Choline isan essential nutrient found in krill oil, similar to the B vitamins. It is used in the structure of cell membranes, protects the liver from accumulating fats, and is important to the transmission of nerve impulses (neurotransmission).
Choline is used in the synthesis of specialized fat molecules in our bodies, called phospholipids. The most common of these is phosphatidylcholine, also known as lecithin, which is a critical component of human cell membranes. Choline is important for transporting lipids, especially cholesterol, which contrary to many people’s perception, is essential for normal functioning of our systems.
Choline is especially important for women's health during pregnancy,1 so important that The Food and Drug Administration requires that infant formula not made from cow's milk be supplemented with choline. It is necessary for normal development of memory,2 and it has been studied in relation to depression and anxiety.3 Lack of choline is clearly associated with anxiety.
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