Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Choline in mental health

One of the fascinating things I found doing research for my book is that Choline is now classed as a vitamin. For a while I got confused as I read choline and chlorine..... and wondered why a rather nasty chemical was a vitamin. It is part of the B vitamin family.

As part of the bio chemistry of choline is its use in brain function. Therefore it would be logical to suspect it plays a role in mental health.

A population study looked at blood choline level and signs of mental health. Low choline levels were associated with anxiety, but not with depression. So if you have an anxious personality try eating more live and egg yokes or get some lecithin and sprinkle this over your breakfast.

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