Alpha GPC Powder : The Superior Choline Source
Supplementing with Choline
For those of you who experiment with racetams, you may have heard that it is often advised to stack with some sort of choline source. This is because racetams use cholinergic receptors in your brain, leading to lowered levels of choline and resulting in the infamous “choline headache”.
It’s a good idea to supplement with choline if taking racetams – not only to regulate choline levels in the brain, but also to give the racetams increased potency.
Alpha GPC Powder vs. Choline Bitartrate
When I first started studying the effects of racetams paired with a choline source, I noticed that a product called Alpha GPC is considered one of the higher quality sources of choline, yet is unfortunately much more expensive.
See my post on alpha-GPC’s benefits and my comparison of CDP choline versus alpha-GPC.
After further research, I found that Alpha GPC powder is highly regarded because the body absorbs it more efficiently than any other source, and there is even a little evidence that Alpha-GPC will increase strength by increasing growth hormone levels. These benefits alone make GPC worth the added costs.
After I ran out of my first package of Alpha GPC powder, I decided to save a little, and buy a more basic form of choline, choline bitartrate. Although the bitartrate did its job of preventing the dreaded headaches, I never noticed heightened effects of my racetam products, which is ultimately the main goal of choline supplementation. I’ve finally switched back to Alpha-GPC powder and found the desired effects to come along with the switch.
Alpha GPC Powder and Racetams
People will often say that if they do not experience a choline headache, they tend to not need to supplement with a choline source. My suggestion however is that if you want to see the most out of your racetams, to definitely provide your brain that extra fuel associated with choline use.
Although it is correct to state that GPC is a more expensive choline source, the effects of this great supplement speak for themselves. It is definitely worth the extra price!