Brain, Cognition

Year Published: 2019

Journal

Am J Clin Nutr

Authors

Shea TB

Methods

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

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.