Choline serves various functions in our bodies – in the structure of cell membranes, protecting our livers from accumulating fat, as the precursor molecule for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and more. Because of rapid development in fetuses and infants, we have a great need for choline in our early lives. Human milk has high levels of choline.
Choline started to get the interest of nutrition researchers when it was found that fetal rats whose mothers didn't get enough choline in their diets had less brain development and poorer memories after birth than those whose mothers ate adequate amounts of the nutrient. Over the past few years, there has been a rush of research, and there are now hints that choline may be essential not only for the brain development of fetuses and infants but may help prevent memory loss associated with aging (although attempts to reverse cognitive decline once it happens have been disappointing).
Chronic illness is associated with poor cell membrane health. This impacts conditions such as vascular (blood flow to heart, brain and extremities) disease, high cholesterol, liver disease, autoimmune disease, mood disorders, migraines and multiple neurodegenerative disorderssuch as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia & memory loss. By replenishing your cell membranes with healthy phospholipids, you can expect to improve overall cellular function as well as improve transport of important nutrients into the cell and export common toxic compounds such as heavy metals, organic pollutants and chemicals like PCB’s and pesticides from the cell.