Medical Researchers Prove Choline Prevents and Treats Alzheimers and Dementia

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Medical researchers continue to report that choline intake improves memory, attention and is a natural treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s. BestCholine is committed to choline education in Americans; 9 out of 10 Americans are deficient.

INFOGRAPHIC: Choline and Senior Citizens

Seniors look forward to travel and quality time with family during retirement. Memory loss strips them of this and cripples their independence. Choline helps to prevent that.

The Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine found that higher choline intake was related to better cognitive performance and prevented deterioration of the brain in senior citizens.

Choline is an essential nutrient and is a precursor to the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is responsible for the maintenance of the cholinergic neural networks in the brain. These networks are associated with memory and rely primarily on choline from diet or supplements to function correctly.

When the brain loses these cholinergic neurons, memory loss symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's begin. Research now shows that the abnormalities in the brain seen by patients with dementia and Alzheimer's is linked to choline-deficiency.

Choline protects against age-related cognitive decline. Adequate concentrations of choline in the brain preserve neurons, brain volume and neuronal transmissions. This prevents memory loss in the aging brain.

Human evidence shows that choline improves cognitive function in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s patients after treatment. Results can take 6 months to 2 years to show full effect. The degree of reduction is correlated with the severity of dementia or Alzheimer’s at the beginning of treatment.

"Seniors really value having a healthy retirement. Memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer's...this strips them of the independence they desire and cripples their plans," says Sarah Kline, creator of BestCholine, a company that educates American's about choline deficiency and sells high-absorption choline supplements.

Choline is best used as a preventative method for memory loss. Studies prove that choline supplementation during pregnancy prevents memory loss for a lifetime. Prenatal choline intake improves long-term memory, well into adulthood.

Choline is responsible for building the brain’s neural pathways during pregnancy and for the maintenance of these “information highways” throughout life. When cholinergic functions in the regions of the brain known as the hippocampus and neocortex is lost, symptoms of early onset Alzheimer's become evident.

The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease reported a study done on evaluating the effects of choline on 4 clusters of behavior and psychological symptoms of dementia. These symptoms included mood disorders, psychotic symptoms, aberrant motor behaviors and inappropriate behaviors.

They discovered that the psychiatric symptoms were caused by a lack of choline. These patients were studied for 24 months. At the end of the study the results showed that there was a significant decrease in the severity of dementia. The frequency and severity of the mood disorders decreased in the group that received extra choline, while the severity and frequency of mood disorders increased in those who received a placebo.

Another study of seniors with a mean age of 72 showed that all parameters improved after 90 and 180 days in the group receiving choline supplementation. The parameters remained unchanged or worsened in the placebo group. The main parameters included the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale - Cognitive Subscale, the Mini-Mental State Examination, the Global Deterioration Scale, the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Behavioral Subscale, all items of the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale, and the Global Improvement Scale.

The results of this study prove again the clinical usefulness of choline in aging patients to prevent and treat the symptoms of dementia disorders and Alzheimer’s.

BestCholine is committed to education and awareness of the essential nutrient choline. BestCholine creates high absorption choline capsules and is the creator of the first choline gummy. BestCholine is doctor recommended for choline supplementation.

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