Choline is essential to the full metabolism of fats and cholesterol in the body. It is also a key player in keeping the liver and the kidney free from fat. Choline also helps to insulate nerves and helps in the transmission of nerve impulses from neuron to neuron. Choline also plays a role in regulating the gall bladder, the formation of lecithin, and helps in the proper functioning of the thymus gland.
Symptoms of deficiency include cirrhosis of the liver, fatty liver deposits, bleeding stomach ulcers, hemorrhaging of the kidneys, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries.
It is best taken with inositol, and vitamins A and B₁₂.
It is canceled out by Alcohol, coffee, and sugars.
Foods containing choline include:
Cereals – Brown rice, Cornmeal, whole wheat, wheat germ.
Dairy – Cheddar cheese, Whole cow’s milk, egg yolk, goat’s milk.
Fruits – Apples, grapefruit, saguaro cactus.
Herbs and Spices – Dandelion leaves.
Meats – Chicken
Seeds/Nuts – Peanuts, pecan nuts.
Vegetables etc – Asparagus, Bean sprouts, cabbage, chickpeas, green beans, mustard greens, peas, potatoes (unpeeled).
Other – Molasses