Citrocoline is a naturally occurring biological compound found in the body that helps to maintain healthy brain matter. This compound can protect the brain from damage due to stroke and other conditions that affect the brain. This compound has been researched for various uses since the 1970s. It has been found to help the brain metabolize acetylcholine and to restore the phospholipid content in the brain which is essential for healthy brain matter. It also helps to regulate neuron membrane excitabilities and replenishes phosphatidylserine in the brain. Citicoline is now being sold as a nutritional supplement in capsule form, usually in a dose of 250 – 500 mg each.
Citocoline has also been found to increase alertness and can help to improve vision on a short term basis. Supplementing with this biological compound has been shown to help with the memory when given to the elderly and is beneficial for those who have Alzheimer’s disease. It also helps to improve learning abilities in the elderly.
When someone suffers from a stroke the brain is deprived of oxygen. Citicoline has been shown to protect brain and nerves cells from damage due to lack of oxygen to the brain and claims have been made that Citicoline can help speed recovery time after a stroke. It is now known that supplementing with Citicoline stops the degeneration of brain cells in lab animals that have had strokes. Clinical trials also show the same results in humans.
Citrocoline is also used to help treat cerebral vascular disease. Patients who suffer from a head trauma can also benefit by taking Citrocoline supplements. People who are recovering from a coma caused by head trauma are also treated with this biological compound. More research is being done to see if this substance can benefit people who have Parkinson’s disease. People who are addicted to certain drugs may also be helped by taking this supplement. Furthermore, research is also being done into its affect on alcoholism, glaucoma and amblyopia.
There is evidence that Citrocoline can increase dopamine and other hormones in the brain which can help relieve addictive behavior disorders like cocaine addiction and those addicted to destructive behaviors like pathological gambling. Furthermore, Citicoline is also being studied in the role it plays in appetite control and its ability to suppress food cravings. It appears that this vitamin-like substance that can have different affects on brain responses. It may also enhance libido and sexual performance. More research is being done in this area.
Common negative side effects of Citicoline are minimal and can include body temperature elevation and restlessness. The supplement should not be taken in the late afternoon or at night because it can cause difficulty sleeping. Some people can experience headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure and a slow or fast heart beat when taking these supplements. You should consult with your doctor if these side effects last more than a few days. Contact your doctor immediately if you have an allergic reaction such as hives, rash, or itching, swelling in your face or hands, mouth or throat, chest tightness or trouble breathing. The safety of long term use of Citicoline is not yet known. It should be started within 24 hours of a stroke. Your medical doctor will prescribe the correct dosage and the length of time it should be taken for a medical condition.
Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should consult with their doctor before taking the supplements. People who are under the age of 18 should not take Citicoline. If you are taking medications of any kind you should talk with your doctor before taking these supplements as well. Other names for Citocoline are; CDPC, CDP Choline, CDP-Choline, Citicholine, Cytidine 5-diphosphocholine, Cytidine 5′-diphosphocholine, Cytidine (5′) diphosphocholine, Cytidine diphosphate choline, Cytidine Diphosphocholine, Cytidinediphosphocholine.
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