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Choline Is Crucial for Liver Health

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Choline, found in ample amounts in egg yolks, is an essential nutrient for a healthy brain, nervous system and cardiovascular function. It’s also essential for prevention of fatty liver disease
  • A study looking at choline’s impact on the severity of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease found decreased choline intake significantly increased symptoms, including fibrosis (the thickening and scarring of connective tissue)
  • Choline is particularly crucial during fetal development so requirements rise exponentially in pregnant women
  • Although a small amount of choline is produced by your liver, the rest must be supplied through your diet. An estimated 90 percent of the U.S. population are deficient in choline
  • People who are at particularly high risk for deficiency include pregnant mothers, athletes, high alcohol consumers, postmenopausal women and vegans

Choline, found in ample amounts in egg yolks, was first discovered in 1862. Since then, we've learned that this is a truly essential nutrient for a healthy brain, nervous system and cardiovascular function. It's particularly crucial during fetal development, so choline requirements rise exponentially in pregnant women.

Importantly, choline is used in the synthesis of phospholipids in your body, the most common of which is phosphatidylcholine, better known as lecithin, which is required for the composition of your cell membranes. As noted in a 2013 paper:


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