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January 04, 2022 Tuesday 04:13:22 PM IST

Health benefits of Choline in Kids

Choline is an essential nutrient that is naturally present in some foods like eggs, lean red meat, poultry, and legumes and is also available as a dietary supplement. It is also a source of methyl groups needed for many steps in metabolism. It is essential for your brain and nervous system to regulate memory, mood, muscle control, and other functions. Choline is found in egg yolks, lean red meat, fish, poultry, legumes, nuts, and cruciferous vegetables and is highly recommended to expecting mothers to increase the metabolism of the fetus. 

It is observed that adding extra choline to the maternal diet produces long-term cognitive benefits for the offspring. In addition to improving offspring's attention and memory throughout life,  and has proven to be neuroprotective for the offspring by mitigating the cognitive adversities caused by prenatal stress, fetal alcohol exposure, autism, epilepsy, Down syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease.

In a study conducted at Cornell University, women who consumed Choline supplement produced babies who have more attention benefits than those who lacked choline supplementation, and it is also essential for the cognitive development of the child.