What we consume have a direct impact on our wellbeing. This is especially important for the young, whose bodies are still growing and maturing. Discover how science has helped us better understand nutrition through this series of short articles.
Sphingolipid is one of the important and major components of a cell membrane, and is distributed widely in body and play key roles in cell recognition and signal transduction between cells.
Phosphatidylcholine and Phosphatidylserine are major phospholipids that help form the brain cell membrane, keep the membrane flexible, fluid, and healthy, as well as to assist in the production of neurotransmitters that enable cell-to-cell communication.
The Mystery of the Sphinx
Sphingolipids was discovered in the late 1870s by Johann L.W. Thudichum, a German physician and biochemist, who was a pioneer in the field of neurochemistry and a founder of “brain chemistry”. While studying the chemical composition of the brain, he discovered a component that presented many enigmas. This mysterious compound he named sphingosine, after the mythological riddle of the Egyptian Sphinx.