Thanks to modern research we know for a fact that Choline is one of the most dynamic nutrients in the entire food spectrum. Choline is used to treat liver disease, including chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis. It is also used for depression, memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Huntington's chorea, Tourette's disease, cerebellar ataxia, certain types of seizures, and schizophrenia. Those are just some of Choline's basic uses which are not so basic at all. Choline is required to produce acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in regulating memory, mood, and intelligence
If a person does not have enough Choline in their diet serious complications can occur such as liver and muscle damage including deposits of fat into the liver which creates a potentially fatal condition called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. So as you can see, Choline is essential for everyone and people with serious medical conditions can benefit from Choline supplementation under their healthcare providers' guidance.
What are the signs and symptoms of Choline deficiency?
- Memory loss
- Cognitive decline
- Muscle pain
- Learning problems
But what about people who don't have serious medical conditions, can they benefit from Choline supplementation too? There's a new trend in supplementation today called Nootropics. Nootropics are drugs or supplements that may improve cognitive abilities, specifically executive functions, memory, creativity, and motivation. They call them, "smart drugs". This trend started with billionaires and scientists claiming that these Nootropics would help them live way past human life expectancy and function at a much higher level than normal. We will have to wait and see how long these folks live but what's interesting is, one of the supplements they call a Nootropic is Choline. In fact, Choline is considered a centerpiece to a Nootropic stack. Personally, I don't use Choline or anything else as a Nootropic. I use it to support my entire body and brain.
I recommend phospholipid choline. The phosphatidyl choline in my formula, "Premium Choline" is derived directly from sunflowers! Sunflower lecithin is rich in choline and other essential fatty acids. Furthermore, when we get down to the cellular level, phosphatidyl choline (PC) is an important type of phospholipid and a major structural component of cell membranes, where it provides integrity and structure to the all-important membranes and regulates their fluidity. PC also provides structure to circulating lipoproteins and is essential for lipid transport and metabolism.1
Phospholipid choline's greatest effect may be on the all-important liver:
- reduces hepatic inflammation
- reduces liver enzymes associated with liver damage
- protects against chemical toxins and pharmaceutical adverse effects
- reduces fat accumulation in the liver
- reduces reactive oxygen species
- improves hepatic injury and fibrosis
- improves the structure and function of liver tissue
- improves parameters of hepatitis B and C.2
Choline should be a part of almost everyone's supplementation, in moderation of course. As long as you don't take too much it's quite safe and there are no known drug interactions. Perhaps the best source of choline in food is egg yolks and beef liver. One large egg contains 113 mg of choline. The recommended daily intake is 500-600 mg. My formula, "Premium Choline" comes in a huge bottle with 200 mg of NON-GMO phosphatidyl choline from sunflower lecithin. Enter the code "Premium Choline" at checkout for a discount!