Increased Choline Intake During Pregnancy May Help Improve Attention in Children
Choline is a nutrient similar to B vitamins that is found in foods such as meats, fish, nuts, beans, vegetables, and eggs. Choline is important in the nervous system and for the development of normal brain functioning. A recent study has found that increasing choline intake during pregnancy may improve attention performance in children.
Twenty pregnant women participated in the study. They were given 450 milligrams of choline (the daily recommended amount) or 930 milligrams of choline (double the recommended amount) daily during the third trimester. The children were assessed for attention performance at the age of seven.
The children of mothers in the higher choline intake group performed significantly better on the Sustained Attention Task test than those whose mothers were in the lower choline intake group. The researchers recommend increasing prenatal choline intake based on the results of the study.
The study was conducted by researchers from Cornell University. It was published online ahead of print on December 28, 2021 in The FASEB Journal.