Choline…The Memory Supplement

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FeaturedĀ  Supplement: Choline

Of course, we all want improved memory. But, is there any way to access this? Can we override genetics, teratogenic effects, and perhaps many other environmental effects that have occurred to us over time? I believe we can.

As many of you know, I teach memory workshops. I believe that improving memory increases academic intelligence in immeasurable amounts (please read my memory article for more about this). The importance of memory cannot be understated in my opinion. And, today I will highlight one important supplement that has helped me, or at least I honestly believe that it has. I would never endorse or write about something that I did not believe in whole-heartedly.

Choline is needed for normal brain development (Pubmed article on this). And, in a study by University of Grenada in Spain, choline has been shown to increase long-term memory in offspring…at least in rats so far. In short, increased prenatal consumption of choline tends to assist in long-term memory retention for the adult offspring.

According to Reuters: “People who get plenty of choline in their diets may perform better on memory tests, and be less likely to show brain changes associated with dementia, a new study suggests.”

And, Men’s Health touts choline as the “Nutrient That Improves Your Memory” Furthermore, according to Oregon State University, choline deficiency has been linked to Alzhemier’s disease (dementia), cancers, and a host of other negative problems.

I could go into a lot moreĀ  detail about its effects and necessity for Acetylcholine (Ach) formation, but unless you are a person in the health field of some sort, it may be boring to you to say anymore than this: Ach is the currency of the body. Without it, most of our body’s processes will not function. If you are interested in learning more about Ach, this Wikipedia page should do the trick: Ach article.

Dosing: So, how much Ach should one take? I would begin with about 500mg daily and then go from there until I reached about 2500mg max for adults only)! This accounts for the fact that the average daily adult dietary consumption yields roughly 200 – 600mg. According to WebMD, here are some general guidelines for choline consumption: “Daily Upper Intake Levels (UL, the highest level of intake that is not likely to cause harm) for choline are: 1 gram daily for children 1-8 years, 2 grams for children 9-13 years, 3 grams for children 14-18 years, and 3.5 grams for adults over 18 years of age.”

During exam weeks, I take about 1,500mg daily and on days of just normal studying, I only take 500mg about 30mins. before I study. Let me know how it works for you, and let me know if you have some “wonder supplement” that works for your memory! I am always into learning about new ways to improve memory. I will research it, try it out myself (as long as it’s legal! lol), and then post about my objective findings and subjective feelings on the matter. Thank You for reading this blog!

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