- Alpha-GPC is a chemical released when a fatty acid found in soy and other plants breaks down. It is used as medicine.
- In Europe alpha-GPC is a prescription medication for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. It is available in two forms; one is taken by mouth, and the other is given as a shot. In the United States alpha-GPC is only available as a dietary supplement, mostly in products promoted to improve memory.
- Other uses for alpha-GPC include treatment of various kinds of dementia, stroke, and “mini-stroke” (transient ischemic attack, TIA). Alpha-GPC is also used for improving memory, thinking skills, and learning.
- Alpha-GPC seems to increase a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine. This brainchemical is important for memory and learning functions.
- Alpha-GPC seems to be safe when used appropriately. It can cause side effects in some people including heartburn, headache, insomnia, dizziness, skin rash, and confusion.
Minor Interaction Be watchful with this combination:
- Scopolamine (Transderm Scop) interacts with ALPHA-GPC: Alpha-GPC increases a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine. Scopolamine blocks this same chemical. But it’s not known if alpha-GPC decreases the benefits of scopolamine.
Alfa-GPC, Alpha Glycerol Phosphoryl Choline, Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline, Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphatidylcholine, Alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine, Choline alphoscerate, Glycerophosphorylcholine, Glycérophosphorylcholine, GPC, GroPCho, L-A-Glyceryl Phosphorylcholine, L-alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine.
Source: WebMD, “Alpha-GPC” , http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/