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Choline Boosts Brain Power Through Lifespan

Researchers have known for some time that the biochemical choline is critical for the proper neurological development of newborns. This compound is the basic building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Now scientists have evidence that choline intake over the lifespan may affect cognitive function in later years. Investigators collected dietary information on roughly 1,400 middle aged adults. Over the next decade the study participants were given tests of memory and cognitive ability. Some also underwent MRI scans of their brains. Those with higher choline intake scored better on mental function tests. Foods that are high in choline include eggs, liver, milk, oily fish, chicken and soybeans.

[American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online Nov. 9, 2011]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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Just shows the shortsightedness of rushing to judgement on little evidence – remember when eggs were one of the worst foods one could eat? Ellie

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