If you have a bit of trouble some days remembering names, figuring out where you left your glasses, or what you were doing before you got distracted, you are not alone. As we age, we can lose more than half of our ability to perform tasks that involve memory, learning and concentration. This mental or cognitive decline, does not only affect the elderly, it often begins in middle age and can be accelerated due to diet and lifestyle factors. Increasing your intake of brain supportive nutrients, like Phosphatidylserine, or PS, can help.

Phosphatidylserine is a fat-soluble nutrient that shows promise for improving cognitive function. As we age our cell membranes become less efficient. Highly concentrated in brain cells, PS supports memory, learning and concentration by revitalizing cell membranes and improving their efficiency and function. In the brain, PS has a profound effect on the operation of neurotransmitters and synapses — the connections that make up our brain’s circuitry.

Phosphatidylserine is a powerful nutrient that may delay or even roll back cognitive decline as we age. North American and European studies on PS have shown significant improvements in memory, social interaction and cognitive skills, even among those with moderate to severe mental impairment. In addition to supporting brain function, PS has also been shown to improve mood.

To really benefit from phosphatidylserine, a minimum dosage of one hundred milligrams of pure PS a day is required. Read labels carefully, unlike some manufacturers, Natural Factors labels show the actual amount of pure PS delivered in each softgel capsule. Natural Factors PS is derived from soy phospholipids that have been proven effective in clinical studies.

Age-related cognitive decline is not inevitable. Attention to good nutrition – including a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, B vitamins, antioxidants – is vital. Remember, to boost your brainpower, keep active, read, do puzzles, socialize, and supplement with PS each day.