Originally extracted from the brain tissue of cows, Phosphatidyl serine is now derived from soybeans and plant sources. While the human body generates a small quantity of Phosphatidyl serine, most of its requirement is fulfilled through dietary sources. Foods having Phosphatidyl serine are white beans, organ meats, and muscle meats.
Phosphatidyl serine is often considered as a supplement to cut down the risk of dementia and other cognitive malfunction in the elderly. The other benefits include:
Slows the effects of age-related loss of mental sharpness
Treats the signs and causes of Alzheimer's illness
Reduces the signs of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children
Enhances acetylcholine levels
Speeds up recovery, builds muscle more efficiently and prevents muscle pain in sports and athletics
Reduces mental stress; and
When used at dosages suggested by health professionals, Phosphatidyl serine is harmless and almost no side effects have been witnessed. In very rare cases, a few users have experienced mild gastrointestinal disorder.
Safe dosages of Phosphatidyl serine for nursing mothers, expected women, children, and people having liver or kidney illness have not been recommended, hence it is not suggested for these groups.
Patients relying on blood-thinning drugs should also avoid taking Phosphatidyl serine, as the mix of these two drugs could affect the normal clotting of blood. Phosphatidyl serine should be used with a few other supplements that dilute the blood, like Vitamin E, garlic, and ginkgo.
In very rare case, excess doses of Phosphatidyl Serine (200 mg or more in a single dose) can result in nausea if taken on an empty stomach, because of stimulation of dopamine secretion. Taking Phosphatidyl Serine along with meals simmers down this problem. Ingestion of Phosphatidyl Serine prior to going to bed may lead to insomnia.