2nd November 2019

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Why does the body need choline?

Inadequate choline may result in fat and cholesterol accumulating in the liver (4, 5). DNA synthesis: Choline and other vitamins such as B12 and folate help with a process that's important for DNA synthesis. A healthy nervous system: This nutrient is required to make acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter.

Also asked, what is the role of choline in the body?

Choline was officially recognized as an essential nutrient by the Institute of Medicine in 1998. Its role in the body is complex. It is needed for neurotransmitter synthesis (acetylcholine), cell-membrane signaling (phospholipids), lipid transport (lipoproteins), and methyl-group metabolism (homocysteine reduction).

What foods are rich in choline?

Eggs, liver, and peanuts, are especially rich in choline (27). Major contributors to choline in the American diet are meat, poultry, fish, dairy foods, pasta, rice, and egg-based dishes (77). Spinach, beets, wheat, and shellfish are also good sources of the choline metabolite, betaine (78).

How much choline do we need a day?

Adequate intake set by the Food and Drug Administration is 425 mg a day for adult women and 550 mg a day for men. The upper limit for choline is 3,500 mg a day. Symptoms of choline toxicity are body odor, sweating, excessive salivating, reduced growth rate and low blood pressure.
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