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Risks Linked to Choline Deficit Drastically Understated

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Choline is important in healthy fetal development, fat metabolism, cell messaging, mitochondrial health and cognitive performance
  • Choline deficiency may be a primary trigger for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), affecting 30% to 40% of the adult population
  • The Institute of Medicine set an adequate daily intake value that is affected by several factors, including pregnancy, endurance exercise, high alcohol consumption and a vegan lifestyle
  • A single hardboiled egg may contain 25% of your daily requirement of choline; other good sources include grass fed beef liver, wild-caught Alaskan salmon, organic pastured chicken, shiitake mushrooms and krill oil

In this short video health coach Christine Smith, Ph.D., succinctly describes the necessary role choline plays in your health and wellness.

Choline was discovered in 1862, but it was 1998 before the Institute of Medicine declared it an essential nutrient for optimal health. Unfortunately, 90% of the U.S. population does not consume enough of it, likely since popular dietary guidelines limit consumption of the richest dietary sources.

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