Even Alex Trebek needs this nutrient

May 14, 2012
Volume 3    |   Issue 36

I saw an interview with Jeopardy host Alex Trebek the other day. The reporter asked Trebek how well he would do answering the questions on the show. Amazingly, he said he gets about two-thirds of them. But, he said any sharp 30 year old could beat him simply because he can’t come up with the answers (questions?) fast enough.

At 71, this is understandable. As we age, our minds slow down. Our brain cells just don’t communicate as fast or as clearly as they used to.

Fortunately, there’s a nutrient that can help clarify the communication between your brain cells. It actually helps you think clearer and faster.

Each cell in your brain can talk to hundreds of thousands of other cells in an instant. That in itself is pretty amazing. But here’s the incredible truth. The nutrient phosphatidylserine (PS) can create more connections between your brain cells and make these communications sharper and quicker.

This is important because our brain cells are extremely fragile. And they’re constantly under attack from free radicals, alcohol, polluted water and air, chemicals in the foods we eat, prescription drugs and even chronically low or high blood sugar. All of these can kill or damage your brain cells. With all of these attackers aggressively destroying your brain cells, it’s a good thing we can build new ones! And producing new brain cells is one of the miracles PS performs in your body. But it’s only one of its amazing properties.

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You also need PS to regulate virtually every major brain activity! PS stimulates the production and release of all the other brain chemicals (or neurotransmitters) that your brain and your body need to function. Recent studies showed that people who took PS showed significant improvement in their ability to recall phone numbers and associate names with faces, even with strangers they’d seen only for a few seconds!

Early studies in Europe showed that phosphatidylserine could slow and even reverse the rate of brain-cell aging in laboratory animals. Phosphatidylserine restored mental function in older animals to levels exceeding those found in some younger animals. Although studies in humans with Alzheimer’s disease were less dramatic, they still produced significant improvements in cognitive function.

In patients with mild dementia, researchers found significant cognitive and behavioral enhancing effects in those using PS. In one study with elderly patients who had mild dementia, the benefits continued 30 days after they stopped taking the PS. So relatively low doses may produce sustained results. Brain tissues are especially rich in PS, but aging causes a decline in the PS content of cells throughout the body.

So if you’re like Alex Trebek and have found your mind just doesn’t work as fast as it once did, take 150 mg of PS every day. To maximize its effectiveness, take it with other brain-boosting nutrients like those in Advanced Memory Formula.

I just received an email from a subscriber who described how well this formula worked for her. She said, “My doctor is a nice person, but he equates alternative health with belief in astrology — which he considers the height of folly — but at least he was willing to see if Advanced Memory Formula would work for me. At my return visit three weeks later, he stated that he could already see a difference in my mental sharpness. We discussed that my short-term working memory and cognitive organization had improved such that I kept on point and no longer rambled off-topic.”

I can’t promise Advanced Memory Formula will help you win Jeopardy — or even answer two-thirds of the questions — but it may just help boost your brain power and recall your favorite memories. And who knows, maybe it could help Alex Trebek keep up with his 30-year-old contestants.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.


T.H. Crook. Treatment of Age-Related Cognitive Decline: Effects of Phosphatidylserine, in Anti-Aging Medical Therapeutics, Vol II, edited by R.M. Klatz, Health Quest Publications, Chicago, 1998, 20-29.

M.G. Vannucchi, G. Pepeu. Effect of Phosphatidylserine on Acetylcholine Release and Content in Cortical Slices From Aging Rats. Neurobiol Aging 1987, 8(5), 403-407.

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