Phosphatidylserine — Don’t let it give you a superiority complex!

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a component of the membranes of all cells. Nerve cells are especially sensitive to deficiencies of PS.

Deficiencies of phosphatidylserine can result from dietary habits or simply from aging. After age 50 the body may synthesize too little of this substance, causing declines in mental function and memory. In clinical studies, patients with dementia have shown improvement after taking supplemental PS — even when the dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s Disease.

PS levels also affect athletic performance by mechanisms that are thought to involve the ability to focus on tasks and to reduce psychological stress.

Studies of PS supplementation suggest the following areas of application:

  • alertness, focus, and concentration
  • Alzheimer’s and other dementias
  • memory, learning, and intelligence
  • cognitive decline
  • language proficiency
  • anxiety and depression
  • mood and sociability
  • disruptive behavior in children
  • ability to cope with stress
  • brain aging
  • athletic performance
  • neurotic thinking

The positive benefits seen in medical studies of PS supplementation have convinced many young, healthy people to use PS to enhance memory, raise intelligence, and retard neurological aging. Doses of 100-300 mg/day are usually used. Doses of 800 mg/day are needed to lower cortisol levels.

Caution: If this supplement gives you a superiority complex, LifeLink wants to remind you: “Hey! Don’t be a smart-alec — until recently you were just as dumb as everyone else.”

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