I came across an article in today’s Wall Street Journal regarding a purported brain enhancer called citicoline-it’s popping up in beverages and dietary supplements. Citicoline is an organic molecule found naturally in the body, with greater amounts in the brain. Citicoline is supposed to speed up formation of brain cell membranes and may boost neurotransmitter function (serotonin, dopamine. etc). Results have been mixed, although citicoline shows promise for people who have had mini-strokes in the past. A large trial is currently underway, and results will be announced in May. A Cochrane Collaboration review has looked at 14 studies (through 2010) and concluded citicoline “has a positive effect on memory and behavior, at least in the medium term.”It might be worth a try….

Stay well, JohnR Blilie, M.S.