CDP-Choline stands for Cytidine DiPhosphate Choline. CDP-Choline supplements provide choline and, by conversion of cytidine, uridine. Choline is an essential nutrient that is a structural component of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, and the cellular membrane phospholipid, phosphatidylcholine. Uridine is a nucleic acid found in RNA. Both choline and uridine are found in high concentrations in foods such as milk and meat.
What does CDP- Choline do?
CDP-Choline is a nootropic or “brain booster.” Despite its small size relative to the rest of the human body, the brain consumes up to 25% of energy that you eat every day. Supplementing with CDP-Choline can increase brain energy levels. Also by providing choline, more acetylcholine can be made. Acetylcholine is responsible for synaptic transmission throughout the body. Thus, acetylcholine can be responsible for basic thought processes, memory, and even muscle contraction.
Cytidine and uridine, due to their incorporation in RNA could literally be used for any function resulting from genetics.
Is CDP-Choline supplementation supported by research?
In short, yes.
One study conducted at the Brain Institute at the University of Utah tested study participants’ attention span before and after supplementation with CDP-Choline for 4 weeks. They found a significant improvement in participants focus.
At least two studies evaluating CDP-Choline’s effects on memory in over 100 participants have observed substantial improvements in memorization tests.
CDP may also potentiate the release of anabolic sex hormones. Rats treated with CDP were observed to have increased Growth Hormone (GH), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. Coupled with the potential to improve the mind-muscle connection, CDP can offer some serious benefit.
How much CDP-Choline should be used? What about other forms of Choline?
CDP-Choline is effective with as little as 250mg. Other choline supplements, such as choline bitartrate, is an inferior form of choline and requires 1000mg.
Where can I find CDP-Choline?
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