Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
For many people, this is an extremely stressful time. On top of living through a global pandemic, students and employees are heading back to school and work. For the schools that are already open and welcoming students back, there have already been reported cases at their locations. So, it's completely understandable that both students and parents returning to school or employees returning to work are feeling the extreme impact of stress. A very important nutrient you should know about is called Phosphatidylserine.
What is Phosphatidylserine?
This is an essential brain nutrient, as it helps the brain and its neurons to support memory function and neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the ability to clean up minor damage that may have occurred due to oxidative stress and inflammation. It is the capacity to replace damaged neurons and make new ones. Phosphatidylserine plays an essential role in this.
This nutrient surrounds the inner portion of the brain, around all of the neural tissues. This is key because our brain is composed of many different fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D. But we have to also look at phospho-lipids and the most important is Phosphatidylserine. The issue is that, under times of stress, the body does not have enough innate ability to utilize this important nutrient's stores. This can impair our ability to focus and retain new information. Stress can also impair our memory, both short term and long term. Many college students going back to school in a virtual environment or even back to school physically may drive up more stress. This is especially true for freshman college students.
Normally, through diet alone, many do not obtain this nutrient in adequate amounts. So this because a crucial brain health nutrient, especially during the aging process. The natural production and exposure of Phosphatidylserine declines with age and chronic stress.
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Published in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers were assessing the roles and importance of Phosphatidylserine as a phospho-lipid, as well as a dietary supplement in the brain. They looked at over 137 different published research studies and found that it had a positive effect when it came to cognitive ability and retention.
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