Only recognised as an essential nutrient by the US Institute of Medicine in 1998, choline is a vitamin-like substance with numerous benefits for human health, particularly during pregnancy.
During pregnancy the body’s need for choline nearly doubles, with maternal supplies being actively transported to the foetus. Choline intake during this key period has been shown to have lifelong benefits for a child’s future learning, memory and attention span.
Choline demand also increases during breastfeeding, making supplementation essential once the baby has been born. The choline transferred to the infant through breastmilk is important for proper cognitive and neural development.