Choline: What is it and why is it essential?

There are certain nutrients that are essential to your little one’s health and well-being. Like choline. But, what is choline and why is it an essential nutrient?

Choline is part of the complex B vitamin group. The body itself produces choline but not enough of it, which is why it’s important to consume foods that are rich in it.

Choline has a great capacity to affect the nervous system and the brain function. It also aids in producing acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that participates in brain memory. Babies receive this nutrient in the womb given that it is a key element in constructing the cell membrane structure – an essential process during fetal development. Scientists are now beginning to understand how choline intake during pregnancy affects brain development.

This nutrient is found especially in foods like milk, liver, eggs, and peanuts as well as poultry, fish, and grains. Breast milk also contains choline as well as some growth formulas, such as Nestlé®  Excella®  Gold. Make sure your little one’s diet includes elements that are rich in this essential nutrient.

 

Sources:

  • https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Choline-HealthProfessional/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2782876/

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