A few weeks ago, we declared Alpha-GPC as one of the best nootropics because of the wide range of benefits it offers. Today, we’re going to explore this powerful nutrient a bit further so you can get a better idea of how it works and how exactly it can help improve your brain.
Alpha-GPC (or L-alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine if you want to get all technical) is a precursor in the biosynthesis of neuronal cell phospholipids. It helps to increase acetylcholine in the brain. This is a chemical that is very important for memory and learning. When acetylcholine neurotransmission is interrupted, it can lead to age-related cognitive disorders, impairing your memory and processing. That’s why Alpha-GPC is so important. It makes acetylcholine more readily available.
So, now that you have a little better idea about what Alpha-GPC is and how it works, the real question is: How can Alpha-GPC actually help your brain? How can you benefit from taking Alpha-GPC?
Let’s take a look at some of the different benefits associated with this brain supplement:
Prevents memory decline
As we get older, it’s natural for our memory to get worse. Age-related cognitive decline affects just about everyone. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it. Evidence suggests Alpha-GPC could help prevent memory loss. In one study, Italian researchers gave Alpha-GPC to young adults for 10 days and exposed them to scopolamine, a drug that depletes acetylcholine in the brain causing temporary amnesia. Despite this, the group that took Alpha-GPC was able to avoid a decline in their memory.
Helps individuals with Alzheimer’s
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s disease. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the country. In a 2003 double-blind trial of individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s, Alpha-GPC supplementation was shown to significantly improve a range of cognitive functions, including memory, as well as improve quality of life.
Safe when used appropriately
While Alpha-GPC could help improve your memory, increase your attention, and even act as a possible dementia supplement, what’s even more encouraging is that is seems to be very safe when used appropriately. The only known side effects some people experience include heartburn, insomnia, headache, skin rash, and dizziness, but again, these side effects are not prevalent. Of course, it’s always a good idea to get medical advice before you begin taking any new supplement, and if you are pregnant or nursing, it’s probably best to avoid use for the time being.
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