Citicoline is a compound that is formed by the process of synthesizing phosphatidycholine from choline. Citicoline then contributes to the body when it is metobolized by creating cytidine and choline. Both of these compounds are absorbed and taken up by the brain cells. The brain cells then further convert cytidine into three forms, cytidine monophosphate, cytidine disphosphate, and cytidine triphosphate. The choline is used to form phosphocholine which is combined with cytidine triphopshate to reform citicoline. In the brain, citicoline combines with diacylglycerol to form phosphatidylcholine.
Citicole is also commonly known as CDP-Choline and scientifically known as Cytidine 5'-diphosphocholine.
Citicoline is active in the brain and has been used to support head trauma and other brain, memory related diseases and functions.
Citicoline is well tolerated by most people. The most common side affects among some people nausea and diarrhea.
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