Think Choline To Put Your Brain on Super-Unleaded Fuel

Choline Chemical ImageTo think and remember everything with as much clarity as possible you need to consume enough of a water-soluble essential nutrient known as choline.

Choline is a building block that is needed for the synthesis of a brain chemical or neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine. In fact it is the primary building block of it. If you have lots of it then your mind will be razor sharp and your memory will be clear.

You need the mental power and energy that comes from choline which is often considered to be a B-complex vitamin although it is officially not as of yet. Choline is needed for the formation of lecithin in the body and is required for the metabolism of fat.

Lecithin helps to emulsify fats.

This essential nutrient can help to put your brain on super-unleaded fuel and improve your memory, sleep and thought. Sometimes thought of as a B-fatty acid it is involved in the production of neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for the regulation of mood, appetite, memory and behavior, among other things. Choline can help with concentration and alertness. Research studies have shown that adequate amounts of choline in the brain can improve cognitive performance.

The brain needs a lot of choline to work properly. Choline is being used up in the brain 24 hours a day, seven days a week and needs to be replenished frequently. While the body does produce a certain portion of this nutrient we do need dietary sources of it because the amount the body makes cannot satisfy the daily needs of most people.  Beef, beef liver and eggs are good sources of it as are almonds, milk, soybeans, cauliflower, navy beans and tofu.

The discovery of choline was not that long ago.

It has only been since the year 2004 that this essential nutrient has gotten the attention of the medical community and has become the focus of studies. While many foods contain a small portion of choline, the ones listed above have the largest portions and are the ones you should eat to put your brain on super unleaded fuel!

The research has shown that many people are deficit in this essential nutrient. Recent studies have borne this out by letting us know that only one in every 10 Americans receives the recommended dose on a daily basis. Choline has been linked to cancer and heart disease prevention. It has also been linked to a reduced risk of developing dementia, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Choline is needed for the promotion of health and the prevention of disease in individuals of every age. It is not a young or an old nutrient, it is an “every age” nutrient. It is essential for many of the basic functions of the human body. This includes liver metabolism, the transporting of nutrients throughout the body, brain and nerve function, and the normal functioning of all of the cells in the body.

This essential “not quite B-complex” vitamin is vital for women who are pregnant and those who are breastfeeding. It is required for brain and memory development in fetuses as well as newborn babies. It is even believed to help to reduce the risk that an infant will enter the world with birth defects.

Becca Scott
Health Staff Editor
Smoke Free At Last

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Becca Scott lives in New York state with her cats and dogs and writes extensively and passionately about alternative health topics for her own blog and other alternative health publications. Becca has a keen interest in the power of hypnosis as a therapeutic aid to eradicate damaging habits. She has been a staff writer for Smoke Free At Last since the blog was started in 2009.

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