Eggs, Choline and Your Brain

I’ve covered eggs previously, but today I would like to look further at one of its components and that is choline. First we should begin with acetylcholine. Ever heard of it? Well your brain would not function very well without, so I would say that it’s pretty important, which is why we’re familiarizing ourselves with it now. acetylcholine is a major neurotransmitter of the nervous system. It is a requirement for

  • memory
  • concentration
  • focus
  • plays a part in muscle coordination

Also of note is that is a component of fat-containing structures in the cell membranes, whose flexibility depends on it. Pretty impressive right? Well you can’t get acetylcholine through diet, so here comes the choline, which builds the . Choline is found in lecithin and phosphatidyl. How can you get choline you may ask? Well of course we’re talking about the egg, and not the whites that all conventional dieters do, but the good stuff-the yolk. Egg yolks contain lecithin. A raw egg provides 682 mg (generically they say 425 mg a day for women and 550 mg for men), while cooked has 272 mg. Not a fan of eggs? Try organ meat then! Three ounces of beef liver contain 335 mg, while chicken liver has 309 mg. Other options include vegetables such as Brussels sprouts (41 mg in 1 cup) and broccoli (40 mg in 1 cup). Or the ever so healthy fish options of Atlantic cod (71 mg in 3 oz) or Salmon (56 in 3 oz). Some suggest that over 90% of the population are choline deficient. Studies have shown that those with diets higher in choline and its metabolite betaine (found in vegetables like beets and spinach) had lower inflammatory markers by at least 20% than those with average intake levels. Lesson for today-eat your yolks. Stop trying to restrict yourself with those tasteless whites and go for the whole thing-enjoy the yummy yolk in all its nutritious glory-your brain will thank you for it. For more on our fat-burner weight loss programs check out our website at bodychange.net.

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