Foggy thinking? Support Cellular Health in Your Brain!
Have you had a head or brain injury like a concussion? Do you experience foggy thinking or reduced ability to focus? We’re going to talk about how you can use an important molecule called Phosphatidylcholine to support your brain!
Phosphatidylcholine is a big word that can look intimidating, but basically, it’s a fatty building block of your cells. It’s a chemical that makes up part of your cell membranes and allows helpful fatty acids to travel around your body where they are needed. Your cell membranes are super important! They are the gate keepers of your cells. Inside your cells is where the magic happens and that magic won’t happen if nutrients can’t get into your cells because the outer membrane isn’t working.
Without enough phosphatidylcholine, your cells will get damaged by oxidative stress (think of when you cut an apple and it turns brown: that’s oxidative stress). This damage causes dysfunction throughout your brain, digestive tract (aka your gut), and your liver.
Your gut is truly at the ROOT of your health.
Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink (like phosphatidylcholine!) and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, fight infections, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive.
It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, chronic infections, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.
Brain Benefits of Phosphatidylcholine
Your brain is nearly 60% fat! And guess what? Most of that fat is made up of phosphatidylcholine. So you can see that it is essential to get enough phosphatidylcholine from your foods or supplementally.
Research supports that phosphatidylcholine can help people recovery from traumatic brain injury and protect against cognitive decline.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is brain dysfunction caused by an outside force to the head such as a blow or jolt. 1.4 million people suffer a TBI per year, but get this: 3 out of 4 are mild injuries that are not detected by MRI’s, yet still induce brain inflammation and dysfunction!
Symptoms of TBI’s include mental confusion, chronic headaches, mood changes, and an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Phosphatidylcholine appears to support recovery from TBI by promoting the growth of new neurons and decreasing brain inflammation.
Phosphatidylcholine may also protect against dementia, improve depression, reduce anxiety and promote good sleep. It is a precursor to the brain chemical acetylcholine, which supports memory and clear thinking.
Energy, Gut, Liver & Detox Benefits of Phosphatidylcholine
Your mitochondria (where you make energy in your cells) are made from phospholipids including phosphatidylcholine. When your mitochondria get damaged, your energy production is going to go down. Phosphatidylcholine gives your mitochondria what they need to replace what gets damaged day to day from food and environmental toxins and other stress so that you can keep your energy production up.
Your gut lining (aka brush border of the intestine) also has a lot of phosphatidylcholine in the cell membranes. Inflammatory foods and exposure to pathogens can damage and destroy this lining. TO repair it, your body needs phosphatidylcholine. Are you noticing a pattern here?
Phosphatidylcholine supports your body in getting rid of toxins and helps your liver to do its job well.
Foods with Phosphatidylcholine
Phosphatidylcholine is found in egg yolks, beef liver, fish roe, sunflower seeds, beef, chicken, pork, soybeans, peanuts, and krill oil. Many fruits and veggies have some as well. However, research implies that most of us aren’t getting nearly enough phosphatidylcholine from our diets. If you continue to struggle with low energy, gut issues, foggy thinking, and poor detoxification, then you may need more phosphatidylcholine.
If you want to support your brain and gut health, reduce fatigue, and support detoxification, then phosphatidylcholine is one nutrient you should seriously consider incorporating into your diet and lifestyle.
There are many phosphatidylcholine products on the market. Micellized Pure PC by Quicksilver is a very high quality one that is very well absorbed because it’s broken down into small droplets. This is available through a practitioner. You can use this link and the code 1159 if you’d like to try it out.
Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!