From 10 Faq Health
Benefit #1: Memory Development
Studies have found that choline plays an important role in fetal development, including memory development. Deficiency of choline during pregnancy can lead to problems with brain development and cause life-long brain structure and functional issues, including memory loss.
Some animal studies have established that low choline during pregnancy leads to memory decline in the offspring later in life. This does not happen in offspring whose mothers had high amounts of choline during pregnancy. According to the studies, better fetal brain development may result because of protection of DNA from adverse alteration both in the fetal stage and up to four years after birth.
Benefit #2: Protects against Breast Cancer
Studies have found that choline deficiency can lead to DNA damage and destruction of some white blood cells. This can lead to serious health problems including development of cancers. Incidentally, some studies have also found that increased dietary intake of choline leads to a reduced risk of breast cancer.
An amino acid known as homocysteine is associated with an increased risk of some cancers in addition to other health risks including arteriosclerosis and coronary artery disease. Choline is required for the breakdown of excess amounts of homocysteine, which mainly comes from the breakdown of meats. Homocysteine is broken down to methionine, an essential amino acid.
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