Enhance Focus and Strength with Choline!

Recently, we delved into the expansive world of “smart drugs” known as nootropics. In that blog, we gave a “bird’s eye view” of the effects of nootropics, how they work, and a few of the more common ones you’ll encounter.

Today, we’re getting up close and personal with one of the all time brain boosters in choline. We’ll explain its function, benefits, and the many different forms you can find available -- we’ll even tell you the best form too!

Now get your thinking caps on, because here we go!

 

What is Choline?

Choline is an essential nutrient responsible for several vital functions in the body particularly in regards to cell membranes, which are composed of phospholipids (phosphatidylcholine). Phospholipids aid the overall structural integrity of a cell membrane.

Choline is also heavily involved in central nervous system signal transmission (sending signals from the brain to the muscles) and lipid metabolism and utilization.

Where Does It Come From?

Choline is readily found in a number of protein and fat-containing foods, such as eggs, meats, peanuts and soybeans. Foods highest in choline are egg yolks, beef liver, chicken, and codfish. Vegetarians can get their choline from cauliflower, soybeans, and oat bran, though amounts are not as high as in animal-based foods.

Curiously, choline is often found in fattier foods (i.e. eggs) even though it’s a water-soluble nutrient.

What does Choline do?

 

 

 

Like most nootropics, choline is a powerful precursor for the production of neurotransmitters. Specifically, choline provides the “backbone” structure of acetylcholine, a.k.a. the learning neurotransmitter. Acetylcholine is released in the brain as well as neuromuscular junctions in the body and contributes to several physiological events in the body.

Choline supports signal transmission within the brain as well as between the brain and various organ systems of the body. Deficient levels of choline can lead to the dreaded “brain fog”, the inability to concentrate on any given task. Furthermore, acetylcholine also is heavily involved with memory formation, and as you may have guesses, low choline reserves can hinder your ability to remember things (like the cute girl’s number you got at the gym!).

In regards to general health, choline has been documented to possess anti-inflammatory qualities. Chronic, systemic inflammation is implicated in the development and progression of diseases such as heart disease, atherosclerosis, and a number of mental illnesses.

Basically, if you want to have a healthy brain and body, supplementing with choline is a no-brainer! The human brain is the supercomputer of your body and is “running” no matter if you’re training, working, or sleeping. As such, ensuring that you have adequate choline should be at the forefront of your supplement regimen.

 

Importance for Athletes!

Let’s highlight the athlete’s need for choline briefly. During intense athletic competitions and training, particularly endurance athletes, plasma choline levels can drop by as much as 40%!

Depleted choline levels result in decreased acetylcholine production. Remember up top when we said acetylcholine was required for signal transmission? Well, when acetylcholine production falls off, signal transmission from the brain to the muscles is significantly impaired -- meaning the muscles won’t contract or “fire” properly unless instructed to by acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction.

The end result is significantly diminished performance (i.e. decreased stamina and intensity), something no athlete ever wants!

Benefits of Choline

 -Heightened cognition and focus
- Aids memory formation
- Strengthens the “mind-muscle” connection
- Eliminates brain fog
- Enhances Growth Hormone (GH) levels
- Supports fat loss
- Increases endurance and stamina

     

    What’s the Best Form of Choline?

    Choline comes in a variety of forms from the lowest quality choline bitartrate to the more premium versions in CDP-Choline and Alpha GPC. Specifically, Alpha GPC is 40% choline by weight and possesses the unique ability to influence both systemic and brain concentrations of choline to a greater extent than any other form of choline supplement.

    AlphaSize® is the premier, patented form of Alpha GPC widely recognized as purest, most high quality form of Alpha GPC, and has several clinical trials backing its efficacy. For this very reason (and all the others explained so far), AlphaSize® was a no-brainer to include in Pre HAK.

     

    Alpha GPC Research

     

     

    AlphaSize Alpha GPC significantly elevates post-workout GH.[5]

     

    What exactly makes Alpha GPC the top choice for choline? Well, for starters, it’s superior to CDP-Choline at increasing serum levels of choline.[4] In addition to greater choline reserves, Alpha GPC has also been shown to:

    - Increase strength[3]
    - Boosts post-exercise serum GH[5]
    - Enhances force production[5]
    - Improve cognition[6]
    - Combat symptoms associated with mental diseases and decline[6]

       

      These benefits are all in addition to the heightened focus and significantly stronger “mind-muscle” connection you will experience when using AlphaSize® Alpha GPC!

      Takeaway

      Of all the nootropics available on the market, choline is far and away one of the most studied, and most effective ones around -- also one of the most cost efficient too! Not only does choline enhance cognition, memory, and focus, but it also supports overall health and cell integrity too!

      Next time you find yourself struggling in the gym or at work to concentrate, look into choline (specifically AlphaSize® Alpha GPC) to enhance your brain gains and strength gains!

       

       

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