Choline for Early Development?

Filed under: In The News, Research Reveals: Babies

Choline is a nutrient similar to Vitamin B that has been found to have a positive effect on early development. The human body produces some choline and it is also found in breast milk, many common foods and is available as a dietary supplement.

How Choline interacts with other nutrients is yet to be fully understood, but it is believed to help produce the neurotransmitter that sends signals from nerve cells to other cells, a function essential for memory and other brain functions. In addition, Choline has been found to have a positive effect on the liver by protecting it from accumulating fat and possibly even reversing certain types of damage.

Researchers are currently studying Choline to determine if it might help prevent memory loss associated with aging, lower cholesterol levels and protect against some types of cancers. Choline may also help minimize sleeping problems, reduce chronic inflammation and prevent heart disease and stroke.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has yet to determine a recommended daily allowance for choline, but the National Academy of Sciences has established and made available guidelines for adequate intake. Too much choline in the diet has been found to cause low blood pressure, diarrhea and a fishy body odor.

Choline can be found in many foods, including beef liver, eggs, cauliflower, peanut butter and tofu.

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