Prenatal & Infant Health
Do you know one thing that moms have in common with choline? They both do their best to ensure a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby. In fact, VitaCholine was the source of choline used for a Cornell University study on dietary choline during pregnancy. This research, led by Dr. Marie Caudill, will help inform how to optimize mother and child nutrition and well-being. Increased choline intake during pregnancy may help with:
- Stress Response: choline may ease the baby’s response to stress by its effect on the genes that control cortisol, the stress hormone.
- Better Pregnancy Outcomes: choline may improve placental function, and may be a nutritional strategy to address pregnancy disorders like preeclampsia.
- Enhanced Nutrient Synergies: choline helps to increase the availability of DHA to the developing embryo and fetus.
Choline continues to benefit babies after delivery, especially since the brain is still undergoing rapid development following birth. By helping to construct millions of additional neural connections in the memory center of the brain, choline may improve lifelong memory. Immediately after a baby is born, choline levels are many times higher than the levels found in a typical adult. For moms who are breastfeeding, it is critical to maintain high choline levels as breast milk is a vital source of choline for infants. The importance of choline is recognized by worldwide health and regulatory bodies, which require choline as part of infant formula.
Don’t just take our word for it – click here for a video from Dr. Caudill describing the importance of getting enough choline during pregnancy.