Alpha GPC is known to be one of the most popular and effective choline supplements available that is used to improve short-term memory, give you energy, enhance alertness, promote brain support and even lucid dreaming.
What is Alpha GPC?
Alpha GPC (Alpha-glycerophosphocholine) is used by many people to enhance alertness, improve short-term memory and give you energy.
It is also thought to reduce the rate of cognitive decline in the elderly and is one of the most popular and effective choline supplements available.
Alpha GPC enhances a compound called choline, which is already produced in the brain when fatty acids from our food breakdown.
Choline production comes from foods such as soy, beef, eggs, milk and salmon but studies have shown that there are potentially 90% of people who do not get enough choline from their diet alone.
We produce a very small amount of it naturally but it plays a very important role on our energy levels and keeping our metabolism active.
Studies have shown that some foods don’t actually digest into the body and that could be the possible cause of deficiencies.
Choline deficiencies can make you feel sluggish, give you muscle cramps, short-term memory loss and changes in your mood. Choline is thought to be much more pharmaceutically active in higher doses.
Also it is believed that choline deficiencies or the risk of them, may come from a condition called “fatty liver” (FLD) which is an accumulation of fat in liver cells. This may happen due to over usage of alcohol, excessive fatty foods or any diseases related to metabolizing fats.
What is Alpha GPC Used For?
Alpha GPC is used to potentially help you feel more alert, more vibrant, give you more energy and improve short-term memory with minimal side effects if any. Most importantly, it is also considered an important natural essential nutrient.
The brain needs nutrients in order to maintain health and to prevent potential memory decline due to ageing in healthy people. It is also necessary to protect our brain cells which essentially will help to increase our mental and physical energy.
It is believed that many athletes have a great interest in Alpha GPC because it is thought to enhance growth hormone production. This stimulates the growth and reproduction of cells and raises concentration of glucose, which is sugar, that gives you energy and enhances output.
It is also thought to be used as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s and Dementia due to its effectiveness on declining memory. However more research needs to done to confirm this.
Alpha GPC, along with (CDP Choline) or Citicoline, are high quality choline supplements that are considered to be very beneficial because they closely react the same way as choline that is produced by food sources.
This supplement is also commonly used in stacks, which means taking two Nootropics together to enhance the effect or supplement it.
Alpha GPC is commonly taken with Racetams, which is a popular method to increase the effects of the brain receptors that enhance memory, focus, alertness and mental energy. It also may reduce the possibility of headaches that Racetams may cause.
Taken alone, or used in stacks, this is thought to to be a very beneficial supplement.
Why Take Alpha GPC? It promotes;
- Increase in focus and clarity
- Enhanced memory and prevention of memory loss
- Increase mental and physical energy
- Increase in learning abilities
- A more active metabolism
How Alpha GPC Works
Alpha GPC increases the production of choline in the brain. It crosses the blood-brain barrier and than releases a chemical called Acetylcholine.
This is an important neurotransmitter in the brain that sends signals between the neurons that are responsible for learning, attention and focus and motivation.
Acetylcholine is also the neurotransmitter, or chemical, that activates muscles and sends signals to other cells through the nerve cells. Alpha GPC also thought to aid in neuro-protection or protection of these cells.
Alpha GPC Side Effects
When taking Alpha GPC in the recommended dosage, it is considered very safe to use. Possible but rare side effects reported have been;
- Skin rashes
Alpha GPC Dosage
Alpha GPC is water soluble. It is more concentrated than most other high quality choline supplements. It also acts faster, which means you can use less to get its benefits.
Some users will take between 300mg-1200mg per day in total, broken up into 3-4 times per day.
It is recommended to always stay within the lowest dose available when starting on any new Nootropic supplement. This helps you gauge your body’s effect and find what works best for you.
These are just guidelines. If you have any concerns, please consult your doctor first.