Alpha-GPC capsules offer an excellent source of choline.✝
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Alpha-GPC (α-glycerophosphocholine, aka choline alphoscerate) is a good acetylcholine precursor.1 Glycerophosphocholine is widespread in our metabolism and forms membrane phospholipids.
Alpha-GPC is best known for its effects on cognitive functions, such as attention, mental focus and recall, but some recent evidence suggests that alpha-GPC supplementation may also lead to physiological and physical improvements. For example, acute supplementation of alpha-GPC has been shown to increase growth hormone response to resistance exercise in young men.2
Another study supported these results by demonstrating that a single 1000 mg dose of alpha-GPC increases growth hormone secretion and hepatic fat oxidation in young adults.4 These findings have important practical implications for all fitness enthusiasts you are looking to increase growth hormone levels and fat oxidation. The effects of six days supplementation with alpha-GPC have also been tested on isometric strength in young males.3 They found that alpha-GPC significantly improved lower body force production compared to placebo.3
After oral administration, Alpha GPC is converted to phosphorylcholine, which is a metabolically active form of choline and then transported to cholinergic nerve terminals where it increases the levels of acetylcholine by stimulating its synthesis and release.
The recommended dosage of alpha-GPC is 400 mg per day. Alpha-GPC is a water-soluble form of choline and appears to be effective over the course of 24 hours, however a peak concentration in plasma free choline is normally observed 1-2 hours post administration.4
Alpha GPC is regarded as safe if taken at the recommended dosage. However, cognitive stimulation is sometimes reported as a side effect. Typical side effects from overdosing include headaches and restlessness. You can prevent these side effects by lowering the daily dosage.
Following oral ingestion Alpha GPC increases plasma choline levels. Choline is then used by the brain tissue. For example, after taking 1000 mg of oral Alpha GPC there was an increase of serum choline concentrations from 8.1 mmol/L to 12.1 mmol/L in young healthy male subjects. The neural and blood concentrations are very similar, which makes Alpha GPC a highly effective nootropic.
Serving size: 1 capsule
Servings per bottle: 120
Amount per serving: Alpha GPC 400 mg
Other ingredients: Magnesium Stearate; Silicon Dioxide
This product is free from: Artificial flavours, colours & preservatives, Lactose, Yeast & Gluten
Suitable for: Vegetarians and Vegans
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