In Part I of this article we saw how you can optimize your DHT (dihydrotestosterone) for increased muscle recovery and growth. In this part we are going to take a look at Phosphatidylserine and it’s benefits.
2. Phosphatidylserine supplementation for more intense workouts and faster recovery
Phosphatidylserine (PS) is an amino acid that is soluble in fat and it can be found at the inner side of brain cell membranes, where it is in charge of cognitive operation by promoting communication between the cells, which is in turn essential for the proper functioning of the brain. High levels of phosphatidylserine have been shown to be conducive to the strengthening of memory, alleviating depression, preventing mood swings, increasing focus and learning abilities as well as lowering stress.
Phosphatidylserine is a substance that belongs to a type of fats called phospholipids. The main purpose of this substance is the facilitation of communications and interactions between cells all over the body. It is essential in the intercellular communications of brain cells, vital for proper brain functioning. PS is vital to cell cycle signaling, especially in regards to apoptosis. It is also a nutrient for the maintenance of healthy brain cells. Having normal levels of PS enable us to better deal with stress, strengthen our memory, focus, concentration and learning abilities. Our movements become more coordinated, we experience less hunger, fewer mood variations and a greater motivation to train.
Having low levels of PS, vital to neurotransmission, leads to a wide range of mental issues. Deficiency of PS causes mood swings, depression, or in some cases, severe illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Numerous studies have proven its safety and effectiveness in the treatment of brain disorders while providing a wide range of benefits such as increased motivation and better physical and mental health.
Why it’s important:
Phosphatidylserine, as we mentioned before, is a part of the cell membrane and it plays a vital role in maintaining essential cellular functions, especially in brain cells. It plays an important role in keeping the integrity of the cell membrane and sustaining full cell cycle functionality. Our brains produce PS naturally, but the levels drop steadily as we age, which causes a range of impairments as loss of memory, Alzheimer’s, depression and lowered ability to cope with stress.
When we have decreased levels of PS we succumb to stress more often and have a diminished capacity to cope with it, we learn less efficiently, we cannot remember important information or memories clearly and, in the end, properly handle situations which could lead us to depression. The brain is the main organ through which we experience reality, so we need to make sure it is functioning optimally. When PS levels decrease because of old age, our overall happiness and vigor decline. Without the proper communication between cells, they start to deteriorate, which in turn causes our whole body to deteriorate.
What you should know:
- PS should not be confused with Serine
- PS is non-stimulatory
- PS functions well with fatty acids
- Doesn’t function well with fat blockers
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