I actually never looked into this. From what I read in different articles it seems really interesting.brimstoneSalad wrote:What do you think of the different Choline forms?
-CDP choline: (great for cognitive function)
It crosses the blood-brain barrier with ease, as it should. This is partly because it is naturally occurring within the brain during certain chemical processes, but also because there are studies which demonstrate its positive effects on mental energy and focus/concentration and that it can be helpful for treating ADHD.
Furthermore, it is useful for improving memory retention and there are links to Citicoline improving visual function in patients with conditions such as glaucoma.
CDP Choline is said to increase the density of dopamine (the feel good hormone) receptors in the brain, as well as amplify the release of the vital hormones within the HPA (Hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal) axis of the brain.
-Alpha GPC choline: (great for physical activity)
Oral administration of Alpha-GPC increases secretion of human Growth Hormone. This is particularly important for bone and muscle. Alpha-GPC also reduces levels of somatostatin that inhibits the production of hGH.
It stimulates the synthesis of the membrane phospholipid phosphatidylcholine (PC) in all cells of the body and brain. Phosphatidylcholine is the most abundant phospholipid in the brain. Phosphatidylcholine is important for maintaining membrane integrity and proper function. This promotes improved general memory and cognition function.
Alpha-GPC can be used as a choline source for the synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine effectively increasing transmitter levels.
The nootropic Alpha-GPC actually increases blood levels of choline and promotes lipotropic function in the liver. Lipotropic nutrients are important for fat utilization. Alpha-GPC helps the liver and gall bladder to decrease their fat deposits and increases metabolism of fat and its removal. It also works with SAMe, folic acid, vitamin B12 and B6 to support methyl group transfers.
Alpha-GPC improves nerve transmission in smooth muscle, skeletal muscle, cardiac muscle as well as the brain. This improves mental and physical function especially when exercising.
-Dietary choline: (great for... nothing)
I didn't find any additional benefits over the other types.
-Lecithin: (idem)it is one of the least efficient choline supplements for acetylcholine conversion based of weight.
-Choline betartrate: (cheap)Lecithin is pretty good at converting into choline however there are still much more efficient supplements out there.
Choline bitartrate benefits a person in several ways. Most notably, it’s a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, crucial to mood, thought, and learning.
The best ones are GPC and CDP.
Three times a day? I was thinking once. It'd be more convenient.brimstoneSalad wrote:That, along with increased B-12 absorption, that might be a good reason to formulate the quantities to recommend up to three a day (like after meals- and if it functions as a sort of mint, that would make sense).