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What is Phosphatidylserine?

Phosphatidylserine is an essential member of the cell membrane that plays a key role in cell cycling signals. Its basic function is to transmit messages between cells and cover and protect them. It’s a fatty substance also named phospholipid.

Formula: C13H24NO10P

How is Phosphatidylserine obtained?

Phosphatidylserine is a fatty substance that the body creates but the body can’t produce much of the substance that is actually required. So most of the amount we need comes from food such as white beans, egg yolk, beef liver and chicken liver etc. However soy is the main source of getting the substance.

It’s also available in supplements form. phosphatidylserine’s supplements were mostly obtained from the cow’s brain but now these supplements are made with the help of cabbage and soy.

Recent researches have proved that the level or amount of this substance decreases with age in the brain. So it’s necessary to make those foods a part of the diet which are a source of phosphatidylserine.

Uses of Phosphatidylserine?

Phosphatidylserine sharpens and activates the mind by provoking intellectual performance and memory skills. It is effective especially for those aged persons who are dealing with memory problems due to ripe or old age.

Low or weak memory usually is the result of old age and phosphatidylserine helps in improving memory, attention skills and language skills. Taking phosphatidylserine decreases the risk of memory loss due to age.

There’s a disease named Alzheimer, a brain disorder that slowly affects memory and attention skills. Phosphatidylserine is effective against Alzheimer too. It usually proves best for patients with less severe disorders and can prove ineffective sometimes.

Phosphatidylserine also improves depression, thinking skills, athletic performance, dementia, ADHD and other conditions.


The supplement is taken by mouth and is available IN different strengths. Dosage of phosphatidylserine depends on which disease or disorder you are taking it. Your physician is the best person to prescribe you the best dose obviously.

If you are taking the supplement to improve memory, take it as directed by your doctor. If you have Alzheimer disease it’s better to take 300-400mg of phosphatidylserine in different divided doses.

Side effects:

Phosphatidylserine is possibly safe when used as directed or instructed. But it may prove risky when used against directions.

Possible unwanted side effects of phosphatidylserine are as follows:

  • Restlessness
  • Trouble sleeping or insomnia
  • Stomach disorder

It’s not clear whether one can get animal disease from the supplements or not because most of the supplements are made from the cow’s brain. To avoid such risks one should only use supplements prepared from plants.

Safety precautions:

  1. Take exactly as prescribed.
  2. Don’t use it if you are allergic to it.
  3. Pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid taking phosphatidylserine.
  4. Consult the doctor  before giving it to children.
  5. Overdose may cause serious side effects.
  6. Don’t share with others.
  7. Keep out of the reach of children.