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Depression And Choline

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses of today and they say it affects women twice more as often as men. The number of patients worldwide is measured in millions, and there is an increasing  number of patients. Why is this so and what exactly is depression? Depression is a blockage of emotions: fear, sadness and anger. As a result of it, we usually close up and turn to ourselves.

Normally, depression should be treated according to the as recommendations of your doctor, but it seems the food we eat also has an effect on depression. Actually the lack of certain substances in the food might help depression.
Recent research has shown that in people with depression, the amount of choline (Vitamin B8) in the body is reduced. By consuming choline, the symptoms of depression decrease twice as much in women than in men.

The most severe outcome of depression is suicide, as many as 60% of suicides start with depression.

What is Cholin?

While some call it choline “vitamin J”, or vitamin B8 (or inositol), choline is unrecognized as a vitamin. It is soluble in water and is found in our body located in the brain, liver, heart, spleen, stomach and kidneys. Choline,  contributes to the normal functioning of cells is needed in very small amounts and can be synthesized from glucose in the body by gut bacteria.
When choline is lacking in the body, we can have the following symptoms: depression, anxiety, mood swings, poor memory, vision problems, hair loss, constipation, eczema, increased cholesterol, atherosclerosis, fatty liver, or high blood pressure.

The benefits of choline

Choline consumption reduces anxiety and depression and mood swings in the case of premenstrual syndrome. It promotes fertility through the regulation of hormones – testosterone and insulin.

While some call it choline ” vitamin J”, or vitamin B8 (or inositol), choline is unrecognized as a vitamin. It is soluble in water and is found in our body located in the brain, liver, heart, spleen, stomach and kidneys, and it contributes to the normal functioning of cells.

It affects the work of the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands, which control all hormonal activities in the body.
In pregnancy, it is important as folic acid because it protects the foetus from damage, allowing its proper development. It seems that pregnant women who take choline during pregnancy give birth to children who are later in life more resilient to stress and high blood pressure.

It is also used to treat polycystic ovary syndrome, caused by hormonal imbalance, from which as many as 10% of women suffer. It is also  anti-inflammatory and reduces fat accumulation in the liver.

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The best sources of choline from food are:

– veal,
– beef,
– liver,
– fish,
– rice,
– citrus fruits,
– cauliflower,
– eggs (egg yolk),
– wheat germs,
– soy,
– leafy green vegetables,
– nuts …

However, make sure you do not overdo it! Excessive intake of choline (preparations) can cause diarrhoea, fishlike body odour, increased sweating, low blood pressure and vitamin B6 deficiency.
The absorption of choline in the body is prevented by alcohol, caffeine and sugar.