Choline, the most important vitamin for metabolism

Choline, the most important vitamin for metabolismWhy we need calcium? – Of course, to the bones. Omega-3 fatty acids? – For a healthy heart! And choline? – What is choline?

Unfortunately, this vital to us to matter little to say. Although our bodies can make it in very small amounts, the lion’s share of this substance we have to search for food.

So what is needed choline? First, it plays a key role in the metabolism of fats. “Without choline and reactions that it causes in the body, the fat and cholesterol accumulate in the liver instead of the bloodstream to be transported”, explains nutritionist Sarah Pflugradt. And this is very important because the accumulation of fat and cholesterol in the liver increases the risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease – disorders that are closely associated with the metabolic syndrome.

Moreover, the role of choline is not so limited. He is involved in the body’s fight against inflammation markers associated with heart disease. In addition, choline takes part in supporting heart health, enhancing cognitive function (including memory and motor skills in adults). Recent studies have shown that sufficient amounts of choline in the diet can lower the risk of breast cancer.

Unlike some of the vital nutrients (e.g., vitamin D) to compensate for the deficiency of choline is quite simple – if you know where to look. A great source of choline is egg yolks, they contain 35% of the daily requirement of this substance. Good sources are beef, scallops, salmon and chicken, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and peanut butter.

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