CDP-Choline is a more active form of choline, an essential nutrient used by the brain to stimulate cognitive processes by helping to form phosphatidylcholine. Also called Citicoline, it is a precursor to acetylcholine and is normally found in abundant supply in normal healthy functioning brains. As we age, levels of choline drop and can cause symptoms like memory loss and confusion resulting in a diagnosis of Age-Associated Memory Impairment.
1.Citicoline is a brain chemical that occurs naturally in the body.
2.As a medicine, Citicoline is taken by mouth as a supplement or given by IV or as a shot.
3.Citicoline is used for Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, head trauma, cerebrovascular disease such as stroke, age-related memory loss, Parkinson's disease, and glaucoma.
Citicoline (INN), also known as cytidine diphosphate-choline (CDP-Choline) or cytidine 5'-diphosphocholine is an intermediate in the generation of phosphatidylcholine from choline, a common biochemical process in cell membranes. Citicoline is naturally occurring in the cells of human and animal tissue, in particular the organs. Studies suggest that CDP-choline supplements increase dopamine receptor densities. Intracerebroventricular administration of Citicoline has also been shown to elevate ACTH independently from CRH levels and to amplify the release of other HPA axis hormones such as LH, FSH, GH and TSH in response to hypothalamic releasing factors. These effects on HPA hormone levels may be beneficial for some individuals but may have undesirable effects in those with medical conditions featuring ACTH or cortisol hypersecretion including PCOS, type II diabetes and major depressive disorder.