Phosphatidylserine Boosts Antioxidant Potential And May Enhance Running Performance
By Admin | Thursday, July 19, 2007 12:00:00 AM America/New_York
Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a natural component of many cell membranes. Supplementation with PS has been shown to
reduce mental stress and even the stress response to exercise. Some research suggests that it may function as an
antioxidant as well. A study published in the August issue of
Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise examined PS
supplementation in soccer players. The subjects supplemented with PS (750 mg/day) or placebo for 10 days. Before and
after the supplementation period, subjects performed an intense exercise protocol consisting of intermittent
high-intensity activities for a total of 90 min culminating in a test to volitional fatigue as a measure of performance.
The main effect of PS supplementation was to increase blood levels of gamma tocopherol, which could potentially augment
antioxidant defense. There was also a trend for improved performance. Performance was increased by 4.2% with
supplementation and decreased by 3.7% in the placebo group. The study provides evidence of an ergogenic effect of PS
supplementation on exhaustive running.
Kingsley MI, Wadsworth D, Kilduff LP, McEneny J, Benton D. Effects of phosphatidylserine on oxidative stress following
intermittent running. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2005 Aug;37(8):1300-1306.