CDP-Choline

CDP-Choline is a compound that significantly strengthens the neurological pathways in our brain. A recent study conducted by Dr. Steven Bruce proved that CDP-Choline improves our cognitive performance. The study consisted of 2 groups, one being the placebo and one being the experimental group. Participants were asked to complete a variety of mental and cognitive tasks. In addition brain activity was also monitored. Compared to the placebo, participants who ingested CDP-Choline demonstrated significantly faster learning times and committed less errors. When looking at the brain activity of the two groups, those who were apart of the experimental group exhibited a higher brain wave amplitude on average. It was concluded that CDP-Choline enabled the participants to process new and relevant information in a more effective manner and led to greater brain activation than the placebo. We will now dive into how this compound produces these results. In short, it does so by providing our neurons with the nutrients they need to produce more neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine. We will first take a look at the role of norepinephrine in the brain.

Norepinephrine

Norepinephrine is an essential neurotransmitter that is responsible for activating pathways and receptors in the brain related to attention, memory and emotions. Increasing norepinephrine appears to increase the number of receptors in the brain that are active. It has been said that this neurotransmitter increases “brain metabolism” which essentially means that the brain is more active. If you think about what high metabolism means in general, it refers to the ability of one’s body to burn more calories at rest. This same logic applies to brain metabolism. An increased brain metabolism results in more pathways being formed, allowing you to think more clearly and at a higher capacity. Low levels of norepinephrine can lead to various mood disorders as well as a decreased level of cognitive performance. Whether you want to get back to feeling like yourself again or looking to gain an edge of your competition, norepinephrine plays a vital role into how sharp your brain is functioning.

Dopamine

Chemical structure of dopamine

Dopamine is another neurotransmitter that is increased upon absorption of CDP-Choline. It’s safe to say that more people are familiar with dopamine than they are with norepinephrine and there is a good reason for that. The importance of dopamine comes from the fact that this compound plays a prominent role in how we feel. Dopamine is often associated with happiness, but it is responsible for much for. Dopamine effects our motivation, our drive to learn new ideas and how we digest different situations and events. It is a source of energy as well as pleasure. Increasing levels of dopamine will not only allow you to do more, but it will make you want to do more. Besides improving mood and motivation, dopamine also regulates sleep, stress response and blood flow.