Daily Dose of Uridine: 500-1,000mg
Uridine is a nootropic, or a brain boosting supplement, that is not only used for improving a broad range of cognitive functions, but it is also beneficial for overall health and wellness. Uridine is a nucleotide base which is used to help increase the synthesis of cellular membranes and other neurological properties. Large amounts of Ribonucleic acid or RNA are required for the process of storing memories in the brain. RNA is required to facilitate protein translation at your neuronal synapses. Uridine is a building block or precursor to RNA which is why taking Uridine supplements can increase levels of RNA in the brain. Studies have documented it to improve memory formation and retention performance. As we age, RNA levels decrease, thus affecting our memory function, but taking supplements can keep RNA levels high to stave off memory decline.
Other cognitive benefits include allowing one to read, write, and intentionally concentrate on a task with little conscious effort. These effects are due to the supplement converting into Choline and Acetylcholine, which are also good for the brain. Many studies have proven that Uridine also affects moods and motivation. These positive effects on a persons mood can eventually lead to reduced stress, anxiety, and in some cases symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorders. Early evidence also suggests it may be used as a treatment for depression.
Uridine can be found naturally in foods like sugar cane, tomatoes, brewer’s yeast, and even beer. It isn’t found in many plants and when they are, the levels are usually very low, but it can be found in organ meat like liver. As long as dosage recommendation is followed, uridine is very safe and shows no side effects. The only minor side effects might be headaches fatigue, nervousness, and some gastrointestinal discomfort. The recommended dosage is 500-1,000mg and it should be taken in divided dosage.
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