Phosphatidylcholine: #1 Nutrient for Anti-aging and Brain Health

A lovely thing about growing older is that people tend to forgive your mistakes, and then you forget all about them.

Marcel Hernandez, ND, of Pacific Naturopathic in Mountain View, California
Dr. Marcel Hernandez, ND

Not so lovely is when you find it impossible to retrieve some much-needed fact or memory. Where are your car keys? Why are you here at the market? What was the name of that movie?

If you Google for “brain nutrition,” you’ll find a host of good advice for foods to cultivate and other foods to avoid for brain health. But sometimes our failing memories can also benefit from supplementing with single nutrients that are known to be commonly in short supply in the ageing and the elderly.

One of these is phosphatidylcholine (PC), a chemical found in eggs, soybeans, mustard, sunflower, and other foods.

Phosphatidylcholine is an exceptional anti-aging brain supplement that is currently receiving a lot of attention. It is reportedly able to slow down brain aging, increase neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to adapt and learn), and even boost brainpower and cognition.

Whoopee! No more lost keys! Well, perhaps we should temper our enthusiasm – still, when you’re approaching (or over) sixty, it doesn’t hurt to take special care of your brain’s special nutrient needs.

Let’s look at the facts about phosphatidylcholine. PC is:

* a predominant structural element of the cell membranes

* a precursor to the messenger molecules that carry signals between the cells

* a major source of methyl groups, needed for many chemical reactions in the body

* a major player in the transmission of nerve impulses

* vital for fat metabolism

* an important component of the lipoproteins that transport fats through the bloodstream

Health Benefits of Phosphatidylcholine

Because it plays so many important and diverse roles in the human body, PC has many potential health benefits.

Three of the most common reasons people supplement with PC include:

  1. Liver Disease. Research indicates that PC protects the liver cells from viral damage, reduces fibrosis, and prevents cell death from drugs, alcohol, and other chemical toxins.
  2. Memory Loss. Because the body uses PC to make a brain chemical called acetylcholine, it’s often used to help neurological conditions such as brain fog, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, and manic-depressive disorders.
  3. High Cholesterol and Atherosclerosis. PC increases the solubility of cholesterol, so it helps decrease susceptibility to atherosclerosis.

Phosphatidylcholine is a key building block of the cell membranes. It’s known to improve the fluidity of neuronal membranes, ensuring that they get more of the nutrients they need and are able to eliminate waste products efficiently.

This also means that PC helps protect the cells that line the digestive tract and liver as well as nerve cells. For these reasons, supplementing with PC may be very helpful in lowering cholesterol, protecting the liver, and increasing the efficiency of nerve and neuronal cells in the brain.

Choline itself is known to break down fat in the liver and prevent a condition called fatty liver disease.

Intravenous phosphatidylcholine is a particularly effective means of supplementing with this essential nutrient. We offer intravenous PC infusions in our clinic. A one-hour infusion costs $235.

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