The neurons of the human-brain are extremely sensitive to changes in its environment. An increase in the pH or decrease in the oxygen available can result in their damage leading to decreased mental function.
Phosphatidylserine is a fatty substance called a Phospholipid. It covers the cell-membrane and forms an envelope around the membrane of neurons. Fats are the functional units of shock-absorption for cells and provide for a “buffer” mechanism to maintain the homeostasis inside of the neuron and prepare it against any changes. Simply, put the following reaction explains the biosynthesis of Serine. Serine + Cytidine DiPhosphate = Phosphatidylserine.
Functions of Phosphatidylserine
Derived previously from brain of cow and others, PS has been used for the better part of a century for its advantages. However, with increasing incidence of Prion Disease and various other Zoonotic Diseases – Phosphatidylserine is now derived from Cabbage and Soy.
Sharpness of Mind and Memory
PS has shown some real promise in patients with neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. By increasing availability of Acetylcholine in the neuronal spaces, Phosphatidylserine not only improves the “conductivity” of neurons, it ensures better functioning of the Hippocampus and other areas of the brain by increasing the Neurotransmitter levels. Though, PS can be synthesized in the brain – a balanced diet provides the required amounts of raw-material for its synthesis in meat-eaters. Supplements are recommended for vegans.
Cell-Signalling and Coagulation
Apoptosis also known as programmed cell-death is the body’s intrinsic method of destroying cells that have “Worn-out”. The bodily mechanisms coat the exterior of such a damaged cell with special proteins for its identification and proper-destruction in the macrophages and other levels. By promoting the adequate destruction of older cells and renewal with newer cells – Phosphatidylserine form an important link in the Cell-Destruction and indirectly the cell-regeneration processes.
Reduction of Stress and prevention of depression
Exercise induced stress and Mental stress results from a fatigued nervous system. A fatigued nervous system is characterized by exhaustion of the neurotransmitter. This results in inability to process information at pre-fatigue level pace leading to lethargy and decreased cognition. Paradoxically, as you may agree, stress leads to more stress and the cycle continues. PS – with its unique ability to maintain the neurotransmitter levels provides for sustained conduction of nerve signals consistently. This is similar to caffeine-boost but only much longer and without any withdrawal or caffeine-crash.
Phosphatidylserine is like the “Shock-absorber” to our highly sensitive neurons. It not only prevents a neuron from the daily wear and tear but also promotes better functioning of neurons at the dendritic and inter-neuronal level. It increases the neurotransmitter levels and increases the dendritic spine-flow to formulate quicker cognition consistently.