Mom, do not stress the child!

New research shows that adequate nutrition in pregnancy reduces the level of stress hormone in a child and modifies genes responsible for the production of these hormones later in life!

If stress paralyzes you and makes you sick, you may have a grudge against your mother – this is the conclusion from the scientific publication in The FASEB Journal. What your mother ate or did not eat when pregnant can have a tremendous impact on how you deal with stress.

The report suggests that pregnant choline (vitamin B4) intake at doses higher than those recommended permanently and in a beneficial way modifies the child’s response to stress. This modification is the result of epigenetic (inherited) changes that affect the lower level of cortisol (stress hormone). Even unmodified genes begin to function slightly differently, in this case modifications contribute to lower production of cortisol. And lower levels of cortisol are less risk for psychological, metabolic and heart disease.

The researchers hope that their research will verify the choline dose recommended for pregnant women, thanks to which it will be possible to make the children who come into the world become more resistant to stress-related diseases for life.

The research analyzed the effect of various doses of choline in the diet of pregnant women on the level of cortisol and the way of gene expression in children. It has been unequivocally stated that the commonly recommended dose (480 mg per day) does not influence the level of stress hormones in children as well as the increased dose (930 mg per day).

– Depending on the mother-child relationship, the mother may either stimulate the child’s stress or alleviate it. Studies show that the impact on the level of stress in a child begins before birth. – said Gerald Weissmann, physician, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal.


Choline sources in food

Egg yolks, yeast, spinach, tomatoes, cabbage, peas, liver, beans, fish, cheese, lettuce, wheat bran

What affects the absorption of folic acid, inositol, vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin B complex

What affects the absorption of sugar, alcohol, coffee, temperature

Trivia about vitamin B4

– lack of choline means that from the age of 40, and sometimes even earlier, a typical psychological disorder can occur, whose most characteristic symptoms are memory loss and inability to concentrate,

– until the early nineties, there was a belief that the body itself can produce the amount of choline that would cover the demand. However, in 1993, experts proved that people living in constant mental stress can consume double doses of choline.

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