About Choline

Choline is neither a vitamin, nor a mineral – it’s an essential nutrient. In 1998, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science first recognized choline as an essential nutrient, but little was known at the time about human choline status or dietary intake.  In the past 17 years, we’ve learned so much more about this critical nutrient.

Fast forward to today and we now know that adequate choline intake is critical to prenatal development, cognitive function, liver health, muscle maintenance and energy.  Just as importantly, choline intake is now measured as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States.  And what we’ve learned is that about 90% of people aren’t getting enough choline in their diet.

So, what can you do to get more choline in your diet?  Click here for a video overview of some of the foods with the highest choline content or here to search foods in the USDA Nutrient Database.  One thing you’ll notice right away is that the richest sources of choline are animal-based foods like liver and eggs.  That means that for some people, especially vegetarians and vegans, dietary choices make it very challenging to get adequate choline.  That’s where VitaCholine can make a difference.