In this health video you will learn how the supplement GPC (GlyceroPhosphoCholine) benefits everyone's brain.
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Lyle Hurd: I’m Lyle Hurd, editor and publisher of Total Health magazine. I’m speaking today with Dr. Parris Kidd who has introduced the ingredient called GPC to the American public. GPC is proven to be a very helpful ingredient in a number of ways and something that we think that everyone will want to learn more about. He’s written a book on the subject and I’d like to ask him if he would introduce GPC and talk about what you can learn by accessing his book. Dr. Kidd. Dr. Parris Kidd: Well, Lyle, good to see you again my friend. In 1997, I introduced GPC to North America. I had encountered GPC a short time before and I realized it’s made a very interesting addition to our connection of brain nutrients—in addition to PS and the omega-3s. Indeed, we have a lot of clinical research on GPC. It’s a small molecule that is found in all the cells of the body, including in the brain, and it helps to tie together the mind and the body—which is why I call in the mind-body nutrient. It’s important at all stages of life. It’s important for attention and memory in young, healthy people. It’s important for mental performance in middle age people, including things like reaction time and processing time. In older people, it helps to stave off mental decline and helps in the management of age-associated memory impairment and the difficulties that people can have as they get older. Lyle Hurd: That said, many of these nutrients that we’ve talk about seem that they are explicitly, specifically—however you want to put it—key to people who are aging. What about products like GPC for children? Dr. Parris Kidd: Well, GPC actually turns out to be very good for kids. There was a trial done in Russia on autistic children and GPC made a huge difference to these kids—in just about every aspect of their behavior, their communication, relating to other people and to be able to articulate, develop sentences and so on. [It’s] very, very good for autistic children and a really low intake—200 milligrams a day. It may be that with GPCs, the low intake is better than the higher intake for kids. If we put together what GPC can do for kids, with what PS can do and the omega-3s, we begin to have a really, really good program for reprogramming those connections that are off in the children. There’s an old saying that as we get older, we become children again. Well, for older people, there’s a similar problem, where the connections are beginning to come apart in the brain and the GPC is very, very good for that. GPC is also excellent for recovery of the damaged brain. So we have studies with more than 3,000 people who have had stroke and it’s been found that GPC helps to improve the time for recovery from stroke as well as the degrees of recovery that stroke patients can experience. Therefore, I see GPC as very, very important for helping the damaged brain to come back. We also have a few studies on GPC on people that have had traumatic brain injuries—people who have had concussions, hematomas, that type of thing—sometime quite severe. Even for people in comas—there’s a lot of studies from Russia, the Burdenko Neurosurgical Institute in Moscow, where the cosmonauts go, where Boris Yeltsin went and so on, and there they found that GPC will even help to bring people out of coma. It’s very, very good for the normal functioning of the brain, even in young healthy people, it’s good at middle age, it’s good at older age. It helps to tie together the functioning of the mind and the body because the muscles also need GPC, the liver and the kidneys seem to need it to carry out their detoxification functions and generally it’s a back up for cell renewal and for making us and even for rebuilding. Lyle Hurd: So it’s obvious that total health management is really—it’s really an imperative that there are numerous approaches, whether it’s physical, whether it’s mental, whether it’s emotional, and that GPC and PS and a number of other ingredients are imperative to being able to manage