Choline

What is Choline?
Choline is a naturally occurring fatty acid which is an essential nutrient included with the B-complex vitamins. Choline is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which contributes to the efficiency of brain processes. Some people, such as vegetarians who avoid all animal products, endurance athletes and people who consume large amounts of alcohol, may be at special risk for choline deficiency. Aging can lead to a decline in natural choline output and create a need for dietary supplements.

What are the health benefits of Choline?
Along with supporting healthy brain function—especially memory, intelligence and mood, choline is used to combat neural disorders such as depression, anxiety and many types of phobias. Choline contributes to the prevention of heart disease by strengthening liver function and inhibiting the buildup of bad cholesterol in the bloodstream. Consumption of choline is important for pregnant women as choline deficiency in the mother may affect a child’s memory.

What foods are good sources of Choline?
Choline is found in many types of meat, dairy products, fruits and certain vegetables, especially cauliflower.

Are there other ways to take Choline?

Choline is also available as a supplement in pill, powder and liquid forms and is often consumed as a food additive.

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