Phosphatidylserine-dosage

Phosphatidylserine (PS)

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Phosphatidylserine (PS) is known to improve alertness, attention, cognition, memory, recall and mood, lower anxiety, and help you lose weight

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a phospholipid component of the membrane encasing every one of your brain cells.

PS helps maintain the fluidity and permeability of brain cells. Allowing for the efficient transfer of proteins, enzymes, nutrients, oxygen and glucose into and out of each cell.

Phosphatidylserine is involved in the formation and sending of signals within neurons. And the chemical signaling that takes place across neural synapses.

PS promotes healthy nerve growth factor (NGF), and supports the neurogenesis needed for long-term potentiation (LTP). Memory formation depends on healthy LTP.

Phosphatidylserine is involved in building mitochondria which are the energy centers of each brain cell.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is arguably one of the most effective and important nootropics we have available today. PS keeps our brain cells healthy. And has a reputation for improving alertness, attention, cognition, memory, recall and mood.

Phosphatidylserine helps:

  • Neuro-optimization: Phosphatidylserine (PS) keeps brain cells fluid and permeable. This neuroplasticity helps neurons form new connections needed for memory formation. PS is integral to cleaning up damaged neurons and maintaining an optimized brain.[i] And PS boosts mental energy by easing the flow of glucose and oxygen needed to power brain cells.
  • Neurotransmitters: Phosphatidylserine is an integral part of the flow of crucial neurotransmitters like dopamine and acetylcholine. And phospholipids contain choline which is a precursor to acetylcholine (ACh). So PS will increase ACh levels in your brain. Affecting cognition, memory and mood. And reducing anxiety.
  • Neurogenesis: Phosphatidylserine works in concert with the DHA in Omega-3’s and keeping brain cells optimized. Prolonging neuron survival and health.

Overview

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a phospholipid component of brain cell membranes. The membrane is the outer casing surrounding each cell. PS plays a vital role in cell-to-cell signaling in the brain. And is needed to maintain the fluidity of all cell membranes.

Phosphatidylserine (PS)
Phosphatidylserine (PS)

Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is the most abundant phospholipid in the brain. Followed by a slightly lesser amount of Phosphatidylserine (PS).

Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is in the outer layer of brain cell membranes, and Phosphatidylserine (PS) is part of the inner layer. Both are critical to maintaining optimal cognitive health. PS is synthesized from PC in the brain by exchanging the base head group with a serine.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) supports the formation and sending of neural signals within neurons. And across synaptic junctions that link one neuron with another. This cellular communication is how we form memories.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) also helps nerve growth factor (NGF) that ensures healthy neurogenesis. And PS even assists in building mitochondria which are the energy source in every one of your brain cells.

When your brain cell membranes are healthy, they are malleable, fluid and flexible. But by the time we reach our 20’s, phospholipids including Phosphatidylserine (PS) start declining. This casing starts to harden. And attention, concentration, memory, mood and learning begin to suffer.[ii]

The good news is you can prevent this cellular damage from happening. The amount and type of long-chain fatty acids in your diet affects the composition of these cell membranes.

The structure and function of your cells depend on the ideal balance of fats including cholesterol, oleic, palmitic and stearic fatty acids. And essential fatty acids like Omega 3. Without this proper balance, cell membrane function is compromised.

But our typical modern diet does not provide the ideal balance of fatty acids (phospholipids) to maintain brain cell health. It’s why we experience brain fog, memory loss, slow thinking and poor decision making.

You naturally get Phosphatidylserine (PS) from foods like cow brains, pig spleen and chicken hearts. So there must be some merit to the saying, “Eat brains and get smarter”!Phosphatidylserine was once derived from cow brains

Unfortunately, not many of us include organ meat as part of our daily meal plan. So the best way to maintain healthy levels of Phosphatidylserine (PS) in your brain is taking PS as a nootropic supplement.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) was originally made from bovine (cow) brains. But with the mad cow disease scare, PS supplements are now made from extracts of soy or sunflower lecithin.

Phosphatidylserine-from-sunflower-lecithin

How does Phosphatidylserine work in the Brain?

Phosphatidylserine (PS) boosts brain health and function in several ways. But two in particular stand out.

