by 35%. As always, talk to your healthcare
provider to help you find the correct dosage oh phosphatidylserine and to make sure it’s
safe for you. Thank you for watching another edition of Ask The ND. Make sure to subscribe
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