Using the Proper Citicoline Dosage

Citicoline or CDP-Choline (cytidine diphosphate-choline) is a nootropic compound used to increase levels of acetylcholine in the brain. Evidence indicates that taking supplements rich in citicoline¬†can help to improve the densities of dopamine receptors and assist in the prevention of memory problems. There is also research indicating citicoline can have a positive effect on mental energy and focus as well as having some utility in treating ADD. To fully capitalize on the nootropic effects of this compound, though, it’s essential to determine what the right citicoline dosage is for you.

Why Supplement with Citicoline?

Citicoline offers a wide range of benefits, both on its own and popular stacks. Taken alone, this compound has been proven to improve cognitive processes connected to focus, learning, logical reasoning and memory. It is even used to treat memory impairment caused by harsh environmental conditions and has been found to counteract neuronal degeneration caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

This supplement has been approved in Europe and Japan to treat neurodegenerative diseases, head trauma, and stroke. It also increases the chances of positive outcomes after a patient experiences an ischemic stroke, which has been proven by the fact that the lesions caused by these strokes shrink after citicoline supplementation. It’s interesting to note that this compound is the only one to ever prove to have an important neuroprotective effect in patients who have suffered from strokes.

Citicoline is also often used as part of a stack of nootropics because it boosts the effects of the other compounds it is taken with.

So, in essence, you should include citicoline in your supplementation routine because it has the capacity to stimulate the production of acetylcholine, increasing the levels of this neurotransmitter in the body. Since the latter helps your neurons to communicate, it has a critical role in a wide range of mental processes, including the formation and development of your memory.

What’s the Right Citicoline Dosage?

You’ll find that opinions are split in regards to what makes the right dosage of citicoline. The fact is that everyone is different. Some people are more sensitive than others and will also have different requirements based on the degree of choline they are getting through their diet.

This is why it is often a good idea to engage in a little experimentation to find the dosage that works best for you. Of course, there’s still a lot we can learn about dosage by taking a look at some of the studies that have been conducted and their results.

For example, a large number of the studies that have been conducted on this compound have administered between 500 mg and 2 g of citicoline per day. Additionally, you’ll find that many of the supplements available on the market come in tablets with a concentration of 500 mg per piece. However, the higher end of the range is usually reserved for patients suffering from severe cognitive impairment or degeneration.

Thus, most specialists state that the ideal citicoline dosage for a healthy person looking to enjoy the nootropic effects of this compound ranges between 250 mg and 500 mg per day. Of course, you should definitely experiment to determine the precise dosage that generates the most benefits for you.

Also, take into account that you’ll likely have to modify your dosage if you are taking it as part of a stack. Many people, for example, take this supplement with a racetam, like Piracetam and Aniracetam. Not only does it help boost the effects of the others but it also reduces the likelihood of headaches, which racetams can cause in certain people.

Nicole Sanders

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