  1. Phosphatidylserine (PS) is needed for memory. PS stimulates the brain chemicals that boost neural signaling for quick, clear thinking. In fact, Phosphatidylserine is one of the most effective memory boosters known.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) has been shown that it can slow, halt and even reverse the progression of age-related cognitive decline. One study with 149 patients meeting the criteria for age-associated memory impairment were given 100 mg of Phosphatidylserine (PS) or a placebo for 12 weeks.

The patients who received Phosphatidylserine (PS) showed improved performance on tests related to learning and the memory tasks of daily life. The study concluded that Phosphatidylserine (PS) was a promising candidate for treating memory loss later in life.[iii]

  1. Phosphatidylserine (PS) helps repair neurons. Phosphatidylserine (PS) works in concert with DHA (Omega-3) to protect brain cells from damage. And boost neuronal survival.

You brain is made up largely of DHA fat. The kind of fat you get from supplementing with Omega-3’s. And a decrease in DHA content in the brain results in cognitive impairment. Studies show that Alzheimer’s Disease is associated with lower Omega-3 fatty acid intake.

Researchers in Canada looked at samples provided by the Memory and Aging Project. And found a significant difference in plasma fatty acid profiles of those with Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment and those with perfectly healthy brains.

The team found that DHA and Phosphatidylserine (PS) in both disease categories was 12-14% lower than those of healthy brains. They concluded that Alzheimer’s Disease is associated with lower DHA and Phosphatidylserine (PS).[iv]

Trials and clinical studies like these provide plenty of motivation to supplement with Phosphatidylserine (PS) and DHA. It will help you ward off neurodegenerative disease. DHA and Phosphatidylserine (PS) for an optimized brain.

How things go bad

As we get older, our brain chemistry and energy metabolism changes. This can happen at any age once we enter our adult years.

↓ Brain cell membranes lose fluidityPhosphatidylserine-improves-mood

↓ Neurotransmitter signaling declines

Recall, reaction time and mood diminish

↓ Memory declines

All of these changes can happen at any age. And starts as early as our 20’s. Our cell membranes are influenced by the food we eat, what we drink, lifestyle habits, the air we breathe and more.

So Phosphatidylserine (PS) can help for age-related cognitive decline, as well as a student looking to do better in school.

Phosphatidylserine benefits

Phosphatidylserine (PS) makes up about 15% of the total phospholipid pool in your brain. Phosphatidylserine (PS) is located mainly in the internal layer of your brain cell membranes.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is involved in governing membrane fluidity, and the regulation of all activity going on in that brain cell. Phosphatidylserine (PS) interacts with cellular proteins, modulates the activity of neuroreceptors, enzymes, ion channels, and signaling molecules.

Supplementing with Phosphatidylserine (PS) improves brain function that tends to decline with age. Healthy brain cell membranes support neuroplasticity so neurons can form the connections needed to convert new experiences into memories.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) helps lower cortisol and ACTH levels during intense exercise.[v] Phosphatidylserine (PS) is even effective in relieving stress. And putting you in a better mood during exams.[vi]

Many clinical trials with Phosphatidylserine (PS) have shown improvements in working- and long-term memory, recall, logic and even speech. Attention span increases while using Phosphatidylserine (PS). And motivation, socialization and initiative all increased when using Phosphatidylserine (PS) as a nootropic.

How does Phosphatidylserine feel?

Neurohackers report that using Phosphatidylserine (PS) as a nootropic:

  • Boosts energy levelsPhosphatidylserine-reduces-anxiety
  • Improves alertness
  • Less brain fog
  • Better memory
  • Logical thinking improves
  • Concentration is better
  • Clarity of thought
  • Weight loss
  • Easier to remember names, phone numbers, tasks, etc.
  • Mood improves
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Lowers cortisol
  • Relieves insomnia
  • Vivid dreams

There are reports that Phosphatidylserine (PS) helps with Tourette’s Syndrome.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) a great compliment to ADHD meds. PS helps tame the symptoms of ADHD. And doesn’t interfere with popular stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall. You may even be able to cut back on the ADHD meds once Phosphatidylserine (PS) builds up in your system.

Phosphatidylserine Clinical Research

Phosphatidylserine Reduces Beta Brain Waves

Beta brain waves have the most rapid pattern of all the brain waves produced in your brain. Beta waves are associated with concentration, arousal, alertness and cognition.

But it would be unpleasant to be in a constant state of arousal. This study in Germany gave 16 healthy subjects Phosphatidylserine (PS) for 42 days. The team tested brain wave patterns before supplementation. And again in 42 days.

