L-Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine (or Alpha-GPC for short) is taken commonly as a brain health and mental clarity supplement, but it’s also a naturally occurring compound in the brain.
Many nootropic supplements contain Alpha-GPC. The chemical is released when a fatty acid found in soy and other plants breaks down. “In Europe, Alpha-GPC is a prescription medication for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. It is available in two forms; one is taken by mouth, and the other is given as a shot,” according to an article on WebMD.
How Does Alpha-GPC Work?
According to an article published by Klaire Labs, “Choline is a precursor of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh), which has been shown to support a host of cognitive functions including memory formation and recall, learning ability, and concentration/focus. The other byproduct of alpha-GPC is glycerophosphate, which supports several non-nootropic processes including healthy cell membrane integrity and healthy bone strength and resilience.”
Benefits of Alpha-GPC include cognition and memory (supporting brain circuit responsiveness), neural membrane support (helps maintain cell structure and nerve signaling), and neurochemical balance (helps enhance mood).
How Long Does It Take Alpha-GPC to Work?
People who take an oral Alpha-GPC supplement usually notice results within 20 to 40 minutes. This is mainly because it quickly increases synthesis of acetylcholine and neurotransmission in the brain.
Does Alpha-GPC Increase Lower-Body Strength?
According to a study by the National Institute of Health, yes, Alpha-GPC can help increase explosive athletic performance in the lower body.
The study concluded that “Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine (A-GPC) has demonstrated some initial promise in changing explosive performance… A-GPC is effective at increasing lower body force production after 6 days of supplementation… The A-GPC treatment resulted in significantly greater isometric mid-thigh pull peak force change from baseline.”
Taken as a pre-workout supplement, Alpha-GPC can help enhance growth hormone production and power output.
L-Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine (Alpha-GPC) is a the key ingredient in Velovita’s proprietary blend of the Brān Reimagined nootropic supplement.