Phosphatidylserine calms and protects chronically stressed men
Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a very important memory and mental health supplement. In a number of studies it reduces feelings of stress and reduces the concentration of stress hormones (cortisol). This is important because cortisol can raise blood sugar and blood pressure, and can weaken muscle and bone. Cortisol also causes insomnia.
In a study researchers from Germany, Switzerland and Israel, investigated the effects of Phosphatidylserine in seventy-five highly stressed men. They were supplemented with 400mg of PS along with phosphatidic acid (a precursor to Phosphatidylserine so basically a little bit more Phosphatidylserine) or placebo every day for 42 days. When faced with a stressful situation Phosphatidylserine significantly reduced cortisol in both saliva and the serum of the blood and reduced the acute response to stress, such as an accelerated heart rate, in chronically highly-stressed men. The study is published in July 31st, 2014 edition of the journal Lipids in Health and Disease.