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Does choline have any effect on cholesterol?

Choline is a compound that is an essential part of the human diet. Without it, no cell in the human body could function normally. It is usually found in a c hemical called phosphatidylcholine, which makes up about 25 to 35 per cent of lecithin, commonly used as an emulsifier in foods. It is also present as a natural compound in a number of foods. Most individuals who have a normal diet are not deficient in choline, which is an extremely important structural element of cells, especially cell membranes, and is essential for the process of breaking down fat for energy.

The mechanism of choline action involves the enhancement of the metabolism of cholesterol in the digestive system, aiding in its transport through the circulatory system. Instead of “blocking” the absorption of cholesterol in the digestive tract as other cholesterol reducing agents do, choline works as an emulsifier, breaking down the fats and cholesterol in the diet into tiny particles and holding them in suspension, preventing them from sticking to blood platelets or arterial walls. When fats are not properly emulsified, they become “sticky”; this is the major cause of blood clots, atherosclerosis, and coronary thrombosis. Although not proven, choline is believed to have a positive effect on cholesterol level. 




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