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P. 20-23 /

Phospholipids to improve brain performance

MICHAEL SCHNEIDER
c/o Lecithos Consulting
Meyers Land 12, D-21266 Jesteburg, Germany

Abstract

Brain function is a rather emotional subject, much more than for example kidney or liver function. The reason is that we consider our brain as us and that we cannot separate ourselves from it. We hate to admit there is anything wrong
with our brain and cognitive function because that is far too personal. But very often brain function deteriorates with age or under stressful conditions, even if – apart from that – we are generally healthy.
All our brain and body cells contain membrane structures, the master switch and work surface for most of the brain’s metabolic processes. These membranes are predominantly made of a class of highly functional phospholipids.
Intensive research over the last 30 years has demonstrated that the oral administration of certain phospholipids have an attractive potential to improve brain performance in people of all ages. To date we have clinical data about three different phospholipids or phospholipid derivatives influencing mental performance, stress and mood:

  • Phosphatidylcholine (PC) from soya
  • Phosphatidylserine (PS) from soya (or fish)
  • Glycero-phospho-choline (GPC) made from PC


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