|Posted on November 1, 2009 at 5:55 PM|
In the brain, there are approximately a hundred billion cells, and as you approach your thirties and beyond, some of these begin to die off.
Certain chemicals are not produced in the sort of abundance they were before and what follows could be the start of dysfunctional brain cell activity.
Some of the deficits experienced with diminishing brain chemicals are less enthusiasm, mental fog, confusion, forgeting simple things more regularly, etc.
Besides the aging process, there are other contributing factors to a declining mental focus. A short list of many are alcohol consumption, chemical exposure, chronic stress, hypoglycemia, mercury toxicity, and poor dietary habits.
The primary protection against some of these insults are phospholipids. The two main phospholipids are Phosphatidylserine (PS) and Phosphatidic acid (PA). These make up the surrounding membrane, producing energy and are critical for neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers important for memory and alertness.
When I was a kid, I often wondered why some old people resembled zombies, as if something was missing. If you fall into the trap of taking prescription medications like cholesterol statin drugs, this is exactly where you might be headed.
Cholesterol is a vital component of our cells membranes and without it, our memories are toast!
As mentioned already, our bodies make less chemicals like Phosphatidylserine (PS) and Phosphatidic acid (PA). however, there is nothing to stop you from supplementing with these. Numerous studies have supported their efficacy with respect to improving cognitive function and a variety of other benefits.
One study demonstrated that after three months of taking just Phosphatidylserine, both male and female subjects gained 12-years of cognitive function in their brains. In other words, it was if as they turned the clock back twelve years younger.
Phosphatic acid (PA) is somewhat mysterious and at this time, scientists know little about it, except that it is important in terms of energy and fluid dynamics.
Interestingly, some years ago there was a study showing hair growth stimulation with PA when used topically. Internal use failed to make any impact, at least on myself.
Another thing that affects memory is the hormone cortisol. If you're experiencing chronic stress it can be very difficult to stay focused. Studies have shown that the combination of PS & PA can significantly reduce elevated cortisol levels.
Finding this particular combination isn't that easy, however one well known brand has it. Country Life's, BioChem, Neuro-PS, Phosphatidylserine Complex.
I find that a combination of Krill oil and Acetyl L-Carnitine keeps me mentally sharp. Krill oil contains phospholipids as well as EPA & DHA, important components of Omega-3 fatty acids which make up the gray matter of the brain. Acetyl L-Carnitine stimulates acetlycholine, an important neurotransmitter.