Episode 79

Jesse speaks with Phosphatidylserine* aficionado Dr. Adam Parker about the cognitive benefits associated with this supplement.  Phosphatidylserine is a compound that naturally occurs in every living cell — animal, vegetable, even bacteria…  So it’s inside you already – and yet topping up dietarily with extra amounts seems not a bad idea.  Dr. Parker’s study showed speed-of-computation improvements in subjects of over 20% on a basic mathematical test.  (Wow.)

*Phosphatidylserine is a key ingredient in NEXUS, Axon Labs‘ flagship nootropic stack.

We’ll also hear about a boy who survived nearly three-quarters of an hour underwater, and what processes common to all mammals might have made this possible.  (Needless to say, don’t try this at home.)

Episode Highlights

0:21The hardest to pronounce episode topic yet!
1:31 This Week In Neuroscience: Boy Survives 42 Minutes Underwater
4:24iTunes review and Audience Census participant thank-yous!
5:36One Small Step: The Epic Race To Build A Humanoid Robot (Time Magazine Article with Dr. Ken Ford from Episode #67).
6:15 The Quantified Self Conference: June 18th-20th.
6:45Come join us for a Twitter Chat about Rhodiola Rosea with Dr. Patricia Gerbarg!
7:50What is an "Overdose Edition"?
8:30Introduction to Dr. Adam Parker.
9:15Where does phosphatidylserine come from?
11:49Dr. Parker's studies on phosphatidylserine and alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine.
15:40What is phosphatidylserine's mechanism of action ?
17:01What is the upper limit for safety, and how to find out how safe a supplement is.
17:45How is phosphatidylserine used for athletic performance?
19:16What are the effects on elderly brains, and phosphatidylserine & combination DHA supplements.
21:39How long is the positve-effect onset period?
22:34Dr. Parker's dream phosphatidylserine study.
23:10What's in Dr. Parker's personal brain health cabinet?
26:23 Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: The Amphetamine Fuelling Syria's Civil War
27:59(For Axon users) Show notes online here.
Written by Rhiannan Roe
Rhiannan Roe is a writer, editor and unapologetic champion of self-improvement. Combining her passions has led to her helping several start-ups across three continents. In her spare time she travels, collects stories from inspiring people, and fruitlessly endeavors to read every book ever written.
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