As I mentioned in my 1st article (“My 1st Old School New Body Workout – Initial thoughts”) there is not only a large section on nutrition, but also a very useful section concerning key fat-to-muscle supplements. I don’t want to give too much away as there has obviously been a lot of hard work and effort put into this program, but I will tell you about one supplement that was mentioned. It’s called Phosphatidylserine (PS) and is a naturally occurring lipid found in organs such as the brain, heart and liver. Most people don’t get enough of it though as they don’t consume large enough amounts of organ meat in their diets, but Phosphatidylserine has many benefits as you will see in this article.
Its main function is to reduce high levels of Cortisol in your body. Cortisol is a stress hormone and high levels will not only reduce the effectiveness of other supplements you are taking, but will also suppress your testosterone and growth hormone. Not only this, high levels of Cortisol will cause carb cravings and result in difficulty regulating blood sugar which can boost your body fat stores and will also stop the fat-burning process in its tracks.
So as you can see controlling Cortisol is vital if you wish to burn fat and increase muscle. Two studies from the journal “Nutritional Neuroscience” reported that PS supplements also improved mood and focus. In fact many people use it to combat depression and aid in memory. Another study in “Biology of Sport” reported PS as a physical stress reducer. A further study in the “Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition” in 2007 found that PS improved recovery times, and prevented muscle soreness in athletes involved in weight training, cycling and running. Finally, it has also been shown to preserve brain function as you age. As you can see there are quite a few Phosphatidylserine benefits to be had whether you work out or not.
I started taking these 2 days ago so it is early days at the moment. I did feel a bit more energetic today during my workout and I feel in a good mood, but that may not be down to the supplement. I’ll update you as I go along. If you are interested I found the best value for money was Solgar Phosphatidylserine 200mg 60 Softgels. This is because they contain 200mg of active PS where most of the others only contain 100mg. Check the label before buying any though as some of them said 500mg tablets, but when you look closer the tablets are 500mg BUT the active amount of PS is only 100mg – very sneaky. Also Solgar is a very recognised name and most of my supplements are by them.