I’m the first person to admit that I find most types of shopping a chore, not a pastime. So, I often stick to certain brands of clothes, running shoes, and of course sports nutrition products and dietary supplements. I am brand loyal mainly because I want something that is convenient and works.
So when Kyowa Hakko, a company known for basing their products on science and testing the finished product, came out with Cognizin citicoline, I had to give it a shot. Citicoline is CDP choline and choline is a precursor to a neurotransmitter that controls memory, muscle function and other actions. It may also decrease certain measures of inflammation such as homocysteine.
Supplemental citicoline may help with memory and brain function. And, interestingly enough, a recent study published in the Journal of Eating Disorders found that it may also affect the area of the brain responsible for appetite. In this study, scientists gave 16 subjects either 500 mg/day or 2,000 mg/day Cognizin citicoline for six weeks. Both groups showed a decrease in appetite ratings and the group given 2,000 mg/day showed significant changes in brain response to images of high calorie foods (as measured by magnetic resonance imaging). The scientists found a direct relationship between activation of the appetite control centers of the brain and a decline in appetite for high calorie foods.
Research has yet to elucidate exactly how citicoline may impact the appetite centers of the brain but, this research is promising, especially considering the ever-growing obesity issue. As I see it, there are a 2 components that control our food intake: 1) appetite (physiological hunger and satiety), 2) desire to eat (for whatever reason including boredom, depression, anxiety, we know we need calories, you just like the taste of chocolate cake etc.). If we control both of these well and make healthy food choices, we’ll maintain a healthy weight. And, citicoline may help with the former of the two. Behavioral control (a concept called Intuitive Eating) can fix the the desire to eat part.