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Methylation Genetics: Why Choline is Often the Missing Link

Presented by: Denise Furness, Ph.D.+ and Kelly Heim, Ph.D.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

As the major dietary source of methyl groups, choline helps to drive methylation reactions that support cognitive function, fetal neural development and detoxification. Approximately 90% of Americans fall short of meeting adequate dietary intakes. Plant-based diets, low estrogen levels, and common polymorphisms in methylation genes contribute to low choline status.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the importance of choline in cognitive function, pregnancy outcomes and liver health
  2. Learn when to consider supplemental choline by asking the patient simple questions and running a genetic test
  3. Learn how to select the right supplement and dosing regimen for each individual

About the Panelists

Kelly Heim, Ph.D. is a nutritional pharmacologist and Senior Director of Scientific Affairs for Atrium Innovations’ heath care practitioner brands, for which he oversees the scientific integrity and safety of products by maintaining rigorous standards of research evaluation and its application to product formulation. Dr. Heim has a doctorate in pharmacology from Dartmouth Medical School. He has lectured extensively to practitioner audiences on nutritional genomics, bioavailability, and safe and effective condition-specific use of dietary supplements.

Denise Furness, Ph.D.+ is passionate about helping practitioners and patients navigate the new and evolving world of nutrigenomics and personalized medicine. She began her career as a research scientist focusing on folate nutrigenomics, methylation and DNA damage in relation to pregnancy health. She is a published author and has won numerous awards for her research and conference presentations. In 2012 she founded “Your Genes and Nutrition” and began applying her knowledge in private practice working alongside some of Australia’s most prominent integrative Medical Doctors.

+ Our Medical Advisors are retained consultants for Pure Encapsulations.