Essential Brain Nourishment: Glycerophosphocholine (GPC)

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Essential Brain Nourishment: Glycerophosphocholine (GPC)

Within neurons in the brain, phosphatidylcholine is a vital membrane phospholipid that participates in ensuring effective interneuronal communication. When brain cells interact they sometimes form new connections by “reaching out” to their neighbors with an extension of themselves – a section of new cellular material that must be wrapped properly in membrane material. At other times, peroxidation of a portion of neuronal membrane requires its removal and replacement. Both new construction and remodeling require a plentiful supply of new phosphatidylcholine. Some of this building material is made fresh from nutrients supplied by the blood, but most is produced by recycling the phosphatidylcholine obtained from the existing membrane material.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
GPC Supplies Choline to the Brain


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