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Choline: Why You Should Eat Your Egg Yolks and Take Krill

Choline in Eggs

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  • While choline has been a known substance since 1862, it’s only in relatively recent years that it’s been identified as an essential nutrient, and 90 percent of the population isn’t getting enough
  • Choline helps your liver, brain, muscles, nervous system and overall metabolism function, and is critical during fetal development, for healthy brain and nervous system function, DNA synthesis, and carrying cholesterol from your liver
  • Adequate daily intake is 425 milligrams per day for women, 550 milligrams per day for men and 250 milligrams for children to help prevent deficiency and potential organ and muscle damage
  • Organic, pastured egg yolks are one of the best food sources of choline, and krill oil contains 69 choline-containing phospholipids to synthesize phosphatidylcholine, also known as lecithin, a critical component of human cell membranes

By Dr. Mercola

Nearly two decades ago, scientists unveiled the potential of a nutrient that had been all but forgotten: choline, first discovered in 1862. In 1998, the Institute of Medicine revealed that choline is actually essential for optimal health, meaning it can’t be produced by your body but must come from an outside source.

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