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Depression And Choline

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses of today. It hits women twice more often than men. The number of patients worldwide is measured in millions, and there is a tendency to increase the number of patients. Why is this so and what exactly is depression? Depression is a blockage of emotions: fear, sadness and anger. Closing a man or woman into himself.

Normally, depression should be treated as recommended by your doctor, but did you know that what you eat also has an effect on depression? The lack of certain substances in the food promotes 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?

Some call it choline vitamin J, some vitamin B8 (or inositol) 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 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 have the following symptoms: depression, anxiety, mood swings, poor memory, vision problems, hair loss, constipation, eczema, increased cholesterol, atherosclerosis, fatty liver, high blood pressure.

The action of choline

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

Some call it choline vitamin J, some vitamin B8 (or inositol) 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 fetus from damage, allowing its proper development. Pregnant women who take choline during pregnancy give birth to children who are more resilient in later life to stress and high blood pressure.

It is also used to treat polycystic ovary syndrome, caused by hormone imbalance, in which as many as 10% of women suffer, and is 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 …

Intake of choline (preparations) in excessive amounts can cause diarrhea, body odor on fish, increased sweating, low blood pressure and vitamin B6 deficiency.
The absorption of choline in the body is prevented by alcohol, caffeine and sugar.