Our brain can do a lot of incredible things. For example, did you know that our brain’s storage capacity is basically unlimited? Also, we can actually use all of our brain, and not only 10 percent like the myth says. Finally, information from our brain travels a whopping 268 miles per hour, that’s faster than the top speed of F1 cars!
Our brain is pretty amazing, and we constantly learn new things about it every day.
So how do you make sure that we are taking care of it so that we can use it to its full potential as we work throughout the day?
That is where alpha-GPC, or alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine, comes in.
If you find yourself frequently experiencing the “midday blues” where your energy and focus levels are low, and all you want to do is lay down and nap, then continue reading to learn about this potential savior of the dreaded afternoon slump!
What Exactly is Alpha-GPC?
Some people get their quick energy fix from coffee, energy drinks, or even tea, but what if we told you that there was another way to get your energy fix? Meet alpha-GPC!
Alpha-GPC is a natural compound found in our brains. It can also be found in some foods or taken as a supplement. This compound can increase mental focus and performance, and increase the release of neurotransmitters that facilitate learning and memory.
What does all this mean? Well, it means that Alpha-GPC could be your answer to keeping you going throughout the day without that “crash and burn” feeling other forms of energy can give you. No more hanging around the coffee machine anymore!
What Does it Do for You and Your Body?
Think of alpha-GPC as a boost for your brain and your body that you can start using now and keep using for the rest of your life!
The benefits of alpha-GPC include the ability to:
- boost memory and cognitive function
- improve blood flow to the brain
- improve thinking skills and learning abilities
- boost muscle and athletic performance
A compound such as this is essential for people of older age who may be suffering from memory loss and/or dementia as alpha-GPC has been shown to potentially help these cognitive functions during this time.
Our minds and bodies go hand-in-hand sometimes, and when one of those is not taken care of, the other one can start to decline as well.
Our actions are heavily influenced by our feelings, and vice versa. For example, chronic stress can cause us to eat more as elevated stress levels stimulate our metabolism. This stimulation can lead to weight gain, fatigue, depression, and health complications such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
It is important to take care of both our bodies and minds because of the effects that they have on one another.
How Can You Incorporate Alpha-GPC into Your Life?
Alpha-GPC is a more potent form of a nutrient called choline, which is naturally found in our brains, however, our bodies don’t make enough to fulfill our needs. That is why some choose to find other ways to incorporate more of it into their lifestyle.
As mentioned earlier, there are foods that are high in alpha-GPC, and eating these foods is a great way to easily get a higher amount of alpha-GPC. Foods like eggs, chicken, turkey, fish, soybeans, almonds, and quinoa are not only good for you but provide an abundant amount of choline! And, let's be honest, you are probably eating a lot of these foods anyways so it is important to keep them in your everyday diet.
As noted, soybeans are a great source of choline so it was only natural that we combine our superstar protein source with Alpha-GPC to create Soylent Complete Energy, a new type of energy drink that would not only fuel your mind but also your body!
Another way that you can get a good amount of alpha-GPC is through supplements. As we all know by now, supplements are a great and easy way to get all the nutrients, minerals, and other ingredients you desire into your body! For alpha-GPC, the dosage amount heavily depends on your age, medical history, lifestyle, and the desired effect you are looking for. A suggested dosage will usually be between 400-1,200 mg a day but make sure to talk to your doctor before adding any new supplements to your routine.
Why Do We Use Alpha-GPC In Soylent?
As already stated, our newest Complete Energy Drink here at Soylent features our star ingredient, alpha-GPC. This bottle is also packed with our soy protein, caffeine, and 39 essential nutrients! All of these come together to make a drink that will help you focus and keep you going throughout your busy day!
What makes this drink different from our others is that it contains 100 mg of caffeine per serving (a little less than our Cafe Mocha flavor), while also including l-theanine to take away some of the negative effects of caffeine and l-tyrosine, an amino acid used to help keep you focused.
The Complete Energy Drink is perfect for someone who is looking to start their day off strong or is keen on making sure they feel energized and focused throughout the entire day.
Takeaways on Alpha-GPC
Alpha-GPC is a compound that can get our minds and bodies where we want them to be and a lot of people would benefit from incorporating it into their daily lives. Whether you are an athlete giving thought to energizing yourself more or someone who works from home and is searching for a way to focus, alpha-GPC is excellent on its own and even better when paired with other nutrients and vitamins to take it further.
This concludes your alpha-GPC 101 class, if you want to give it a try then pick up a bottle of our Complete Energy and check it out for yourself!