Boost Your Brain and Get Serine!


by Mitch Booth

Stanford University just published the results of a landmark study conducted by world renowned geneticist Dr. Gerald Crabtree. He believes that humans are undergoing intellectual decline (Time Mag., Nov. 15. 2012). His conclusions collaborate the insights published in my last series of articles on cognitive impairment and Alzheimers. Dr. Crabtree "connects the dots" about the devastating effects of high fructose corn syrup (not only because the corn is genetically modified but also due the mercury contamination in processing), fluoride in the water supply, and the damage caused by media's perpetuation of the "cholesterol myth" which has led to the simply bizarre cultural embrace of "low fat" foods created with manufactured "phoney sugars". The bottom line: we are not only creating ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Schizophrenia and Dyspraxia (Dr. N. CampbellMcBride, M.D.), Autism Spectrum Disorder and Alzheimers (Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Phd.-MIT), but the genetic damage is being passed onto succeeding generations.

What all three of these brilliant researchers have concluded is simple. Let your "organic, genetically unaltered food" be your first line of defense. Dr. Crabtree spotlights Omega 3 fish oils as being the most critical of the essential nutrients needed for cognitive health. He invites us to be as smart as we were during the Great Depression when nearly every American enjoyed the benefits of clean, fresh (not rancid) fish oil. Now, seventy seven years later, we simply have institutionalized "depression". Boomers AND their parents both struggle with unrelenting societal stress, compromised food and water which were not issues in the thirties. We now have behavioral disorders which were rare before World War II. This is certainly the case with ADD/ADHD, Autism and Alzheimers. Crabtree and his staff mention plastics, pesticides, herbacides and antibiotics to name just a few. He uses a new term, "Nutritional Stress", that every American is now experiencing.

With all this, there is some good news. The results of over 21 double blind placebo studies have revealed the benefits of a safe brain nutrient called Phosphatidyl Serine (fos-fa-tiedil-see-reen) or abbreviated PS. The brain needs essential fat soluble vitamins A,D,E, and K and the unique lipid found in fish oil, DHA, (not found in vegetable fats) but the brain runs on a cholesterol type called a phospholipid. PS is a phospholipid that has a molecular design capable of making brain cell membranes. These membranes are openings through which all nerve cells are revitalized and preserved, especially, when they are combined with DHA and oxygen. Sophisticated extraction technology has allowed the creation of a plant based PS. Derived from soy phosphlipids (i.e. lecithin) the PS lipid is then concentrated in and capulated in 50mg to 100mg doses. There is no soy protein left once the lipid is extracted.

As we age, brain cell membranes become tired and less efficient. PS increases the number of membrane receptor sites for receiving messages. Not only does PS reinvigorate nerve cells, "it gets into each cell's mitochonria (center) where it can facilitate energy generation across the entire cell" notes Dr. Parris Kid (PS vs Gingko, Total Health,97v.19.n3). The results are not only greater mental acuity, but longer cell life for preserving memory function. Athletes use this tool to speed workout recovery and help heal sore muscles.

PhosphotydlSerine can also affect mood. Dr. N. Sengupta, M.D. reported that persons with clinical depression also had lowered PS levels not only in brain cell membranes but in their platelets and red blood cells (J of Biochem. Med.,'81,#25/267). Physicians at Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot, Israel showed the mood of elderly men and soldiers with PTSD was much improved when PS was taken regularly with no side effects compared to drug treatment.

So get smart and take your fish oil and feel "serine" about your new mental clarity with PS. This article is intended to stimulate critical thinking about what we are all experiencing with mental illness and Alzheimers. I invite you to stop by either of our store locations and examine the books and literature mentioned or go online as a first step.

Peggy Van Cleef