Choline the "Memory Vitamin" for your child
Experts believe exposure to Choline
during early development can increase memory capability
Most children have amazing capability
to learn. Learning capability is best demonstrated by a child's
ability to remember. That is why memory plays the most
significant role in overall brain functioning. Good memory is often
attributed as one of the major ingredients in one's academic
As your child reaches 3 years of age
the "Brain Growth Spurt" period ends. This means that your
child's critical brain structure is now about 90% fully developed.
So for children 3 years onwards the focus is more on brain
Nutritional support plays a vital role
in supporting this brain functioning period. Choline is a nutrient
that supports mental functioning of a brain and plays a significant
role in the development of its learning and memory centres. Choline
is also a precursor of acetylcholine,
important for neurotransmission in memory function. Choline is also
commonly known as "memory vitamin".
Scientific research shows that exposure
to Choline during early development can increase working memory
capabilities of your child. Good memory is hailed as the ultimate
demonstration of a brain's superior functioning capability. Other
research has also shown that memory improvement due to Choline
supplements in this early stages lasts through old ages suggesting
that these choline supplements also protect against age-related
memory decline and retention.
Recommended Adequate Intake (AI) of
Choline by the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) of the Institute of
|AI for Infant
0 to 6 months
6 to 12 months
|125 mg/day, 18mg/kg
|AI for Children
1 to 3 years
4 to 8 years
9 to 13 years
|AI for Pregnancy
|AI for Lactation
ABBOTT's GROW is one of the milks with
200mg of Choline per litre that meets the United States Dietary
Reference Intake Standards.
How your child can harness memorizing techniques
Scientists have discovered that children don't get better at
memorizing things just by doing it more. But they can get better by
learning some clever tricks.
Well, next your child needs to remember
ten different vocabulary words for school: 1) dog 2) cat
3) cow 4) farm 5) horse 6) milk 7) a loaf of
bread 8) apple 9) dinner and 10) bed, try this!
Help him to make up a story that has
all ten words in it: Your dog chased Clara's cat, the cat jumped
over the cow and entered the farm and woke up the horse. Meanwhile,
the dog came back for some food and spilled your milk. So you
could have only a loaf of bread and an apple for dinner and went to
bed ..... If the story is silly, that's just fine.
You will discover that making up a
story helps your child to remember the objects for a much longer
period. When he made a mental picture of the objects with a story,
he used long-term memory, and that picture stuck with him. With this
trick your child is doing one more thing: he is giving himself a
clue that helps him pull out the memory of the rest.
Scientists call it "elaborative
encoding." Elaborative encoding allows him to connect new
information to his existing memories, and that helps him remember
the new information.