23- Jan-2018

Phospholipids and Brain- What’s the Link?*

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Dr. Varsha Mishra
Dr. Varsha Mishra
BHMS

Essential phospholipids, particularly phosphatidylserine & phosphatidylcholine, have essential uses in brain health.These have an important role in brain functions and cognitive health.

Brain health is the key for a healthy life. Among nutrients, phospholipids are integral for the health of our brain. These are the building blocks of cellular membranes. The phospholipid membranes can be understood to be just like containers that give shape, definition & protection to the organelles within our cells. Thus,they are an integral part of the brain’s health as the have multiple uses. Brain cells are rich in two phospholipids viz.phosphatidylserine (PS) and phosphatidylcholine (PC).

Phosphatidylserine is directly linked with cognitive functions including short-term memory formation, long-term memory association,capacity to learn and recall information etc. It has a definite role in healthy nerve cell membranes and myelin.

Phospholipids are essential and of prime importance in the diet as they cannot be independently synthesized by our body.Hence, a diet rich in phospholipids is recommended for optimal functions of the brain, including cognitive as well as attention related uses.

As we often may not get enough phospholipids from the diet, supplementation is advised. What are the uses of supplementation? Supplements serve as an add-on to the diet and they help to maintain a healthy balance of nutrients in the diet and thereby enhance health.

As per a study by Glade MJ, 2015, exogenous phosphatidylserine supplementation can reverse biochemical alterations and structural deterioration in nerve cells, which are caused by aging.

BestSource Nutrition’s Phospholipids Complex Veg Capsules; standardized with 20% phosphatidylserine is an effective and safe supplement for brain health. Although BestSource Nutrition’s Phospholipids Complex Veg Capsules have numerous uses, here are a top few ways in which it benefits the brain and bodily health:

    • Optimizes brain health- Phosphatidylserine plays an important role in brain cell signaling & cell communication, thereby helping to improve memory, attention & focus.

A study by Hirayama et al, 2014 supported that supplementation with phosphatidylserine in children with ADHD (attention deficit disorder) significantly improved ADHD symptoms and short-term auditory memory.

    • Improves age-related memory decline- Phosphatidylserine supplementation has uses in improving brain health of the elderly. It is seen as extremely beneficial in age-related cognitive decline. Phosphatidylserine improves learning, memory & ability to recall old memories in the aging population.

Kataoka at el, 2010, studied effects of phosphatidylserinesupplementation on elderly subjects with cognitive impairment. There was an increase in memory scores noted in (soybean derived) phosphatidylserine treated groups.Another study by Yael et al, 2013 supports the improvement of cognition & memory complaints in elderly population following phosphatidylserine supplementation.

  • Modulates cortisol release in stressful conditions- Phosphatidylserine helps to blunt cortisol release during stressful conditions such as overtraining in sports.

As per Ralf Jäger at el, 2007,phosphatidylserine supplementation prior to exercise can prevent the exercise-induced increase in cortisol levels. Michael A Starks, who studied the effects of phosphatidylserine on endocrine response of moderate intensity exercises in 2008, supports this position.His findings suggest that it is an effective supplement to combat exercise-induced stress.

Thus, BestSource Nutrition’s Phospholipids Complex Veg Capsules are a perfect combination of essential phospholipids, which are enriched with phosphatidylserine to help in healthy brain functions for children suffering from ADHD, improves cognitive health and blunts stress and the cortisol response, and has uses in dementia, Alzheimer’s and other brain degenerative conditions in the elderly. Thus, to summarize, phospholipids complex are necessary for brain health in any age.

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