The main finding in this study was that chronic Phosphatidylserine supplementation significantly decreases Beta brain waves. And the results showed that the Phosphatidylserine (PS) group were connected to a more relaxed state compared to the controls.[vii]

Phosphatidylserine Reduces Stress

Studies have shown that Phosphatidylserine (PS) blunts the release of cortisol in response to exercise stress. And Phosphatidylserine (PS) improves mood. In this study, researchers at the University of Wales Swansea gave young adults 300 mg of Phosphatidylserine (PS) each day for a month.

The study resulted in these young adults feeling less stressed after doing a stressful arithmetic task. And they were in a better mood. The researchers concluded that Phosphatidylserine (PS) supplementation improves mood and reduces stress even in healthy, young people.[viii]

Phosphatidylserine Improves Cognition in Athletes

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is found in the cell membranes of most animals and plants. Phosphatidylserine (PS) has been shown to reduce stress and increase performance in runners, cyclists and golfers.

Phosphatidylserine improves athletic performanceThis double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted to study the effects of Phosphatidylserine (PS) on cognitive function, mood and endocrine response before and after intense exercise.

18 lower body, resistance-trained male college athletes took Phosphatidylserine (PS) for 14 days, or a placebo. Following 14 days of supplementation, participants performed an acute bout of lower body resistance training.

Mood and cognitive function were measured before, 5 minutes after and 60 minutes after exercise. And blood samples were drawn prior to, 5, 15, 25, 40 and 60 minutes after exercise. Blood was tested for cortisol and testosterone.

The researchers found that Phosphatidylserine (PS) significantly increased cognitive function prior to exercise. And Phosphatidylserine (PS) prevented both mood and hormones from being negatively affected prior to and following resistance exercise.[ix]

Phosphatidylserine Reduces Symptoms of ADHD

Researchers in Japan conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial with 36 children aged 4 – 14 years. The kids were diagnosed with ADHD but had not received any conventional ADHD treatment prior to the trial.

The children received 200 mg of Phosphatidylserine (PS) or a placebo daily for 2 months. The team recorded the children’s ADHD symptoms, short-term and working memory, and mental performance.

The team found that Phosphatidylserine (PS) significantly improved ADHD symptoms and short-term memory. ADHD symptoms that were reduced included inattention, short-term memory problems, and impulsivity. The placebo group saw no improvement during the trial.[x]

Another study with 200 ADHD children looked at the effects of Phosphatidylserine (PS) combined with Omega 3’s for 30-weeks.  The key finding of this trial was a significant reduction in the restlessness/impulsive scale and an improvement in emotions.

The researchers concluded that Phosphatidylserine (PS) with Omega 3 may reduce ADHD symptoms in children with ADHD. And it was especially effective in a subgroup of hyperactive-impulsive, emotionally and behaviorally-dysregulated ADHD children.[xi]

The bottom line is that if you have Adult ADD like I do, or you have children with ADHD or ADD, consider 200 mg of Phosphatidylserine (PS)  for a couple of months before going with Adderall or Ritalin. And add in some Omega 3’s for good measure.

Or find a ready-made Nootropic stack like Mind Lab Pro that already has 100 mg of Phosphatidylserine (PS)  in their formula. No side effects and you just might get rid of the ADHD symptoms that are plaguing you.

Phosphatidylserine Improves Memory

Several studies have shown that using Phosphatidylserine (PS)  as a nootropic to boost memory works well both for age-related cognitive decline as well as more serious diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

A double-blind, placebo controlled trial in Tel Aviv worked with 18 healthy elderly volunteers with age-related cognitive decline. The volunteers took 100 mg of Phosphatidylserine (PS)  3-times per day for 12 weeks. They were evaluated at the start of the trial, at 6 weeks of treatment and at the end of the trial.

All but two of the volunteers showed significant improvement in memory from using Phosphatidylserine (PS). Memory and cognition improved in the first 6 weeks of Phosphatidylserine (PS) use. And continued to get better until the end of the 12-week trial.[xii]

Another trial with 51 Alzheimer’s patients using 100 mg of Phosphatidylserine (PS)  for 12 weeks showed that PS may be a promising candidate for the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.[xiii]

Phosphatidylserine Recommended Dosage

Recommended Phosphatidylserine (PS) dosage is 100 mg 3-times per day.

