Choline and phosphatidylcholine may maintain cognitive performance by multiple mechanisms

Year Published: 2019


Am J Clin Nutr


Shea TB


In this editorial, the author argues that physiologically, choline could play a key role in maintaining cognitive function. Choline is a nutrient that is found in peanuts, eggs, spinach, peas, and other foods.

Key Findings

Key Findings: According to the author, choline is a unique nutrient in the discussion of cognition because it functions as a precursor for acetylcholine, a neurotransmittter that is significantly decreased in Alzheimer's Disease. It is also a precursor for phosphatidylcholine, which is important for proper brain function. Although single nutrients may not act alone to benefit cognition, choline may be unique because of these factors, and should be studied more extensively in future research projects.