Fountain of Youth For Your Brain
Reported March 2009
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- You walk into a room and can't remember why. Sound familiar? Research shows that once we turn 25, our brains slow production of chemicals linked to memory. Now, a new supplement can help keep your memory sharp!
Lisa Lichon Pietenpol's friends used to call her scatterbrained. She'd start things and not finish them.
"Hitting your 40th birthday, that memory somehow goes out the door," Lichon-Pietenpol told Ivanhoe.
She's right. Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, Ph.D., a psychiatrist at the University of Utah's Brain Institute in Salt Lake City, says after age 25 our brains start to shrink, losing chemicals called neurotransmitters that help with memory.
She did a study where people took 500 to 2,000 milligrams of cognizin citicoline for six weeks. All of them showed significant increases in memory with no side effects.
"What we did, which was not done before, was to look at actual metabolic changes in the brain after supplementation, and therefore could show this is not just 'a feeling I have,' but a feeling linked to a physiological change," Dr. Yurgelun-Todd explained.
Lisa already notices a difference.
"One of the greatest things I've been given back is the ability to remember to go back and finish what I started, and I'm getting a better reputation now because I can actually finish what I start," Lichon Pietenpol said.
No one calls her scatterbrained any more.
Cognizin citicoline is the purest form of citicoline. You can buy it over-the-counter in pharmacies and health food stores. The lowest doses will cost a dollar a day. Dr. Yurgelun-Todd says it's safe to take for the rest of your life.
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