Phosphatidylserine-dosageIf you’re concerned about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) like I am, make sure you find Phosphatidylserine (PS) that is non-GMO. Because most Phosphatidylserine (PS) is derived from the lecithin of soybeans.

And oddly enough a manufacturer may use both GMO and non-GMO. And not have it marked on the packaging.

I’m aware of at least one supplement maker who offers non-GMO Phosphatidylserine (PS) in their 120-count bottles. But their 60-count bottles are made with GMO soybean lecithin. Do your research.

Even better is find Phosphatidylserine (PS) that is made from non-GMO sunflower lecithin. Especially if you’re allergic or react to soy. Like used in my favorite pre-made nootropic stack: Mind Lab Pro®

Phosphatidylserine Side Effects

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is naturally produced in your body and is considered well tolerated and safe. Phosphatidylserine (PS) is non-toxic.

Some may experience insomnia or stomach upset at higher than recommended doses.

Medications for Alzheimer’s may interact with Phosphatidylserine (PS) because these drugs are often Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors. An AChE inhibitor will increase the amount of acetylcholine (ACh) in your brain. And since Phosphatidylserine (PS) increases ACh, you may end up with too much acetylcholine.

Type of Phosphatidylserine to Buy

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is sold in tablet or capsule form. Capsules can run from 100 to 300 mg each.

Plain Phosphatidylserine (PS) was originally sourced from cow brains. But since the mad cow disease scare, most Phosphatidylserine (PS) supplements are now made from soybean lecithin.

Enzymotec makes a unique form of Phosphatidylserine (PS) called Sharp PS® Green. It is made from vegetable sources that are not soy-based, and is non-GMO.

Several supplement makers offer this branded form of Phosphatidylserine (PS) which they license from Enzymotec.

Mind Lab Pro®  includes 100 mg of Phosphatidylserine (PS) that is derived from non-GMO sunflower lecithin.

I recommend Mind Lab Pro because it addresses all aspects of anxiety resistance, memory and cognitive enhancement, stabilizes mood, brain repair, and maintenance.

This premium nootropic stack is designed to boost key neurotransmitters, cognitive energy, brain waves, neuroprotection, and regeneration. See my Mind Lab Pro review for a detailed report.

Another good option is Performance Lab® Mind which also contains Phosphatidylserine (PS) (using Sharp PS® Green).

CHEMI Nutra also makes a branded form of Phosphatidylserine (PS) made from soy lecithin called SerinAid®. A few supplement makers license this brand of Phosphatidylserine (PS) for use in their Phosphatidylserine (PS) products.

Nootropics Expert Recommendation

Phosphatidylserine (PS) 100 mg 3-times per day

Nootropics Expert Tested and ApprovedI recommend using Phosphatidylserine (PS) as a nootropic supplement.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is arguably one of the most effective and important nootropics we have available today. Phosphatidylserine (PS) keeps our brain cells healthy. And has a reputation for improving alertness, attention, cognition, memory, recall and mood.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) helps lower cortisol which can reduce stress, and help with insomnia. And provide you with a stress-free workout in the gym or on the court.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) clears brain fog, boosts energy levels, helps alertness, and provides clarity to your thought process.

You can get Phosphatidylserine (PS) from food. But the highest concentrations of Phosphatidylserine (PS) are found in organ meats like cow brains and pig spleen.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) levels decline as you age starting in your 20’s. And you are unlikely to get nearly enough through diet. So to get its benefits you should take it as a nootropic supplement.

I suggest starting with a dose of Phosphatidylserine (PS) at 100 mg 3-times per day. Dosing should not exceed 500 mg per day. And there is little benefit to overdoing it with Phosphatidylserine (PS).

You can buy individual Phosphatidylserine (PS)  supplements. Or you could try my favorite pre-formulated nootropic stack Mind Lab Pro® which includes Phosphatidylserine (PS) from non-GMO, organic sunflower lecithin.

Mind Lab Pro contains a synergistic blend of 11 brain enhancing nootropics covering all aspects of cognition and brain health. See my full Mind Lab Pro review for more.

Another good option is the Mind formula by Performance Lab® which also contains Phosphatidylserine (using Sharp PS® Green). You can see my full review of Performance Lab® Mind here.

