Choline: Brain Supplement that is also Great for the Liver
Choline may not be on top of most people’s dietary supplement list, but new
research suggests that getting more of choline in one’s diet could help reduce the risk of some liver diseases.
Choline, is a nutrient naturally produced by the body, however for a body to
maintain healthy levels of choline we need to intake choline ( either through
food or supplements). Human milk is rich in choline. Choline nourishes our
brains, helping to prevent memory loss and the decline of cognitive abilities
that often occur as we age.
Choline is grouped with-in the vitamin B-complex vitamins and functions well
with foliate and amino acids. Together, these can help to prevent the liver from
accumulating fats that may block metabolism, and cause high cholesterol and
These protective and preventive properties captured the interest of
researchers on the possible benefits of choline to the liver. They found out
that not only does choline strengthen the cell membrane of liver tissues, but it
also has the abilities that can reverse damage on liver cells.
Choline, however, has been an underrated nutrient. Many people do not get the
adequate dose of choline, especially among vegans and vegetarians. Pregnant
women are advised to add choline to their diet to help ensure proper brain
development of their child. Choline deficiency leads to memory problems. In
fact, people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and bipolar disorders are given
People with liver diseases, especially cirrhosis, are given choline treatment
of specific dosage. However, adding choline to one’s diet should be done with a
physician’s approval. Choline comes in pill form and powder that can be used in
cooking. Even these supplements, however, should be taken in moderation because
of its known side effects such diarrhea, bloating, and nausea, and again under
For those who are cautious of taking pills, I am happy to tell you you can
beef up your choline intake by eating green leafy vegetables, egg yolks, liver,
and codfish. Think about re-working your family’s menu to include choline-rich
dishes; it will only be good for your brain AND your liver.