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Pregnant women should take phosphatidylcholine

Posted by Hugh on November 26, 2017, at 15:08:55

Women who take extra choline during pregnancy may significantly lower the risk of their children developing schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, low intelligence, and memory loss later in life.

The following is from The Seattle Times:

Choline is as important as folic acid during pregnancy. "For fetal brain development, choline is a critical nutrient," said Stephen Zeisel MD, Ph.D., professor of nutrition and pediatrics at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "If it's not there at the right time, the baby's brain doesnt form correctly."

Zeisel and Marie A. Caudill, Ph.D., RD, a nutrition professor at Cornell University, both spoke about choline at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Chicago last month. Cau­dill says that our national deficiency is concerning, because data suggest that the new daily recommended intakes may be too low.

During pregnancy, extra maternal choline reduces a woman's risk of developing pre-eclampsia or having a baby with neural-tube defects, and babies born to moms who got ample choline have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Caudill said these "choline babies" may have a lower lifetime risk of developing stress-related diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and depression. After birth, choline continues to be vital for normal brain development in the infant and young child.

Recent research suggests that only 8.5 percent of pregnant women meet the daily choline recommendations, but as of last year, none of the top 25 prenatal multivitamins contained the recommended 450 mg dose of choline for pregnant women. This prompted the American Medical Association (AMA) to recently call for increasing the amount of choline in prenatal vitamins.

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Robert Freedman of the University of Colorado, Denver has been giving the dietary supplement phosphatidylcholine to pregnant women, and has found that the offspring of these women are showing fewer of the early signs of schizophrenia.

Dr. Freedman's talk on preventing schizophrenia:

In a clinical trial that Dr. Freedman is conducting, he instructs pregnant women to take five 450 mg phosphatidylcholine capsules at breakfast and five 450 mg phosphatidylcholine capsules at dinner. This is the equivalent of approximately 1250 mg of choline per day. To get this amount of choline through diet alone, a person would have to eat six eggs a day.


Re: Pregnant women should take phosphatidylcholine

Posted by Hugh on December 12, 2017, at 12:50:46

In reply to Pregnant women should take phosphatidylcholine, posted by Hugh on November 26, 2017, at 15:08:55

Some prenatal vitamins have too much folate (which can increase the risk of autism) and none of them have enough choline. Dr. Tod Cooperman recommends taking no more than 400 mcg of folate during pregnancy, and some prenatal vitamins contain 800 mcg.

It's also important for pregnant women to supplement with iodine. Even though salt in the US has been iodized since 1924, Americans' iodine levels have fallen dramatically because fast foods and processed foods are made with salt that isn't iodized, and kosher salt isn't iodized, and sea salt usually isn't iodized. So 80% of the salt Americans consume is not iodized. Dr. Cooperman recommends 150 mcg of iodine per day from a supplement, plus more from your diet.

He recommends 27 mg of iron per day during pregnancy. B-vitamins are also important during pregnancy.

Dr. Cooperman can't recommend any brand of prenatal vitamins, because all of them are so far behind the science. So pregnant women might be better off taking a regular multivitamin that contains B-vitamins, 150 mcg of iodine, 27 mg of iron, and no more than 400 mcg of folate, and then taking a separate choline supplement (phosphatidylcholine is best).

Here is Dr. Cooperman's talk on prenatal vitamins:

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