Dietary Choline Linked to Reduced Risk of Dementia: 10 Choline-Rich Foods to Add to Your Diet by Mei Marcie
In the United States, about 5.7 million people are living with dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 70 percent of these cases. Dementia is when the brain cells die at a faster rate than normal aging, which results in failing memory, deterioration of intellectual function and personality changes.
A study by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland found that dietary intake of choline is associated with a reduced risk of dementia and linked to enhanced cognitive performance.
The data for the study was derived from the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD). The beginning of the study (1984 -1989) involved 2497 dementia-free men aged 42 to 60 years. Twenty-two years later the men were followed up on, and of those men, 337 were diagnosed with dementia. There was an association found between choline intakes in regards to improved memory and linguistic abilities. The risk of dementia was 28 percent lower in men with the highest intake of dietary choline, compared to men with the lowest intake. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Some choline-rich foods are:
The recommended adequate intake of choline is 425 mg a day for women and 550 mg a day for men. Choline is actually included in a multi-nutrient drink marketed for the dietary management of early Alzheimer's disease.
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