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Choline

Choline

Choline is an essential water soluble nutrient part of vitamin B complex. It is a precursor molecule of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter that has roles in the functioning of our memory as well as muscle control. It is a constituent of lecithin, which has a role in liver functioning, metabolism, etc.  It is synthesized in the cell membrane of our body. It must be consumed through our diet in right quantity

Benefits of taking Choline

  • It plays a vital role in the formation of cholinergic neurons and precursor of acetylcholine leading to a smooth working of our nervous system
  • Taking it in your diet reduces the chances of high serum cholesterol or obesity or fatty liver disease
  • Pregnant women must consume choline since it helps in foetal development and reduces the chance of any disability of brain or nervous system
  • It also reduces the chance of getting cancer or any DNA damage

 

Natural Sources of Choline
A large number of natural sources of Choline are the sea foods and meat, including beef liver, turkey liver, dried egg yolk, soaked nuts, legumes, sunflower seeds, Bok Choy cauliflower, salmon, yogurt, milk, cocoa mix powder, and many more. These contain a high amount of Choline.

When should you take Choline?
Pregnant women should take choline because it leads to proper brain and nervous system development of the foetal. People suffering from liver problem should take choline because it prevents those issues. It reduces the fatality of neural diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and other memory problems, sports performance.

When should you avoid Choline?
If you are already under medication for other purposes, you must seek the advice of your doctor for taking choline supplements. The supplement possesses the character of interfering the working of drugs like methotrexate, which is taken for treatment of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.

Quantity to be taken
It is recommended to take somewhere in the range of 500 to 1,000 mg daily. Though, you must talk to your doctor whether to continue taking