NOW Foods Phosphatidyl Serine With Ginkgo 100 mg - 50 Softgels
Now Foods Phosphatidyl Serine with Ginkgo Biloba combines two powerful nutrients that work synergistically with one another. Now Foods Phosphatidyl Serine is a naturally occuring phospholipid compound derived from soy lecithin that plays an essential role in cellular composition. Now Foods Ginkgo Biloba is a popular herbal extract that has demonstrated powerful antioxidant activity in in vitro studies. From the FDA's website: "Consumption of phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly. Very limited and preliminary scientific research suggests that phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly. FDA concludes that there is little scientific evidence supporting this claim."
Phosphatidyl Serine and Brain Function
- Cognitive Health
- with Ginkgo Biloba Extract 24% Standardized 60 mg
Phospholipids are a class of fat-like molecules that promote cell membrane fluidity, facilitate cell-to-cell signaling, and assist in the processing of nutrients by the cell. Membranes are the fatty barriers that surround every cell and many structures within the cell. With age, our cell membranes tend to get stiffer and more resistant to the movement of molecules within the membrane, as well as to the transfer of molecules into and out of the cell. This decrease in molecular movement can result in reduced communication between cells and ultimately to increased cellular dysfunction and disease.
Phosphatidyl Serine (PS) is a naturally occurring phospholipid that is critical for the normal functioning of all cells. PS is the phospholipid most concentrated in the brain and nervous system, where it is important for the conduction of nerve impulses. In addition, PS is essential for the accumulation, storage, and release of neurotransmitters. In this way, PS supports brain and cognitive functions, including mood and memory.PS Helps to Reduce Cortisol Production
Excessive stress, whether physical or emotional, forces the increased production of cortisol, a stress hormone, by the adrenal glands. While cortisol production is a normal and necessary part of the stress response, too much of it can accelerate many aspects of aging, including memory loss. Chronic excess cortisol levels prevent the brain’s uptake of glucose and inhibit communication between brain cells. Consequently, excess cortisol can actually injure and destroy cells, resulting in cognitive decline.
The brain’s response to stress appears to be related to PS. In 1992, a double blind, placebo-controlled studies involving healthy young men showed that PS could blunt the stress response induced by exercise. Furthermore, a more recent study has shown that PS supplementation may influence subjective feelings of stress and improve mood in young adults when placed in situations where stressful mental tasks were performed.The Body’s Need for PS
Although the body can make its own PS, humans still rely on receiving some from the diet. Modern diets, however, tend to be low in PS. Furthermore, production of phospholipids declines with age. Therefore, supplementation with PS may be particularly helpful for anyone wishing to support memory and brain function. NOW's Mission
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