Highlights of the 3rd Australian Biology of Ageing Conference 2019-How do we stay healthy and young

Choline and the brain

Embracing a plant-based diet might do wonders for environmental sustainability and healthy ageing but one nutrient that we might be lacking if we omit animal-sourced foods is choline.  This is a substance that is important for brain and liver function predominantly found in beef, eggs and dairy products, much less so in beans, vegetables and nuts.

  As this nutrient impacts memory and mental function, cholesterol status, our liver’s capacity to execute its myriad functions and homocysteine levels, the excess of which raising the risk of stroke, heart disease, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s ensuring we are well served by choline might also be important as we move towards eating that can save our planet.

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