What is Phosphatidylserine?
Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a phospholipid which is a vital component of cell membranes and is particularly critical in brain tissue. Increased intake of supplemental PS has numerous positive effects.
Phosphatidylserine helps reduce the production of cortisol which is commonly referred to as the stress hormone. The most publicized benefits of PS are its ability to reduce the negative effects of stress and increase memory retention and mental focus. PS has been shown to be highly beneficial for those who experience declining mental function and depression, and it also increases memory retention, concentration, recall, and learning abilities.
While healthy brain function is the most well-known benefit of phosphatidylserine use, there are numerous other positive effects of interest to athletic and active individuals.
PS allows for greater amino acid uptake, protein synthesis, and glycogen synthesis. Well-known for decreasing cortisol output from stress, including physical stress such as exercise, PS also reduces negative hormonal response for increased performance and reduced catabolism (muscle wasting). PS may improve muscle repair and growth, reduce fatigue and muscle soreness, and contribute to recovery.
Who should use it?
Based on brain function benefits, Phosphatidylserine is ideal for students, business people, elderly, and anyone who wants to maximize memory retention and concentration. PS is also great for everyone from active individuals to experienced athletes because of the fact that it combats the effects of stress, both mental and physical, and can help increase physical performance, improve recovery, and prevent muscle loss.
When and how should it be used?
Optimally dosed supplements like CortStat can be taken daily, with two capsules taken on workout days or high-stress days. On non-training or medium-stress days, one capsule can be taken, preferably before bedtime.