A recent Study was done by Erin McGlade, PhD from the Brain Institute at the University of Utah. The study looked at a nutritional supplement to determine the nutrient’s effect on cognition in healthy women. The womens’ age range was 40-60 years. The women took the supplement for 28 days then had their cognitive function tested with response to non-target stimuli. The women on the supplement performed better than the women on the placebo.
So What Is This Supplement?
Citicoline was the supplement used in the study. The study looked at dosages of 250 mg and 500 mg and results were very similar for both groups studied so 250 mg is probably a good choice to use for daily supplementation.
Citicoline is formed naturally when the body synthesizes phosphatidylcholine from choline. Citicoline has been found to increase brain phosphatidylcholine levels. It is thought that citicoline may have these effect due to it effects on the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Citicoline is available now as a nutritional supplement. This research opens the way to more exciting research in the use of citicoline in other areas of brain health.