Phosphatidylserine (PS), is a clinically proven nutrient, to support and improve mind and body performance in children and adults of all ages. PS is a building block of our body’s cells. It is responsible for communication between brain cells and helps preserve optimal hormonal balance.
PS belongs to a special category of fat-soluble substances called phospholipids, which are essential components of cell membranes. PS is found in high concentrations in the brain (18%).
Positive effects on mental function have been achieved using 200-500 mg per day of PS; most studies used 300 mg per day. PS is typically derived from Bovine or Soy sources.
The University of Michigan compiled research results that showed PS was very helpful with age related memory decline and athletic performance. However, PS was not helpful with Alzheimer, Parkinson's and Depression.
PS Cognitive Benefits for Children – Inattention and Behavior
From clinical study (Hirayama et al, 2014):
“Children in the PS group showed improved classroom behavior and social skills, such as a reduction of walking around in the classroom or talking during class. In addition, children in the PS group showed improvements in putting things back in their proper places at home”. Reduced inattention in children with ADHD following 2 months of supplementation with 200 mg/day of PS.
The most common ingredients used to improve cognitive function are phosphatidylserine (PS), DHA and Ginkgo Biloba. PS and DHA are similar in that they are both important building blocks of the brain and their effects are long-lasting. The main differences between them are that DHA has poor organoleptic properties, while PS can be consumed in any form with no problematic organoleptic issues. In addition, the required effective dosage of DHA is very high, while the effective dosage of PS can easily be reached. Ginkgo Biloba is somewhat different, as it is not natural to the human body and its effect is short-term. It is important to note that PS is the only cognitive supplement that is based on qualified health claims by the FDA.
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