Washington: Increasing intake of choline, a nutrient found in high quantities in eggs, during pregnancy may reduce the risk of the baby developing metabolic and chronic stress-related diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes later in life, suggests a new research from Cornell University.The study suggested that choline might help protect against the effects of a mother’s stress during pregnancy.Previous research indicates high exposure to the stress hormone cortisol during pregnancy, often due to maternal anxiety or depression, may make offspring vulnerable to stress-induced illness and chronic conditions.This new finding adds to the growing body of evidence demonstrating the importance of choline in foetal development.Twenty-four women in the third trimester of pregnancy were randomly assigned to consume either 480 milligrams (mg) choline per day or 930 mg per day for 12 weeks prior to delivery.
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