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[i] De Simone R., Ajmone-Cat M.A., Tirassa P., Minghetti L. “Apoptotic PC12 cells exposing phosphatidylserine promote the production of anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective molecules by microglial cells.”Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. 2003 Feb;62(2):208-16. (source)

[ii] Kosicek M., Hecimovic S. “Phospholipids and Alzheimer’s Disease: Alterations, Mechanisms and Potential Biomarkers” International Journal of Molecular Science. 2013 Jan; 14(1): 1310–1322. (source)

[iii] Crook T.H., Tinklenberg J., Yesavage J., Petrie W., Nunzi M.G., Massari D.C. “Effects of phosphatidylserine in age-associated memory impairment.” Neurology. 1991 May;41(5):644-9. (source)

[iv] Cunnane S.C., Schneider J.A., Tangney C., Tremblay-Mercier J., Fortier M., Bennett D.A., Morris M.C. “Plasma and brain fatty acid profiles in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.” Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 2012;29(3):691-7. (source)

[v] Monteleone P., Beinat L., Tanzillo C., Maj M., Kemali D. “Effects of phosphatidylserine on the neuroendocrine response to physical stress in humans.” Neuroendocrinology. 1990 Sep;52(3):243-8. (source)

[vi] Benton D., Donohoe R.T., Sillance B., Nabb S. “The influence of phosphatidylserine supplementation on mood and heart rate when faced with an acute stressor.” Nutritional Neuroscience. 2001;4(3):169-78. (source)

[vii] Baumeister J., Barthel T., Geiss K.R., Weiss M. “Influence of phosphatidylserine on cognitive performance and cortical activity after induced stress.” Nutritional Neuroscience. 2008 Jun;11(3):103-10. (source)

[viii] Benton D., Donohoe R.T., Sillance B., Nabb S. “The influence of phosphatidylserine supplementation on mood and heart rate when faced with an acute stressor.” Nutritional Neuroscience. 2001;4(3):169-78. (source)

[ix] Parker A.G., Gordon J., Thornton A., Byars A., Lubker J., Bartlett M., Byrd M., Oliver J., Simbo S., Rasmussen C., Greenwood M., Kreider R.B. “The effects of IQPLUS Focus on cognitive function, mood and endocrine response before and following acute exercise.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2011 Oct 21;8:16 (source)

[x] Hirayama S., Terasawa K., Rabeler R., Hirayama T., Inoue T., Tatsumi Y., Purpura M., Jäger R. “The effect of phosphatidylserine administration on memory and symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.” Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 2014 Apr;27 Suppl 2:284-91. (source)

[xi] Manor I., Magen A., Keidar D., Rosen S., Tasker H., Cohen T., Richter Y., Zaaroor-Regev D., Manor Y., Weizman A. “The effect of phosphatidylserine containing Omega3 fatty-acids on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms in children: a double-blind placebo-controlled trial, followed by an open-label extension.” European Psychiatry. 2012 Jul;27(5):335-42. (source)

[xii] Schreiber S., Kampf-Sherf O., Gorfine M., Kelly D., Oppenheim Y., Lerer B. “An open trial of plant-source derived phosphatydilserine for treatment of age-related cognitive decline.” Israeli Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences. 2000;37(4):302-7. (source)

[xiii] Crook T., Petrie W., Wells C., Massari D.C. “Effects of phosphatidylserine in Alzheimer’s disease.” Psychopharmacology Bulletin. 1992;28(1):61-6. (source)

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Join The Discussion - 182 comments

Lucy
October 15, 2021

Hi David, do you think this is a good brand for Phosphatidylserine? (I have not been able to find any reliable brand on amazon that is derived from PS sunflower lecithin)

Life Extension Phosphatidylserine 100 mg

    David Tomen
    October 16, 2021

    Luch, check with Life Extension but I think that supplement is made from sunflower lecithin. This one: https://amzn.to/3aHU8Gr uses Sharp PS Green which is derived from sunflower lecithin.

Jurgen
October 15, 2021

Hi, do you recommend to still take PS if I already take 2400mg of Sunflower Lecithine daily? I understood that Lecithine also might contain PS? But I don’t know how much.

    David Tomen
    October 15, 2021

    Jurgen, why are you using Sunflower lecithin? As you pointed out you can’t tell how much PS if any that supplement contains. Better to use a PS supplement 100 mg 3-times per day.

Jake
August 30, 2021

Hi,

would it be safe to take 200 mcg of Huperzine A and 100 mg of Phosphatidylserine on the same day? I plan on using Huperzine A once or twice a week and Phosphatidylserine 7 times a week.

