Taking the citicoline supplement was the single easiest thing I have implemented during the healing process recovering from traumatic brain injury, concussion, and the resulting symptoms. This supplement has been scientifically studied and shown to have positive effects on the symptoms of not only concussion and traumatic brain injury but also depression.
How it Works – (Our Best Guess)
As far as I can tell from the mechanism of action is related to the reduction in inflammation. It’s probably still reasonable to say that nobody knows for sure exactly how it works because the science is still emerging. Brain inflammation is one of the major problems for a wide variety of cognitive problems including TBI and concussion. One of the interesting facts that I learned recently is that there is no relationship between low serotonin and depression even though that idea is still widely promoted by mental health professionals who are ignorant of the science. The “low serotonin“ Siri was invented in the 1950s and widely promoted starting in the 1980s as SSRIs became popular starting with Prozac. There is however, a study that showed relationship between inflammation and depression or fatigue which logically informs us about how those conditions may be treated.
The hard part was finding out what to take from the vast variety of supplements that claim to help cognition. I spent decades taking Ritalin Because my symptoms fell within the parameters of ADHD but the pharmaceuticals did nothing for my brain health and very little for my cognition. Citicoline provided astounding results!
Within days of starting to take it I noticed that my headache, brain fog, and fatigue symptoms reduced significantly. It wasn’t a perfect fix. My symptoms still fluctuated But the improvement was unmistakable!
How Much I Take
For the first couple months I have found it useful to take 500 mg – 1000 mg split throughout the day e.g. 500mg with the first meal and 500mg with a midday meal. I avoid taking it within 4 – 6 hours of bedtime because the side effects include disrupting sleep.
Why I Chose Jarrow Formulas
I chose a product from Jarrow Formulas because one of the doctors that I trust recommended that brand in general and I have found there’s supplements to be superior. It has been normal for me to spend $1000 per month on supplements as I was recovering so I have become very attentive to the quality of what I am buying. It makes no sense to save money on a cheap supplement that does not deliver results because the quality is poor.
In this case there is a particular form of Citicoline which has a registered trade mark under the name Cognizin®. The positive results from scientific studies were obtained using that particular form so I would only ever use a supplement that includes that form because getting a similar positive result is critical to my health!
Citicoline is a potent brain-health nutrient and nootropic. A proprietary form of citicoline, Cognizin® has been clinically studied to support mental energy, focus and attention.
Side Effects And Dosage
As with any protocol, start low and go slow after talking to your doctor. The resources I reviewed noted that the side effects were negligible in most cases but it is still worth considering the downside. It appears that dosages from 500-2000 mg were used safely for up to 90 days. There is no long term data on safety so my intention is to cyclicly take time off to reduce tolerance and dependance which is my habit for all the supplements that I take.
Side Effects: some people can have side effects such as trouble sleeping (insomnia), headache, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, blurred vision, chest pains, and others.
Tips on Looking for Alternative Brands
In case you are looking for an alternative whether it is because of cost, availability, or something else I want to give you some tips. I have been fortunate to get an engineer in degree which required understanding chemistry and then I went on to get industry training auditing quality control programs for a wide variety of products. Ultimately, the quality of the product is dictated by the values and the dedication to excellence of the business owners, management, and employees.
I always look for the cGMP certification in the product description for any supplement that I buy. The cGMP certification isn’t perfect because it still allows for fillers, allergens, and low quality ingredients that are best avoided. Regardless, it is better than not having a certification and it is probably the most important for most supplements.
cGMP refers to the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations enforced by the FDA. cGMPs provide for systems that assure proper design, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes and facilities.
Another factor that I love to see when buying supplements is third-party testing for quality. It is ideal if the testing results are available online but any third-party testing indicates more attentiveness to quality control than most supplement manufacturers offer.
Lastly, when screening supplements I always look at the ingredients to be sure I know what is in them and how all the ingredients might affect my health. There is nothing worse than realizing the stuff you have been spending loads of money on is not producing the results because it is a garbage product with junk ingredients. There are an abundance of dietary supplements that qualify as absolutely worthless and new products come onto the market every day. It is critical to be a well informed consumer when shopping for dietary supplements.
I found this supplement by watching the talk on Youtube by Nathalie Kelley titled “How I Got My Brain Back” so I am especially grateful to her for her work! You can find the video embedded by clicking here.