All About Choline

A critical component for developing neurotransmitters, our brain’s "information super highways.”

What is Choline and why is it important?

What is Choline?

Choline is a water soluble nutrient essential for normal function of all cells. Our bodies cannot produce it, so it must be consumed through our diet. (i)

Why is Choline important?

Studies have shown choline to improve memory and learning functions.  (ii)

Choline may influence neural proliferation, the development of nerve cells and support structures of the brain.  (iii)

Choline is needed for synthesis of the phospholipids in cell membranes, methyl metabolism, cholinergic neurotransmission, transmembrane signaling, and lipid-cholesterol transport and metabolism  (iv)

Choline is a precursor to a number of vital molecules, such as acetylcholine (Blusztajn, 1998) and phospholipids  (v) , that support neural functioning.  (vi)

How can we include Choline in a child’s diet?

The National Academy of Medicine recommends a daily Choline intake of 200-550 mg, depending on age (see chart below).

Dietary sources of Choline include liver, eggs, and wheat germ  (vi)

Brainiac™ Kids products supply up to 120 mg of Choline per serving. For more specific ingredient information, visit our Product Page.

For more information:

  • The Brain Nutrition Gap

    Watch the Video
  • Choline - Fact Sheet for Health Professionals, National Institute of Health

    Read the Article
  • Nutritional Importance of Choline for Brain Development, Journal of the American College of Nutrition

    Read the Article