Monday, February 19, 2018

ABC's of Nutrition: Choline

One of the best sources of choline is egg yolks (as lecithin). Other good sources include legumes, grains, lettuce, and cauliflower.

A choline deficient diet may lead to poor liver function, where fats become trapped in the liver and block metabolism.

Choline is necessary to manufacturer the important neurotransmitter, acetyl-choline, and phosphatidylcholine (lecithin), a main component of our cell membranes. Choline is required for the proper metabolism of lipids.

Choline is a methyl donor, similar to vitamin B12 and folic acid. As a methyl donor is it essential for proper liver function – exporting fats from the liver, in particular.

Supplementing choline causes an accumulation of acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is an important brain chemical utilized in many brain processes, such as memory and may help those with Alzheimer’s. Choline works with other methyl donors and helps the body conserve carnitine and folic acid.

by John Connor, CNC

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