What is Citicoline and What Are the Benefits of Consuming it?

To understand the distinct advantages Neuroptimax Sport has compared to other energy drinks, you need to understand more about a key ingredient. That key ingredient is citicoline. In the following post, we are going to explain what citicoline is and how it can benefit you.

What is Citicoline?

Citicoline or CDP-choline is a nutrient that plays an important role in the production of phosphatidylcholine and other important phospholipids. Cell membranes and cell coatings found throughout the body are made by these molecules.  Citicoline is a compound that consists of cytidine and choline. It is an acetylcholine precursor and believed to promote the transmission and synthesis of important neurotransmitters that can help with attentional focus and memory.  Citicoline supplementation is far superior than choline or phosphatidylcholine.

Benefits of Citicoline

Now that you understand a little more about what citicoline is and what it does, it’s time to look at the reasons why you should consume it and include our supplement in your diet.

Nootropic Benefits

When trials were carried out and individuals were given citicoline they showed signs of having improved attention, focus and enhanced psychomotor speed, when compared to people in the same trial given a placebo. There was a significant predicted accuracy during an attention task and improved detectability of signals during a computerized attention task, while there was also a reduction in impulsivity.  Maintaining focus is critical in sports, e-sports, military and in many other professions.  

The conclusions from the trials was that citicoline could be used to improve the performance of an individual’s attentional focus and could improve any attentional deficits that relate to disorders of the central nervous system.

Increases Flow of Blood to the Brain

As the human brain can’t store energy effectively enough, it needs to be fed a constant supply. It normally receives energy either from the blood flowing into it or glucose. Citicoline is responsible for increasing and improving glucose metabolism and the flow of blood to the brain.

Provides Important Mitochondrial Energy

In addition to the above, citicoline can also increase the brain’s energy levels by increasing the production of mitochondrial, brain cells. There are no cells in the brain or throughout the rest of the body that do not receive some energy from mitochondrial. This extra energy may have a positive effect on your ability to make decisions, plan, use language effectively, and think. Why? Citicoline can increase the production of mitochondrial energy particularly in the frontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for all those functions.

As noted at the outset, it’s not just the brain that the citicoline can help with. Let’s consider two other parts of the body connected to the brain where there is some evidence to suggest citicoline could have a positive effect.

Improves the Strength of the Spinal Cord

As you are likely aware, issues like oxidative stress, environmental toxins, and autoimmune response can all cause severe brain damage on a cellular level. There has been some evidence to show that citicoline can provide protection and strengthen the brain and, as its connected, the spinal cord. This can help reduce these stressors by better preserving the myelin sheath of the cells and boosting crucial neurotransmitters.

May Help Eye Disorders

In a similar way to how it protects the brain and spinal cord, there is the thought that citicoline could offer the same benefits to the optic nerves in the eye. There is a lot of strong evidence to show that it could reverse damage caused to retinal neurons and help the eye to heal from disorders like optic neuropathy, lazy eye, and glaucoma.

As a safe and non-toxic supplement, citicoline comes with a lot of benefits that we hope you will gain from using it.  For further scientific reading check out our science page.


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