If you’re sick from stress, a new research report appearing in the August 2012 issue of The FASEB Journal suggests that what your mother ate — or didn’t eat — may be part of the cause. The report shows that choline intake that is higher than what is generally recommended during pregnancy may improve how a child responds to stress. These improvements are the result of epigenetic changes that ultimately lead to lower cortisol levels. Epigenetic changes affect how a gene functions, even if the gene itself is not changed. Lowering cortisol is important as high levels of cortisol are linked to a wide range of problems ranging from mental health to metabolic and cardiovascular disorders.
View the original article here: Sick from Stress? Blame Your Mom… And Epigenetics – Science Daily (press release)