Thanks!

    David Tomen
    August 30, 2021

    Huperzine-A will potentiate the effects of Phosphatidylserine but at that dosage it should not matter.

Ida
August 12, 2021

Hi,

I have been taking PS 100 mg 3x a day for a week now. I suffer from anxiety and insomnia and in that same week I have been prescribed amitriptyline before bed. But instead of putting me to sleep it increased my wakefulness to the point I wasn’t able to fall a sleep until morning. And that happened several days in a row. Also on days when I didnt take amitriptylin.
I wonder is it possible that PS is somehow interacting with amitriptylin and that is causing this strange insomnia ? I find PS helps with calmness and anxiety during the day, but when its time to sleep my brain just cannot switch off.

So my question is does PS reacts with antidepressants in general ?

Thanks,

I appriciate your work !

    David Tomen
    August 12, 2021

    Ida, there is no direct contraindication between Amitriptyline and PS.

    But PS does boost mental energy by easing the flow of glucose and oxygen into brain cells where they’re needed to produce ATP in mitochondria. ATP is your main cellular energy supply.

    Try cutting back on your dose of PS and see if that helps.

      Ida
      August 14, 2021

      Hi David,

      Thank you for your reply. I stopped taking PS for 2 days and I do not feel as energised, actually I feel much worse, lots of brain fog, not feeling like myself (it is Amitriptyline effect). Maybe I just need to try 100 mg/day.

      My main issue is GAD that is causing my insomnia, and not sleeping is causing all other issues. I tried every supplement and combination of supplements to relieve insomnia, and it seems nothing helps. I tried SSRI for a while and that was helping insomnia, but I dont like side effects, so I tapered off.

      Now I am considering going back to low dose of SSRI and I am wondering could PS be taken with SSRI.

        David Tomen
        August 15, 2021

        Ida, there a number of different causes of anxiety. The only way to find lasting success taming anxiety symptoms with nootropic supplements is to find out what is causing your anxiety in the first place.

        You mention that you have “tried every supplement and combination of supplements to relieve insomnia”. Maybe you are approaching your insomnia from the wrong angle. Rather than trying to treat insomnia maybe you should be focusing on anxiety instead. And get your anxiety under control.

        This article may help you get to the bottom of this: https://nootropicsexpert.com/best-nootropics-for-anxiety/

erich
May 19, 2021

Hey there! Just started adding PS on top of Berberine and DHA which i had been taking already. All 3 are split doses into 3x/day. I had been spreading out in basically an 8 hour window. 7am, 3pm. 11pm. Or should I concentrate more during the day like 7am, 1pm, 7pm?
And I want to add Acetyl-L-Carnitine and Alpha GPC eventually. So if those are only once or twice a day, should i try to dose at same time as the PS/Berberine/DHA or separate time?
Thanks!

    David Tomen
    May 20, 2021

    Hey Erich, first I suggest you get a clear understanding on the mechanism of action for each of these supplements. And see the “recommended dosage” section for each here on Nootropics Expert.

    You will learn that DHA is fat-soluble and you can take the full dose first thing in the morning because it takes a while to build up your Omega-3 levels.

    For PS and others where I recommend using them 3-times per day. What I mean is morning, noon and later in the afternoon. Because your brain is using them during the day when you need optimal cognition.

    And some are fat-soluble. I like to keep it simple and rather than trying to time it so it’s taken with a meal containing healthy fats for absorption. Instead I use a tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil each time I take my full stack. Then the fat-soluble supplements get used as intended and the water soluble ingredients take care of themselves.

      Erich
      May 21, 2021

      Great! Yes I’ve been following your dosage amounts. Any advantage or disadvantage to taking a break on the weekends? Or is it better to still take on weekends for cumulative effect or another reason? Thanks!!!

        David Tomen
        May 21, 2021

        Erich your brain is using these nootropics during the day. So, as long as you are using recommended dosages you should not need to take a break from them. If you do then your poor brain is going to be looking around for this stuff. And it won’t be there.

Wong
April 17, 2021

Hi David

Any good form of patented Ps sharp green. I can‘t seem to find any that does not contain “other ingredients “

Jamie
February 21, 2021

I bet phosphatidylserine will help me with something called “white matter hyperintensities” that showed up on a brain MRI several years ago. Apparently the expected “mild burden of white matter disease” will result in cognitive decline. So this and Omega-3/DHA together might at least slow down the progression of this.

