There are plenty of nutrients that people make sure to get enough of like calcium which is a must for healthy bones and teeth, vitamin C for strong immunity and elastic skin, omega-3 to boost your mood and protect your ticker, but choline? Are you making sure to get enough of? Indeed most adults are not only getting enough of this important nutrients but they haven’t even heard of it in the first place which is bad news.
Choline is an essential nutrients for your overall health and even though your body can produce tiny amount of it on its own I’m the liver similar to vitamin B, you need to provide the majority of the needed amount of choline to your body through diet. The thing is, most of us are not aware what it is, where to get it from and why it matters, only a small percentage of health professionals and dieticians recommend choline to their patients according to the Nutrition Reviews Analysis which could explain why most Americans lack this nutrient.
But what exactly choline is good for? To begin choline plays an important role in metabolizing fat and cholesterol, without the reaction that choline does, fat and cholesterol build up and accumulate on the liver rather than being transported directly to the bloodstream, this could lead to a health issue closely linked to metabolic syndrome which is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Moreover, choline also has a significant role in reducing levels of inflammatory markers associated with heart diseases. But that’s not it, studies also show that adequate intake of choline has an effect in maintaining brain health, boosting cognitive function like visual and verbal memory and enhancing motor abilities in older adults. Indeed some studies also suggest that choline has a role to play in reducing the risks of breast cancer.
Adult women need about 450 mg of choline while adult men need 550 mg a day, and unlike vitamin D, choline is easily found in food if you know where to look, for instance, egg yolk is a powerhouse for choline as one large egg yolk can provide up to 35 percent of your daily needs, choline can also be found in beef, chicken, liver, muscle meats, peas, spinach, wheat germ, salmon and scallops as well ass broccoli and Brussels sprouts.