How a Night Dream Led to a Stunning Discovery That Supercharges Your Memory
It was the night before Easter Saturday in 1921. A German scientist named Otto Loewi came up with an idea in his dream. When he got up the next morning, he was very excited about his idea. But, to his horror, he couldn’t remember what it was. He thought he had lost the idea for good. But that night, he had the same dream again. It was about a new experiment for his research.
This time, Otto got up immediately, went to his lab, and conducted the experiment like he did in his dream. This led to a discovery that completely changed the scientists' thought about the workings of the brain. It was so profound, Otto won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1936.
Today, we know all about this discovery. It’s called Acetylcholine.
As you may know, acetylcholine is the messenger that helps your brain cells communicate with each other. It helps you store memories and retrieve them quickly when you need them. It allows you to remember what you walked into a room to get… recall names with ease… remember what you need to buy at the grocery store.
But the problem is, as you get older, your brain makes less acetylcholine. In fact, if you notice that you get “senior moments” more often than before, it’s a tell-tale sign of low acetylcholine.
How to Boost Acetylcholine and Speed up Your Brain Function
One way to boost acetylcholine levels is to take a choline supplement. Choline is the building block your brain needs to make acetylcholine.
The bad news is, choline is not easily absorbed and used by the body. Plus, it often has a fishy smell or taste to it.
But here’s the good news. Scientists recently found a special form of choline that your body can easily absorb and use. What’s more, unlike other forms of choline, it can cross the blood-brain barrier. So it gets into your brain, and works where it counts the most. Plus, it doesn’t have the fishy smell or taste.
What is this special form of choline? It’s called alpha-glycero-phosphocholine, or alpha-GPC for short. When you take alpha-GPC, your brain starts making more acetylcholine — almost instantly! This was shown in a placebo-controlled study.