Uridine is a tiny molecule first introduced to us via mother's milk. It is one of the four basic components of ribonucleic acid (RNA). Harvard researchers have determined that uridine supplementation has antidepressant activity equivalent to that of pharmaceutical antidepressants such as Prozac, Wellbutrin as well as research grade St. John's wort. So critical is it to infant brain development that it is intentionally compounded infant formulas.
Studies have been shown that one of the ways uridine works is by lessening the depletion of a primary feel-good neurotransmitter called dopamine. At the same time it works as a catalyst (an accelerant) to converting nutrients into mitochondrial energy-yielding ATP. A powerful brain energizer, uridine is being explored as a protocol for treating neuro-degenerative diseases brought on by Huntington's and Alzheimer's disease. It has also been shown to be a helpful protocol for normalizing lipoatrophy (loss of fat in arms, face and legs) in AID's patients.
Capable of a broad reach, uridine has also been shown to suppress asthmatic airway inflammation and has been shown to restore liver growth as well as hepatocyte (the thick liquid that makes up to 70-80% of the cell's mass) proliferation. Foods high in uridine are sugarcane, tomatoes, Brewer's yeast, beer, broccoli and such organ meats as liver and the pancreas. Upon digestion uridine is released from RNA and is absorbed in the gut. Uridine's antidepressant qualities are accelerated and magnified with omega oil, EPA/DHA omega-3 fatty acid and creatine supplementation.