How's your memory these days? If you're like a lot of my patients, you could stand to have a little improvement. So what's the best way to go about that? A recent study is confirming what many previous studies have already shown. A nutrient by the name of phosphatidylserine might be the best single answer to that question. But this study added a new twist.
This new study looked at combining phosphatidylserine with DHA, one of the major fats found in fish oil. The combination produced an even better effect. But before I get into the details of the study, let me explain why these nutrients are so effective.
Phosphatidylserine and DHA are the major fats found in the brain and nervous system. I think that when many people think of fats, they have a negative feeling because they associate it with that stuff around the midsection. And who likes that? But in actuality, fats are absolutely critical for health. And this is especially true for phosphatidylserine and DHA.
Phosphatidylserine is the major component of the inner side of the cell membrane of every nerve cell. The membrane of a cell is what forms the outside "skin" of the cell. Many people just think of the membrane as something that holds the cell together, but it is much more important than that. Consider this. Every single one of the interactions of the nervous system works through the membranes of the cells. Whenever one nerve cell talks to another, it talks though its membrane. And that's why phosphatidylserine and DHA are so important. Without adequate levels of these fats, the brain will not be able to retain and recall working memory.
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The fact is that phosphatidylserine and DHA control the release of all of the neurotransmitters that allow our nerve cells to communicate with each other. And they are dependent on each other. DHA promotes the synthesis of phosphatidylserine. Without enough DHA in your brain, it will eventually become deficient in phosphatidylserine. And if that happens, you will not be able to remember what you just read. So we can't let that happen.
In the study, the researchers looked at 122 elderly men and women who had the usual "old timer's disease." They had no signs of dementia, but they did have memory complaints. They gave each of them 100 mg per day of a mixture of phosphatidylserine and DHA for 15 weeks. They used a computer program to test their memory before and after the 15 weeks. And the news was good.
They found, "a significant improvement in sustained attention and memory recognition" from the combination. And they concluded, "The results demonstrate that consumption of 100 mg/day of phosphatidylserine and DHA might be associated with improving or maintaining cognitive status in elderly subjects with memory complaints." That sounds like just the ticket for many of us.
Way back in 1998, a man by the name of Thomas Crook, PhD wrote a book called The Memory Cure. Dr. Crook is no lightweight. He is the author of more than 175 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He, along with his international research team, has researched virtually every drug developed since 1980 to treat that obnoxious memory impairment that's so common as we get older. Here's what Dr. Crook has to say about phosphatidylserine: "Phosphatidylserine is by far the best of all drugs and nutritional supplements we have ever tested for retarding age related memory impairment." Note that Dr. Crook is focusing on "retarding" memory loss. This study focuses on improving memory. That means that for the over-60 crowd, taking a regular supplement of phosphatidylserine and DHA is good not only for those who already have some memory impairment, it's also an effective way to prevent the problem.
Advanced Memory Formula is the most potent single formula out there for this problem. Two tablets contain 150 mg of phosphatidylserine, along with some other very powerful memory enhancers, such as vinpocetine, Neurofactor™ whole coffee bean extract, GPC, and gingko biloba extract. But don't stop there. This new study shows us that by combining just two tablets of Advanced Memory Formula with the DHA in only one capsule of Complete Daily Oils, the effect on your memory is going to be even better.
Yours for better health,