Robert
January 15, 2021

Dear David,
Thank you for goving us so much great and high quality information. I have been on methylation protocol to boost my neurotransmiters, taking a lot if SAM-e, methionine and things like that. After 8 months on a protocol I started to get brain zaps and then I stoped the protocol. Few months after that I went to acupuncture, which obviously put all hormones and cortisol in my brain. I was feeling terrible, cortisol, NE and dopamin was skyrocket at the tests. I tried many nootropics, but mostly I was feeling worse. Now for the last 6 months I am taking PS thru Seriphos (phosphorylated serine) 6 g per day and it seems to help to decrease my cortisol who is not that high anymore, but from the other point it maybe raise my NE or dopamine. So, obviously I have all hormones at skyrocket high, sympathetic system is override, and of course huge unbearable anxiety. I think acupuncture made all my neurones very sensitive, so everything is doing harm to me. I tried Taurine but no difference. Eating proteins is making me harm as well. What would you recomend? Thanks a lot.

    David Tomen
    January 16, 2021

    Robert, the first thing I’d highly recommend it to stop overdosing on Phosphatidylserine. The maximum recommended daily dose is 300 mg.

    L-Theanine and Ashwagandha each reduce cortisol.

    But first, why do you want to “boost neurotransmitters”? That seems like a overly broad and non-specific statement. Because you have several major neurotransmitters that each have a job to do. And all must be in balance.

    You can safely increase dopamine for example by using 500 mg L-Tyrosine twice per day. And use 500 mg L-Tryptophan before bed to raise serotonin. And to keep serotonin in balance with dopamine.

    But you also have acetylcholine, GABA, Glutamine/Glutamine, Taurine, and several more minor neurotransmitters that each have a job to do.

    The thing is it helps to have a specific goal in mind and reason why. Again, why do you want to boost neurotransmitters? What do you wish to achieve?

      Robert
      January 23, 2021

      Thank you for your comment. I wanted to increase neurotransmiters because I was diagnosed as undermethyated person, and they put me on methylation protocol with a lot of SAM-e, methionine, B5, a lot of meat, etc… I was feeling worse and worse and I stoped, but the damage was already done. Later i did some tests, as Dutch and ZRT (neurotransmiters), which showed high levels of all neurotransmiters and metabolized cortisol. Then I started only Seriphos, which is phosphorylated version of PS, in which 1000 mg gives aprox 100 mg of PS. I take 6000 mg and I think it helps, but maybe the less quantities would help as well. Maybe too much of it can creat too much of acetylcholine? Now I dont feel ok, I figured out that after excersize I feel much worse, which shows me that the cortisol is a main problem. Could acetylcholine make a problems to me? Any other idea? Thanks a lot.

        David Tomen
        January 23, 2021

        Robert, too much of anything including PS or acetylcholine is not a good thing. And very often results in side effects. In fact, certain biological warfare agents use acetylcholinesterase inhibitors to kill people. That is an extreme example but I think helps get across the danger of using too much of any nootropic.

        Neurotransmitter testing is in general useless. Because it is either testing the amount of neurotransmitters in urine or in your bloodstream. Which is not helpful because the neurotransmitters used in your brain are almost ALL made in your brain. And cannot be measure unless it was part of an autopsy.

    Mirko
    January 24, 2021

    Thanks. As I am now pretty anxious, do you think PS would help me, even if I have too much acetylcholine? I think that PS helps me though. Maybe there is something good to increase acetylcholinetrase? Is it true that PS increase all the other neurotransmiters (which I think I have all high)?

      David Tomen
      January 24, 2021

      Mirko, it is difficult to say. Because PS stimulates acetylcholine release in your brain. Along with the other major neurotransmitters. But is not a direct precursor to the synthesis of ‘new’ acetylcholine.

      But PS also reduces adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) and cortisol which are your stress hormones. So it anti-anxiety.

      I am not aware of any nootropics that increase acetylcholinesterase.

        Robert
        January 29, 2021

        Ok, thanks a lot. I have also noticed that when I avoid tyrosine, I feel better. Is there any nootropic you are aware that decrease dopamine? Thanks

        David Tomen
        January 29, 2021

        Robert, when you increase serotonin you depress dopamine. So something like 1,000 mg L-Tryptophan will likely depress your dopamine.

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