Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a lesser known compound/supplement mainly promoted for its nootropic effects.
Nootropics are drugs, supplements, and other substances that may improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation in healthy individuals. While many substances are purported to improve cognition, research is at a preliminary stage and the effects of the majority of these agents are not fully determined.
PS is a naturally occurring phospholipid that exists in all species, and comprises a portion of the phospholipid pool in human brain, lungs, testes, kidneys, liver, skeletal muscle, heart and blood plasma; with an estimated 60g total PS storage in the body where half of it exists in the neural tissue.
It can be synthesized in the body as well as consumed through the diet, but additional benefits can be gained through supplementation.
Vital for cognitive function, PS supplementation is most commonly used for improving memory and cognitive capacity, especially as one ages.
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